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Top 10 stories of 2011

FUTURITY — From sex appeal to fish oil to ancient buckles, here’s a look back at some of the top research news of 2011.

4-D coming to a universe near you?


U. BUFFALO (US)—A new theory proposes the early universe had just one dimension (like a straight line) and a fourth dimension may be opening up as the universe expands. Read more…

First sex boosts guys’ body image


PENN STATE (US)—After having sex for the first time, college-age males report they felt more satisfied with their appearance. Females, on the other hand, felt less satisfied. Read more…

Future of hard drives: uranium?


U. NOTTINGHAM (UK)—A new molecule containing two uranium atoms maintains its magnetism when kept at a low temperature. The discovery is a potential step closer to high-performance computing. Read more…

Paralyzed man’s mind moves prosthetic arm


U. PITTSBURGH (US)—Seven years after a motorcycle accident damaged his spinal cord and left him paralyzed, 30-year-old Tim Hemmes reached up to touch hands with his girlfriend in a painstaking and tender high-five. Read more…

Sex appeal: Women kiss science goodbye


U. BUFFALO (US)—When a woman’s goal is to be romantically desirable, she distances herself from academic majors and activities related to science, technology, engineering, and math. Read more…

How much fish oil is too much?


MICHIGAN STATE (US)—Fish oil—long encouraged by doctors as a supplement to support heart and joint health—induces severe colitis and colon cancer in mice in new research. Read more…

Alaskan dig turns up ancient ‘buckle’


U. COLORADO-BOULDER (US)—A small prehistoric buckle-like object that likely originated in East Asia has been found in an ancient Eskimo dwelling in Alaska. Read more…

Why we quit when others succeed


DUKE (US)—Seeing someone reach a goal or complete a task should inspire us to match that success, however new research indicates it can actually reduce our motivation. Read more…

Aging musicians have sharp brains


EMORY (US)—Playing a musical instrument throughout life may help fight cognitive decline as we age. Read more…

Wanted: Gender-free job ads


DUKE (US)—The use of “gendered words” in job ads may perpetuate gender inequality in the workplace, a study finds. Read more…
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