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February 18, 2020

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A new study uses machine learning to project migration patterns resulting from sea-level rise. Researchers found the impact of rising oceans will ripple across the country, ... read more
Despite reports that global emissions of the potent greenhouse gas were almost eliminated in 2017, an international team of ... read more
The cancer death rate declined by 29 percent from 1991 to 2017, including a 2.2 percent drop from 2016 to 2017, the largest ... read more

Greenland Ice Losses Rising Faster Than Expected

Greenland is losing ice seven times faster than in the 1990s and is tracking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's high-end climate warming scenario, which would see 40 million more people ... read more
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Oversight of Fishing Vessels Lacking, New Analysis Shows

Policies regulating fishing in international waters do not sufficiently protect officials who monitor illegal fishing, the prohibited dumping of equipment, or human trafficking or other human rights ... read more

Vaccine Misinformation and Social Media

People who rely on social media for information were more likely to be misinformed about vaccines than those who rely on traditional media, according to a new study. The study, based on surveys of ... read more

Reshaping Modern Play Spaces for Children's Health

A world first review of the importance of nature play could transform children's play spaces, supporting investment in city and urban parks, while also delivering important opportunities for ... read more

Spread of Coronavirus Underestimated, Review Finds

The coronavirus probably has a stronger ability to spread than the World Health Organization has estimated so far, according to a review of previous studies of the coronavirus' ... read more

Our Memory Prefers Essence Over Form

What clues does our memory use to connect a current situation to a situation from the past? The researchers have demonstrated that similarities in structure and essence guide our recollections rather ... read more

Reasons Why Megaprojects Fail

Academics have identified 18 reasons why megaprojects such as HS2 and Crossrail often fail, as well as 54 preventative solutions. For the first time, academics developed a systematic literature ... read more

Effectiveness of Travel Bans -- Readily Used During Infectious Disease Outbreaks -- Mostly Unknown

While travel bans are frequently used to stop the spread of an emerging infectious disease, a new study of published research found that the effectiveness of travel bans is mostly ... read more

Tourists Pose Continued Risks for Disease Transmission to Endangered Mountain Gorillas

New research shows that humans place endangered mountain gorillas at risk of disease transmission during tourism ... read more

New Potential Cause of Minamata Mercury Poisoning Identified

One of the world's most horrific environmental disasters -- the 1950 and 60s mercury poisoning in Minamata, Japan -- may have been caused by a previously unstudied form of mercury discharged ... read more

Researchers -- and parents -- have long known that babies learn to speak by mimicking the words they hear. But a new study shows that babies also might try to imitate the singing they hear in ... read more

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system could be used to automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles, reducing time and effort spent by human editors who now do the task ... read more

One-Third of Plant and Animal Species Could Be Gone in 50 Years

Researchers studied recent extinctions from climate change to estimate the loss of plant and animal species by 2070. Their results suggest that as many as one in three species could face extinction ... read more

What Is the Best Way to Encourage Innovation? Competitive Pay May Be the Answer

Economists and business leaders agree that innovation is a major force behind economic growth, but many disagree on what is the best way to encourage workers to produce the ... read more

Climate-Driven Farming 'Frontiers' Pose Major Environmental Risks

Future farming in regions that were previously unsuitable for agriculture could significantly impact biodiversity, water resources, and greenhouse gas emissions ... read more

Love Matters: How Parents' Love Shapes Children's Lives

Parents often put their own relationship on the back burner to concentrate on their children, but a new study shows that when spouses love each other, children stay in school longer and marry later ... read more

Half of US Deaths Related to Air Pollution Are Linked to out-of-State Emissions

More than half of all air-quality-related early deaths in the United States are a result of emissions originating outside of the state in which those deaths occur, researchers ... read more

Biodiversity Offsetting Is Contentious -- Here's an Alternative

A new approach to compensate for the impact of development may be an effective alternative to biodiversity offsetting -- and help nations achieve international biodiversity targets. Scientists say ... read more

The Use of Jargon Kills People's Interest in Science, Politics

When scientists and others use their specialized jargon terms while communicating with the general public, the effects are much worse than just making what they're saying hard to understand. In ... read more

Inquiry-Based Labs Give Physics Students Experimental Edge

New research shows that traditional physics labs, which strive to reinforce the concepts students learn in lecture courses, can actually have a negative impact on students. At the same time, ... read more

Sitting Still Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Adolescents

Too much time sitting still -- sedentary behavior -- is linked to an increased risk of depressive symptoms in adolescents, finds a new ... read more

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