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May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015 — Storms are capable of paralyzing entire cities. Only recently, in the first week of April, large parts of Germany were deprived of power due to hurricane-force winds. Rail services were cancelled, ... 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

Social Consequences of Digital Inequality

Apr. 9, 2015 — Digital inequalities, defined broadly in terms of people’s internet usage, skills and self-perceptions, should be considered as important as the ‘traditional axes of inequality’ with which we ... read more

Social Media Study of Pinterest to Clinical Practice Effectiveness

Mar. 30, 2015 — Aside from the societal increase and prevalence of social media, a researcher has discovered that doctors and patients sometimes blur lines of their relationships. Instances where social media ... read more

Will You Ever Pay Off Your Student Loan?

Mar. 25, 2015 — Would-be participants of higher education must be given full and transparent advice before they accumulate debts as students that follow them into the workplace, according to a new ... 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

Simple Tasks Help Protect Your Credit

Mar. 23, 2015 — With mega data breaches coming from entities such as retail stores, insurance providers and restaurant chains, someone could more easily gain access to personal financial information that consumers ... read more

First Validated Method of Detecting Drugs of Abuse in Exhaled Breath

Mar. 6, 2015 — Drug testing is most commonly performed using urine samples. The methodology and regulations for reliable urine testing are well developed and can be considered the current gold standard for drug ... read more

You Can't Take Your Genes With You: Strategies to Share Genetic Information After Death

Mar. 2, 2015 — Does the child of a person with a heritable form of cancer have the right to access their parent's genetic information after death? What if no consent was ever established? Biomedical ethicists ... read more

Hospitals Face Growing Active Shooter Threat in United States

Feb. 26, 2015 — The number of active shooter incidents in US hospitals has increased over the last decade to a frequency of more than one a month. In a new article, authors suggest that hospitals examine their ... read more

India's Doctors Should Be Helped to Expose Poor Practice or Misconduct

Feb. 24, 2015 — Healthcare professionals should be helped to speak up if they become aware of threats to patient safety or wrongdoing. But as one investigator reports, it's not easy for doctors in India to ... read more

India's Private Healthcare Sector 'Treats Patients as Revenue Generators,' Report Suggests

Feb. 24, 2015 — India's private healthcare sector 'treats patients as revenue generators' argues a senior doctor in a new article. A second article argues that private healthcare providers in India ... read more

Social Network Analysis Privacy Tackled

Feb. 14, 2015 — Protecting people's privacy in an age of online big data is difficult, but doing so when using visual representations of such things as social network data may present unique challenges, ... read more

Ebola Has Lessons for Local Health Departments' Role in Health Crises

Feb. 12, 2015 — Experience with the Ebola outbreak highlights local health departments' essential role in responding to global health threats posed by infectious diseases, according to a new ... read more

Looking for Love? Some Use Reddit to Give Cupid Tech Support

Feb. 12, 2015 — A new study finds that users on OKCupid and mobile-based Tinder aren’t able to determine social norms or effective match-making techniques on the services, so they use Reddit to learn tips about ... read more

Feb. 10, 2015 — Anyone could call up or modify several million pieces of customer data online including names, addresses and e-mails. Three students were able to show this for 40,000 online databases in both Germany ... read more

Using Big Data to Detect Disease Outbreaks: Is It Ethical?

Feb. 9, 2015 — Personal information taken from social media, blogs, page views and so on are used to detect disease outbreaks, however, does this violate our privacy, consent and ... read more

An Internet of Things Reality Check

Feb. 9, 2015 — Connecting different kinds of devices, not just computers and communications devices, to the Internet could lead to new ways of working with a wide range of machinery, sensors, domestic and other ... read more

Intellectual Privacy Vital to Life in Digital Age

Feb. 3, 2015 — In our increasingly digital world, the balance between privacy and free speech is tenuous, at best. But we often overlook the important ways in which privacy is necessary to protect our cherished ... read more

Study Investigates the Complex Roads That Lead Families to Food Insecurity

Feb. 3, 2015 — Food insecurity creates a host of unhealthy consequences. The roads leading there can be very different. A new study examined four risk factors for families that can lead to varying degrees of ... read more

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