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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Homeownership a 'Dream Deferred' for Millennial Generation

Feb. 9, 2016 — Millennials face significant hurdles in their quest for homeownership, said a professor of agricultural and consumer economics and co-author of a new paper examining homeownership trends among those ... read more

The Big Dig: Global Software Solution for Road, Water and Sewer Repairs

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers have developed an innovative method of tracking the many issues involved with the repair and renewal of road, water and sewer ... read more

Cutting Prison Sentences Could Reduce Spread of HIV

Feb. 9, 2016 — Reducing the number of men who go to prison could help curb the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in a community. A new computer model suggests that reducing incarceration in a ... read more

Veterans Affairs Health System Faces Significant Challenges, Studies Find

Feb. 8, 2016 — A series of reports prepared as part of a Congressionally mandated review of the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system finds that demands on the VA will continue to increase through the end of the ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Despite strong preferences for ethical chocolate in focus groups, only 14 percent of millennials in individual choice studies selected candy with ethical or social factors labeling, according to a ... read more

Kitchen Skills Are Highly Dependent on Level of Income and Children Living at Home

Feb. 8, 2016 — Our knowledge of food and our kitchen skills are highly dependent on our level of income and on whether we have children living at home, say investigators at the conclusion of their study in ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Messages from around the world are to be beamed into space at the speed of light as part of a cultural project to create a celestial time ... read more

Early Bedtime, Better School Performance

Feb. 8, 2016 — There is a strong relationship between sleep problems and poor academic performances among adolescents, a new study demonstrates. Results show that high school students going to bed between 10 and 11 ... read more

The Refugee Crisis: Biologists Warn of the Problems of Determining Age from Biological Indicators in Children

Feb. 8, 2016 — The thousands of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) entering Europe to seek escape from war and poverty are in the headlines as the British Government considers the acceptance of 3000 ... read more

Alcohol Consumption in Valencia Rockets During Fallas

Feb. 8, 2016 — It is possible to measure the alcohol consumption of a given population based on the presence of a stable metabolite excreted in urine in wastewaters: ethyl sulphate. Now research is focused on the ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Ocean acidification (the ongoing decrease in the pH of Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere), is affecting the formation of the skeleton of coralline algae ... read more

Study Compares Effectiveness of Phone-Based and Web-Based Smoking Cessation Programs in Four States

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new analysis indicates that states' Web-based and phone-based tobacco cessation programs can help people quit smoking, but certain personal characteristics may lead individuals to prefer one ... read more

Public Back Ban on Children's Junk Food Advertising

Feb. 7, 2016 — Three quarters of the UK public back a ban on junk food advertising before the 9pm TV watershed, according to a new survey. And one in two support a tax on sugary drinks, which could help tackle the ... read more

Study Evaluates Pay-for-Performance Program for Medicaid Children in an ACO

Feb. 5, 2016 — The first pay-for-performance (P4P) evaluation of pediatricians under a full-risk Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO) for children shows P4P incentives were partially responsible for higher ... read more

Does Shopping Help You Feel Better After a Setback?

Feb. 5, 2016 — If you just flubbed a big work project, you might be feeling down on yourself. Maybe you'll head to the mall to indulge in a little retail therapy. Buying products is a common way to make ... read more

'Pushback' Against Constant Connectivity Also Reflected in Images

Feb. 5, 2016 — People expressing the wish to resist constant online connectivity -- dubbed "pushback" by researchers -- is manifested as powerfully in images as in text, further study has ... read more

Super Bowl Won’t Make You Feel Super, Even If Your Team Wins

Feb. 5, 2016 — Communication researchers have created a unique way to watch the emotional dynamics of the game in real-time during this year's Super ... read more

Secondhand Smoke: Nations Producing Less Greenhouse Gas Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Feb. 5, 2016 — A new study shows a dramatic global mismatch between nations producing the most greenhouse gases and the ones most vulnerable to the effects of climate ... read more

Graphical Display of Nutrition Information Helps Keep Health-Conscious Eaters on Target

Feb. 4, 2016 — In a time-constrained situation, such as standing in line at a cafeteria or restaurant, it can be difficult for consumers to quickly calculate and use numerical nutrition information -- beyond the ... read more

'Meaningful' Media May Push Altruism Across Bounds of Race and Age

Feb. 4, 2016 — People who watch meaningful entertainment may be more willing to lend a hand to people they consider different, according to ... read more

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