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July 27, 2016 — A hazy sky and dirty cars are well-known consequences of Saharan dust carried to Europe by air currents. As part of the “PerduS” project, researchers are currently examining how dust – as haze ... read more

New Study Reveals Where MH370 Debris More Likely to Be Found

July 27, 2016 — A team of researchers has used the location of confirmed debris from MH370 to determine where the airliner might have crashed, and where further debris could be ... read more

How to Sound the Alarm: As Hazard Warnings Increase, Experts Urge Better Decisions on Who and When to Warn

July 26, 2016 — A group of risk experts is proposing a new framework and research agenda that they believe will support the most effective public warnings when a hurricane, wildfire, toxic chemical spill or any ... read more

Driving, Thinking, Dreaming: Why Motoring Can Be Therapeutic

July 26, 2016 — Although driving is now more commonly associated with road-rage than relaxation – at least in congested urban areas – research into the ways in which the concentration required for driving can ... read more

Postcards Provide Link to Edwardian Social Media

July 26, 2016 — A new public searchable database provides access to a unique and inspirational treasure trove of amazing stories and pictures through what researchers term the 'social media' of the ... read more

Violent Groups Revealed on Twitter

July 26, 2016 — New sentiment analysis algorithms are able to monitor the social network Twitter in search of violent groups. The system analyses both the messages these individuals share and how their relationships ... read more

Historical Love-Affair With Indulgent Foods

July 26, 2016 — Our desire for indulgent meals may be over 500 years old. A new analysis of European and American paintings across five centuries shows that salt, bread, sausage, and shellfish were among the most ... read more

Less Fertilizer Good News for the Great Barrier Reef

July 25, 2016 — Researchers have shown a way to potentially halve the amount of fertilizer dairy farmers use while maintaining pasture yields, providing improved protection for the Great Barrier ... read more

NFL: Optimizing Monday Nights

July 25, 2016 — After analyzing more than 20 years of Monday Night Football viewership, researchers have developed an optimization model that shows how its schedules could be improved despite the uncertainty that ... read more

Aging Can Drive Progress, Say Scientists

July 25, 2016 — Twenty years from now, the number of retired persons worldwide will have grown by 600 million, almost double the current number. Life expectancy will have increased, bringing new economic challenges. ... read more

Pain of Rejection Makes Us More Likely to Commit Fraud

July 25, 2016 — People commit fraud because they are unhappy about being rejected, a new study has ... read more

Twitter Sentiment Offers Clues to Stock Performance, Study Shows

July 25, 2016 — A strong contemporaneous correlation does exist between the mood of a day’s worth of tweets about a particular stock and the performance of that stock, research ... read more

It's Not Just a Good Suit and Strong Handshake: New Study Identifies Key Factor in Getting Dream Job

July 25, 2016 — A new study examines the influence of technology in job interviews. Overall, technology-mediated interviews resulted in lower ratings for both the company and the candidate. Within that category, ... read more

Vast Majority of Guns Recovered by Pittsburgh Police Not in Possession of Legal Owners

July 25, 2016 — Nearly 80 percent of perpetrators carrying a gun recovered by Pittsburgh Police were not the lawful owners, a strong indication that theft and trafficking are significant sources of firearms involved ... read more

Magma Build-Up May Put Salvadoran Capital at Risk

July 25, 2016 — The build-up of magma six kilometres below El Salvador’s Ilopango caldera means the capital city of San Salvador may be at risk from future eruptions, researchers have ... read more

July 25, 2016 — As the world’s population continues to grow, so does our consumption of natural resources. Many of these resources are non-renewable, so research into renewable sources of energy is vital. New ... read more

Unlocking the Secret to Cheaper Solar Power

July 25, 2016 — As climate change garners more attention around the world, scientists have made critical advances in understanding the physical properties of an emerging class of solar cells that have the potential ... read more

E-Cigarette Nicotine Labels Not Always Accurate

July 22, 2016 — A study found that 51 percent of labels on e-cigarette liquid nicotine containers from 16 North Dakota stores don’t accurately reflect the levels of nicotine found in the products. In one instance, ... read more

Behavioral Activation as Effective as CBT for Depression, at Lower Cost

July 22, 2016 — A simple and inexpensive therapy is equally as effective at treating depression as the 'gold standard' of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a large-scale study has ... read more

More Doesn't Mean Better When It Comes to Trauma Centers

July 21, 2016 — For the first time, research shows that changes over time in the volume of patients seen by trauma centers influence the likelihood of seriously injured patients living or dying. The findings mean ... read more

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