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Credit: University of Abertay Dundee More Digitised human-like faces at supermarket self-service checkouts may reduce the risk of shoplifting, according to an Abertay University study. Previous research has indicated that rising automation in retail has increased the likelihood of customers behaving dishonestly. Experts at Abertay developed virtual characters to examine whether their presence at tills
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Religions and religious leaders are actively voicing out impacts of climate change, alongside with scientists and youth movement. Credit: Billy Halim/Pixabay More Young environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s famous quote “listen to the scientists“, during her meeting with the US Congress is a clarion call for policy-makers to take steps to save the planet. The scientific
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More Free internet access must be considered as a human right, as people unable to get online—particularly in developing countries—lack meaningful ways to influence the global players shaping their everyday lives, according to a new study. As political engagement increasingly takes place online, basic freedoms that many take for granted including
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Karen Culcasi (pictured) and Cynthia Gorman, geographers at West Virginia University, researched the influence of political history and borders on contemporary refugee policies. Here, Culcasi poses in front of a scene from a refugee camp. Credit: WVU Photo Illustration/Raymond Thompson Jr. More West Virginia University geographers are linking the political and human rights issues at
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More In the autumn of 2017, hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed Puerto Rico, causing thousands of deaths, illnesses and suffering, which brought about a situation of serious economic, political and public health crisis, as well as widespread death and destruction. However, neither the US nor the Puerto Rican government reacted adequately
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More While many people might find it difficult, if not downright distasteful, to dive into 1.5 million hours of partisan talk radio, Clara Vandeweerdt found it thrilling. “Honestly, it’s been one of the most fun things I’ve had to do in my Ph.D. career,” says Vandeweerdt, a native of Belgium who
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Church exposure and kinship intensity around the world. (A) Exposure to the Medieval Western (blue) and Eastern (green) Churches at the country level. (B) The Kinship Intensity Index for ethnolinguistic groups around the world. Source: “The Church, Intensive Kinship, and Global Psychological Variation,” Jonathan F. Schulz, Duman Bahrami-Rad, Jonathan P. Beauchamp, and Joseph Henrich More
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Three very different maps, using the same deprivation data, for the same place: Hartlepool, UK. Samuel Langton/MMU, using OS Data . Credit: © Crown copyright 2019., Author provided More From reporting election results to issuing weather forecasts, maps offer a powerful, accessible and visually appealing way to convey complex information. But as a researcher focusing
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More The majority of high-quality medical and science journals require disclosure of possible conflicts of interest (COI). However, a new study suggests that such disclosures have no impact on journal reviewers, even when the authors of submitted papers did, in fact, report conflicts. The study also found that reviewers’ evaluations of
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Rachel Volberg, UMass Amherst research professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, is leading the most comprehensive investigation ever undertaken into the impact of introducing casino gambling. Credit: UMass Amherst More The Plainridge Park Casino has created job opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed, among other economic benefits, without an increase in
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One in every 200 people in Britain is homeless –- sleeping on the streets or stuck in temporary accommodation, including hostels and B&Bs, according to analysis from housing charity Shelter. But it might surprise you to know that despite not having a secure home, a small but significant proportion of people experiencing homelessness are in
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Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins Universityand CSHL’s Jason Sheltzer, co-organizers of the Increasing Gender Diversity in the STEM Research Workforce meeting at the Banbury Center. Credit: CSHL 2019 More A diverse group of scientists gathered last December at the Banbury Center in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, to confront how institutions and funding agencies can prevent
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More Some may be bold leaders, but they create a dangerous corporate culture. Plenty of venerated CEOs, from Oracle’s Larry Ellison to Tesla’s Elon Musk to the late Steve Jobs at Apple, have been described as narcissists. Success for such leaders is often attributed to their bold vision, extreme self-confidence, and
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More Thinking about sex and gender would help scientists improve their research, a new article published today argues. Writing in a special 150th anniversary edition of Nature, five experts say these factors are too often ignored. They say incorporating sex (the biological attribute distinguishing females, males or intersex/hermaphrodite individuals) and gender
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More “Elite,” high-earning political lobbyists are more likely to overstate their achievements, a new study shows. Political influencers who have a smaller salary and work in specialist areas or for public interest groups are less overconfident—or even underestimate their success, according to the research. This suggests overconfidence can help lobbyists make
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