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The Surprising Truth About Perfectionism in Millennials

The idea that millennials are narcissists who can’t apply themselves to their work has gained popular recognition despite evidence to the contrary. Because their parents coddled them, so the argument goes, an entire generation of young people has become unable to fend for themselves. Additiona...

Phage Therapy Win: Mycobacterium Infection Halted

When Graham Hatfull, PhD, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh specializing in phage biology and James Soothill, MD, a microbiologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOHS) in London, met over 20 years ago at a phage biology meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, they could not have ...

Can Marijuana Improve the Quality of Your Relationship?

Not surprisingly, this question has been the source of controversy in academic circles and beyond. Some contend that substance use is associated with lower relationship satisfaction and higher rates of divorce and aggression. Others suggest that the effects of substance use on relationship hea...

The Affordable Care Act and Economic Opportunity

The Trump administration's recent decision to push for a complete invalidation of the Affordable Care Act, and the Medicaid expansions that accompany it, has implications for more than simply the provision of healthcare in this country. It will also impact economic opportunity. Understanding t...

Researchers Say Growing Up With A Troubled Or Harsh Father Can Influence Women’s Expectations Of Men, And, In Turn, Their Sexual Behaviour

The power (or powerlessness) of parents to shape their children for good or ill continues to preoccupy psychologists and the public alike. Among evolutionary-minded developmental psychologists, one specific idea is that girls’ later attitudes to relationships is influenced by their fathers’ be...

Astronomers watch as a black hole's jet wobbles like a top

Back in 2015, the black hole V404 Cygni got the attention of astronomers all over the globe when it suddenly brightened for two weeks. The outburst happened as the black hole began gobbling up material from a star that orbits it once every six days. As the material swirled into the black hole,...

High Body Fat Linked to Possible 'Brain Shrinkage'

The researchers analyzed brain scans and found that higher levels of body fat were tied to lower brain volumes in certain areas. Specifically, too much body fat was linked to reduced amounts of gray matter — the brain tissue that contains nerve cells — in structures in the center of the brain,...