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April 25, 2017

Physicians Vastly Underestimate Patients' Willingness to Share Sexual Orientation, Study Finds

Apr. 24, 2017 — A study that surveyed a national sample of emergency department health care providers and adult patients suggests that patients are substantially more willing to disclose their sexual orientation ... read more

Women in a Tenure Committee May Even Make It More Difficult for a Woman to Get a Job

Apr. 24, 2017 — Having women in scientific committees may decrease women’s opportunities to get a nomination for a professor. According to a study from Finland, male evaluators become less favorable toward female ... read more

Ambulances Respond More Slowly in Summer and Winter

Apr. 24, 2017 — Ambulance response times in London worsen when air temperatures rise or fall beyond certain limits in summer and winter, according to a new ... read more

Facebook Plays Vital Role in Reducing Government Corruption, Researchers Find

Apr. 22, 2017 — An economics researcher says the popular social media website – and its open sharing of information – is a vital and often a significant tool against government corruption in countries where ... read more

New Discovery Could Aid in Detecting Nuclear Threats

Apr. 21, 2017 — A new way to detect nuclear materials has been developed by researchers. Made of graphene and carbon nanotubes, the researchers' detector far outpaces any existing one in its ultrasensitivity to ... read more

New Digital Map Shows Changing Racial Diversity of America

Apr. 21, 2017 — A geography professor built the most detailed map of racial diversity yet to study the way America's neighborhoods are ... read more

Improving Response to Toxic Inhalation Disasters

Apr. 21, 2017 — Better medical responses to the accidental or intentional release of inhaled toxic chemicals are being developed, but the field faces considerable challenges, according to a new report by an ... read more

Apr. 21, 2017 — Want to recycle or compost more? Try moving the bins closer, new research suggests. The study shows that placing bins 1.5 meters away from suite doors drastically boosts recycling and composting ... read more

Daring Declaration: Historians Identify Rare Copy of Declaration of Independence in British Archive

Apr. 21, 2017 — After discovering a highly rare copy of the Declaration of Independence in a small records office in the south of England, researchers were able to date the document to the 1780s, and say it sheds ... read more

Oral History in History Lessons: More Fun, Less Learned

Apr. 21, 2017 — Working with oral histories in schools has become very popular in Germany, the United States and many other countries. Eyewitnesses of the past are able to deliver authentic accounts of events in ... read more

Displaying Lab Test Costs in Health Records Doesn't Deter Doctors from Ordering Them

Apr. 21, 2017 — Hospitals nationwide are seeking ways to use price transparency -- displaying the price of lab tests at the time when doctors are placing the order -- to nudge doctors to consider whether the ... read more

Are the Paris Soil Carbon Sequestration Goals Unrealistic?

Apr. 21, 2017 — The goal to offset rises in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations by increasing soil carbon storage by 4 per mille (0.4%) per year is unrealistic, say scientists in a new ... read more

Towards a Liveable Future

Apr. 21, 2017 — Humans have influenced nature since as early as the Ice Age, and over the past century our impact has become even greater with our many new technologies and a growing world population. Researchers ... read more

Better Way to Predict the Environmental Impacts of Agricultural Production

Apr. 21, 2017 — Many companies want to know how the creation of their products affects the environment. Scientists have now found a way to better predict and quantify environmental ... read more

Empowerment of Women Worldwide Key to Achieving Competing Goals

Apr. 20, 2017 — World hunger and biodiversity loss can both be addressed by ensuring that women worldwide have access to education and contraception, an interdisciplinary team of experts ... read more

Medicaid Expansion Linked With Increase in Prescriptions Filled for Chronic Conditions

Apr. 20, 2017 — During the first one and a half years of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of prescriptions filled by adults using Medicaid coverage increased by 19 percent in states that expanded Medicaid ... read more

Apr. 20, 2017 — Invited speakers at neuroimmunology conferences in 2016 were disproportionately male, and not because male scientists were producing higher quality work, according to a new study. Instead, a review ... read more

5G Enables Precision Road Weather Services, Provides Robot Cars With the Ability to Hear

Apr. 20, 2017 — The 5G-Safe project, which aims to reduce traffic accidents, is currently being coordinated in Europe. This involves the development of new vehicular network solutions and the local road weather and ... read more

Sexist and Anti-Gay Jokes: It's All About Men Feeling Threatened

Apr. 20, 2017 — Why do some men crack sexist and anti-gay jokes or find them funny, while others do not? According to a new study, such disparaging jokes are a way for some men to reaffirm their shaky sense of self, ... read more

Apr. 20, 2017 — A failure to celebrate conservation successes means we miss vital opportunities to convince the public of 'real and practical solutions' they can engage with. Conservationists across the ... read more

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