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August 24, 2016

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August 24, 2016

Researcher Provides Recommendations to Stop Violence Against Clinicians in China

Aug. 19, 2016 — Responding to the number of violent attacks on physicians in China, researchers organized an initiative to rebuild patient-physician trust with recommendations published in a new ... read more

In France, Hiring Biases Slightly Favor Women in Male-Dominated STEM Fields

July 28, 2016 — Women enjoy a slight advantage over men when applying to become science teachers in France, a new study ... read more

Social Media Sites Obstruct Children’s Moral Development, Say Parents

July 14, 2016 — A ‘parent poll’ carried out by a team at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues found that only 15% of parents thought that popular social media sites provided a positive influence on a ... read more

How the 'Graying Biomedical Workforce' Affects Scientific Funding in the US

July 7, 2016 — As a result of the 'graying of the biomedical workforce' in the United States, many suspect that a preference for older, more experienced researchers in the competitive government grant ... read more

How to Get Moral 'Free-Riders' to Cooperate

July 6, 2016 — What motivates people to contribute to trustful moral judgment, which is a public good yet tends to be costly? This is 'the moral free rider problem'. Mathematicians have put forth a ... read more

Despite Increasing Global Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide, Use Remains Rare

July 5, 2016 — Despite increasing legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) worldwide, the practice remains relatively rare and, when carried out, is primarily motivated by psychological ... read more

Rediscovery of Early Twentieth-Century Ecotheology

July 5, 2016 — The vast majority of us subscribe to the idea that human activity dramatically changes the natural environment, altering many biological processes. But addressing the global nature of human impact ... read more

Findings Show Gender, Not Race, a Factor in College Engineering Dropouts

June 29, 2016 — Researchers are exploring how ethnic and gender variables affect retention rates, goal setting and satisfaction among engineering students. Preliminary findings in the middle of this five-year study ... read more

Europe: Don't Adopt Australian Style Immigration System, Warn Ethicists

June 27, 2016 — European countries should not adopt Australia's immigration system, with its emphasis on deterrence, warn ethicists in a new ... read more

June 22, 2016 — Neutrophil-like cells must balance speed against chemotactic accuracy to win a chemotaxis maze race in the inaugural Dicty World Races, a worldwide ... read more

Eliminating Blood Test May Increase Availability of Donor Hearts

June 21, 2016 — A blood test that results in donor hearts being rejected may be unnecessary in predicting the success or failure of heart transplants. If transplant centers placed less emphasis on the test, more ... read more

Major Differences Between Women and Men Who Commit Deadly Violence

June 17, 2016 — Women who commit deadly violence are different in many ways from male perpetrators, both in terms of the most common victims, the way in which the murder is committed, the place where it is carried ... read more

A Call for Consensus Standards to Ensure the Quality of Cell Lines

June 14, 2016 — Permanent lines of cloned cells are mainstays of biomedical research. Yet, all too often, they are misidentified or cross-contaminated. Scientists now call for 'community action' to ... read more

Contradiction Keeps US Policy at Standstill on Mitochondrial Therapy

June 9, 2016 — After a US scientific panel recommended trials of mitochondrial replacement therapy, Congress passed a legislative rider essentially forbidding it, according to a new ... read more

Gene-Drive Modified Organisms Are Not Ready to Be Released Into Environment, Experts Say

June 8, 2016 — The emerging science of gene drives has the potential to address environmental and public health challenges, but gene-drive modified organisms are not ready to be released into the environment and ... read more

Law Reform in Canada May Help Curb Organ Transplant Tourism

June 6, 2016 — Creating a confidential reporting system in Canada about organ transplant tourism could help reduce the practice and disrupt international networks, argues an ... read more

Ships Flagged for Illegal Fishing Still Able to Get Insurance

June 6, 2016 — Rogue fishing vessels are able to secure insurance including those that have been flagged by international watchdogs for unlawful activity, new research ... read more

Meaningful Work Not Created, Only Destroyed, by Bosses, Study Finds

June 3, 2016 — Bosses play no role in fostering a sense of meaningfulness at work -- but they do have the capacity to destroy it and should stay out of the way, new research ... read more

June 1, 2016 — Courses that engage college students in conducting scientific research early on can dramatically increase students' odds of completing a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) degree, a ... read more

Amid Terror Threats, New Hope for Radiation Antidote

June 1, 2016 — Researchers have identified promising drugs that could lead to the first antidote for radiation exposure that might result from a dirty bomb terror attack or a nuclear accident such as ... read more

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