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Why the future of clean energy storage lies in hydrogen

As renewable sources of energy like wind and solar gain traction, scientists and engineers are eyeing new ways to store that energy in a cost-efficient manner — laying the groundwork for a future in which renewables rival fossil fuels in powering our homes and vehicles.

Catastrophic failures in the NHS can be caused by basic communication breakdowns

The NHS sometimes struggles to manage basic communication systems that are often critical to the safety of patients. A new article reports that many communication processes in the NHS are still commonly viewed as mundane administrative tasks, instead of safety-critical processes that are essential to safe care.

Child-proofing the Internet of Things

As many other current, and potentially future, devices can connect to the Internet researchers are keen to learn more about how so called IoT devices could affect the privacy and security of young people.

How displaying real-time sales and stock levels online affects shoppers

Researchers have shown that providing real-time cues about the number of items sold and current levels of stock - easily presentable in the digital age - can be a viable retailing strategy, even for offline merchants.

Assaying the impact of in-store product sampling

New research has led to a model that assesses the short- and long-term effects of in-store product sampling on sales of both the products offered on sample and competitive products.

Making a case for health literacy

The inability to understand and effectively use health information is linked to higher rates of hospitalization, reduced preventive care and increased health costs. A new report highlights the benefits of health literacy for both patients and providers.

Six in 10 food ads during family TV shows push junk food, UK study reveals

A new report shows that almost six in ten food and drink advertisements shown during family programs in the UK popular with children are for 'junk food' such as fast food, takeaways and confectionery.

Children show implicit racial bias from a young age, research finds

In three separate studies with over 350 five- to 12-year-old white children, researchers found that children show an implicit pro-white bias when exposed to images of both white and black children. But the type of bias depended on what children were asked to do. The goal of the research was to gain a better understanding of children's automatic racial attitudes.

Is Agung going to blow?

With Mount Agung on eruption watch in Bali, a researcher notes that monitoring emissions from the volcano may aid volcanologists in determining whether or not an Agung eruption is imminent.

Mixing cultures and nationalities in rugby teams changes the way they play

The cultural identity of rugby players in a team changes the way the team plays, according to a new study. The research shows that a team of players who share the same cultural heritage are more playful and spontaneous and take more risks than a team which has a mix of nationalities.

Improving urban green spaces increase thermal comfort of citizens

The link between urban green spaces and the thermal comfort sensation of people has been the focus of new research. The results provide significant suggestions to improve thermal comfort of citizens.

Genetic mutation could, if altered, boost flumist vaccine effectiveness, research suggests

A genetic mutation has been discovered in the FluMist intranasal flu vaccine that has the potential to be altered to enhance the vaccine's protective effect.

In the Grand Canyon, people consistently value their recreational time

The economic value that private boaters of the Grand Canyon assigned to their recreational experience remained relatively stable between 1985 and 2015 when adjusted for inflation.

Pay-for-performance fails to perform

The first large Medicare pay-for-performance program for doctors and medical practices, which ran between 2013 and 2016, failed to deliver on its central promise to increase value of care for patients. The program may have also exacerbated...Show More Summary

In harm's way: About half of hydraulically fractured wells exist within 2 to 3 kilometers of domestic groundwater systems

About half of hydraulically fractured wells exist within 2 to 3 kilometers of domestic groundwater systems, warn researchers.

Harvesting the sun for power and produce: Agrophotovoltaics increases the land use efficiency by over 60 percent

Until now, acreage was designated for either photovoltaics or photosynthesis, that is, to generate electricity or grow crops. An agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project, however, has now demonstrated that both uses are compatible. Dual use of land is resource efficient, reduces competition for land and additionally opens up a new source of income for farmers, say researchers.

Nodding raises likability and approachability

The act of nodding positively affects the subjective likability of people by about 30 percent and their approachability by 40 percent, according to a study.

White male gun owners with money stress more likely to be morally attached to their guns

White male gun owners who have lost, or fear losing, their economic footing tend to feel morally and emotionally attached to their guns, according to a study. They are also more likely to say the violence against the government is sometimes justified.

Managing antibiotics not enough to reverse resistance

Researchers have discovered that reducing the use of antibiotics will not be enough to reverse the growing prevalence of antibiotic resistance because bacteria are able to share the ability to fight antibiotics by swapping genes between species. They also show, however, that there are ways to disrupt the gene-sharing process and perhaps reverse antibiotic resistance.

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