It turns out that if you give kids more vegetables, they'll eat more vegetables. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)
It turns out that if you give kids more vegetables, they'll eat more vegetables. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)Persuading kids to eat more vegetables may be surprisingly simple yet somewhat counterintuitive, according to new research from The Pennsylvania State University: Doubling the portion sizes of broccoli and corn led preschool children to eat 68% more vegetables, but adding butter and salt did not change the amount consumed.

Forget wearing each others' sweatshirts; now it looks like texting styles of romantic partners become similar over time. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Forget wearing each others' sweatshirts; now it looks like texting styles of romantic partners become similar over time. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)College-age romantic partners' texting styles become increasingly similar as their relationship forms, according to a new study that is among the first to investigate linguistic alignment in text messages.

The anti-porn forces are more religion-based than science-based, surveys find. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
The anti-porn forces are more religion-based than science-based, surveys find. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)Conservative politicians have been citing science to support anti-porn legislation, but according to surveys conducted from 1984 to 2018, the only Americans who still broadly support banning porn are biblical literalists — not science believers or skeptics.

Urban oil wells have health impacts for the surrounding neighborhoods. (Nicole Wong)
Urban oil wells have health impacts for the surrounding neighborhoods. (Nicole Wong)People who live near active or dormant oil wells have poorer lung function than those whose homes are farther away, according to a study of two predominantly low-income Black and Latinx neighborhoods in South Los Angeles.

Latinx voters' political leanings are influenced strongly by their American identity.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Latinx voters' political leanings are influenced strongly by their American identity.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)The degree to which Latinx voters prioritize their U.S. American identity over their Latinx identity may have a significant influence on whether those voters support conservative immigration policies and Republican candidates, according to new research.

Better gender balance in the workforce might come from network recruitment rather than from more traditional methods. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Better gender balance in the workforce might come from network recruitment rather than from more traditional methods. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Job recruitment through professional networks might improve gender balance instead of reinforcing existing workplace segregation, according to new research out of Sweden that challenges prevailing theories about gender balance in the workplace.

More detail has been filled in for the history of Eurasian Neanderthals. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
More detail has been filled in for the history of Eurasian Neanderthals. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Researchers have further filled out the history of Eurasia's ancient Neanderthals, using crucial genetic evidence previously hidden in cave sediments to shed light on the hominins' population history and evolution over thousands of years.

Counties that leaned Republican were less likely to show strict adherence to social distancing recommendations. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Counties that leaned Republican were less likely to show strict adherence to social distancing recommendations. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)U.S. counties with lower per capita income and greater Republican orientation were associated with significantly reduced physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study that shows how government policies failed to close disparities between communities throughout almost the entirety of the pandemic.

Major medical organizations may have little or nothing in the way of policies to prevent conflicts of interest. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Major medical organizations may have little or nothing in the way of policies to prevent conflicts of interest. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)The medical organizations that produce widely followed guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions have largely failed to create adequate policies addressing conflicts of interest in how those guidelines are produced, an analysis found, creating a risk for biased medical advice.

A popular method for determining water pollution may be wildly inaccurate. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A popular method for determining water pollution may be wildly inaccurate. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)A technique used worldwide to determine organic carbon pollution in natural waters has been revealed to overestimate concentration levels by up to 90%, meaning some environmental policies may be based on considerably incorrect data.

Closing schools in the California Bay Area greatly limited the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Closing schools in the California Bay Area greatly limited the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)School closures early in the COVID-19 pandemic cut the projected number of coronavirus infections in the San Francisco Bay Area in half, but schools can reopen safely if they follow a series of safety precautions, according to computer modeling work by University of California, Berkeley researchers.

The effects of school shootings on survivors can last a lifetime. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)
The effects of school shootings on survivors can last a lifetime. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)Researchers find substantial evidence that, relative to their unexposed peers, school shooting survivors in the U.S. experience declines in health and well-being, engage in more risky behaviors and have worse education and labor market outcomes.