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04/25/2019 12:00 AM
College-age males at bars, parties more likely to be sexually aggressive
(Washington State University) College men who frequently attend parties or go to bars are more likely to be sexually aggressive compared to those who don't, Washington State University researchers have found.

04/24/2019 12:00 AM
Elemental old-timer makes the universe look like a toddler
(Rice University) Rice University physicists contributed to the discovery of the longest half-life ever measured in xenon 124. The element's half-life is many orders of magnitude greater than the current age of the universe. Their results appear in Nature.

04/24/2019 12:00 AM
Five new innovators join Chain Reaction Innovations in third cohort
(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Five new innovators will be joining Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), the entrepreneurship program at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory, as part of the elite program's third cohort. Announced on Monday, April 22, 2019, these innovators were selected following an extensive national solicitation process and two-part pitch competition, with reviews from industry experts, investors, scientists and engineers.

04/24/2019 12:00 AM
Protein Science Best Paper Awards to Yu-ming Huang and Abhay Thakur
(The Protein Society) Warmest congratulations to Yu-ming 'Mindy' Huang and Abhay Thakur, recipients of the Protein Society's Year 2018 'Best Paper' awards.

04/24/2019 12:00 AM
Scholars: Estimates of food insecurity among college students problematic
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) A good estimate of how many college students struggle with food insecurity is a difficult number to pin down, says new research from a team of University of Illinois experts who study food choice issues.

04/24/2019 12:00 AM
Policies valuing cultural diversity improve minority students' sense of belonging
(Society for Personality and Social Psychology) Psychology researchers exploring the belonging and achievement of middle school students found valuing cultural diversity reduces achievement gaps over the course of a year, while policies that favor colorblindness and assimilation led to wider achievement gaps.

04/24/2019 12:00 AM
Classroom crowdscience: UC students challenged to detect schizophrenia genes
(Cell Press) Teaching big data to future scientists means having them think creatively about ways to harness the terabytes of information available to them. To that end, systems biologist Trey Ideker used his UC San Diego School of Medicine's Biological Networks and Biomedicine graduate course to host a classroom competition tasking students with detecting genes associated with schizophrenia. The winning technique was quick, flexible, and outperformed previously published methods. The details appear April 24 in the journal Cell Systems.

04/23/2019 12:00 AM
Historic examples of civility may help today's civil discourse, according to new book
(Kansas State University) A look at the past may help ordinary people improve civility, according to Kansas State University's Timothy J. Shaffer, co-editor/author of the book, 'A Crisis of Civility?: Political Discourse and Its Discontents' from Routledge.

04/23/2019 12:00 AM
A global database of women scientists is diversifying the face of science
(PLOS) Underrepresentation of women scientists in the public sphere perpetuates the stereotype of the white male scientist and fails both to reflect the true diversity of people practicing science today and to encourage more diversity. In a new article publishing April 23 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, Dr. Elizabeth McCullagh and colleagues from the grassroots organization 500 Women Scientists, describe the first year of a database they founded in January 2018 to combat this issue.

04/22/2019 12:00 AM
Nursing, dental, and medical students train together to improve kids' oral health
(New York University) Nursing, medical, and dental students can work as a team to improve their knowledge of pediatric oral health -- and how to work with their fellow health professionals, finds new research led by NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. The study appears in the Journal of Dental Education.

04/22/2019 12:00 AM
Wakeup call: Pervasiveness of sexual harassment and its effect on female physics students
(American Physical Society) A recent study revealed that sexual harassment in physics is insidious and experienced at a significantly higher rate than is generally acknowledged. The study also found that gender harassment, one type of sexual harassment, is correlated with two harmful psychological patterns: a diminished sense of belonging and the imposter phenomenon.

04/22/2019 12:00 AM
Preschool health program successful in instilling heart healthy habits
(American College of Cardiology) Preschoolers in an underserved community who took part in a health promotion educational program aimed at establishing health behaviors showed a 2.2-fold increase in knowledge, attitudes and habits compared to their classmates who did not take part in the program, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

04/22/2019 12:00 AM
Permanent daylight savings may cancel out changes to school start times
(Cell Press) Several states in the US, including California, Washington, Florida, and North Carolina, are now considering doing away with the practice by making daylight savings time (DST) permanent. But, researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on April 22 say, permanent DST would make it harder to wake up in the winter. It would also undermine efforts in many states to give teens more time to sleep in by pushing school start times back.

