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August 3, 2015

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August 3, 2015

Half of the Most Popular News on Twitter Is Not Covered by Traditional News Media Sources

July 31, 2015 — Half of the news that appears on Twitter as 'trending topics' goes unmentioned in the traditional news media, and when both sources carry it, 60 percent of the stories appear first on the ... read more

Sochi Winter Olympics 'Cost Billions More Than Estimated'

July 27, 2015 — As the International Olympic Committee prepares to choose between Beijing and Almaty as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, a new report shows that the cost of last year's Games in Sochi, ... read more

Sex and Violence May Not Really Sell Products

July 21, 2015 — If there's one thing advertisers think they know, it is that sex and violence sell. A new analysis, however, provides some of the best evidence to date that this widely accepted adage just ... read more

Goat Meat Consumption on the Rise as Immigrants Keep Ties to Home Culture

July 7, 2015 — If you're seeing more goat meat in grocery stores and on restaurant menus these days, you can probably chalk it up to a particular expression of ethnic identity -- an expression that has ... read more

'Here Comes the Sun': Does Pop Music Have a 'Rhythm of the Rain?'

July 7, 2015 — Weather is frequently portrayed in popular music, with a new scientific study finding over 750 popular music songs referring to weather, the most common being sun and rain, and blizzards being the ... read more

Sexual Harassment at Work Not Just Men Against Women

July 1, 2015 — More than one in 10 complaints of sexual harassment at work are reported by ... read more

Almost One in Three US Adults Owns at Least One Gun

June 29, 2015 — Almost one in three US adults owns at least one gun, and they are predominantly white married men over the age of 55, reveals research. Gun owners are are more than twice as likely as non-gun owners ... read more

Is Facebook the Next Frontier for Online Learning?

June 29, 2015 — Social-networking sites such as Facebook can help students learn scientific literacy and other complex subjects that often receive short shrift in today's time-strapped ... read more

Women's Sport Participation and Gender Equality: African Women in the Beautiful Game

June 24, 2015 — Despite a notably high percentage of women in political positions, South Africa has high rates of rape and domestic violence, suggesting poor gender equality, widespread discrimination and male ... read more

Study Reveals Public's Slipping Confidence in Banks, Government

June 15, 2015 — Though there's been a significant decrease in the number of Americans who are angry at the current economic situation in this country, dropping from 44 percent a year ago to 33 percent at the ... read more

Social Media Should Play Greater Role in Disaster Communication

June 10, 2015 — When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines in 2013, thousands of people were killed, in part because they didn't know it was coming or didn't know how to protect themselves. Would an ... read more

Researchers to Help Create 'Early-Warning Systems' Through Social Media to Combat Future Disasters

June 10, 2015 — A project is underway to explore how social media can help response and recovery times during natural and human-made crises, such as the recent Nepal earthquake or sinking of ships at ... read more

In Kenya, Program Changes Male Attitudes About Sexual Violence, Study Finds

June 9, 2015 — In Kenya, where rape and violence against women are rampant, a short educational program produced lasting improvements in teenage boys' and young men's attitudes toward women, a study has ... read more

Black Athletes Stereotyped Negatively in Media Compared to White Athletes

June 2, 2015 — New research has revealed racial stereotyping in the way media portray athletes. Researchers found that media stories on African-American athletes focus primarily on criminal actions while stories ... read more

Interpersonal Conflict Is the Strongest Predictor of Community Crime and Misconduct

June 2, 2015 — Neighborhoods with more interpersonal conflict, such as domestic violence and landlord/tenet disputes, see more serious crime according to a new study. Private conflict was a better predictor of ... read more

Two Hours After the Goal Celebrations: The Effect of Football Results on the Well-Being of Viewers

June 2, 2015 — Football results can raise the immediate sense of well-being for viewers, but are unlikely to sustain it in the longer-term. Through a specially-designed smartphone app, scientists were able to show ... read more

Research Highlights Link Between Neighborhood and Partner Violence

June 1, 2015 — People who had more social support, including trust and a sense of belonging, were less likely to experience emotional or verbal abuse while in a relationship, reports a new ... read more

People More Likely to Cheat as They Become More Economically Dependent on Their Spouses

June 1, 2015 — Both men and women are more likely to cheat on their spouses the more economically dependent they are on them, according to a new study. The work concludes that economic dependency increases the ... read more

Restricting Firearms Access for People Who Misuse Alcohol May Prevent Violence

May 29, 2015 — Restricting access to firearms for people who misuse alcohol could prevent firearm violence, but policies that more clearly define alcohol misuse should be developed to facilitate enforcement, ... read more

News May Influence Racial Bias

May 28, 2015 — A recent study suggests that long-term exposure to news may negatively influence racial bias towards social ... read more

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