Thinking 'I Can Do Better' Really Can Improve Performance, Study Finds

By Newsroom America Staff at 5:14 pm Eastern

Telling yourself I can do better, can really make you do better at a given task, a study published in Frontiers in Psychology has found.

Climate Change Affecting North American Fish

3:08 pm Eastern | SciTech

Climate change is already affecting inland fish across North America -- including some fish that are popular with anglers. Scientists are seeing a variety of changes in how inland fish reproduce, grow and where they can live, according to four new studies.read more »

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Survey Of 15,000 Women And Men Reveals Scale Of Infertility

2:03 pm Eastern | SciTech

One in eight women and one in ten men have experienced infertility, yet nearly half of them have not sought medical help, according to a study of more than 15,000 women and men in Britain.read more »

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Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Craigslist Robberies, Shooting Two Victims

1 Jul 12:05 | U.S. News

A Grandview, Mo., man has pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to commit a series of armed robberies against victims who were contacted via craigslist, which culminated in the shooting of two victims.read more »

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Scientists Observe First Signs Of Healing In The Antarctic Ozone Layer

1 Jul 10:26 | World

New research has identified clear signs that the hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to close.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Plunge To 3-year Low Following Brexit Vote

1 Jul 09:02 | Business

Mortgage rates fell to a fresh 3-year low following the Brexit vote, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate sinking to 3.61 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey.read more »

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Some 3.6 Million Iraqi Children In Firing Line And 'Relentlessly Targeted'

1 Jul 08:08 | World

One out of every five Iraqi children are at “serious risk” of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new report.read more »

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Researcher Finds 'Ghost Workers' Common In Migrant Farm Work

30 Jun 17:15 | U.S. News

New research reveals that employers in agricultural industries often take advantage of migrants' inability to work legally by making their employment contingent upon working under the false or borrowed identity documents provided by employers.read more »

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Previously Unknown Global Ecological Disaster Discovered

30 Jun 16:07 | SciTech

There have been several mass extinctions in the history of the earth. One of the largest known disasters occurred around 252 million years ago at the boundary between the Permian and the Triassic.read more »

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Could Growing Internet Use Inspire More Democratic Uprisings?

30 Jun 15:00 | Entertainment

While events like the Arab Spring brought hope that the internet could inspire the growth of democracy in authoritarian countries, a new study offers a reality check.read more »

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Make No Mistake, Revenge Is (Bitter) Sweet, Study Confirms

30 Jun 14:10 | SciTech

Despite popular consensus that "revenge is sweet," years of experimental research have suggested otherwise, finding that revenge is seldom as satisfying as we anticipate and often leaves the avenger less happy in the long run.read more »

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South Sudan At Risk Of 'Hunger Catastrophe'

30 Jun 12:08 | World

The level of food insecurity in South Sudan is at the highest since the start of the conflict two and a half years ago, agencies have warned.read more »

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Big Jump In Americans Doing UK Hotel Searches Following Brexit Vote

30 Jun 10:36 | U.S. News

The Brexit vote and subsequent drop in the value of the pound has sparked huge demand from American travelers looking to grab a vacation bargain across the pond, with hotel searches for UK destinations up over 50% year-on-year, according to lodging expert Hotels.com.read more »

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Situation In Ukraine Remains 'Volatile'

30 Jun 09:03 | World

Unless urgent action is taken in Ukraine to separate sides and remove heavy weaponry, wide spread hostilities in the country could re-escalate, a human rights official has warned. read more »

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Pending Home Sales Decline In May

30 Jun 08:21 | Business

After steadily increasing for three straight months, pending home sales letup in May and declined year-over-year for the first time in almost two years, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more »

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Liberals, Conservatives Differ In Response To Bin Laden's Death

29 Jun 17:04 | SciTech

Conservative Americans remained unwaveringly suspicious of foreigners following Osama bin Laden's death, while liberals dropped their guard briefly before returning to more vigilant beliefs, finds a provocative new study led by a Michigan State University scholar.read more »

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Helicopter Parents: Hovering May Have Effect As Kids Transition To Adulthood

29 Jun 16:08 | SciTech

As thousands of young adults prepare to leave the nest and attend college for the first time, parents may want to examine whether they are kind and supportive or hovering into helicopter parent territory.read more »

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New Framework Uses Patterns To Predict Terrorist Behavior

29 Jun 15:01 | SciTech

A new framework developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York is able to predict future terrorist attacks by recognizing patterns in past attacks.read more »

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Leader of Human Trafficking Organization Gets 15 Years For Exploiting Migrants

29 Jun 14:07 | U.S. News

The leader of a human trafficking organization and a co-defendant have been sentenced to prison for their roles in luring Guatemalan minors and adults to the United States under false pretenses and then using threats of physical harm to compel them to work on egg farms in Ohio. read more »

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Man Sentenced For Throwing Molotov Cocktails At Congressional Office

