Talk to the hand. Scientists try to debunk idea that finger length can reveal personality and health

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If papers published in the past 6 months are right, a single number is enough to show whether people are likely to suffer a premature heart attack, land first authorship on published papers, become dependent on alcohol, or put on fat around the middle. That magic number is the ratio between the lengths of the second and fourth fingers, known as the 2D:4D ratio. It tends to be lower in men’meaning their fourth fingers tend to be longer than their second’than in women. Researchers who believe in its predictive power say it reflects a fetus’s exposure to testosterone and other hormones that guide development, including that of the brain.

Publisher: Science | AAAS
Date: 2019-06-04T12:59:20-04:00
Author: Mitch Leslie
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Not to change the topic here:

4 Reasons People Fear Science

Random things inspire what I write in Forbes Science – current events, extraordinary weather, or the need to debunk bad science. However, the inspiration for this piece was a conversation with a man while sipping Pinot Grigio and munching on lobster cakes at a fancy reception. The conversation began with a very common question that I receive as an atmospheric scientist, “Do you believe in climate change?” My answer was the usual, “science is not a belief system” followed by a deeper explanation. The conversation circled around to faith. I shared that I saw no inherent conflict between my faith and science. The conversation was interrupted so I really couldn’t tell where it was going. However, one topic prompted me to write about what I perceive to be fear of science. Here are four reasons why I believe people might fear science.

Publisher: Forbes
Date: 2019-05-26
Author: Marshall Shepherd
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New Study Finds This Is How Much Time Each Day We Spend Gossiping

New research from’University of California – Riverside has determined that we spend an estimated average of 52 minutes a day gossiping. In addition to how much time we spend chattering about others, psychologists set out to see the nature of the gossip (positive, negative, or neutral) and to debunk myths about chitchatting (for instance, do women really engage in more “tear-down” gossip than men?).

“There is a surprising dearth of information about who gossips and how, given public interest and opinion on the subject,” said Megan Robbins, an assistant psychology professor who led the study along with Alexander Karan, a graduate student in her lab, in a press release on Science Daily. The study was published in’Social Psychological and Personality Science’earlier this month.

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Greetings Earthlings: All systems on halt. The data presented above may one day be zapped to another dimension. Just thought you should be aware. Dude, there was a blue light over there just now.