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Researchers discovered political motivations may have evolutionary links to physical strength. According to their research, Men's upper-body strength predicts their political opinions on economic redistribution, according to the research.
The principal investigators - psychological scientists Michael Bang Petersen, of Aarhus University in Denmark, and Daniel Sznycer, of the University of California in the U.S., believe that the link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in response to our early ancestral environments and continue to influence behaviour today.
In the days of our early ancestors, decisions about the distribution of resources were not made in courthouses or legislative offices, but through shows of strength.
With this in mind, Professor Petersen and Professor Sznycer hypothesised that upper-body strength - a proxy for the ability to physically defend or acquire resources - would predict men's opinions about the redistribution of wealth.
The researchers collected data on bicep size, socio-economic status, and support for economic redistribution from hundreds of people in the United States, Argentina and Denmark.
Didn’t Winston Churchill once say, "If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain." Maybe these “psychological scientists” need to modify the assumptions on which their “research” was based.
Biologists with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have implanted transmitters in a wide variety of fish which they released into the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers earlier this week.
The fish were implanted with transmitters that will let researchers track their movements and gather baseline information needed to assess the effectiveness of barriers to stop invasive Asian carp, particularly as it relates to fish movement through the lock at the Ford Dam.
In addition to the common carp, fisheries biologists implanted paddlefish, lake sturgeon, shovelnose sturgeon, smallmouth buffalo, freshwater drum, white bass and flathead catfish to learn more about these species at several locations on the three large metro rivers.
Funding for the study came from constitutionally dedicated sales tax money a/k/a “Legacy Funds”, as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
Dozens of e-mails released by the White House reveal that Obama administration officials were behind the crafting of a false narrative about the attack in Benghazi, Libya. The communications raise questions about who called the shots and why, say an analyst and a lawmaker involved in the investigation.
According to the documents, officials at the State Department, CIA and White House national security staff heavily revised a CIA memo to remove all references to Islamic extremists known to have participated in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
The revisions also removed the CIA's claims that the agency had issued repeated warnings to the State Department about the threat of al-Qaeda-linked militants in Benghazi.
A deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS has apparently spread from patients to health care workers in eastern Saudi Arabia, health officials said Wednesday.
The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia told world health officials that two health care workers became ill this month after being exposed to patients with the virus. One is critically ill.
Since September 2012, the World Health Organization has been informed of 40 confirmed cases of the virus, and 20 of the patients have died. The deaths occurred in Britain, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.
Experts have suggested calling the new virus MERS, for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, but officials have not signed off on that yet.
The new virus has been compared to SARS, an unusual pneumonia that first surfaced in China in late 2002 and erupted into a deadly international outbreak in early 2003. Spread of the virus in hospitals was a key development in the epidemic.
Ultimately, more than 8,000 cases were reported in about 30 countries, including eight people in the United States. The global tally included 774 deaths.
The new virus is distinct from SARS, but health officials worry it has potential to flare into a SARS-like international outbreak. But many questions remain about how it is spread, where it originated, and how deadly it truly is.
The sun, it seems, is in overdrive. Late Monday night, the sun unleashed its third major solar flare in 24 hours — the biggest and most powerful solar storm of the year, so far.
Two of the three recent solar flares have been associated with massive explosions, called coronal mass ejections, which flung super-hot solar material into space at millions of miles per hour. Because the sunspot firing off the flares is not yet facing Earth, the solar eruptions pose no threat to satellites and astronauts in orbit, NASA has said.
The sunspot where these eruptions occur still faces the Earth, and the phenomena were captured on camera by the Solar Dynamics Observatory of the U.S. space agency NASA.
When these eruptions occur in the direction of the Earth, the X-class solar storms can be hazardous to astronauts and satellites in orbit, and interfere with communications and geo-positioning satellite signals in earth.
One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes rumbled to life almost two weeks ago, spewing room-sized rocks toward nearly 30 surprised climbers, killing five and injuring others that had to be fetched with rescue helicopters and rope.
The eruption was normal for the restive Mayon, said Renato Solidum, the head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
The 8,070-foot mountain about 212 miles southeast of Manila has erupted about 40 times during the last 400 years.
In 2010, thousands of residents moved to temporary shelters when the volcano ejected ash up to 5 miles from the crater.
Lava flowed last Tuesday from two Alaskan volcanoes, with authorities placing both on the second-highest alert levels because "sudden explosions ... are possible with little or no warning."
The volcanoes are Pavlof and Cleveland, both in the Aleutian Island range southwest of mainland Alaska. The Alaska Volcano Observatory has issued a watch due to heightened activity, plus an orange code regarding how they might affect planes in the area.
Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center says there were two explosions at the white-capped volcano between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The center says the volcano spewed a plume of steam about a mile (1.5 kilometer) into the sky.
Authorities continue to monitor the volcano's activity but have not ordered any evacuations. Rain has been forecast for the area, however, and authorities say towns nearby could be flooded with ash mud.