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This Revolting Poster Could Increase Teen Smoking Risk, If Teens Are to Be Believed

A recent study, in which American teens shopped in a pretend convenience store, found that gruesome anti-smoking ads might actually encourage kids to buy cigarettes, since they make smoking seem more edgy. But don’t take this finding at face value yet, as some other outlets have, because history has shown that teenagers like to mess with scientists. Read More >>

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Why We Don’t Crash Our Cars While Daydreaming and Driving

Many of us have experienced prolonged stretches of driving where we’re seemingly oblivious to our surroundings, and we’re left dumbfounded that we didn’t get into a serious accident. A new study suggests that a specific brain function protects us from these bouts of absent-minded driving—but that it completely breaks down while texting. Read More >>

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We’re Totally Wrong About Why Babies Make Funny Faces

Newborn infants are supposed to be capable of imitating our facial expressions, like sticking out our tongues and opening our mouths. A new study in Current Biology suggests there’s no actual imitating going on—and that it’s all in our heads. Read More >>

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This Gene Fuels Your Impulsive, Addicted Behavior… If You’re a Dude

Scientists wanted to know why a particular gene kept coming up in studies related to both addiction and obesity. The connection? Impulsivity. But only for men. Read More >>

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Scientifically-Speaking, Nice Guys Do Not Actually Finish Last

Think only jerks can catch a break in this cruel world? Nope. David Rand, a Harvard University researcher, studied the behavior of 800 individuals he recruited through Amazon's Mechanical Turk to prove it. Read More >>