Big yawns are a sign of having a large brain

Yawning in public may be considered slightly rude – but it’s also a sign having a large brain, according to new research.Psychologist Andrew Gallup of State University of New York at Oneonta, recently conducted an experiment in which student participants were instructed to find videos of animals yawning – animals chosen from a list that included gorillas, cats, elephants and other species.The list of 24 mammals was taken from an earlier research paper on brain evolution that measured the brain weight and cortical neuron density of various animals. The cortex is the part of the brain responsible for higher brain functions.The bigger the brain, the longer the yawn When Gallup and his colleagues reviewed the videos, they found a surprisingly strong link between the two brain traits…

Five people jailed for life for body-in-boot murder of Travis Mills Five people have been jailed for life for murdering a father whose body was found in his burnt-out car in Perth. Travis Bennjamin Mills, 30, was severely beaten in his Seville Grove home, then driven in the boot of his car to a vacant lot in Hilbert, where the vehicle was set ablaze, burning him alive. Murder victim Travis Mills with his daughter Ruby.  His partner Seleena Monique Ruthsalz and her mother Joanne Christine Ruthsalz, who was the instigator, will spend at least 21 years and 24 behind bars, respectively. Darren Graeme Campbell and friend Darryl Raymond Newton, who together carried out the attack in April last year, were each jailed for at least 24 years. Darren Campbell's wife Justine Claire Campbell - who played a central role in arranging the ...

Bringing Up Baby, Helping the Economy Too often new parents feel terrified—and not just about the daunting prospect of raising a child. Many of them must grapple with a gut-wrenching decision: How quickly can they leave their newborn to get back to their job? Few can afford to go without salaries for long or to weaken their future wage-earning potential by leaving their job altogether. Americans face such dilemmas because 88 percent of the private U.S. workforce is ineligible for paid family leave. As a result, many women and men clock back in to work within weeks. The cost of that decision can be measured in poorer health outcomes for their newborn and for themselves. Right now the U.S. holds the dubious honor of being the only developed nation without...

Lady Gaga calls PTSD struggle one of her 'deepest secrets' NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga has revealed that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from her rape at the age of 19.The 30-year-old singer made the announcement in an interview broadcast on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday. Gaga was shown in a segment visiting a center for homeless LGBT youth in New York. She told a group that she has a mental illness that she struggles with every day and uses meditation to cope.Gaga’s appearance was part of a campaign to inspire kindness. She says the kindness that’s been shown to her by doctors, family and friends has saved her life.Gaga later said on Twitter that in telling her story, she shared one of her “deepest secrets” with the world.Copyright ...

Judge denies change of venue motion in murder-for-hire trial WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The trial of a Florida woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband will be heard by a local jury. Judge Glenn Kelley on Monday ruled that he thinks he can find an impartial six-member jury in Palm Beach County to hear Dalia Dippolito's retrial. Most of 200 potential jurors interviewed last week told Kelley they knew about the case and most said they think she is guilty. They were dismissed, but 70 remained before final screening Monday. Dippolito was arrested in 2009, and her case was featured on the TV show "Cops." An appellate court threw out a 2011 conviction. Prosecutors allege Dippolito offered an undercover police officer $7,000 to kill her then-husband. She says she was ...

Michael Cheika says now is the time for Wallabies down the pecking order to stand up Paris: Michael Cheika says now is the time for a number of backup Wallabies to rise to the challenge and prove they can perform at Test level as Australia finalises its preparations to take on France at Stade de France. Cheika refuted suggestions he had rested anyone, instead saying the coaching staff had "made choices" to pick 11 new faces to the starting XV that lined up against Scotland. "I want to see how some other guys play at the top level," Cheika said. "It's about saying to those guys perhaps who have been finishing or haven't been getting selected that the opportunity to perform at the top level is here and is always going to be given to you once you work hard for it. "Those ...

Not so sweet at Caroline Springs: expect overcrowded trains when new station opens Caroline Springs, we have a problem. Those trains that will be stopping at your new railway station when it opens in January, they're already full. Construction work on the Caroline Springs railway station in August 2015. It is planned to open in January 2017.  Photo: Pat Scala As in, 100 per cent full in the morning, when many of you will be hoping to ride one into the city to get to work, instead of battling in on the Western Freeway. A new 2017 V/Line timetable for the Ballarat line was released this week, and it shows that on January 29 trains will stop at Caroline Springs, a growth belt suburb in Melbourne's outer west, for the first time.    Four trains are scheduled to stop at the station in the morning ...

GSK insider Waterhouse to head drugmaker's HIV unit ViiV GlaxoSmithKline said on Monday that Dominique Limet would step down at the end of March 2017 as head of the drugmaker's majority-owned HIV business ViiV Healthcare, to be replaced by GSK insider Deborah Waterhouse.Waterhouse, currently in charge of primary care within GSK's U.S. pharmaceuticals operation, will take over as ViiV chief executive at the same time as Emma Walmsley takes the helm of the wider GSK group. Limet has led ViiV for the past seven years. In recent times sales have grown strongly on the back of new HIV medicines. Pfizer and Shionogi are minority shareholders in ViiV. (Reporting by Ben Hirschler; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)