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December 1, 2015

Watching Eyes Prevent Littering

Dec. 1, 2015 — People are less likely to drop litter if it has printed eyes on it, researchers. In an experiment that could help tackle anti-social behavior, researchers printed two leaflets, one featuring a ... read more

Gender Segregation in Jobs Is Not Rooted in Early Family Planning

Nov. 30, 2015 — Despite decades of efforts to banish the idea of 'jobs for men' -- construction worker, firefighter, mechanic -- and 'jobs for women' -- teacher, flight attendant, registered ... read more

Kids from High Socioeconomic Background More Likely to Rely on Parental Help as Adults

Nov. 30, 2015 — More than 40 percent of young adults no longer live with their parents, but still receive at least some financial support from mom and dad -- and this is particularly true for grown children from ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — A new report warns of the potential for major negative impacts on fish and fish habitat caused by large hydroelectric dams, like that currently under evaluation through the Next Generation Hydro ... read more

Not All Canadians Feeling the Heat of Climate Change

Nov. 30, 2015 — While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Paris hammering out the details of the global fight against climate change, a new study shows that Canadian attitudes are somewhat ambivalent. The ... read more

Threats Against Children During the Separation Process for Women in Abusive Relationships

Nov. 30, 2015 — Mothers who separate from their abusive partners are four times more likely to report threats to take or to harm their children than those who stay in the relationship, a new study has ... read more

Thinking of Bagging Yourself a Black Friday Bargain?

Nov. 27, 2015 — Revealing the motives, characteristics and experiences of sale shoppers, a new article lends some information to would-be shoppers, advice that will be useful even long after Black Friday ... read more

Instrument to Measure Brand Embarrassment Developed by Economists

Nov. 27, 2015 — Whether people wear T-shirts with a big logo of a brand depends on a person's "brand embarrassment tendency" (BET). Embarrassment is an intense, negative emotion and it derives from ... read more

More Than One in Four Older Indians on Low and Middling Incomes Have Midriff Bulge

Nov. 27, 2015 — More than one in four middle-aged Indians on low and middling incomes now has an unhealthy midriff bulge, with women most likely to carry a spare tire, reveal the results of a nationally ... read more

DNA Sequences in GMOs: Largest Database Now Publicly Available

Nov. 26, 2015 — The JRC has published a new database, JRC GMO-Amplicons, which contains more than 240 000 DNA sequences appearing in genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It will help to verify the presence of ... read more

Rice Basket Study Rethinks Roots of Human Culture

Nov. 26, 2015 — Although teaching is useful, it is not essential for cultural progress because people can use reasoning and reverse engineering of existing items to work out how to make tools, suggests a new ... read more

Shedding Light on Oil Behaviors Before the Next Spill

Nov. 25, 2015 — There are still critical research gaps hampering efforts to both assess the environmental impacts of crude oil spills and to effectively remediate them, a Canadian, comprehensive scientific report ... read more

Patient Deaths Do Not Increase During Doctor Strikes

Nov. 25, 2015 — As doctors in England prepare for strike action next month, researchers show that, in high-income countries, 'patients do not come to serious harm during industrial action provided that ... read more

NTDs Disproportionately Found in Areas of Poverty in Islamic Nations

Nov. 25, 2015 — The Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation is an inter-governmental organization of 57 Muslim-majority countries with a mission to promote human rights and advance science and technology ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Urban environments struggle with contaminated water running off, causing pollution and algal blooms. In response, cities often use natural landscapes of soil, grasses, and trees. These biofiltration ... read more

Willingness to Adopt Children With Special Needs the Focus of Recent Study

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new study has focused on the attitudes and preferences of prospective adoptive parents in Canada. The study examined the preferences and attitudes of 5,830 AdoptOntario online registrants between ... read more

Contact With Nature May Mean More Social Cohesion, Less Crime

Nov. 25, 2015 — In a first-of-its-kind study, an international team tested social correlates of both objective and subjective contact with nature in a systematic way, revealing complex linkages between nature, ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — In sub-Saharan Africa, dozens of major 'development corridors,' including roads, railroads, and pipelines, are in the works to increase agricultural production, mineral exports, and ... read more

Peak-End Pizza: Higher Prices Mean First Impressions Count

Nov. 25, 2015 — How does price impact your evaluation of a restaurant meal? Psychologists have long thought that we judge experiences based on their most intense moment (the peak) and the last part of the experience ... read more

New 'Party Pill' Test Could Help Authorities Keep Up With Trends in Drug (Ab)use

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new test for club drugs like ketamine can detect low levels of drugs in urine and plasma, making it faster, easier and cheaper to identify them. The authors of the study say it could give ... read more

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