People reestablish trust only when they believe in change

Trust is crucial in any close relationship. When you make plans with a friend, you have to trust that he will show up at the appointed place at the appointed time. When you make a business deal with someone, you have to trust that she will follow through with her end of the bargain. Not everyone lives up to their end of every bargain, though. What factors determine whether you will trust someone again?

A Sense of Humor Helps Keep You Healthy Until Retirement Age

A sense of humor helps to keep people healthy and increases their chances of reaching retirement age. But after the age of 70, the health benefits of humor decrease, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have found.

Interracial marriages at an all-time high, study says

Some seemingly good news for once.  If the number interracial marriages can be used as some kind of barometer for race relations and cultural assimilation, then we are doing better than ever. The United States has the second highest rate of interracial next to Brazil.

Archaeo-alcohology

The Edible Geography blog has an amusing piece about Patrick McGovern, the “Indiana Jones of Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages,” and his role in the production of a 3400-year-old Mesoamerican beer recreated from a chemical analysis of pottery fragments.Tasty.

Empathy: College Students Don't Have as Much as They Used To, Study Finds

Today’s college students are not as empathetic as college students of the 1980s and ’90s, a University of Michigan study shows.

Video Gamers Can Control Dreams, Study Suggests

Playing video games before bedtime may give people an unusual level of awareness and control in their dreams, LiveScience has learned. Maybe that’s why I dreamed that I was a level 56 wizard with a staff of much exploding last night.

Defendant's Gender Affects Length of Sentence

A study of 300 simulated court cases shows that experienced judges, lay assessors, prosecutors, police officers, and lawyers make decisions and convict defendants differently depending on whether they are men or women and what the defendant looks like. Eyewitnesses to crimes are also affected by these factors. This is especially pronounced if there is an extended period of time separating the crime and the testimony. This is what Angela S. Ahola, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, shows in her dissertation.

In the Green of Health: Just 5 Minutes of 'Green Exercise' Optimal for Good Mental Health

Just another reason I dislike gyms. A new study shows that exercising in outdoor “green” areas boots long term health. In addition, the presence of water, “blue,” only increases these effects. Don’t worry lazy people. These effects can be seen after only 5 minutes of green exercise. But come on, people. Let’s try to be outdoors a bit longer than that.

Is it more fun to be a scientist or an artist?

Annoyed by cellphones? Scientists explain why

Ever wonder why overhearing a cellphone conversation is so annoying? American researchers think they have found the answer.