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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Companies' Bottom Lines Benefit When Former Politicians Join Leadership Teams

May 5, 2015 — Companies can experience a significant improvement to their bottom lines when a former politician takes a leadership role, but company leaders who move into the political area do not provide the same ... read more

Simulating Seasons: Researchers Use Supercomputing to Assess Impact of Climate Change on Malawi's Growing Season

May 5, 2015 — Malawi, a small landlocked country in southeast Africa, is home to 13 million people and is one of the least-developed countries in the world. Its security is highly dependent on rain-fed ... read more

Online Training Can Teach Psychotherapists Evidence-Based Treatments, Study Finds

May 5, 2015 — Psychotherapy treatments can lag years behind what research has shown to be effective because there simply are not enough clinicians trained in new methods. A new study proposes one solution to the ... read more

Connecting Uninsured Patients to Primary Care Could Reduce Emergency Department Use

May 5, 2015 — An intervention to connect low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to a reliable source of primary health care shows promise for reducing avoidable use of hospital emergency departments in ... read more

May 5, 2015 — America's best teachers rap their algebra lessons, use music to teach Kafka and find other ways to use their own creative interests to teach their students, finds a new study. Examining the ... read more

Nonstop Shopping: Impact of Mobile Technology on Purchasing Patterns

May 5, 2015 — Customers who adopted mobile technology for their grocery shopping shopped more often and placed larger orders, research shows. The data was collected between 2011 and 2013 from an Internet-only ... read more

Primary Care Visits Available to Most Uninsured, but at a High Price

May 4, 2015 — Uninsured people in the United States don't have any more difficulty getting appointments with primary care doctors than those with insurance, but they get them at prices that are likely ... read more

Double-Digit Growth for Firms Creating Own Online Communities

May 4, 2015 — Double-digit revenue growth has been observed for firms that create their own brand-specific online communities. Engaging consumers through online social networks is an increasingly mission-critical ... read more

School Competitive Food Policies Appears Tied to Neighborhood Socioeconomics

May 4, 2015 — Policy changes in California to make the food and beverages that compete with school meal programs more healthy for students appear to have improved childhood overweight/obesity prevalence trends, ... read more

Researchers Hope to Improve Dental Health by Changing Caregiver's Behavior

May 4, 2015 — Studies have long associated low-income areas with poor oral health. But dental researchers have sensed that other factors related to income may be at work -- in particular, education level. So they ... read more

May 4, 2015 — Bad news, fans of rational political discourse: A study shows that attempts to debunk political rumors may only reinforce their ... read more

Hot Under the Collar: The Untold Dangers Firefighters Face in the Line of Duty

May 4, 2015 — What do you think is the biggest cause of death for firefighters on duty? Well if your first thought was burns or smoke inhalation you'd be wrong. According to research, since 1977, sudden ... read more

New Gold Standard Established for Open, Reproducible Research

May 3, 2015 — In recent years there's been a great deal of discussion about so-called 'open access' publications -- the idea that research publications, particularly those funded by public money, ... read more

Good Things in Store for Retailers

May 1, 2015 — Adding brick-and-mortar stores to online and catalog retailing increases sales overall, research shows. Online and catalog retailers pondering whether to add physical stores to their customers' ... read more

School Reform in Post-Katrina New Orleans Harmful to Black Community, Scholars Say

May 1, 2015 — By most media accounts, education reform in post-Katrina New Orleans is a success. Test scores and graduation rates are up, and students once trapped in failing schools have their choice of charter ... read more

Housing Market Cycles Have Become Longer

May 1, 2015 — A statistical analysis of data from 20 industrial countries covering the period 1970 to 2012 suggests housing market pricing cycles -- normal, boom and bust phases -- have become longer over the last ... read more

May 1, 2015 — Most new patents are combinations of existing ideas and pretty much always have been, even as the stream of fundamentally new core technologies has slowed, according to a new ... read more

Comprehensive New Study Provides Foundation for Future of Digital Higher Education

May 1, 2015 — The role that technology plays in higher education has been examined by investigators whose report offers steps that universities of tomorrow can take to support student learning. The study supports ... read more

May 1, 2015 — The 20 most popular exoplanets have been made available for naming proposals from registered clubs and non-profit ... read more

Online Voting a Step Closer Thanks to Breakthrough in Security Technology

Apr. 30, 2015 — A technique to allow people to cast their election vote online -- even if their home computers are suspected of being infected with viruses -- has been developed by researchers. Taking inspiration ... read more

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