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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Game Theorists Devise 'Catch-Up Rule' to Make Sports Contests More Competitive, and Exciting, to Watch

Feb. 13, 2017 — A team of game theorists has devised a “Catch-Up Rule” that is designed to make sports such as volleyball, badminton, and squash more competitive—and more thrilling for ... read more

Improvements in Short-Term Forecasting of Air Pollution Levels

Feb. 13, 2017 — A new research project has successfully predicted the daily maximum ozone threshold exceedances in the Hong Kong area. The results show that an accurate and prompt prediction of tropospheric ozone ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — An international team has, for the first time, developed a way of combining anonymized data from mobile phones and satellite imagery data to create high resolution maps to measure ... read more

Nuclear Regulation: Safety Is Valued Too Low, Research Review Shows

Feb. 3, 2017 — The benchmark used by the Office for Nuclear Regulation for judging how much should be spent on nuclear safety has no basis in evidence and places insufficient value on human life, suggests a new ... read more

World Heritage Sites Getting Hammered by Human Activities

Jan. 30, 2017 — A new study warns that more than 100 natural World Heritage sites are being severely damaged by encroaching human ... read more

Why the Bar Needs to Be Raised for Human Clinical Trials

Jan. 30, 2017 — Standards for authorizing first-time trials of drugs in humans are lax, and should be strengthened in several ways, researchers ... read more

For Immigrant Mothers Delivering 'the Talk,' Facts Trump Culture

Jan. 27, 2017 — Where a shift in cultural behaviors and beliefs typically takes three generations, new research has found that among African immigrant mothers, cultural views regarding sex are rarely passed down to ... read more

Jan. 26, 2017 — Autonomous systems -- like driverless cars -- perform tasks that previously could only be performed by humans. In a new article, artificial intelligence ethics experts argue that current safety ... read more

Study Finds Premature Death Rates Diverge in the United States by Ethnicity

Jan. 26, 2017 — Premature death rates have declined in the United States among Hispanics, blacks, and Asian/Pacific Islanders -- in line with trends in Canada and the United Kingdom -- but increased among whites and ... read more

Diabetes Accounts for More US Deaths Than Previously Thought, Study Shows

Jan. 25, 2017 — Diabetes now makes up 12 percent of US deaths, a higher number than previously thought, according to new ... read more

When 'Golden Opportunity' to Bribe Arises, It's Hard to Pass Up

Jan. 24, 2017 — The path to corrupt behavior may sometimes be a steep cliff instead of a slippery slope, according to new findings. In four studies, psychology researchers find that people are more likely to engage ... read more

Your (Social Media) Votes Matter

Jan. 24, 2017 — Two large-scale experiments were conducted on Reddit and the results provide insight into how a single up/down vote can influence what content users see on the ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — Trees may be easy to spot on the plains of Africa but they are often overlooked as a source of income for farmers. A new study shows trees on farms may help reduce rural poverty and maintain ... read more

Medical Assistance in Dying Will Not Increase Health Care Costs in Canada

Jan. 23, 2017 — Providing medical assistance in dying to people in Canada will not increase health care costs, and could reduce spending by between $34.7 and $138.8 million, according to a new research paper. The ... read more

Where Belief in Free Will Is Linked to Happiness

Jan. 23, 2017 — Free will describes the ability to make independent choices, where the outcome of the choice is not influenced by past events. In this study, researchers show that Chinese teenagers who believe in ... read more

Codes of Ethics Cause Problems for Overseas Operations

Jan. 23, 2017 — Corporate codes of ethics can have reverse effects and mask anomalies or social evils in operations outsourced to low-wage countries, suggests a new ... read more

Psychological 'Vaccine' Could Help Immunize Public Against 'Fake News' on Climate Change, Study Suggests

Jan. 22, 2017 — Misinformation on climate change can psychologically cancel out the influence of accurate statements. However, if legitimate facts are delivered with an "inoculation" -- a warning dose of ... read more

Facts, Beliefs, and Identity: The Seeds of Science Skepticism

Jan. 21, 2017 — From climate skeptics to anti-vaxxers, psychologists are studying what motivates and drives our decisions to pay attention to some facts while ignoring ... read more

Scientists Initiate First Ethical Guidelines for Organs Cultivated in Vitro

Jan. 19, 2017 — Scientists have created an ethical guideline for research into human organ ... read more

One Percent of Cambodian Children Live in Orphanages Yet Have a Living Parent

Jan. 19, 2017 — Nearly 80 percent of adolescents living in Cambodia's orphanages have one or more living parents, according to a study. This is the first research of its kind to assess the literacy and health ... read more

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