04/22/2019 12:00 AM
Surrey academics weigh into the debate on daylight saving time and school start time
(University of Surrey) A switch to permanent daylight saving time will undo any positive effects on sleep of delaying school start times, according to researchers from the University of Surrey.

04/22/2019 12:00 AM
Mount Sinai study: Intervention in preschool -- an opportunity to promote healthy lifestyle
(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Children may have a better chance of avoiding unhealthy habits linked to obesity and cardiovascular disease later in life if they are taught properly about healthy behaviors in preschool, Mount Sinai researchers have shown in a first-of-its-kind study.

04/19/2019 12:00 AM
A universal framework combining genome annotation and undergraduate education
(Boyce Thompson Institute) On April 3, 2019, researchers from the Boyce Thompson Institute published a framework for using new genome sequences as a training resource for undergraduates interested in learning genome annotation. This strategy will both make the process of determining gene functions more efficient and help train the next generation of scientists in bioinformatics.

04/19/2019 12:00 AM
Through thick and thin: Neutrons track lithium ions in battery electrodes
(University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science) Lithium-ion batteries are expected to have a global market value of $47 billion by 2023, but their use in heavy-duty applications such as electric vehicles is limited due to factors such as lengthy charge and discharge cycles. UVA Engineering researchers working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are examining how the lithium moves in battery electrodes, important in designing batteries that charge and discharge faster.

04/18/2019 12:00 AM
IPOs help communities prosper, new research shows
(Rice University) Companies that go public on the stock market provide an economic boost to the local communities where they're based, according to new research from Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business.

04/18/2019 12:00 AM
Is it really 'dry clean only'? (video)
(American Chemical Society) Knowing the do's and don'ts of washing your clothes can be difficult, but chemistry has got your back. With a quick lesson in textile chemistry, you'll be able to understand the different fabrics that make up your clothes. This week on Reactions, we'll explore whether it's safe to wash your favorite new shirt at home or if you really need to take it to the dry cleaner's: https://youtu.be/FFhBaBXJEuk.

04/18/2019 12:00 AM
Female medical students report higher rates of feeling intimidated in surgical attachments
(RCSI) A greater number of female medical students have experienced intimidation in their training than their male counterparts, according to a new research study published by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland).

04/18/2019 12:00 AM
Living room conservation: Gaming & virtual reality for insect and ecosystem conservation
(Pensoft Publishers) Gaming and virtual reality could bridge the gap between urban societies and nature, thereby paving the way to insect conservation by the means of education and participation. This is what an interdisciplinary team at Florida International University strive to achieve by developing a virtual reality game (desktop version also available) dedicated to insect and plant species. Focused on imperiled butterflies, their innovative idea: Butterfly World 1.0, is described in the open-access journal Rethinking Ecology.

04/17/2019 12:00 AM
School bullying increases chances of mental health issues and unemployment in later life
(Lancaster University) Victims of bullying in secondary school have dramatically increased chances of mental health problems and unemployment in later life.

04/17/2019 12:00 AM
UTSA researcher receives grant to examine literacy development in bilingual children
(University of Texas at San Antonio) UTSA associate professor Becky Huang researches the development of language and literacy among school-age bilingual/dual language learners (DLLs) and how it affects their reading skills and success in the classroom. To expand on her work, Huang was awarded a three-year, $376,000 grant for a new project examining bilingual/DLLs in San Antonio.

04/17/2019 12:00 AM
Increased screen time in preschool is linked to inattention
(PLOS) Screen time above a two-hour threshold at five years of age is associated with an increased risk of clinically relevant externalizing problems such as inattention, according to a study published April 17 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Piush Mandhane of the University of Alberta, and colleagues.

04/16/2019 12:00 AM
DePaulU ecologist receives NSF CAREER grant to study dispersal of mycorrhizal fungi
(DePaul University) Bala Chaudhary, an assistant professor of environmental science at DePaul University in Chicago, is embarking on a deep dive into mycorrhizal dispersal mechanisms with support from an NSF CAREER grant.

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