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Science

A Zoologist Discusses the Science of Animal Hair

Animal hair is important to mammals for a number of reasons—insulation, self-defense, and even as a sensory organ. But what are some of the other properties that make this fuzzy collection of chemicals so unique to the animal kingdom? […]

Psychology

Conscientiousness: The Big Five Personality Types Explained

The fourth member of the big five is the trait of conscientiousness, which reflects the degree to which people are responsible and dependable. Conscientiousness comes down to whether people usually do what they should, and whether they try to do it well. Of course, responsibly doing what one should depends on a number of separate characteristics, and most of these underlying attributes are part of conscientiousness. […]

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Psychology

Neuroticism: The Big Five Personality Types Explained

The second most important personality trait is usually called neuroticism, but because the word neuroticism has such negative connotations, many researchers now call it emotional stability. Whatever we call it, the central feature of neuroticism or emotional stability is the degree to which people experience negative emotions. […]

Psychology

The Science Behind the Five Major Personality Types

The English language contains more than 3000 words that refer to personality characteristics of various kinds. So how have researchers isolated and defined five major personality types out of a pool of thousands? And what, exactly, is the difference between a personality type and a personality trait? […]

Health & Fitness

Performance-Enhancing Drugs: The Lance Armstrong Doping Scandal

America’s most well-known cyclist of the recent past is, no doubt, Lance Armstrong. Born in Texas, Armstrong turned pro in 1992 at age 21, and within the next few years, won major competitions, including stages within the Tour de France. Few foresaw the disgraceful path his career would soon take, tainted by the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs. […]

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In The News

The Opioid Crisis: Fentanyl and The Dangers of Synthetic Opioids

Drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed in the United States over the last few decades, creating what we now know as the opioid crisis. For example, in 1968, a little over 5,000 people died from a drug overdose in the US. In 1990, that number had grown to about 8400. But why are opioids, like fentanyl, so dangerous? […]

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