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August 29, 2016

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August 29, 2016

The Refugee Crisis in Europe: Challenges and Possible Solutions

Aug. 25, 2016 — Researchers have discussed the different ideological viewpoints of liberals and conservatives in Europe with respect to accepting refugees, highlighting why -- even though the continent is not ... read more

Simplify, Standardize Health Insurance Plans, Advise Behavioral Economists

Aug. 23, 2016 — Behavioral economists argue that the best way to address the problems caused by health plan complexity is to simplify and standardize the plans, a new report ... read more

Strong External Governance Makes Top Managers More Prone to Cheat

Aug. 22, 2016 — When top-level managers find governance mechanisms too coercive, they're more likely to commit fraud, according to a new paper by strategic management ... read more

Ramen Noodles Supplanting Cigarettes as Currency Among Prisoners

Aug. 22, 2016 — Ramen noodles are supplanting the once popular cigarettes as a form of currency among state prisoners, but not in response to bans on tobacco products within prison systems, finds a new ... read more

Great Recession's Other Legacy: Inconsistent Work Hours

Aug. 22, 2016 — A new study finds that an unpredictable work week is the norm for growing numbers of low-wage workers -- nearly 40 percent of whom worked variable hours for at least one four-month period after the ... read more

Researchers Investigate Environmental Movements and Neoliberalism

Aug. 22, 2016 — Recent dynamics of global environmentalism, ranging from indigenous people's rights to the reliance on non-governmental organizations, have been marked by a resurgence in environmental movements ... read more

Homeowners Value Property Value Boost Brought About by City Trees

Aug. 17, 2016 — If a city plants trees near a residential area, most homeowners value the likely subsequent increase in their property values, a new study shows. And they’re willing to pay an average of $7 more ... read more

Poaching Patrol: New Ranger Methods Decrease Illegal Activities

Aug. 17, 2016 — Ecologists have tested a new method to detect and decrease wildlife poaching, using data to better predict where illegal activities occur in protected ... read more

What Will California's Strawberry Industry Do Without Methyl Bromide?

Aug. 16, 2016 — 2016 is the final year for the soil fumigant to be used in California crop fields. A new article examines the impact of the methyl bromide phaseout on strawberries, California's third most ... read more

Hey, Tall Guy! What's the Politics Like Up There?

Aug. 16, 2016 — If you want to predict which political party someone will support, take note of the person's height. The taller a person is, the more likely he or she is to support conservative political ... read more

Gastrointestinal Illnesses Cost the Swiss Health Care Sector Up to EUR 45 Million Per Year

Aug. 12, 2016 — Acute diarrhea entails annual health care costs of EUR 29 to EUR 45 million in Switzerland. Thereof, around a quarter is due to infections of the diarrhea-causing pathogen Campylobacter, say ... read more

In Right Balance, Environmental Regulations Increased Firms' Profits, New Study Finds

Aug. 12, 2016 — CEOs and corporate lobbyists often spend plenty of time decrying how potential government regulations will affect their bottom line, but a new study finds that the US Clean Water Act, when ... read more

Emergency Financial Aid from Call Centers Effectively Prevents Homelessness

Aug. 11, 2016 — Nearly every major US city offers a hotline for people facing homelessness to call in order to request emergency financial assistance. Despite the fact that over 15 million people call these hotlines ... read more

Latin-American, Caribbean Health Systems Need More Investment as Populations Age

Aug. 9, 2016 — Though the health systems in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama have considerable strengths, citizens still reported gaps in the way primary care is organized, financed and ... read more

Volunteering Later in Life Can Enhance Mental Health and Wellbeing

Aug. 9, 2016 — Becoming a volunteer later on in life can result in good mental health and wellbeing, according to researchers. However, their study found these effects did not apply before the age of 40, suggesting ... read more

Flint Lead Crisis Adds Up to $395 Million in Social Costs

Aug. 8, 2016 — The social costs related to lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, amount to $395 million from April 2014, when the city switched its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River, to the present day, ... read more

The Olympics Made Londoners Happy, but Was It Worth It?

Aug. 4, 2016 — The 2012 Olympic Games caused a marked increase in happiness among Londoners, according to new research which shows for the first time that there are significant intangible effects to hosting the ... read more

Blood Sugar Slumps Affect How Lean Men Treat the More Rotund

Aug. 3, 2016 — When slim men suffer bouts of low blood sugar, chances are that they will make unfair decisions involving the more rotund people they engage with in the ... read more

North-South Economic, Social Divide Still Growing, According to New Research

July 29, 2016 — The North-South economic and social divide in England is still growing, according to new ... read more

Scientists Call for Increased Federal Investment in Sustainable Agriculture

July 28, 2016 — Based on a new analysis of federal funding from the US Department of Agriculture, researchers say there is an urgent need for increased investment in research and development aimed at making ... read more

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