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Multitasking? “Digital archaeology” shows up to five projects is optimal

How many projects can you work on at the same time, before losing efficiency? There are many reasons to get involved in multiple projects – impress your boss, gain personal satisfaction, help out colleagues or just because you’re interested. But …
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“Love hormone” oxytocin, possible anxiety drug, shows different effects in male and female mice

By Kathleen Holder Clinical trials are testing whether oxytocin, sometimes called the “love hormone” for its role in intimacy and social bonding, has potential as a treatment for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. New research by behavioral neuroscientists Michael …
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Often decried, polygyny may have some advantages

Is being a “sister wife” always a bad thing? By Kathleen Holder Much of the world frowns on the practice of polygamy. Most countries around the globe ban or restrict marriages to more than one spouse at a time. And …
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Q and A: Information theory and social evolution

Big Data has a problem right now. We produce an avalanche of information every day by just walking around with our smartphones or posting on social media. Researchers in the social sciences today are collaborating across disciplines to turn this …
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IVAN network helps communities fight environmental hazards

A partnership that helps residents of underserved communities in California report environmental hazards to enforcement agencies should be enhanced and expanded, a University of California, Davis, report says. The UC Davis Center for Regional Change released the report on the Identifying …
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21st century linguistics: helping computer scientists write better code

By Jeffrey Day Raúl Aranovich, an associate professor of linguistics at UC Davis, is using his knowledge of language structure and theory on a project to identify programmers most likely to write vulnerable code. He is working with UC Davis …
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New study analyzes “thinspiration” images of women on social media sites

By Jeffrey Day Some of the most popular social media sites are filled with images of extremely thin women that might be harmful to those who view them — whether they are seeking them or not, according to research from …
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Video from UC Davis/Mars symposium on innovation in food and health

Video streams from the Jan. 14 symposium on innovation in food, agriculture and health are now available online. The morning session can be found here and the afternoon, here. The complete program is available here. The morning session included a …
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How to slow a flu epidemic: Stay home, watch it on TV

Encouraging people to stay home instead of going out, along with other “non-pharmaceutical interventions” such as handwashing and wearing facemasks, can limit the spread of influenza virus during an outbreak according to a new study published in the open access …
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Do you mind if I plug in my car? The etiquette of going electric

As children, we learn to wait in line, take our turn and share. As adults, we usually try to live by these basic rules. For today’s plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers, however, the rules and norms for mundane chores such …
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