Listening to "beautiful but sad" music can improve peoples' moods when they're feeling down, suggests a study published in the journal Psychology of Music. Researchers found that not just sad music, but sad music of "high aesthetic value," was the best medicine. The study was led by Annemieke van den Tol of the University of Kent, in England.
Animal mothers change the content and quantity of their breast milk depending on the gender of their offspring, acourding to a study in PLoS One. In the research, Katie Hinde of Harvard Universtiy found that male rhesus monkeys received milk richer in fat, while females received more, calcium-rich milk.
Conducting scientific research responsibly may be difficult sometimes, as consideration for the people the technology affects may be forgotten. Collaborating with social scientists, however, could pave the way for responsible innovation.
Nearly two decades ago, scientists predicted that climate change could cause the spread of bacteria and parasites. Their prediction has come true, according to Canadian researchers who discovered a house cat disease inside Arctic beluga whale populations.
This Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and will be the first cold weather Super Bowl. Cold air temperatures will affect the game slightly: the football will be less bouncy and air drag will increase. Heated benches and heat fans will keep players and coaches warm on the sidelines.
Air pollution in Delhi, India, is worse than in the notoriously smoggy Beijing, China, according to a new study from India. The report criticized India for failing to put into place enough safeguards to curb pollution, something which Beijing has done and had success with. Air pollution as measured by PM 2.
University of Illinois scientists have created a "bio-bot" capable of moving through the viscous fluid of a biological body. Made up of flexible polymer and heart cells, the bio-bot could be used one day to deliver targeted payloads of medicine. A study on the sperm-like bio-bots was published in Nature Communications.