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Black, white or multicultural: Constructing race in two countries

A new study demonstrates the strong influence ancestry plays in Americans' interpretation of whether someone is black, white or multiracial, highlighting differences in the way race is socially constructed in the U.S. compared to other parts of the world.

Students' self-concepts of ability in math, reading predict later math, reading attainment

A new longitudinal study looked at how youths' self-concepts are linked to their actual academic achievement in math and reading from middle childhood to adolescence. The study found that students' self-concepts of their abilities in these two academic domains play an important role in motivating their achievements over time and across levels of achievement.

Al-Qaida-led fighters on the offensive against Syrian troops

BEIRUT (AP) — Insurgents led by an al-Qaida-linked group launched one of their widest offensives yet Tuesday against Syrian pro-government forces, which responded with heavy airstrikes targeting hospitals and first responders.

Fake news more likely to thrive online due to lowered fact-checking

Fake news is more likely to thrive online due to lowered fact-checking, according to new American research.

InDevR licenses Mount Sinai influenza antibodies for VaxArray neuraminidase potency assay

(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR advances its VaxArray technology toward tracking neuraminidase levels in flu vaccines through an exclusive, worldwide antibody license agreement with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Smart traffic signals will help blind cross streets

(Carnegie Mellon University) Smart traffic signals that are designed to improve the flow of traffic also could help pedestrians with visual or other disabilities safely cross streets, or even catch a bus. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon...Show More Summary

Virtual reality breathes new life into African fossils, art and artefacts

Digital technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives. So it was only a matter of time before the ways people interact with the past and ancient artefacts in museum settings became digital, too.

John Legend Speaks Out About Why 'Dad Shaming' Isn't Really A Thing

Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen is well-known for her hilarious, outspoken responses to would-be shamers on social media.

300,000 women are missing from economics

Economics is an overwhelmingly male field; and the problem is not going away. Less than a third of economics students today are women. A pervasive myth about the missing women students in economics – about 300,000 of them in the US alone by our rough count – is that the problem is their poor maths skills. Show More Summary

Copying nature's lock-and-key system could improve rapid medical diagnostics

Researchers have designed a system that rapidly recognises the specific biological molecules that can indicate disease.

Enzyme's worth to biofuels shown in recent research

A newly discovered enzyme proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex. No other enzyme has shown that ability.

The World Has Millions of Colors. Why Do We Only Name a Few?

Cognitive scientists suggest that we name the colors of things we want to talk about

Price-optimization method to increase online retailers' revenue, market share, and profit

How can online businesses leverage vast historical data, computational power, and sophisticated machine-learning techniques to quickly analyze and forecast demand, and to optimize pricing and increase revenue?

One step closer to lifelike robots

New York, NY -- Sept. 19, 2017-- Researchers at Columbia Engineering have solved a long-standing issue in the creation of untethered soft robots whose actions and movements can help mimic natural biological systems. A group in the Creative...Show More Summary

New model may help science overcome the brain's fortress-like barrier

New model may help science overcome the brain's fortress-like barrier Scientists have helped provide a way to better understand how to enable drugs to enter the brain and how cancer cells make it past the blood brain barrier. The brain...Show More Summary

Study finds religious program advertising appeals mainly to fear

Christians and fundamentalists are a major section of American society, with influence in political, social and economic circles. Yet, little is known about how advertisers work to reach a fundamentalist population. A study from theShow More Summary

When it comes to social media, consumers trust each other, not big brands

It's well known that the vast majority of America's largest corporations use social media platforms to boost their brands, especially Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. But the precise link between consumers, social media, and shareholder value has gone largely unstudied—until now.

New resource traces lives of British convicts transported to Australia

Family historians, teachers, crime writers and academics can now follow the lives of people convicted and transported to Australia or imprisoned in Britain using a vast, free online resource, the Digital Panopticon website.

Americans vastly overestimate progress toward racial economic equality

Americans appear profoundly unaware of the vast economic inequality that persists between black and white Americans in contemporary society, according to a new study by researchers at Yale University.

Hurricane Maria Leaves 'Mind-Boggling' Devastation

Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm Monday night, causing what the Caribbean nation's prime minister calls "mind-boggling" damage. In a Facebook post, Roosevelt Skerrit said the storm had left "widespread devastation" and torn the roofs off many homes, including his own. "My focus now is in...

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