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May 5, 2016

Nonprofit Hospitals Earn Substantial Profits

May 2, 2016 — Seven of the 10 most profitable hospitals in the United States in 2013 – each earning more than $163 million in profits from patient care services – were nonprofit hospitals, according to new ... read more

Landscape Ecology Must Play a Role in Policymaking

Apr. 27, 2016 — Landscape ecology considers the influence of time and space on environmental patterns. Because of this focus, it is uniquely positioned to inform crucial policy decisions -- in particular, those ... read more

Child Homicide: Speaking of the Unspeakable

Apr. 26, 2016 — New estimates suggest that homicide could be responsible for just over 1 percent of all neonatal deaths in South Africa. Together with other studies reporting on child homicide from other countries, ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — While environmental issues are often cited as a major factor in cities and towns in pursuing sustainability, a new study shows that economic concerns can be just as important to local governments in ... read more

Researchers Find a Fast Road out of Poverty

Apr. 19, 2016 — New research has measured the 'wealth effect' of upgrading the infrastructure in poorer sections of cities. Revamps, such as surfacing roads and joining them to the city grid, dramatically ... read more

Predicting Gentrification Through Social Networking Data

Apr. 12, 2016 — Data from location-based social networks may be able to predict when a neighbourhood will go through the process of gentrification, by identifying areas with high social diversity and high ... 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

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

Mar. 31, 2016 — Cropland recycles less water into the atmosphere than native vegetation in Brazil's wooded savannas, which could lead to less rain in the region as agriculture expands, a new study ... read more

Mar. 30, 2016 — Scientists have studied more than 15,000 sites in the United States and found that increased nitrogen deposits from human activities are causing a decrease in the diversity of plant ... 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

Connecting Disadvantaged Immigrant Students to Community Resources May Boost School Achievement

Mar. 30, 2016 — A longitudinal study of first-generation immigrant students shows how a community-based intervention can help boost test scores and narrow the achievement gap between immigrant children and their ... read more

Is HUD Housing Affordable? New Study Says Not When You Factor in Costs to Commute

Mar. 29, 2016 — Where to live can be a dilemma for many Americans. Do you pay more for housing located near work and other destinations or do you pay less for housing that requires extensive driving? What about ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — The popular notion that millennials are choosing not drive may be oversimplified, a new report suggests. In a suburban community with low density and no public transportation, teens obtained their ... read more

Survey Gives Clearer View of Risky Leaks from Gas Mains

Mar. 28, 2016 — Precise measurements of leaks from natural gas pipelines across metropolitan Boston have demonstrated that almost a sixth of the leaks qualified as potentially explosive, and that a handful of leaks ... read more

Simulation Shows How Modern Interventions Can Affect Tropical Forests and Indigenous People

Mar. 25, 2016 — Carefully designing government interactions with rural indigenous people is critical for protecting the sustainability of people, wildlife and the land, a computer simulation ... read more

Mar. 23, 2016 — Researchers have mapped the risk from wildfires close to cities across Europe. Cities and tourist areas such as Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia are among those most at risk of catastrophic damage from ... read more

Mar. 23, 2016 — Countries in the tropics are among the largest global exporters of key agricultural commodities such as oil palm, rice, soybean, sugarcane and cassava. Now researchers report that these tropical ... read more

Affordable Housing Not So Affordable When Transportation Costs Soar

Mar. 21, 2016 — A new report assesses the affordability of US Department of Housing and Urban Development rental assistance properties from the perspective of transportation ... read more

Water Conservation Important to Many, but Only Some Take Action

Mar. 21, 2016 — How long do you shower? Would you be willing to set a timer for yourself while you bathe? That may be something to consider as you try to reduce your water consumption, say researchers. In a study ... read more

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