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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:58:52 EDT
Worm lizards dispersed by 'rafting' over oceans, not continental drift
Tiny, burrowing reptiles known as worm lizards became widespread long after the breakup of the continents, leading scientists to conclude that they must have dispersed by rafting across oceans soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs, rather than by continental drift as previously thought.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:58:44 EDT
Tiny songbird discovered to migrate non-stop, 1,500 miles over the Atlantic
For the first time biologists report 'irrefutable evidence' that tiny blackpoll warblers complete a nonstop flight from about 1,410 to 1,721 miles (2,270 to 2,770 km) in just two to three days. For this work the scientists fitted geolocator packs on 20 birds in Vermont and 20 more in Nova Scotia. They were able to recapture three birds from the Vermont group and two from the Nova Scotia group for analyses.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:06:14 EDT
Discovering missing body parts of ancient fossils: Waves and storms lifted fossils off the seafloor 550 million years ago
Certain specimens of the fossil Dickinsonia are incomplete because ancient currents lifted them from the sea floor, a team of paleontologists has found. Sand then got deposited beneath the lifted portion, the researchers report, strongly suggesting that Dickinsonia was mobile, easily separated from the sea floor and not attached to the substrate on which it lived.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:06:12 EDT
Cultivating timeflow: Can consumers shape how they experience time?
Why does time seem to crawl if you're waiting in line at the post office, but hours can fly by in minutes when you're doing something fun? A new study examines the factors that determine how consumers experience time.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:59:18 EDT
Saving money: Do consumers spend less if they think about the future?
Why is it so hard for consumers to save money? According to a new study, consumers are often impatient and do not think about the long-term consequences of spending money.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:59:16 EDT
When are consumers more likely to rely on feelings to make decisions?
Why do some consumers make choices based on their feelings instead of rational assessments? According to a new study, consumers who consider themselves independent are more inclined to rely on feelings when making decisions.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:59:12 EDT
Better method for forecasting hurricane season
A better method for predicting the number of hurricanes in an upcoming season has been developed by atmospheric scientists. The team's new model improves the accuracy of seasonal hurricane forecasts for the North Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico by 23 percent.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:59:08 EDT
How are ordinary consumers transforming the fashion business?
One of the most important shifts of the 21st century is the ability of consumers to participate in markets they love such as music and fashion. A new study reveals how ordinary consumers have changed the inner workings of the fashion business by sharing their passion for fashion on a wide variety of websites.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:59:04 EDT
A matter of taste: When do products benefit from mixed reviews?
How do consumers react to products with diverse online reviews? According to a new study, a mix of positive and negative reviews can benefit products that are evaluated based on personal taste.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:59:02 EDT
Do consumers think products are better when companies donate to charity?
Does hearing about a company's charitable donations raise your opinion of their products? According to a new study, corporate social responsibility leads consumers to believe products are better quality.
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