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February 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

Uncertainty Perception Drives Public's Trust, Mistrust of Science

Feb. 22, 2017 — Many policies -- from medicine to terrorism -- depend on how the general public accepts and understands scientific evidence. People view different branches of sciences as having different amounts of ... read more

Unsung Hero of Science: Assessment

Feb. 20, 2017 — Assessment adds enormous value to the scientific landscape, creating foundations for government and ... read more

Using Statistics Ethically to Combat 'a Scientific Credibility Crisis'

Feb. 19, 2017 — Can statistics increase the value of science to ... read more

Early Warning System Flags Global Financial Crises

Feb. 14, 2017 — Researchers have developed a new 'early warning system' that could help policymakers around the world take action to avert or lessen the impact of financial ... read more

Aftershock Nepal: Changing Perceptions Through Student Journalism

Feb. 6, 2017 — When the earthquake hit Nepal in 2015, the newspapers were full of stories of the tragic event, the devastation left following the natural disaster, and the heroic clean-up effort on the ground. Less ... read more

Non-Reporting 'Did You Feel It?' Areas Can Be Used to Improve Earthquake Intensity Maps

Jan. 31, 2017 — The remarkable reach of the US Geological Survey's 'Did You Feel It?' website can be used to improve maps of earthquake intensity -- if non-reporting areas are including in the mapping ... 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

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

Hospitals Are Less Likely to Admit Publicly Insured Children, but Outcomes Aren't Affected

Jan. 10, 2017 — Hospitals are less likely to admit children covered by public insurance such as Medicaid than privately insured children with similar symptoms, especially when hospitals beds are scarce. But the ... read more

Is Student Debt Responsible for 'Boomeranging' Among Young Adults?

Jan. 6, 2017 — While student loan debt has reached an all-time high, it does not increase young adults' risk of 'boomeranging' or returning to their parental home, according to a study. Boomerangers, ... read more

Legal and Ethical Factors That Affect NFL Players’ Health

Nov. 17, 2016 — A newly released on analysis performed over two years outlines key recommendations to improve structural, ethical and legal factors that affect the health of NFL ... read more

Poor Children With Epilepsy May Face Social Hurdles

Nov. 7, 2016 — In a population-based Canadian study of children with epilepsy, each of whom had access to universal health care, those from poor families had the same medical course and remission rate as their ... read more

Nov. 1, 2016 — In Africa, tens of thousands of elephants are killed by poachers each year. Now a new study shows that this poaching crisis costs African countries around $25 million annually in lost tourism ... read more

Elderly May Face Increased Dementia Risk After a Disaster

Oct. 24, 2016 — Elderly people who were uprooted from damaged or destroyed homes and who lost touch with their neighbors after the 2011 tsunami in Japan were more likely to experience increased symptoms of dementia ... read more

170,000 Hate Crimes Go Unreported in the UK Each Year, According to New Research

Oct. 20, 2016 — English researchers have developed new hate crimes reporting systems to provide authorities with a clearer picture of the level of abuse in that ... read more

Amazon Fishery Management Provides Rare 'Win-Win' Chance for Conservation and Poverty Alleviation

Oct. 20, 2016 — A study into freshwater lake management along the Amazon’s most meandering river has demonstrated astounding benefits to local livelihoods in replenishing vitally important fish stocks — a source ... read more

Developmental Science Research Sheds New Light on the Origins of Discrimination, Social Exclusion

Oct. 19, 2016 — Experiencing prejudice and discrimination in childhood can have long term consequences, including depression, poor academic performance and negative health outcomes. New cutting edge research in ... read more

Medical Ethicists Challenge Court Ruling on Lethal Injection in Alabama Case

Oct. 18, 2016 — Court orders demanding death row inmates to provide "specific, detailed and concrete alternatives" to a state's lethal injection protocol compel those inmates to produce evidence that ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — The third annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears (2016) has been released by researchers. The survey asked respondents about 65 fears across a broad range of categories including fears ... read more

African-American, Hispanic Men Less Likely to Get Treatment for Prostate Cancer, Even With High-Risk Disease

Oct. 7, 2016 — African-American and Hispanic men in the United States are less likely to receive therapy for prostate cancer compared to Caucasian men — even when they have more aggressive disease, according to ... read more

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