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Fearing surveillance, dads with a record avoid kids' schools

A sociologist and former elementary school teacher recently identified a mechanism that may explain why kids whose parents have spent time behind bars have worse educational outcomes -- and strong, lasting, negative consequences that often span generations.

Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool

Twenty years ago, a microbiologist and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to digest and recycle wood. Three orders of 'brown rot fungi' have now been identified that can break down biomass, but details of the mechanism were not known. Show More Summary

Secret to giving the perfect gift: Stop being afraid

People would prefer to receive sentimentally valuable gifts, but instead they often receive superficial gifts related to their personal preferences, researchers have found.

The coast is not so clear

For nearly a century, the O'Shaughnessy seawall has held back the sand and seas of San Francisco's Ocean Beach. At work even longer: the Galveston seawall, built after America's deadliest hurricane in 1900 killed thousands in Texas.

Statin denial is an Internet-driven cult with deadly consequences

A researcher says that Internet propaganda promoting bizarre and unscientific criticisms of statins has given these life-saving drugs a bad reputation.

Construction of massive neutrino experiment kicks off a mile underground

A new era in international particle physics research officially began July 21 with a unique groundbreaking held a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. Dignitaries, scientists and engineers from...Show More Summary

One step closer to halting the spread of Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya

A mathematical model can serve as a guide to make monthly predictions on when people are at greatest risk for contracting mosquito-borne viruses, such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya, due to climate conditions, scientists report.

Conserve intact forest landscapes to maximize biodiversity, reduce extinction risk

A new global analysis of forest habitat loss and wildlife extinction risk shows that species most at risk live in areas just beginning to see the impacts of human activities such as hunting, mining, logging and ranching.

How off-line retailers can fight back

For concrete thinkers, product touch is important; for abstract thinkers, not so much. The offline retailer who can mine the wealth of consumer research data available through the internet to pinpoint these concrete thinkers, the authors suggest, can target them with appropriate marketing strategies.

Tough robots making an ImPACT

New and improved rescue robots tough enough to function in extreme and hostile environments were unveiled recently at a demonstration at Tohoku University, Japan.

Shale gas development spurring spread of invasive plants in Pennsylvania forests

Vast swaths of Pennsylvania forests were clear-cut circa 1900 and regrowth has largely been from local native plant communities, but a team of researchers has found that invasive, non-native plants are making significant inroads with unconventional natural gas development.

Social media: Simplifying surveillance

The controversial Snap Map app enables Snapchat users to track their friends. This is the latest in a series of monitoring tools to be built on social media platforms. A new study assesses the benefits and risks associated with their use.

Athletic trainers have a positive economic impact on sports coverage for health systems

The cost-effectiveness of certified outreach athletic trainers (ATC) as a type of physician extender in an orthopaedic provider and/or hospital system setting has many benefits, both financially and with patient care, say researcher...

Privacy, please: Why surveiling shoppers can inhibit sales, and how to fix it

A series of studies and field experiments has been developed that tested shoppers' reaction to being watched while shopping and found that when they feel their privacy or freedom of behavior is threatened, they will back off. Simple solutions are available to retailers.

Critical need for standardized organ donation metrics, researchers say

Across the country, there are 58 Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO), which are responsible for recovering and distributing organs and tissues for life-saving and life-enhancing transplants. With more than 117,000 people awaiting a...Show More Summary

Damming and lost connectivity for fish in Northeastern ecosystems

Fish that migrate between freshwater and sea ecosystems play a multitude of ecological roles. In the centuries since Europeans first colonized the Americas, damming and other disruptions to river connectivity have greatly decreased the migration opportunities of these species. A new article outlines the effects of lost habitat and river connectivity for these crucial fish.

Paying people to protect forests is worth it

A new study suggests that paying people to conserve their trees could be a highly cost-effective way to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions and should be a key part of the global strategy to fight climate change. The study sought to evaluate how effective 'Payments for Ecosystems' (PES) is at reducing deforestation.

A changing society: 100 is the new 80

When it comes to aging successfully and remaining in good health, are centenarians the perfect role models? Researchers have been studying illness trajectories in centenarians during the final years of their lives. According to their findings, people who died aged 100 or older suffered fewer diseases than those who died aged 90 to 99, or 80 to 89.

Switch to generic eye drugs could save Medicare millions

Eye care providers prescribe more brand medications by volume than any other provider group, according to a new study, making ophthalmologist and optometrists big influencers of annual prescription drug spending in the United States...

Health insurance costs threaten farm viability

64 percent of American farmers have preexisting conditions, research has found. A lack of access to affordable health insurance is a major worry and a significant risk factor for farmers, the study found.

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