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September 25, 2020

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Potent Drug Supply Drop, Not Domestic Drug Policies, Likely Behind 2018 OD Death Downturn

The slight decline in drug overdose deaths in 2018 coincides with Chinese regulations on the powerful opioid carfentanil, rather than the result of ...

The Unintended Consequence of Becoming Empathetic

Many people want to become more empathetic. But, these changes in personality may also lead to changes in political ...
Individuals who can unconsciously predict complex patterns, an ability called implicit pattern learning, are likely to hold stronger beliefs that there is a god who creates ...

Protected Areas Can 'Double' Imperilled Species Populations

Many endangered mammal species are dependent on protected areas, and would likely vanish without them. Despite the success of protected areas, their popularity as a go-to conservation tool has ...
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COVID-19 Opens a Partisan Gap on Voting by Mail

A new study documents a growing divide in the United States on preferences for absentee ballots. Before the pandemic, there wasn't any difference in the rates at which Democratic and Republican ...

Solar Storm Forecasts for Earth Improved With Help from the Public

Scientists used observations recorded by members of the public to increase accuracy of computer model predictions of when harmful CMEs will hit ...

Do-It-Yourself COVID-19 Vaccines Fraught With Public Health Problems

'Citizen scientists' developing homemade COVID-19 vaccines may believe they're inoculating themselves against the ongoing pandemic, but the practice of self-experimentation with ...

Analysis of COVID-19 Publications Identifies Research Gaps

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific and medical journals have published over 100,000 studies on SARS-CoV-2. But according to data scientists who created a machine-learning tool to ...

Biologists Developing Global Citizen Network to Monitor Insect Abundance

Biologists are building a volunteer network of citizen scientists to help monitor the abundance of dragonflies and ...

Cannabis Farms Are a Modern Slavery 'Blind Spot' for UK Police, Study Suggests

Migrants arrested for tending plants in the flats, houses and attics where cannabis is grown in bulk are often victims of trafficking and 'debt bondage' - yet many are not recognized as ...

ARPA-Type Funding Gives Green Technology an 'Innovation Advantage', Study Finds

Startups funded by the U.S. agency ARPA-E file patents at twice the rate of similar cleantech firms. The United Kingdom should trial its own climate-focused ARPA as part of COVID-19 recovery package, ...

Gun Laws in Neighboring States Affect State Gun Deaths, New Evidence Finds

Weaker gun laws in neighboring states appear to increase gun deaths in adjoining states, and strong gun laws may be negated by more permissive laws among neighboring states, according to new ...

Seven in 10 Americans Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Survey Finds

Almost seven in 10 Americans would be interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available, according to a new study. But researchers say there are concerning gaps in interest, ...

COVID-19 Deaths Among Black Essential Workers Linked to Racial Disparities

Racial disparities among essential workers could be a key reason that Black Americans are more likely than whites to contract and die of COVID-19, according to researchers. They found that Blacks ...

Inequality of Opportunity Drags Down Everyone's Motivation

Unequal compensation reduces people's motivation to work, even among those who stand to benefit from unfair advantages, finds a new ...

Exposure to Workplace Sexual Harassment Linked to an Increased Risk of Suicidal Behavior

Workers who have been exposed to sexual harassment in their workplace are at greater risk of suicide and attempting suicide, a new study ...

Teens Who Think Their Parents Are Loving Are Less Likely to Be Cyberbullies

Adolescents who perceive their parents to be loving and supportive are less likely to engage in cyberbullying, according to a new ...

An Embedded Ethics Approach for AI Development

The increasing use of AI (artificial intelligence) in the development of new medical technologies demands greater attention to ethical aspects. An interdisciplinary team advocates the integration of ...

To the Choir: Forward-Thinking Faculty Sharing Innovations Mostly Among Themselves

Surveys and network analyses of 192 STEM faculty at three universities revealed that frequent users of evidence-based instructional practices are far more likely to engage one another than colleagues ...

Is Being Generous the Next Beauty Trend?

New research found that more attractive people are more likely to be givers, and givers are rated as more ...

Atheists Are More Likely to Sleep Better Than Catholics and Baptists, Study Finds

A new study of sleep, religious affiliation, and perceptions of heaven found that atheists and agnostics are significantly more likely to be better sleepers than Catholics and ...

Researchers Develop AI to Detect Fentanyl and Derivatives Remotely

To help keep first responders safe, researchers have developed an artificial intelligence method that not only rapidly and remotely detects the powerful drug fentanyl, but also teaches itself to ...

Citizens' Adherence to COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures Depends on Government Response

New research finds that while social distancing is an effective preventative measure in the fight against COVID-19, there are significant variations being observed in how and why individuals follow ...

Mail Delays May Affect Medication Supply for Nearly 1 in 4 Americans Over 50

The timeliness of mail delivery may affect access to medication for many middle-aged and older adults, according to a new analysis of data from a national poll of people aged 50 to 80. Nearly one in ...

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