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US nuclear regulators greatly underestimate potential for nuclear disaster

(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission relied on faulty analysis to justify its refusal to adopt a critical measure for protecting Americans from nuclear-waste...Show More Summary

Fathers' brains respond differently to daughters than sons

(American Psychological Association) Fathers with toddler daughters are more attentive and responsive to those daughters' needs than fathers with toddler sons are to the needs of those sons, according to brain scans and recordings of the parents' daily interactions with their kids.

The perils of publishing location data for endangered species

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) While the increasing accessibility of data from scientific studies creates many benefits -- and represents a process that should be broadly embraced -- in the context of conserving endangered species it can actually be problematic, write David Lindenmayer and Ben Scheele in this Essay.

Marmoset monkeys learn to call the same way human infants learn to babble

(Cell Press) Human social groups have a strange tendency to share responsibility for taking care of infants; parents, older siblings, and other adult relatives all help to nurture babies. The only other primates that take care of infants this way are marmosets, a group of small, highly social monkeys from South America. Show More Summary

Ancient DNA evidence shows hunter-gatherers and farmers were intimately linked

(Cell Press) In human history, the transition from hunting and gathering to farming is a significant one. As such, hunter-gatherers and farmers are usually thought about as two entirely different sets of people. But researchers reporting...Show More Summary

Brain images reveal roots of kids' increasing cognitive control

(Cell Press) As children age into adolescence and on into young adulthood, they show dramatic improvements in their ability to control impulses, stay organized, and make decisions. Those 'executive functions' of the brain are key factors in determining outcomes, including educational success, drug use, and psychiatric illness. Show More Summary

Mountain honey bees have ancient adaptation for high-altitude foraging

(PLOS) Mountain-dwelling East African honey bees have distinct genetic variations compared to their savannah relatives that likely help them to survive at high altitudes, report Martin Hasselmann of the University of Hohenheim, Germany, Matthew Webster of Uppsala University, Sweden, and colleagues May 25, 2017, in PLOS Genetics.

New research proves the 'migrant work ethic' exists, in the short term

(University of Bath) The research shows that migrant workers are over three times less likely to be absent from work than native UK workers, a measure which economists equate with work ethic. The enhanced migrant work effort was found...Show More Summary

the professor’s omerta

Last week, we got into a discussion about advising relationships that don’t work. In the comments, Ashley Duester posted the following: I have encountered a sort of code of silence and protectionism among professors in which they routinely engage what I can only refer to as “pledges of loyalty” to the college of professors to […]

From blue and black dresses to turbine blades -- here's the science of 'fake fake' photographs

(University of Lincoln) A new study reveals the science behind a 'trick of the light' that made high-profile photographs of a major piece of public art appear 'faked' despite the pictures being entirely genuine. Vision science researchers...Show More Summary

Whose History Is This Anyway

May 24, 2017 Posted by Jay Livingston Karl Oliver’s Facebook post went viral, and not in a way he wanted. Oliver is the Mississippi state legislator who went on record with his views about Lousiana governor Mitch Landrieu for removing that statue of Robert E. Show More Summary

Police Numbers Since 2010

Police numbers are falling. In England and Wales between March 2015 and March 2016 (the most recent government figures), "frontline" positions shrank from 110,853 to 106,411. Recruitment was down and the number of dismissals and resignations were up, continuing a five-year trend. Show More Summary

Feinstein Institute presents Cerami Award to Sir Paul Nurse for cancer research

(Northwell Health) Northwell Health's Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Molecular Medicine announced today that the seventh Anthony Cerami Award in Translational Medicine will be awarded to Sir Paul Nurse, Ph.D., director of The Francis Crick Institute.

Border walls may pose big challenges to biodiversity -- but smaller ones to humans

(American Institute of Biological Sciences) Walls such as the proposed barrier along the US-Mexico border lead to habitat fragmentation and can close off animal populations by impeding movement.

Religious devotion as predictor of behavior

(University of Missouri-Columbia) 'Religious Devotion and Extrinsic Religiosity Affect In-group Altruism and Out-group Hostility Oppositely in Rural Jamaica,' suggests that a sincere belief in God -- religious devotion -- is unrelated to feelings of prejudice. Show More Summary

Half of mayoral elections in 6 US states are unopposed

(Rice University) Approximately half of mayoral elections in six US states are unopposed, and unopposed elections are on the rise, according to a report from Houston's Rice University.

Health benefits of moderate drinking may be overstated, study finds

(Penn State) The benefits of light alcohol consumption, as well as the risks associated with not drinking at all, might not be as great as previously thought, according to Penn State researchers who examined the drinking habits of middle-aged adults.

Change at work linked to employee stress, distrust and intent to quit, new survey finds

(American Psychological Association) At a time of change and uncertainty across the country, American adults who have been affected by change at work are more likely to report chronic work stress, less likely to trust their employerShow More Summary

Pitting homeless vets against Syrian refugees: A theme for online right-wing activism

When we see individuals holding cardboard signs and asking for spare change wearing camouflage, homelessness among veterans can seem like an epidemic. Recently, however, government efforts to reduce veteran homelessness have had great success. Show More Summary

New Springer book: Guerilla Science by Ernesto Altshuler

(Springer) Like the ants he studies, author Ernesto Altshuler has thrived by flirting with chaos. Facing challenges became a natural part of Altshuler's way of doing science. He became addicted to it. This book chronicles that addiction,...Show More Summary

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