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August 2, 2020

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The lack of human activity during lockdown caused human-linked vibrations in the Earth to drop by an average of 50 percent ...
With widespread, sustained declines in fertility, the world population will likely peak in 2064 at around 9.7 billion, and ...
Where you live has a significant impact on the likelihood that you will reach centenarian age, suggests a new study. New research suggests that people who live in highly ...

Potentially Fatal Combinations of Humidity and Heat Are Emerging Across the Globe

A new study has identified thousands of incidents of previously rare or unprecedented extreme heat/humidity combinations in parts of Asia, Africa, ...
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How Creating an 'Empathy Lens' Makes P2P Marketing Communications More Effective

Provider-focused P2P marketing communications increase consumers' likelihood of purchase, app download, and willingness to ...

One-Size Does Not Fit All for Post-Disaster Recovery

A new study that followed 400 households after the 2015 Nepal earthquakes provides insight into better understanding the factors that contribute to resilience and change in short-term rural natural ...

Social Distancing Varies by Income in United States

Wealthier communities went from being the most mobile before the COVID-19 pandemic to the least mobile, while poorer areas have gone from the least mobile to the most mobile, according to a new ...

Nobel Prize-Winning Work Is Concentrated in Minority of Scientific Fields

From 1995 to 2017, work that was awarded a Nobel Prize in Medicine, Physics, or Chemistry clustered in just a few scientific ...

Further Evidence World Trade Center Responders Are at Risk for Dementia

New studies indicate that World Trade Center (WTC) first responders are at risk for developing ...

New Machine Learning Method Allows Hospitals to Share Patient Data -- Privately

Researchers have shown that an approach called federated learning is successful in the context of brain imaging, by being able to analyze magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of brain tumor ...

Tendency to Select Targeted Retirement Fund Ending in Zero May Impact Wealth

New research shows that selecting a targeted retirement fund that ends in a zero could negatively impact your retirement savings. The study identified a ''zero bias'' or tendency ...

Link Between Education, Income Inequality Has Existed for a Century

Income is inextricably linked to access to education in America and it has been for a century, according to a new ...

Invisible Barriers Cut Down on Cheating

Both see-through and pretend partitions promoted honesty in taking tests, psychology experiments show, suggesting simple environmental cues can nudge children to do the right ...

COVID-19 Increased Anxiety, Depression for Already Stressed College Students

College students were more anxious, depressed and sedentary during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 than they were during similar academic terms in other years, according to a multiyear study using ...

Sci-Fi Foretold Social Media, Uber and Augmented Reality, Offers Insights Into the Future

Science fiction authors foresaw augmented reality video games, the rise of social media and trends of hyper-consumption, and can help predict future consumer ...

Health, Well-Being and Food Security of Families Deteriorating Under COVID-19 Stress

The ongoing disruptive changes from efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are having a substantial negative impact on the physical and mental well-being of parents and their children across the ...

Teen Museum Educators Increase Engagement, Learning, in Tween Visitors

A new study finds that youth docents have an overall positive effect on visitors' experiences, learning and information retention at informal learning sites -- like museums. The positive effects ...

Plastic Flow Into Ocean Expected to Triple by 2040, Action Could Stem Tide More Than 80%

A new analysis finds that without immediate and sustained action, the annual flow of plastic into the ocean could nearly triple by 2040. The study also identifies solutions that could cut this volume ...

Preventing the Next Pandemic

A new article shows that an annual investment of $30 billion should be enough to offset the costs of preventing another global pandemic such as ...

Study Finds Decline in Emergent Hospitalizations During Early Phase of COVID-19

Researchers report on the decline of emergent medical, surgical and obstetric hospitalizations at the medical center during the six-week period following the week of the declaration of the COVID-19 ...

Reexamining the History of Slavery Through 23andMe African Ancestry Data

Researchers have compiled genetic data from consenting 23andMe research participants to paint a more complete picture of African ancestry in the New World. By linking genetic data with slave trade ...

How a Few Negative Online Reviews Early on Can Hurt a Restaurant

Just a few negative online restaurant reviews can determine early on how many reviews a restaurant receives long-term, a new study has found. The study also found that a neighborhood's median ...

Unprecedented Effort to Ramp Up Testing Technologies for COVID-19

In a new paper, experts set forth a framework to increase significantly the number, quality and type of daily tests for detecting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and help reduce ...

Tracking Misinformation Campaigns in Real-Time Is Possible, Study Shows

A research team has developed a technique for tracking online foreign misinformation campaigns in real time, which could help mitigate outside interference in the 2020 American ...

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