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March 1, 2017

Forest Degradation in the Tropics

Mar. 1, 2017 — Village communities in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and South America have not been using local forest resources as sustainably as is often assumed. According to the study, in 90 percent of ... read more

Racial, Ethnic, Gender Bias Occurs in Pathway from Teacher to Principal

Feb. 28, 2017 — Race and sex still matter when public school teachers seek to become principals, a new study has ... read more

Children and Youth Learning English Require Better Support for Academic Success

Feb. 28, 2017 — Despite their potential, many English learners (ELs) -- who account for more than 9 percent of K-12 enrollment in the US -- lag behind their English-speaking monolingual peers in educational ... read more

Using Google to Map Our Ecosystem

Feb. 28, 2017 — Researchers have developed a method to quantify ecosystem services of street trees. Using nearly 100,000 images from Google Street View, the study helps further understanding on how green spaces ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — Scientists have identified a new regulator of the innate immune response—the immediate, natural immune response to foreign invaders. The study suggests that therapeutics that modulate the ... read more

New Standards for Better Water Quality in Europe

Feb. 27, 2017 — The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) is due to be revised by 2019. The necessary work process is already in full swing and scientific research is providing important input. In a recent study, ... read more

Archeologists at the Vanguard of Environmental Research

Feb. 26, 2017 — The history of people and landscapes, whether natural or cultural, is fundamentally connected. Answering key historical questions about this relation will allow us to approach our most important ... read more

Broad Cancer Vaccine May Be out of Reach

Feb. 23, 2017 — The high level of genetic diversity between individual tumors suggests that if it were to be developed, a broad cancer vaccine would be unlikely to work for more than 0.3 percent of the population, ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — A new study of the chemistry of technetium-99 has improved understanding of the challenging nuclear waste and could lead to better cleanup ... read more

Values Gap in Workplace Can Lead Millennials to Look Elsewhere

Feb. 23, 2017 — Much has been made in popular culture about millennials as they join the working world, including their tendency to job hop. Although this behavior often is explained as a loyalty issue, new research ... read more

Global Vaccine Injury System Needed to Improve Public Health

Feb. 23, 2017 — A global vaccine injury compensation system administered through the World Health Organization would address the global public health issue of vaccine injuries, experts ... read more

More Day Cares Near By, More Germs? Maybe Not, According to Whooping Cough Study

Feb. 23, 2017 — Researchers looking into how a higher density of day care facilities may affect the prevalence of illness in a neighborhood and found that it doesn't really have much of an ... read more

Back After a Century, for-Profit Medical Schools Could Make Impact

Feb. 23, 2017 — Long discouraged, for-profit medical education has established a renewed foothold in the US, leading a trio of Brown University scholars to examine in JAMA what that rise could ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — As the number of English learners continues to grow across the nation, new research indicates these students are being treated differently depending on where they go to ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Between 1990 and 2000, the average distance from any point in the United States to the nearest forest increased by 14 percent, a new study shows. The distance can present challenges for wildlife and ... read more

Study to Focus on Pollution Potential of Oil and Gas Wastewater Spread on Roadways

Feb. 22, 2017 — Understanding the environmental impact of using oil and gas wastewater as a road treatment may lead to safer water resources and stricter government regulations, according to ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — A new report released today presents the first global map of transshipment, a major pathway for illegally caught and unreported fish to enter the seafood market. Also associated with drug smuggling ... read more

Science Versus the 'Horatio Alger Myth'

Feb. 22, 2017 — In a new study scientists have taken a condensed matter physics concept usually applied to the way substances such as ice freeze, called 'frustration,' and applied it to a simple social ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — 'Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population.' This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, ... read more

Uncertainty Perception Drives Public's Trust, Mistrust of Science

Feb. 22, 2017 — Many policies -- from medicine to terrorism -- depend on how the general public accepts and understands scientific evidence. People view different branches of sciences as having different amounts of ... read more

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