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December 7, 2019

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The perceived scale of the Amazon blazes received global attention this summer. However, international concerns raised at ... read more
A new study documents structural differences in the brains of preschool-age children related to screen-based ... read more
With climate change, plants of the future will consume more water than in the present day, leading to less water available ... read more

Mysterious Release of Radioactive Material Uncovered

It was the most serious release of radioactive material since Fukushima 2011, but the public took little notice of it: In September 2017, a slightly radioactive cloud moved across Europe. Now, a ... read more
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Infant Morbidity Decreases With Incentive-Based Prenatal Tobacco Interventions

A new study reveals a significant reduction in NICU (up to 55%) and preterm births due to incentive-based programs implemented to help low-income pregnant women stop smoking cigarettes. Colorado ... read more

Quarter of Californian Adults Live in a Household With a Gun, Poll Indicates

One in four adults in California lives in a household with a gun, including around 1 in 7 (14%) who personally own a firearm, suggest the results of a ... read more

Assistance During First Years of Biology Major Leads to Higher Retention of First-Gen Students

Assistance during the first years of a biology major leads to higher retention of first-generation ... read more

I Quit: How Poor Treatment by Customers Leads to High Turnover in the Service Industry

According to a new study, customer conflict plays a big role when it comes to service industry workers saying 'I quit' -- and how supervisors manage that conflict helps decide whether ... read more

Tech Startups Gravitate Toward Cities With Strong Social Networks, Study Finds

The presence of technology startups can drive economic growth for their home cities. So how can cities better appeal to entrepreneurs? A new study shows the connections they can offer matter more ... read more

Lack of Specialists Doom Rural Sick Patients

Residents of rural areas are more likely to be hospitalized and to die than those who live in cities primarily because they lack access to specialists, according to new ... read more

Fake News Feels Less Immoral to Share When We've Seen It Before

People who repeatedly encounter a fake news item may feel less and less unethical about sharing it on social media, even when they don't believe the information, research ... read more

Study Calls for Improved Sanitation and the Environmental Management of Pharmaceuticals

Failure to ensure the environmental sustainability of growing patient access to medicines in developing economies could increase the risk of adverse environmental impacts, according to new ... read more

One in Two Homeless People May Have Experienced a Head Injury in Their Lifetime

People who are homeless experience a disproportionately high lifetime prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a new ... read more

Citizen Scientists Deserve More Credit, Researchers Argue

Biologists argue that newfound respect for indigenous knowledge and changes in technology mean that non-professionals are taking greater roles in science ... read more

Click, Click, Cook: Online Grocery Shopping Leaves 'Food Deserts' Behind

An analysis found that most people in 'food deserts' in 8 states would increase their access to healthy, nutritious food if they purchase groceries online and had the food delivered as part ... read more

Integrated Approach for Managing Aquatic Invasive Species in California

Though small and somewhat nondescript, quagga and zebra mussels pose a huge threat to local rivers, lakes and estuaries. Thanks to aggressive measures to prevent contamination, Santa Barbara ... read more

Family Support Reduces Chance of School and Workplace Bullying

Having a supportive family environment makes school-age LGB children in the UK significantly less likely to be victims of bullying, according to new ... read more

No Kale Left Behind: A New Supple Management Method to Limit Perishable Waste

Many of us know that sting of disappointment when we realize our fridge contents are seriously past their prime. Imagine that on a much bigger scale, like the nearly $54 billion in perishable retail ... read more

Creating the Conditions for a Globally Just Energy Transition

How can the energy transition be organized in a globally just way? Will developing countries struggle to transition to clean energy because they lack the financial and technical ... read more

Compliance With Paris Agreement Would Limit Loss of Productivity in Fishing, Agriculture

Scientists show that 90% of the global population may face decreases in productivity for both agriculture and fishing if greenhouse emissions are not reduced. On the other hand, most countries are in ... read more

Combine Chemical Probe Resources to Optimize Biomedical Research, Scientists Urge

A new report urges biomedical researchers to use online web resources very carefully, taking into account their complementary benefits and weaknesses, when selecting small-molecule chemical probes to ... read more

Nine Climate Tipping Points Now 'Active,' Warn Scientists

More than half of the climate tipping points identified a decade ago are now 'active,' a group of leading scientists have ... read more

Irregularly Shaped Parks Reduce Mortality Risk

Some community parks are square, a reflection of the city block where they're located -- but irregularly shaped parks reduce the mortality risk of residents who live near them, concluded a new ... read more

A Method With Roots in AI Uncovers How Humans Make Choices in Groups and Social Media

Using a mathematical framework with roots in artificial intelligence and robotics, researchers were able to uncover the process for how a person makes choices in groups. And, they also found they ... read more

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