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July 29, 2015

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July 29, 2015

Residential Tourism Model Implemented in Tourist Destinations Has Increased Earthquake Risk

July 24, 2015 — Researchers warn that "because of real estate speculation and the management of public budgets based on income from the real estate business, seismic risk has been forgotten." Taking as ... read more

American Poverty Prospects Higher Than Expected

July 23, 2015 — For Americans, the likelihood of experiencing relative poverty at least once in their lifetime is surprisingly high, finds a new analysis from a noted poverty ... read more

Highly Qualified Healthcare Workers With Migrant Background: Loss to the Country of Origin, Too Little Opportunity in Destination Country

July 20, 2015 — A recent intercontinental study using the example of women from sub-Saharan Africa has shown that, on the one hand, there is a shortage of qualified healthcare professionals but, on the other, huge ... read more

Social Engagement Aids Disaster Preparedness

July 8, 2015 — Community participation and strong social networks can aid preparedness to natural disaster such as tsunamis in vulnerable regions, shows new research conducted in the south of ... read more

July 8, 2015 — Fixing up abandoned buildings in the inner city doesn’t just eliminate eyesores, it can also significantly reduce crime and violence, including gun assaults, researchers report in the first study ... read more

IT-Based Concepts for Effective Coordination of Public Authorities, General Population

July 8, 2015 — To get a handle on crisis situations you need volunteers from the general population. A new project investigates how volunteers’ help can be incorporated into the crisis management efforts of ... read more

July 8, 2015 — A team of researchers is working with the residents of Canvey Island to record the unique history of those families affected by the North Sea Flood of ... read more

Huge Congregations View Racial Inequality Differently Than Others Do, Study Shows

June 29, 2015 — Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute social ... read more

Head Start Program Played Anti-Segregation Role in the Deep South

June 26, 2015 — A federal preschool program did more than improve educational opportunities for poor children in Mississippi during the 1960s. The program also gave a political and economic boost to the state's ... read more

'Broken Windows' Theory of Neighborhood Crime Too Broad to Be Effective

June 17, 2015 — Traditional signals for opportunities for crime may not be representative of the whole neighborhood, a new study concludes. By understanding how opportunities for crime and criminal behavior exists ... read more

Linking Climate Change to Natural Disasters Influences Charitable Aid

June 16, 2015 — When natural disasters strike, the media, charities, and science organizations appeal to the public for aid to the victims and to communicate the causes of these events. Increasingly, as scientists ... read more

More Dialysis Patients Living in Poor Neighborhoods

June 15, 2015 — The percentage of adults beginning kidney dialysis who lived in zip codes with high poverty rates increased from 27.4 percent during the 1995-2004 time period to 34 percent in ... read more

June 15, 2015 — The computer brains inside autonomous vehicles will be fast enough to make life-or-death decisions. But should they? A bioethicist weighs in on a thorny problem of the dawning robot ... 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

Simulation Helps to Prepare for the Consequences of Natural Disasters

June 4, 2015 — A simulation tool has been developed to help users prepare for unexpected catastrophes and natural disasters. A pilot case in Finland focused on winter storms and the resulting power cuts and ... read more

June 2, 2015 — Creating a conflict with the population that a policy targets can backfire. The most successful public policies are those that are framed positively and support choice, a new study ... 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

Are You Taking Too Much NyQuil? The Surprising Futility of Drug Labeling

June 2, 2015 — Any box or bottle of over-the-counter (OTC) medicine lists its active ingredients prominently on the label. But are consumers using that information to make wise choices about taking two or more OTC ... 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

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