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May 26, 2016

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May 26, 2016

Study Arms Sheriff's Deputies With Nasal Spray for Drug Overdose Victims

May 11, 2016 — Drug-related overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, surpassing motor vehicle accidents at 44,000 fatalities annually. In response, researchers at University of ... read more

Large Reductions in Prison Population Can Be Made Without Endangering Public Safety

May 11, 2016 — A new paper addresses one of the most important crime policy questions in America: can prison populations be reduced without endangering the ... 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

Political Lobbying, Connections May Help Airlines Profits Take Off

May 10, 2016 — Government lobbying and political connections may add lift to the air transportation industry's profitability, but they could also cause a crash in talented transportation administrators, ... read more

How US Police Departments Can Clear More Homicides

May 10, 2016 — Only about 65 percent of homicides in the United States are solved -- down 15 percent from the mid-1970s -- but a new study examines how some police departments are getting it ... read more

First Amendment Offers Scant Protection for Professors

May 9, 2016 — When academics choose to litigate speech disputes with colleges and universities, they end up losing nearly three-quarters of the time -- a finding that points to the growing tension between academic ... read more

Fighting Against Counterfeit Medicine

Apr. 25, 2016 — Around the world, especially in developing nations, counterfeit medicines are a real problem. Until now, in many countries there hasn't been a standard protocol to conduct investigations and ... read more

New Report Calls for Effort to Reduce Negative Attitudes Toward People With Disorders

Apr. 20, 2016 — Scientists should lead efforts among federal partners and stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate a multipronged, evidence-based national strategy to reduce stigma toward people with mental ... read more

Shot in the Dark: New Surveillance Tool Called Shotspotter Tracks and Records Incidents of Gunfire

Apr. 16, 2016 — When gunfire is heard and unreported, what does it reveal about the state of crime in America? One expert is determined to find out. She has been using data from new surveillance technology to ... read more

Studying the Help-Seeking Behaviors of Ethnic Minority, Immigrant Victims

Apr. 11, 2016 — A comparative, empirical study into the help-seeking behaviors of ethnic minority women in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong has been released by ... read more

Bone Weathering Helps Determine Time of Death

Apr. 7, 2016 — Researchers have made great strides in determining how long a human body has been dead by looking at characteristics of bones subjected to the elements. In one of the first studies looking at ... read more

Research Into Correlation Between Beauty and Body Size Shows That Women Are Harshest Judges, and Harshest Judged

Apr. 7, 2016 — In assessing attractiveness, females judge men and women with higher BMI as less attractive, a new research study concludes. Additionally, men do not judge a man with a higher weight negatively, but ... read more

Network Governance Connects People to Solve Collective Environmental Problems

Apr. 6, 2016 — Ecological systems, and ecological problems, are not nicely contained within neat human boundaries. 'Network governance' can help big, agency- and border-spanning conservation alliances ... read more

Global Carnivore Conservation at Risk, New Report Shows

Apr. 4, 2016 — Shrinking habitat and increased conflict are projected in regions critical to survival of threatened apex predators, a new report shows. Carnivores include some of the most iconic species that help ... read more

Crime: Measuring by 'Damage to Victims' Will Improve Policing and Public Safety

Apr. 3, 2016 — Current crime stats are 'legacy of 19th century' that push police to chase minor offences instead of preventing most serious crimes. New 'crime harm index' quantifies true cost of ... read more

Minorities' Homicide Victimization Rates Fall Significantly Compared to Whites'

Mar. 31, 2016 — While homicide victimization rates declined for whites, blacks, and Hispanics in the United States from 1990-2010, the drop was much more precipitous for the two minority groups, new research ... read more

Conservation Research Is Not Happening in the Right Places

Mar. 29, 2016 — Conservation research is not being done in the countries where it is most needed -- a situation which is likely to undermine efforts to preserve global biodiversity. That's the conclusion of a ... read more

Driving Curfews May Curb Teen Crime

Mar. 28, 2016 — Teen driving curfews might do more than reduce car accidents, say investigators. They also may prevent teens from committing ... read more

Child Alert Systems Save Lives

Mar. 23, 2016 — Child alert systems for endangered missing and abducted children in Europe can help find them alive, preliminary research has found. The research is the first to examine child alert systems in Europe ... read more

Should Doctors Boycott Working in Australia's Immigration Detention Centers?

Mar. 23, 2016 — Two experts debate whether doctors should boycott working in Australia's immigration detention centers. Last month, the president of the Australian Medical Association finally denounced ... read more

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