Distinguished scholars at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland released a new 143-page report on Monday that argues that there is not enough definitive scientific evidence available to suggest that gay, lesbian and transgender individuals are born with a certain sexual orientation or gender identity.
In the three-part report published by The New Atlantis, Lawrence Mayer, a scholar-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University's psychiatry department and a professor of statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University, and Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins, take on prevailing claims that sexual orientation and gender dysphoria are caused by natural traits.
Additionally, the scholars challenge the claim that discrimination and social stigma is the sole reason why those with same-sex attractions or transgender identity suffer higher rates of mental health problems. more >>
Florida Gulf Coast University recently released the result of a research connecting inactivity with high IQ. In this study, researchers were able to conclude that intelligent people enjoys being alone with their thoughts and doing intellectual endeavors (such as reading) rather than doing strenuous physical activities.
Researchers connect laziness to intelligence
The research also implied that those who have average IQ are likely to get bored easily than those with higher intelligence. more >>
Many were in awe when lava flow was observed seeping into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday. Although it sounds dangerous, quite a number of tourists still flocked to the Volcanoes National Park to witness the sight and the sound created by the magma when it intermittently "kisses" the sea. Visitors get to watch how the salty water reacts to the fume from the lava where vapor and lumps of blazing molten rock fragments is observed.
Pablo Aguayo, a tourist from Santiago, Chile told Phys.org how amazing the site is especially when amid darkness, one "[starts] in the middle of the ocean" and "[ends] up in [the] beautiful lava falls."
How did the lava reach the sea? more >>
Space enthusiasts as well as astronomers are getting excited for the biggest total solar eclipse happening next year.
The total solar eclipse will reportedly occur on August 21, 2017. The phenomenon is called the "Great American Total Solar Eclipse." According to sky enthusiasts, the upcoming solar eclipse will be the first one that is totally visible in the US after almost 40 years.
Great American Total Solar Eclipse Phenomenon - What is It? The Great American Total Solar Eclipse is a rare phenomenon as reported by Space.com. According to the outlet, the total solar eclipse will cover 70 miles (113 kilometers) of land in the US from Oregon to South Carolina. It is reportedly so big that people from both ends of the coasts in America can see the total solar eclipse from where they are standing. more >>
Admit it, waking up at the same time everyday has always been a struggle. We prepare several alarm clocks set in short intervals just so we can rise up exactly when we need to. Yes, this became a necessity as our bodies always wish to stay a little longer in bed.
There are even times within a day when we daydream to just waste our time sleeping and lying in the comforts of our bed. In reality, this is not exactly what our body needs.
NASA's Bed Rest Study more >>
A deadly parasite has been killing off thousands of fishes in the Yellowstone River in Montana, US.
Along with closing the river, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks have banned any water-based recreation and ordered the closure of the Park. This includes the Yellowstone National Park's northern boundary at Gardiner up to the Highway 212 bridge in Laurel.
Yellowstone River Closure, Water-Based Recreation Ceased more >>