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May 26, 2016

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May 26, 2016

Journalism Changed Forever by User-Generated Content

May 23, 2016 — The rise of User-Generated Content (UGC) -- information submitted by members of the public or posted on social media -- has changed journalism forever, according to a new ... read more

African-American Parents Focus on Equality When Teaching Preschoolers About Race

May 19, 2016 — African-American parents and caregivers most often use messages of egalitarianism -- emphasizing equal rights, opportunities, and shared humanity across lines of ethnicity and race -- when talking ... read more

What Makes the Public More Likely to Second-Guess Authorities During a Crisis?

May 17, 2016 — In a digital age when people have many information sources, during a crisis they won’t always seek guidance from the government or other official channels. Why ... 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

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

International Law Fails to Protect Pregnant Women in War Zones, Argue Doctors

Apr. 20, 2016 — Deaths from violent conflict and lack of available care are major causes of mortality among pregnant women in war zones, warn doctors in a new ... read more

Eco-Friendly Store Brands Are a 'Win-Win-Win Situation'

Apr. 20, 2016 — Profits for store brands can increase if companies couple ethical marketing with higher prices, new research indicates. However, the researchers also found that consumers' evaluations of store ... read more

Natural Disasters Since 1900: Over 8 Million Deaths, 7 Trillion US Dollars

Apr. 18, 2016 — More than seven trillion US dollars economic damage and eight million deaths via natural disasters since the start of the 20th century. These figures have been calculated using a database called ... 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

Don't Count on Strangers in Medical Emergencies, Especially If You're African-American

Apr. 14, 2016 — In the first study of its kind, sociologists have found that people who have a medical emergency in a public place can't necessarily rely on the kindness of strangers. Only 2.5 percent of ... read more

Despite Being 'the Biggest Threat Facing Humanity' Climate Change and Its Impacts Fail to Make Headlines, Says Study

Apr. 6, 2016 — Even as 60 million people around the world face severe hunger because of El Niño and millions more because of climate change, top European and American media outlets are neglecting to cover the ... read more

Discrimination on Facebook Is a Matter of Gender

Apr. 6, 2016 — While young, less educated males are those who share a greater amount of discriminatory content on Facebook, young university females share the least. According to a study conducted by sociologists ... read more

Household Food Insecurity at Record High in the North, Say Canadian Researchers

Apr. 5, 2016 — Despite anti-poverty efforts, hunger in Canada has not decreased, and it has now reached epidemic levels in Nunavut, where almost half of households suffer from food insecurity, according to a new ... read more

Effect of Economic Crisis on Birth Outcome in Spain

Apr. 5, 2016 — The unprecedented post-war European economic crisis which began in 2007 and the resulting fiscal austerity policies are generally considered to have had a negative impact on public health. A new ... read more

Reasons Reported by Children, Youth for Being on the Streets

Apr. 4, 2016 — Poverty was the most common reason reported by children and youth, globally, for why they were on the streets, according to a new ... read more

Disaster Plans Often Neglect Historic Preservation

Apr. 4, 2016 — Many communities fail to take historic preservation into account when planning for natural disasters, risking a loss of heritage and critical engines of the local economy in the event of catastrophe, ... read more

Did Public Opinion of Immigration Take a Negative Turn During the Recession?

Apr. 1, 2016 — Increasingly popularity of right-wing political parties has not been because of an increase in anti-immigrant sentiment, suggests a new ... 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

Classroom Program Increases School Breakfast Participation, Not Obesity

Mar. 30, 2016 — Serving free breakfast in New York City's classrooms has boosted the number of students eating what some consider the most important meal of the day at school, according to research. This ... read more

Mar. 23, 2016 — What happens when doctors misbehave? The answer depends a lot on which state they practice in, a new study shows. In fact, the percentage of doctors who get disciplined or pay a malpractice claim is ... read more

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