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Nice People Have Emptier Wallets (10/2018)

A study correlating personality traits with financial data found that agreeable people had lower savings, higher debt and higher bankruptcy rates. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Solar Eclipse Was a Buzzkill for Bees (10/2018)

Bees suddenly fell silent when the sun disappeared during last year's solar eclipse—perhaps because they were tricked into night mode. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Confident Tone Overcomes Accent Distrust (10/2018)

English as-a-first-language Canadian study subjects were less trusting of statements in English spoken with a foreign accent, unless the speaker sounded confident about their assertion.

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Mom's Genes Make Some Giraffes Hard to Spot (10/2018)

Baby giraffes inherit aspects of their mothers' patterning—which could give them a survival advantage if good camouflage runs in the family. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Economics Nobel Highlights Climate Action Necessity (10/2018)

William Nordhaus shared the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, "for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis,” with Paul Romer, "for integrating...

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Highway Crossings Protect Migrating Pronghorns—and Motorists (10/2018)

Twice a year, thousands of pronghorn antelope and mule deer migrate through Wyoming, and newly built highway crossings are sparing the lives of animals—and motorists. Jason G. Goldman...

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Beer Fermentation Hops Along (10/2018)

The bittering agents called hops have enzymes that chew up starch and unleash more fermentable sugar—which can boost alcohol and CO2 in the finished brew. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Nobel in Chemistry for New and Useful Chemical Entities via Evolutionary Principles (10/2018)

Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith and Gregory P. Winter share the 2018 chemistry Nobel for developing evolutionary-based techniques that lead to the creation of new chemical entities with useful...

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Nobel in Physics for Controlling Laser Light (10/2018)

Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland share the 2018 physics Nobel for their work with lasers that have led to numerous practical applications, such as eye surgery.

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Nobel for Helping the Immune System Fight Cancer (10/2018)

James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo share the Nobel Prize for their work on harnessing the cancer patient's own immune system to destroy tumors.

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