Do You Suffer From 'Exploding Head Syndrome'? You're Not Alone.

New findings indicate nearly one in five college-age students has been startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn't actually exist. Known as "exploding head syndrome," the psychological condition appears to be more common and disruptive than previously thought. » 3/30/15 1:20pm Monday 1:20pm

Using Social Media Is Less Stressful Than You Think, Say Scientists

Anyone who has spent time on Facebook or Instagram has experienced ... let's call them negative emotions. But new research suggests that using social media is actually less stress-inducing than you might think. » 1/15/15 10:50am 1/15/15 10:50am

Geologists finally understand how sandstone arches get their shape. By studying cubes of sand, researchers showed that areas squeezed by vertical stress are strengthened and protected from erosion. This means that it's gravity — and not erosion — that gives rise to elegant sandstone arches, pillars, and alcoves. » 7/21/14 1:40pm 7/21/14 1:40pm

Are we in the midst of an anxiety epidemic?

Some people have called anxiety the Disease of the 21st Century; and on an anecdotal level, it's easy to understand how someone might think anxiety worthy of the title. We've all experienced it at one time or another – that horrible feeling when the whole world seems to be crashing down on us. But is humanity truly in… » 11/06/13 11:30am 11/06/13 11:30am

What makes red squirrels the greatest warriors in Squeaktown

Though cute and furry on the outside, North American red squirrels have the souls of warriors. Each adult will claim a small section of forest, and fiercely defend its territory against all others. And the most successful fighters owe it all to stressed-out mothers. » 4/19/13 10:11am 4/19/13 10:11am

Monkeys are the most stressed when they're stuck in the middle

Sociological studies have found that middle managers tend to be more stressed than either their bosses or their underlings. That phenomenon might well be true of all primates, as macaques display heightened stress levels when they are in the middle of their social hierarchy. » 4/07/13 5:00pm 4/07/13 5:00pm

Stress makes you sick by changing your genes

Most of us are well aware that stress dramatically heightens our susceptibility to contracting illnesses — both physical and psychological. Scientists have known about this link for decades, but have often struggled to describe the actual mechanics involved. But new research from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is… » 8/20/12 6:45am 8/20/12 6:45am

Why truck driving is one of the deadliest jobs in America

What incredibly important profession combines horrible hours, bad pay, and a poor lifestyle? Truck driving. This is a job that destroys so many lives that it could soon become unsustainable. Here's why. » 8/14/12 8:00am 8/14/12 8:00am

When stress makes you healthier

Diabetes. Cardiovascular disease. Depression. These are the effects you typically see associated with stress. While it can cause disease, stress is also good for you. It's part of important cognitive and physiological functions that extend far beyond keeping us alive in "fight or flight" scenarios. » 4/04/12 10:11am 4/04/12 10:11am

Stress can literally kill dragonflies

If you put a dragonfly next to one of its biggest predators, it's way less likely to live a long, healthy life... but not for the reason you think. Fish can quite literally scare dragonflies to death. » 11/01/11 5:00pm 11/01/11 5:00pm

Songbirds have to adjust their hormone levels to deal with their…

Many animals sacrifice for the sake of their children, but red crossbills are on another level entirely. Crossbills with kids have dangerously low stress hormone levels compared to their childless couples...all to make sure they don't suddenly abandon their nest. » 10/19/11 9:20am 10/19/11 9:20am

Voting is so stressful that it can actually trigger hormone changes

Voting isn't generally seen as the most enjoyable activity, but this is really taking things to a whole new level: voting actually causes a significant increase in the levels of cortisol, a hormone the body uses to deal with stress. » 7/05/11 1:01pm 7/05/11 1:01pm

Raven poop reveals the high stress of juvenile gang life and the joys…

Maybe mature, adult relationships really are for the birds after all. Ravens are most successful at finding food when they join large gangs of thirty or more birds, but this consistently proves to be too stressful - yes, stressful - for our feathered friends. Instead, they decide to pursue a less efficient, but much… » 2/09/11 8:07pm 2/09/11 8:07pm

An Anti-Stress Pill that Prevents Your Body from Aging

Click to view Stress runs down the body's immune system, which is why people with high-stress jobs or events in their lives are vulnerable to illness. Now a researcher at UCLA has discovered the link between emotional stress and physical damage — and she's going to develop a pill that will allow you to endure stress… » 7/15/08 3:40pm 7/15/08 3:40pm