Category: Daily Mail

Written rules work best for kids: Children are more likely to follow instructions if they are put on a piece of paper

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Daily Mail, Kathleen Corriveau, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Education 0 comments

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Kathleen Corriveau, School of Education

If you want your kids to do what they are told, then write rules down, claim scientists. Researchers have found that young children are more likely to respond to instructions if they are written down rather than if they are spoken…

Expert quote:

“It is a very striking result. We think it is seeing adults use texts such as recipe books, maps and menus as sources of authoritative information that influences them.”

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Is Facebook killing your marriage? How people who use social media are 32% more likely to leave their spouses

July 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Daily Mail, James Katz, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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James Katz, College of Communication

People who use social media are 32 per cent more likely to think about leaving their spouses, according to a new study.

Expert quote:

“The study looked at data to understand human behavior as it’s affected by communication technology, especially technologies that are mobile-based.”

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New fears over e-cigarettes after study finds they affect the lungs in a similar way to tobacco

April 12th, 2014 in 2014, Avrum Spira, Daily Mail, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Avrum Spira, School of Medicine

E-cigarettes have been touted as a ‘safer’ alternative for smokers, but a new study indicates that this may not be the case…

Expert quote:

‘[E-cigarettes] may be safer, but our preliminary studies suggest that they may not be benign.”

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Binge drinkers who consume weekly intake in one go twice as likely to die prematurely as those who spread out the amount they drink across seven days

March 4th, 2014 in 2014, Daily Mail, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Timothy Naimi 0 comments

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Timothy Naimi, School of Medicine

Binge drinking could double your risk of death – even if you drink very little the rest of the time, a study has found…

Expert quote:

“Some of the greater attention to binge drinking is due to increases in binge drinking since the mid-1990s, but perhaps more because of growing recognition of the importance of patterns: it’s not just how much you drink but how you drink.”

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Degenerative brain disease found for the first time in semi-pro soccer player who died at age 29 from ALS

February 28th, 2014 in 2014, Ann McKee, Centers & Institutes in the News, Daily Mail, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Ann McKee, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

Researchers conducting a scan on the brain of a deceased soccer player have detected signs of a brain trauma disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. The test results mark the first time that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopahty (CTE) has been linked to the game of soccer, which until now has been considered safer than contacts sports like football or hockey…


Expert quote:

“He had very extensive frontal lobe damage. We have seen other athletes in their 20s with this level of pathology, but they’ve usually been football players.”

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Are we hard-wired to believe we’re IMMORTAL? Belief that we are eternal is part of human nature and develops during childhood

January 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Daily Mail, Deborah Kelemen, Natalie Emmons, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences
Natalie Emmons, College of Arts & Sciences

People across the world, regardless of their religion or culture, believe that humans are immortal, according to research. A new study has shed some light on people’s beliefs that a person’s soul or essence transcends the physical body’s death…

Expert quotes:

Kelemen –

“This work shows that it’s possible for science to study religious belief. At the same time, it helps us understand some universal aspects of human cognition and the structure of the mind.”

Emmons –

“Even kids who had biological knowledge about reproduction still seemed to think that they had existed in some sort of eternal form and that form really seemed to be about emotions and desires.”

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Voyager 1 has left our solar system and entered interstellar space…or HAS it? Nasa dismisses ‘controversial’ claim

August 16th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Daily Mail, Merav Opher, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Merav Opher, College of Arts & Sciences

Voyager 1 appears to have at long last left our solar system and entered interstellar space… Or has it?…

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Silver really COULD be the new weapon against superbugs

June 20th, 2013 in 2013, College of Engineering, Daily Mail, James Collins, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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James Collins, College of Engineering

Silver could be a precious weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance…

Expert quote:

“The number of antibiotic resistant strains in our hospitals and communities is growing and is growing dramatically and has been for some time. And this development is accompanied by a drop in new antibiotics being developed and approved. We are taking a different approach. Instead of trying to develop a completely new antibiotic, we are trying to enhance the ones we already have.”

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One in 13 of us share the same bendy, tree-climbing feet as chimps but scientists can’t decide if it’s down to evolution or our SHOES!

May 30th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Daily Mail, Jeremy DeSilva, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Jeremy DeSilva, College of Arts & Sciences

It may have been millions of years since our ancestors lived among the branches but it seems many of us still carry an unusual relic of our tree-dwelling days…

Expert quote:

“I was, and continue to be, surprised by this.”

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Red arcs over Europe: Astronomers capture bizarre phenomenon caused by magnetic storms for first time

April 3rd, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Daily Mail, Michael Mendillo, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Michael Mendillo, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Space Physics

Glowing red arcs invisible to the naked eye have been spotted high above Europe…

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