29 Jun 12:29 | U.S. News

A Kansas City, Mo., man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole for throwing Molotov cocktails at the local congressional office of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II.read more »

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Envoy Condemns Bombing Of Mosque As Showing 'Total Disdain For Islam'

29 Jun 10:23 | World

The United Nations envoy for Iraq has strongly condemned the suicide bombing this week that killed or wounded a number of civilians at a mosque in Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, saying the attack showed the terrorists’ total disdain for Islam.read more »

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Poverty And Early Deaths Await Millions Of World's Most Disadvantaged Children

29 Jun 09:11 | World

Some 69 million children under five years of age will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, according to a new report.read more »

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Home Prices Continue Gains In April According To S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

29 Jun 08:13 | Business

The latest S&P Dow Jones Indices data for April 2016 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the past 12 months. read more »

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Volkswagen To Spend Over $14 Billion To Settle Allegations Of Cheating Emissions Tests

28 Jun 22:11 | U.S. News

In two related settlements, one with the United States and the State of California, and one with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), German automaker Volkswagen AG has agreed to spend up to $14.7 billion to settle allegations of cheating emissions tests and deceiving customers. read more »

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Political Pitfalls In Handling Ebola May Carry Over To Zika

28 Jun 15:08 | U.S. News

If the United States responds to Zika the way it did to Ebola -- and early indications are that in many ways it is -- the country can expect missteps brought about by a lack of health care coordination and a lot of political finger pointing, according to an analysis by the University of Michigan.read more »

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Household Fuels Exceed Power Plants And Cars As Source Of Smog In Beijing

28 Jun 14:03 | World

New research indicates that the Chinese government could achieve dramatic air quality improvements in Beijing and surrounding areas with more attention on an overlooked source of outdoor pollution -- residential cooking and heating.read more »

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Researchers Discover The 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic Originated In Mexico

28 Jun 12:16 | World

The 2009 swine H1N1 flu pandemic -- responsible for more than 17,000 deaths worldwide -- originated in pigs from a very small region in central Mexico, a research team headed by investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is reporting.read more »

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Philippines National Charged In Scheme To Steal Identities Of High-Profile Victims

28 Jun 10:28 | U.S. News

A resident of the Philippines has been charged in connection with a large-scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme targeting high-profile victims.read more »

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Sexual Predator Used Facebook To Coerce And Exploit Underage Girls

28 Jun 09:09 | U.S. News

Dylan Allen Jeffries, 26, of Clifton Forge, has been sentenced to 120 months in prison for coercion or enticement of a minor after targeting underage and vulnerable girls on Facebook.read more »

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UNICEF Deplores Killing Of Children In Eastern Syria

28 Jun 08:11 | World

UNICEF has spoken out against the reported killing of 25 children in recent air-strikes in the Syrian town of al-Quriyah, in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor.read more »

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Relationship Quality Tied To Good Health For Young Adults

27 Jun 17:10 | SciTech

For young people entering adulthood, high-quality relationships are associated with better physical and mental health, according to the results of a recently published study by a University at Buffalo-led research team.read more »

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Researchers Offer New Theory On How Climate Affects Violence

27 Jun 16:11 | World

Researchers have long struggled to explain why some violent crime rates are higher near the equator than other parts of the world. Now, a team of researchers have developed a model that could help explain why.read more »

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Neonicotinoid Pesticides Cause Harm To Honeybees

27 Jun 15:16 | SciTech

One possible cause of the alarming bee mortality we are witnessing is the use of the very active systemic insecticides called neonicotinoids.read more »

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Federal Government Limits Valid Scientific Research On Cannabis Sativa

27 Jun 14:05 | SciTech

Researchers are questioning why the federal government continues to stifle valid, externally valid scientific research on Cannabis sativa given all the health benefits for people experiencing debilitating health issues.read more »

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Radioactive Fallout On Tokyo From Fukushima Concentrated In Glass Microparticles

27 Jun 12:20 | World

New research shows that most of the radioactive fallout which landed on downtown Tokyo a few days after the Fukushima accident was concentrated and deposited in non-soluble glass microparticles, as a type of 'glassy soot'.read more »

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Detention, Heavy Fines For Artistic Expression In Iran 'Unacceptable'

27 Jun 10:31 | World

Human rights experts have expressed concern at the imprisonment and imposition of heavy fines against three artists in the Islamic Republic of Iran earlier this month and have called for their immediate release. read more »

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Blood Lead Levels Higher After Switch To Flint River Water

27 Jun 09:10 | U.S. News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the results of its investigation into the potential health impact that lead contamination in the Flint, Michigan water supply had on the blood lead levels of local children. read more »

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Brexit Will Be A "Long Goodbye, Not a Clean Break"

27 Jun 08:12 | World

The immediate shocks of the UK's Brexit decision on the financial markets have already been substantial. Global negative reaction has roiled exchange rates, sending the pound to 30-year lows against the U.S. dollar. read more »

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Dose Of Nature Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

24 Jun 17:38 | World

People who visit parks for 30 minutes or more each week are much less likely to have high blood pressure or poor mental health than those who don't, according to new research by Australian and UK environmental scientists.read more »

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Some Viruses Could Survive On Children's Toys For Hours And Cause Infection

24 Jun 16:02 | U.S. News

Certain viruses, such as influenza, could survive on children's toys long enough to result in exposures, placing children at risk for getting infectious diseases, according to researchers at Georgia State University.read more »

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How Should A Driverless Car Make Life Or Death Decisions?

