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Study Funded by NIH Supports Optimal Threshold for Diagnosing COPD

Jun 25, 2019 01:25 PM EDT

A new study provides evidence to support a simple measurement for diagnosing clinically significant airflow obstruction, the key characteristic of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. The study found that a 70% ratio of two indicators of lung function proved as or more accurate than other thresholds for predicting COPD-related hospitalizations and deaths.

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Mathematics Ties Media Coverage of Gun Control to Upticks in Gun Purchases

Jun 24, 2019 01:46 PM EDT

For the first time, researchers have shown a causal link between print news media coverage of U.S. gun control policy in the wake of mass shooting events and increases in firearm acquisition, particularly in states with the least restrictive gun laws.

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Government-Funded Research Increasingly Fuels Innovation

Jun 24, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

For the third year in a row, the Trump administration has proposed large cuts in science funding across a variety of agencies. Although Congress restored these cuts in the past two years, increased budgetary pressures may discourage them from doing so this year.

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Study Shows Visual Framing by Media in Debates Affects Public Perception

Jun 24, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

Both Democratic and Republican Party front-runners benefited from preferential visual coverage during the televised 2016 presidential primary debates, according to a new study published by University of Arkansas political scientists. But the researchers say Donald Trump was the clear winner in terms of visual techniques used by the media, such as camera time and solo shots.

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Exposure to Others' Suffering Even Worse than Being shot

Jun 21, 2019 03:04 PM EDT

We usually think that trauma from war is related to the fact that soldiers have been under constant threat of death. New research shows a slightly different picture.

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NASA Helps Warn of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lakes, Reservoirs

Jun 21, 2019 02:49 PM EDT

Harmful algal blooms can cause big problems in coastal areas and lakes across the United States. When toxin-containing aquatic organisms multiply and form a bloom, it can sicken people and pets, contaminate drinking water, and force closures at boating and swimming sites.

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Fresh Look at Mysterious Nasca Lines in Peru

Jun 21, 2019 02:41 PM EDT

A scientific approach has been used to re-identify huge birds etched into the desert plains of southern Peru around 2,000 years ago. The birds appear to be exotic to the region and further studies could help explain their significance. The study is published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

5 AI Companies To Help You Master Investing In Stocks

Jun 21, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

5 AI Companies To Help You Master Investing In Stocks

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The Current Nor­we­gian Bar­ents Sea Oil Spill Risk Governance Frame­work Would Need Considerable Remodeling

Jun 20, 2019 04:15 PM EDT

A recent case study from the University of Helsinki examines different ways of framing oil spill risks with regard to the Norwegian Barents Sea where new areas have been recently opened for oil exploration and exploitation. The study demonstrates that there is an urgent need for new ways of integrating different risk frames and multiple ways of knowing into the risk governance processes of complex socio-ecological risks, such as oil spill risks.

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New AI system Manages Road Infrastructure Via Google Street View

Jun 19, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

Geospatial scientists have developed a new program to monitor street signs needing replacement or repair by tapping into Google Street View images.

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Record-low Fertility Rates Linked to Decline in Stable Manufacturing Jobs

Jun 19, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

MADISON - As the Great Recession wiped out nearly 9 million jobs and 19 trillion dollars in wealth from U.S. households, American families experienced another steep decline -- they had fewer children.

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New Evidence Shows Rapid response in the West Greenland landscape to Arctic Climate Shifts

Jun 19, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

New evidence shows that Arctic ecosystems undergo rapid, strong and pervasive environmental changes in response to climate shifts, even those of moderate magnitude, according to an international research team led by the University of Maine.

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Now Your Phone Can Become a Robot that Does the Boring Work

Jun 18, 2019 02:33 PM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- If any factory worker could program low-cost robots, then more factories could actually use robotics to increase worker productivity.

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New Study Shows Gender Pay Gap is Still Issue for Airline Staff

Jun 18, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

High-flying careers in the airline industry don't mean sky-high salaries for women, according to new research by Swansea University.

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Climate Change had Significant Impact on Amazon Communities Before Arrival of Europeans

Jun 18, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

Climate change had a significant impact on people living in the Amazon rainforest before the arrival of Europeans and the loss of many indigenous groups, a new study shows.

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