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Crime Fighting Just Got Easier as Burglars Reveal All

May 20, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

The expertise of experienced burglars puts them streets ahead of householders, and even well ahead of other criminals, according to a new study.

Growth in life expectancy in Australia slows

Growth in Life Expectancy in Australia Slows, Research Finds

May 20, 2019 09:57 AM EDT

After 20 years of rapid increases in life expectancy at birth, the rate of growth in Australia is now falling behind most other high-income nations, meaning better control of health risk factors such as obesity will be needed if further life expectancy increases are to be achieved, research shows.

Economists find net benefit in soda tax

Economists Find Net Benefit in Soda Tax

May 20, 2019 09:13 AM EDT

A team of economists has concluded that soda taxes serve as a "net good," an assessment based on an analysis of health benefits and consumer behavior. The work, which sees advantages similar to those of long-standing cigarette taxes, also offers policy parameters that it views as more effective than many existing soda taxes.

Human Capital Benefits of Military Boost Economy

Human Capital Benefits of Military Boost Economy by Billions

May 18, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that U.S. government spending on military personnel has a positive impact on the nation's human capital - essentially improving the American workforce. Using a new computer model, the study estimates the economic impact of this human capital improvement to be $89.8 billion for 2019 alone.

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Changes in Subsistence Hunting Threaten Local Food Security

May 18, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

Scientists with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and WCS Ecuador Program publishing in the journal Biotropica say that subsistence hunting in Neotropical rain forests - the mainstay of local people as a source of protein and a direct connection to these ecosystems - is in jeopardy from a variety of factors.

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Intensive Silviculture Accelerates Atlantic Rainforest Biodiversity Regeneration

May 18, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

An experiment conducted in Brazil in an area of Atlantic Rainforest suggests that intensive silviculture, including the use of herbicide and substantial amounts of fertilizer, is a more effective approach to promoting the regeneration of tropical forest and biomass gain than the traditional method based on manual weeding and less fertilizer.

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Restaurant Acoustics that Schmeckt

May 17, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 17, 2019 -- Acoustics consultant Klaus Genuit says that new International Standards Organization guidelines for defining, measuring and evaluating soundscapes are a big step forward in guiding the creation of audibly fine restaurants.

UCLA-Led Team Develops 'Smart' Insulin (IMAGE)

'Smart' Insulin Could Prevent Hypoglycemia During Diabetes Treatment

May 17, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

UCLA bioengineers and their colleagues have developed a new type of insulin that could help prevent hypoglycemia in people who use the drug to manage diabetes.

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Galaxy Blazes with New stars Born From Close Encounter

May 17, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

The irregular galaxy NGC 4485 shows all the signs of having been involved in a hit-and-run accident with a bypassing galaxy. Rather than destroying the galaxy, the chance encounter is spawning a new generation of stars, and presumably planets.

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24% of West Antarctic Ice is Now Unstable

May 16, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

By combining 25 years of European Space Agency satellite altimeter measurements and a model of the regional climate, the UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) have tracked changes in snow and ice cover across the continent.

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When Biodegradable Plastic Isn't

May 16, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

The ubiquitous plastic bag is handy for transporting groceries and other items home from the store. However, this convenience takes a toll on the environment, with plastic debris littering land and waterways.

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Do you Trust Politicians? Depends on How you Define Trust

May 16, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. - There's more to trust than credence and faith, especially as it comes to politics. Research from Michigan State University and North Carolina State University presents new evidence to suggest that there are more layers to political trust that the public - and politicians themselves - previously thought.

Master Personal Finance with Strategies for Success

May 15, 2019 04:22 PM EDT

What does financial freedom look like to you? When you're dealing with the pressure that comes with overwhelming debt, gaining control over your finances might seem like a faraway dream. However, with the right help, commitment, and solid strategies for staying on track with your money, it's possible to turn the tables on debt and recover from any financial hurdle.

The Adafruit Circuit Playground Will Nudge People into Better Cyber Security Habits (IMAGE)

Same Computer Password for the Last 10 Years? You Might Need a Vibrating Cybernudge

May 15, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

The technology used in exercise and lifestyle apps may hold the key to answering that most difficult of challenges - getting people to change their passwords and better protect their online privacy and data.

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Small, Hardy Planets Most Likely to Survive Death of Their Stars

May 15, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

Small, hardy planets packed with dense elements have the best chance of avoiding being crushed and swallowed up when their host star dies, new research from the University of Warwick has found.

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