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Credit: CC0 Public Domain Nearly 200 years ago, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow asserted “Music is the universal language of mankind.” Today, scientists at Harvard have published the most comprehensive scientific study to determine if the American poet’s words were mere cliché, or cultural truism. The study was conceived by Samuel Mehr, a fellow of the Harvard
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain New research using four large-scale surveys of New Zealanders shows those in social housing and people with disabilities appear to be particularly disadvantaged with respect to internet access. Just 69 percent of those living in Housing NZ (or local equivalent) social housing report having access to the internet, compared with 91
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain Experts don’t always agree with one another when making predictions or diagnoses. So how can we find out which expert in a group makes the best and most accurate decisions? An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and
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With the polarization of America’s media and politics reaching a fever pitch, many news consumers—”worn out by a fog of political news,” as a recent New York Times feature put it – are responding by tuning out altogether. Media distrust, which has intensified globally in recent years, is also a likely factor. A recent Gallup
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain A landmark study into youth crime is launching a new phase to better understand how experience of offending in childhood impacts on later life. More than 4000 people who took part in the influential Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime 20 years ago will be asked to join new research
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Credit: worawit_j, Shutterstock With increased efforts to create a more dynamic power grid that is cleaner, more reliable and more efficient, utilities are tapping into various new technologies and programs. A popular energy solution is demand response (DR). Typically implemented in the industrial sector where energy use is high and peak energy demand comes at
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain Husbands are least stressed when their wives earn up to 40% of household income but they become increasingly uncomfortable as their spouse’s wages rise beyond that point and are most stressed when they are entirely economically dependent on their partner, new research from the University of Bath shows. The study of
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Households considered energy-burdened spend 10% or more of their income on heating and electricity. Credit: UW Oshkosh graphics While it makes sense that families living below the poverty line have a difficult time covering their energy bills, new University of Wisconsin Oshkosh research shows the reverse to be true as well—high energy bills can lead
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More Offenders convicted of occupational crime and corruption are having their rehabilitation negatively affected by long term ‘labels’ attached to them on digital media, according to new research by the University of Portsmouth. The study, published in the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, shows these ‘labels’ can lead to
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Cara Tannenbaum. Credit: Bonesso-Dumas First published in November 1869, the prestigious British scientific journal Nature is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year with a special issue called “150 Years of Nature.” In it, scientists from around the world offer a rich assortment of news features, commentaries, essays, profiles, review articles, videos, podcasts and “perspective” pieces
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