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October 4, 2015

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October 4, 2015

Players Object to Extreme Physique of Video Game Characters

Oct. 2, 2015 — A researcher surveyed video game players about their views of characters with unrealistic bodies and found that they objected to the exaggerated and highly sexualized physiques in the ... read more

Hotel 'Greenwashing' Dirties Eco-Friendly Reputation

Oct. 1, 2015 — Hotels across the globe are increasingly encouraging guests to embrace green practices. Yet while guests think they are supporting the environment by shutting off lights and reusing towels, they may ... read more

The Media Love Men... Bad News for Women

Oct. 1, 2015 — Five out of every six names that appear in the media today are those of men, a research team has discovered. That's because the media focuses nearly exclusively on individuals at the top of ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Statistics is one of the fastest-growing degrees in the US, but the growth may not be enough to satisfy the high demand for -- statisticians in technology, consumer products, health care, government, ... read more

Why Do People Vote Strategically, and for Whom?

Oct. 1, 2015 — People vote strategically when they think neither their first nor their second choice has any chance of winning in their electorate, according to an analysis of Quebec's 2012 provincial ... read more

Search Engine for More Accurate, Fast Recognition of Metabolites

Oct. 1, 2015 — Metabolites are small molecules, such as sugars, fatty acids and amino acids that, among other things, serve as sources of energy in the cells and as building materials for cell walls. For ... read more

Collaborative Behaviours, Traditional Practices

Oct. 1, 2015 — A new report on information practices in the physical sciences has been released by researchers. While cross-border and cross-disciplinary collaborations are breaking down subject siloes across the ... read more

Ballistics Imaging Systems Effective With Good Management

Oct. 1, 2015 — During a homicide epidemic in Trinidad and Tobago driven mainly by guns, the developing country had forensic ballistics imaging technology, but faced problems effectively using it to solve crimes, ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Exceptionally detailed maps of five Great Lakes recreational activities have now been mapped by researchers who say the information can be used to help prioritize restoration ... read more

Divorcing Drugs and Violence Is Key to Saving U.S. Drug Policy, Research Shows

Oct. 1, 2015 — New research is being used in public policy discussions surrounding changes to mandatory minimum sentences involving nonviolent drug offenders through the Smarter Sentencing ... read more

New System Helps Teachers Gain Back Valuable Instruction Time

Oct. 1, 2015 — Elementary schoolchildren often dawdle between activities during the school day, losing valuable instructional time in the process. New research has found a way to reclaim these lost minutes and make ... read more

Our Environment Shapes Our Language

Sep. 30, 2015 — In a series of experiments, researchers show that novel communication systems reflect a variety of environmental and interactional factors. These findings challenge long-established ideas that syntax ... read more

The Danish Nitrogen Budget in a Nutshell

Sep. 30, 2015 — To get a clearer overall picture of the sources and sinks of nitrogen, scientists have developed a national nitrogen budget for Denmark for the years 1990 to 2010. The budget shows inputs and outputs ... read more

A Step Toward Clothing That Guards Against Chemical Warfare Agents

Sep. 30, 2015 — Recent reports of chemical weapons attacks in the Middle East underscore the urgent need for new ways to guard against their toxic effects. Toward that end, scientists report a new hydrogel coating ... read more

Math and Me: Children Who Identify With Math Get Higher Scores

Sep. 30, 2015 — How strongly children identify with math (their math 'self-concept') can be used to predict how high they will score on a standardized test of math achievement, according to a new ... read more

Why 'Respect' for Sporting Greats Provides Fast-Track Up Coaching Ladder

Sep. 30, 2015 — A study of senior decision-makers in some of England and Wales' top professional football and rugby union clubs suggests that former top-class players are being fast-tracked up the coaching ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — Mobile apps are changing the way brands connect with consumers and have the potential to boost a company's bottom line. According to a new study, there is a direct link between app use and ... read more

More Obesity Among the Less Educated in Rich Countries

Sep. 30, 2015 — In rich countries, obesity is more common among the lower educated, whilst in poor countries, obesity is more common among the higher educated, confirms new research. Previous studies have shown that ... read more

Are American Schools Making Inequality Worse?

Sep. 30, 2015 — Schooling plays a surprisingly large role in short-changing the nation's most economically disadvantaged students of critical math skills, according to a a new study. Findings from the study ... read more

Open Peer Review Could Result in Better Quality of Peer Review

Sep. 29, 2015 — Whether or not a research article has been peer reviewed openly can seemingly make a difference to the quality of the peer review, according to new research. When two similar journals were compared, ... read more

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