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July 26, 2016

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July 26, 2016

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

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

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

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

International Law Allows for the Legalization of Cannabis

May 30, 2016 — The regulated cultivation and trade of cannabis for recreational use is permissible on the basis of states’ positive human rights obligations. Pleas for the regulated cultivation and trade of ... read more

Weed Stems Ripe for Biofuel

May 30, 2016 — A weedy plant found on the roadside in northern Australia has stems ripe for biofuel production. Scientists have discovered that a variety of sorghum growing wild in Australia, Arun, has the ... read more

Extreme Beliefs Often Mistaken for Insanity, New Study Finds

May 23, 2016 — In the aftermath of violent acts such as mass shootings, many people assume mental illness is the cause. After studying the 2011 case of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, researchers are ... read more

Canada's Plans to Legalize Marijuana Contravene UN's International Conventions, Say Experts

May 16, 2016 — The Canadian government's plan to legalize marijuana contravenes its current legal obligations to the United Nation's international drug-control conventions, states a new expert ... read more

May 11, 2016 — A team has been awarded a prize for their proposal to crack down on wildlife crime using a portable DNA sequencing device, the MinION, to read the ‘barcode genes’ of animals affected by illegal ... read more

Shortages in Nation's Drug Supply Persist Despite Federal Efforts

May 2, 2016 — Despite federal legislation to stem shortages in the nation's drug supply, deficiencies remain for patients with acute and critical illnesses, say researchers. Their study points to the need for ... 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

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Mental-Health Apps

Apr. 26, 2016 — There are more than 165,000 mobile applications available for health care, with the largest category for people with mental-health disorders, managing everything from addiction to depression and ... read more

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