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April 29, 2016

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April 29, 2016

Consumers' Trust in Online User Ratings Misplaced, Says Study

Apr. 28, 2016 — The belief that online user ratings are good indicators of product quality is largely an illusion, according to a new study. The analyses show a very low correspondence between average user ratings ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Normally, it takes weeks to repair the cracking or spalling of columns on just one bridge damaged in an earthquake. Now a team of researchers has developed a new process of fixing damaged bridge ... read more

Augmented Games Can Increase the Diversity of Sports

Apr. 28, 2016 — Augmented climbing wall increases social interaction, helps to attract wider target audiences and empowers users to become content ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Over 300 million people worldwide use groundwater contaminated with arsenic or fluoride as a source of drinking water. Now a research team has developed a method whereby the risk of contamination in ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — A health expert has called for a commitment to contribute resources and energy to control cancer in less-resourced countries, where there are significant gaps in cancer awareness, prevention, ... read more

Beauty Companies Should Focus on Older Women's Desire to Look Good, Not Young

Apr. 27, 2016 — Companies promoting beauty products should reconsider current methods when targeting older women as few claim to use cosmetic products to look younger. The majority say they use them to look good and ... read more

Parents and Social Media: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Apr. 27, 2016 — Two-thirds of parents fear social media is bad for their child, yet they use it extensively ... read more

Crop Advances Grow With Protection, Study Suggests

Apr. 27, 2016 — A team of researchers examined the impact of intellectual property protection in a new study. They found intellectual property protection benefits both plant breeders and ... read more

Poorer Patients in UK Less Likely to Get Hip Replacements

Apr. 27, 2016 — 'Inconsistent and inequitable' hip fracture treatment in the UK means deprived patients and those admitted at weekends are least likely to receive the recommended operation. Poorer ... read more

Social Media Interaction Tools Might Make Massive Open Online Courses Stickier

Apr. 27, 2016 — Developers of massive open online courses -- or MOOCs -- may want to take a page from Facebook to keep more students engaged and enrolled, according to ... read more

Bosses Should Maintain Goodwill When Saying Goodbye to Ex-Employees

Apr. 27, 2016 — Even though saying farewell to departing employees is a more frequent occurrence in today's high-turnover industries, researchers suggest that leaders should maintain good relationships with ... read more

Polarization May Cause Climate Communication to Backfire

Apr. 27, 2016 — Political polarization may cause communication about climate change to backfire, a new study finds. Even efforts that frame climate change around seemingly win-win issues such as economic growth or ... read more

Landscape Ecology Must Play a Role in Policymaking

Apr. 27, 2016 — Landscape ecology considers the influence of time and space on environmental patterns. Because of this focus, it is uniquely positioned to inform crucial policy decisions -- in particular, those ... read more

Questioning Attitudes to Dating Across the Color Line

Apr. 27, 2016 — A new study examines for the first time how both biracial and monoracial daters really feel about dating someone with a different background to theirs. The research suggests that, in the US at least, ... read more

Early Detection of Allergies, Especially in Children

Apr. 27, 2016 — People can become allergically sensitized straight from birth. The importance of early screening is therefore important to detect allergies early for the purposes of preventing serious illness. ... read more

Food Allergies of Low-Income Kids Are Poorly Managed

Apr. 27, 2016 — Low-income families of children with food allergies spend 2.5 times more on emergency department and hospitalization costs nationally. They are less likely to see an allergist who would counsel them ... read more

Families With Kids Increasingly Live Near Families Just Like Them

Apr. 27, 2016 — Neighborhoods are becoming less diverse and more segregated by income -- but only among families with children, a new study has ... read more

The Social Dilemma of Dealing With Facebook Troublemakers

Apr. 27, 2016 — Online troublemakers tend to be socially well connected. Some Facebook users therefore, remain friends online with troublemakers because they are worried about the repercussions if they ... read more

Origins, Spread of Potentially Deadly Valley Fever Tracked

Apr. 27, 2016 — Scientists have tracked the likely origins and dispersal of the fungus that causes Valley Fever. In a story that spans 2 million years and includes the effects of glaciation and the pre-historic ... read more

Remaining in the EU Is Vital to Maintaining the UK's Global Strength in Cancer Research and Care, Say Leading Oncologists

Apr. 26, 2016 — Leading oncologists from the UK and EU express their support for the UK remaining in Europe. In doing so, they join many other scientists and clinicians who have publically declared their support for ... read more

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