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July 8, 2015

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July 8, 2015

Fewer Women Than Men Are Shown Online Ads Related to High-Paying Jobs

July 7, 2015 — Significantly fewer women than men were shown online ads promising them help getting jobs paying more than $200,000, raising questions about the fairness of targeting ads online, new research ... read more

Poverty Plays Complex Role in Entrepreneurship for Indian Women

July 7, 2015 — Over a billion entrepreneurs in the world operate in subsistence economies, often living hand to mouth. Is there a relationship between such poverty and entrepreneurial activity? A new study says yes ... read more

Faced With Limited Choices, Prisoners Become Entrepreneurs to Meet Their Needs

July 7, 2015 — Inside Gramercy maximum security prison, the market for nearly any kind of good or service is extremely limited, to say the least. But according to a new study, the severely restricted consumption ... read more

Mascots: Can a Humanlike Figure Actually Harm a Company?

July 7, 2015 — Companies whose brands are represented by or associated with human or humanlike figures are often perceived to be taking advantage of consumers when they raise their prices, new research ... read more

Yes, It Pays to Win Back Lost Customers

July 7, 2015 — The competition for customers in the service sector is fierce, and new customers are entering the market all the time. So when a company loses a customer, is it worth it to try to win that customer ... read more

Reusable Shopping Bags Encourage Shoppers to Buy Produce -- And Junk Food?

July 7, 2015 — Bringing reusable bags to the grocery store often means you are an environmentally friendly shopper. But it also influences the very things you buy. According to a new study, bringing your own bags ... read more

Goat Meat Consumption on the Rise as Immigrants Keep Ties to Home Culture

July 7, 2015 — If you're seeing more goat meat in grocery stores and on restaurant menus these days, you can probably chalk it up to a particular expression of ethnic identity -- an expression that has ... read more

Customer Commitment Has Many Faces, Differs Globally

July 7, 2015 — Companies that want to increase customers' loyalty and get their repeat business would do well to understand the nuanced ways in which and reasons why a customer is committed to that company, ... read more

Breast Cancer Routinely Overdiagnosed in Norway

July 7, 2015 — For every life saved by Norway's Breast Cancer Screening Programme, five women are over-diagnosed, and have to go through an operation to remove a tumour that otherwise never would have caused ... read more

'Here Comes the Sun': Does Pop Music Have a 'Rhythm of the Rain?'

July 7, 2015 — Weather is frequently portrayed in popular music, with a new scientific study finding over 750 popular music songs referring to weather, the most common being sun and rain, and blizzards being the ... read more

Religious Groups Could Expedite Response to Biggest Global Health Challenges of 21st Century

July 7, 2015 — Faith-based organizations are crucial in achieving the promise of universal health coverage -- an adequate standard of health care for all people -- especially for poor and marginalized groups, ... read more

New Blood Pressure Guidelines May Lead to Under Treatment of Older Adults

July 6, 2015 — In 2014, the Joint National Committee released the eighth update to the blood pressure guidelines (JNC8P). These guidelines included a controversial decision to change the blood pressure goal that ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Researchers have designed EYES, a new system for smartphones and tablets –now in the prototype phase– which aims to make overtaking manoeuvres safer on highways. EYES provides visual help to the ... read more

Stronger Action Needed to Transform UK's Energy System

July 5, 2015 — An ambitious policy package is essential for the UK to transform its energy system to achieve the deep reductions in carbon emissions required to avoid dangerous climate change, according to new ... read more

Significant Reduction in Serious Crimes After Juvenile Offenders Given Emotional Awareness Training

July 6, 2015 — Scientists believe that a simple two-hour emotional awareness course aimed at making young offenders less aggressive could hold the key to significantly reducing the seriousness of their future ... read more

Millions of Children's Lives Saved Through Low-Cost Investments

July 3, 2015 — More than 34 million children's lives have been saved since 2000 because of investments in child health programs at a cost of as little as $4,205 per child, according to a new analysis. From ... read more

Mass Killings, School Shootings Are Contagious

July 2, 2015 — A team of researchers examined databases on past high-profile mass killings and school shootings in the US and fit a contagion model to the data to determine that these tragedies create a period of ... read more

July 2, 2015 — Think you're a foodie? Adventurous eaters, known as 'foodies,' are often associated with indulgence and excess. However, a new study shows just the opposite -- adventurous eaters weigh ... read more

Sharing Knowledge Positively Impacts Innovation in Retail

July 2, 2015 — A new study finds that a retail store should share customer service experiences with other units in the same chain to have more innovative behavior in its own ... read more

Online Reader Comments Can Provide Valuable Feedback to News Sites

July 2, 2015 — Researchers have found that editors and owners of news organizations may want to pay more attention to what their readers are saying about their news stories in order to better serve their ... read more

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