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Apr. 28, 2015 — Scientists analyzed five years of NFL draft data and discovered that the performance of NFL players who had an arrest record but no charges was better than those without an arrest and those arrested ... read more

Should Voting Be Compulsory or Should We Have a Right Not to Vote?

Apr. 28, 2015 — Each year, millions of people fail to vote without reproach. Does abstention constitute a citizen's right not to vote? A new article explores whether we have a legal right to a 'no ... read more

Family Reunification Drives Child Migration from Latin America

Apr. 21, 2015 — New research examines why children from Latin America make the difficult journey north. Researchers examined demographic data collected on people who migrated as minors from Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa ... read more

Protocol Developed for Preserving Forensic Evidence After a Terrorist Attack

Apr. 21, 2015 — Pathologists have developed a set of protocols for processing and preserving forensic evidence, such as shrapnel, bullets and other projectiles, in surgical specimens (i.e. amputated limbs, injured ... read more

Major Occupational Health Groups Publish Guidance for Employers on the Impact of Marijuana in the Workplace

Apr. 13, 2015 — Experts have published guidance for employers aimed at helping them better understand the implications of marijuana use on the workforce as attitudes toward marijuana and laws restricting it continue ... read more

The Challenges for Anthropologists When They're the Expert in the Courtroom

Mar. 24, 2015 — Researchers are examining the intellectual, practical and ethical challenges for anthropologists when they're hired to serve as expert ... read more

What Is the Definition of 'Natural' Foods? Consumers Want to Know

Mar. 24, 2015 — After decades of debate there remains no generally accepted definition of a "natural" food product. Regulatory agencies have refused to settle the issue but may be under new pressure from ... read more

Mar. 23, 2015 — A parenting trial that aims to improve child behavior in Panama City – the place with the eighth highest murder rate in the world -- has been piloted by researchers. "We felt that a lack of ... read more

Strong Regulations on Gun Sales Prevent High-Risk Individuals from Accessing Firearms, Can Reduce Violent Crime

Mar. 18, 2015 — Laws and regulations designed to keep firearms from people at risk of committing violence, such as felons and those under restraining orders, are effective and, in some instances, reduce lethal ... read more

Value of Zoos, Aquariums in Boosting Biodiversity Understanding

Mar. 16, 2015 — Zoos and aquariums around the world have a crucial role to play in helping people understand how they can protect animals and their natural habitats, new research has found. The findings of the ... read more

Teens, Adults Hazy on Washington Marijuana Law, Study Shows

Mar. 9, 2015 — Only 57 percent of Washington parents surveyed knew the legal age for recreational marijuana use and just 63 percent knew that homegrown marijuana is illegal under the law, a new study ... read more

Mar. 5, 2015 — While many blame the 'teenage brain' for high rates of teen crime, violence, and driving incidents, an important factor has been ignored: teenagers as a group suffer much higher average ... read more

'No Take Zones' in English Channel Would Benefit Marine Wildlife, Fishing Industry

Mar. 4, 2015 — Marine conservationists are increasingly pinning their hopes on marine protected areas (MPAs) to save threatened species and reduce over-fishing. However, while most people agree that stopping some ... read more

Mar. 2, 2015 — In order to cope, conservation organizations need to adapt like the organisms they seek to protect, a new paper suggests, arguing that conservation organizations need to be bolder in their adaptation ... read more

Sharp Rise in Experimental Animal Research in US

Feb. 25, 2015 — The use of animals in experimental research has soared at leading US laboratories in recent years, finds new research. This is despite growing public opposition to animal experimentation, mounting ... read more

Improving Inmate Health Can Lead to Better Community Health, Safety

Feb. 25, 2015 — If prisoners received better health care while behind bars and after release, both their health and the community's health would improve, new research has found. Offering treatment to prisoners ... read more

Use of Neuroscience in Law May Face Political Resistance

Feb. 24, 2015 — Republicans and Independents disapprove of neuroscience-informed criminal justice reforms when the reforms are seen as being too lenient with criminal defendants. When framed differently, however, ... read more

24 Hour News Amnesia: How Swiftly the Public Forgets Murderers and Their Victims

Feb. 24, 2015 — Almost eight out of ten people cannot recall the names of the UK’s most notorious serial killers, paedophiles or their victims, despite the wall-to-wall media coverage of these cases over the past ... read more

Possible Regulation of Cigarettes Not Likely to Significantly Change US Illicit Tobacco Market

Feb. 19, 2015 — Although there is insufficient evidence to draw firm conclusions about how the US illicit tobacco market would respond to any new regulations that modify cigarettes -- for example, by lowering ... read more

Hair Dye 'CSI' Could Help Police Solve Crimes

Feb. 18, 2015 — Criminals with a penchant for dyeing their hair could soon pay for their vanity. Scientists have found a way to analyze hair samples at crime scenes to rapidly determine whether it was colored and ... read more

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