Saturday, February 23, 2019 Headlines & Global News


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A peek at living room decor suggests how decorations vary around the world

Feb 22, 2019 10:46 AM EST

People around the world paint their walls different colors, buy plants to spruce up their interiors and engage in a variety of other beautifying techniques to personalize their homes, which inspired a team of researchers to study about 50,000 living rooms across the globe.

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Report offers evidence-based recommendations aimed at reducing Illinois gun violence

Feb 22, 2019 08:39 AM EST

Johns Hopkins report identifies weaknesses or gaps in current Illinois law and offers recommendations to reduce gun violence

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Automated speed enforcement doesn't just reduce collisions -- it helps reduce crime

Feb 21, 2019 10:04 AM EST

It's widely accepted that automated photo enforcement programs targeting speeding help reduce collisions and promote safe driving. Now a new University of British Columbia study suggests they can also significantly reduce crime in the neighborhoods in which they are deployed.

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American drug overdose death rates the highest among wealthy nations

Feb 21, 2019 09:02 AM EST

The study is the first to show the drug overdose epidemic is contributing to the widening gap in life expectancy between the United States and other high-income countries

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Report reveals more than a million Australian heart patients not given a second chance

Feb 20, 2019 09:17 AM EST

To save lives, hearts and minds, the Baker Institute calls for new measures including a secondary prevention campaign, increased focus on cardiac rehabilitation and research into wider use of new therapies

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Tinier and less power-hungry quantum atomic clock push toward intelligent IoT

Feb 20, 2019 09:10 AM EST

Scientists at Tokyo Tech, Ricoh co. and The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have developed an ultra-low-power atomic clock (ULPAC) for small satellites to enable future communication systems beyond 5G.

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A lack of antibody diversity may make the elderly more susceptible to the flu

Feb 20, 2019 09:04 AM EST

The influenza vaccine may be less effective in the elderly because their B cells are less capable of producing antibodies that can adapt to protect against new viral strains, researchers report February 19 in the journal Cell Host & Microbe. With age, B cells and the antibodies, they secrete acquire fewer mutations that would provide flexible protection against the ever-changing flu virus.

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Marijuana dispensaries associated with rise, then decline in some neighborhood crime

Feb 19, 2019 08:22 AM EST

Ten states and the District of Columbia now allow the sale, possession, and use of marijuana for recreational purposes, and 33 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana. Critics argue that marijuana dispensaries are magnets for crime.

The Many Fun Uses of AI

Feb 15, 2019 03:28 PM EST

The Many Fun Uses of AI


AI-based visual tech to be applied to CCTV cameras

Feb 15, 2019 09:26 AM EST

A visual-based artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by South Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) will be deployed on CCTV cameras for detecting and preventing various crimes.

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NASA to advance unique 3D printed sensor technology

Feb 15, 2019 09:23 AM EST

A NASA technologist is taking miniaturization to the extreme. Mahmooda Sultana won funding to advance a potentially revolutionary, nanomaterial-based detector platform. The technology is capable of sensing everything from minute concentrations of gases and vapor, atmospheric pressure and temperature, and then transmitting that data via a wireless antenna -- all from the same self-contained platform that measures just two-by-three-inches in size.

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Upcycling plastic bags into battery parts

Feb 14, 2019 09:24 AM EST

Plastic bag pollution has become a huge environmental problem, prompting some cities and countries to heavily tax or ban the sacks. But what if used plastic bags could be made into higher-value products? Now, researchers have reported a new method to convert plastic bags into carbon chips that could be used as anodes for lithium-ion batteries.

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Stereotypes of romantic love may justify gender-based violence

Feb 14, 2019 09:21 AM EST

So warns a study that has performed a qualitative analysis of the teen series Física o Química, published by María José Masanet, a researcher with the Department of Communication, and Frederik Dhaenens

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New machine learning method could spare some women from unnecessary breast surgery

Feb 13, 2019 09:23 AM EST

Dartmouth researchers have found a machine learning method that can predict the likelihood that a high-risk type of breast lesion is cancerous, potentially saving some women from unnecessary surgeries and overtreatment

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Trump's simple, confident language has strong historical roots

Feb 12, 2019 09:30 AM EST

To many, President Donald Trump's use of nontraditional, off-the-cuff language seems unlike that of any other politician, but new research on the language of past and present world leaders reveals simple, straightforward messaging that exudes confidence may be the new norm -- making Trump a man of his time, rhetorically speaking.

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