24 Jun 15:08 | SciTech

Suppose a driverless car must either hit a pedestrian or swerve in such a way that it crashes and harms its passengers. What should it be instructed to do?read more »

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Former President Pro Tem Of Oklahoma Senate Sentenced To Prison For Bribery

24 Jun 14:08 | US Politics and Govt

Michael Steven Morgan, 61, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison following his conviction for bribery in 2012.read more »

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Doctor Admits Accepting Thousands Of Dollars In Bribes For Referrals To Lab Companies

24 Jun 12:09 | U.S. News

A doctor with offices in Toms River, New Jersey, has admitted accepting thousands of dollars in exchange for patient referrals to two lab companies that performed blood and DNA testing.read more »

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Australia 20 Years After Gun Reform - No Mass Shootings, Declining Firearm Deaths

23 Jun 17:14 | World

Since gun law reform and the Firearms Buyback program 20 years ago, Australia has seen an accelerating decline in intentional firearm deaths and an absence of fatal mass shootings.read more »

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Homes With White Kitchens Sell For $1,400 Less Than Homes With Yellow Kitchens

24 Jun 10:29 | Business

A home's paint colors can have a notable impact on its final sale price. According to a new analysis from Zillow Digs, for-sale listings with rooms painted in sage green or wheat yellow can sell for as much as $1,300 more than expected.read more »

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Scientists Offer More Reasons To Eat Your Broccoli

23 Jun 16:00 | SciTech

Love it or hate it, broccoli is touted as a superfood, offering an array of health benefits. And it's about to get even more super. read more »

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Mortgage Rates Rise With Brexit Vote

24 Jun 09:09 | Business

Mortgage rates rebounded modestly this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 3.73 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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HP Recalls Batteries For HP And Compaq Notebook Computers Due To Fire Hazard

24 Jun 08:20 | SciTech

HP has recalled batteries for about 48,000 HP and Compaq notebook computers due to a fire and burn hazard, with seven reports of battery packs overheating, melting or charring.read more »

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Diabetes Raises Risk Of Heart Attack Death By 50 percent

23 Jun 15:06 | SciTech

aving diabetes increases the risk of dying from the effects of a heart attack by around 50 per cent, according to a widespread study.read more »

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InMobi Settles Charges It Tracked Hundreds of Millions of Consumers' Without Permission

23 Jun 14:09 | World

Singapore-based mobile advertising company InMobi will pay $950,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges it deceptively tracked the locations of hundreds of millions of consumers – including children – without their knowledge or consent to serve them geo-targeted advertising.read more »

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Arizona Man Sent To Prison For Exposing Himself On Airplane

23 Jun 12:22 | U.S. News

Craig Dewalt, 61, of Cave Creek, Ariz., has been sentenced to serve two days in prison and fined after being found guilty of obscene acts on an aircraft.read more »

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Existing-Home Sales Grow 1.8 Percent In May At Highest Pace In Over Nine Years

23 Jun 10:14 | Business

Existing home sales sprang ahead in May to their highest pace in almost a decade, while the uptick in demand this spring amidst lagging supply levels pushed the median sales price to an all-time high, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more »

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Zika Warnings Lead To 'Significant' Increase In Demand For Abortion In Latin America

23 Jun 09:10 | World

Health warnings about complications related to Zika virus significantly increased demand for abortions in Latin American countries, according to a new study.read more »

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UNESCO Chief Condemns Killing Of Journalist In Texas

23 Jun 08:05 | U.S. News

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has called for an investigation into the killing of Jacinto Hernández Torres, also known as Jay Torres, a Spanish-language journalist in Texas.read more »

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'Electric Wind' Can Strip Earth-like Planets Of Oceans, Atmospheres

22 Jun 17:23 | SciTech

Venus has an "electric wind" strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping Earth's twin planet of its oceans.read more »

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Gamble On Your Opponent's Gaze If You Want To Win

22 Jun 15:25 | SciTech

Blackjack players who hold high-value cards tend to glance fleetingly to the right, whereas those with a lower-value hand do so spontaneously to the left. This is according to research on aspects of mental arithmetic, led by Kevin Holmes of Colorado College in the US. read more »

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E-cigarette Use Can Alter Hundreds Of Genes Involved In Airway Immune Defense

22 Jun 14:08 | SciTech

UNC School of Medicine scientists report that vaping electronic cigarettes alters epithelial cells that line the respiratory tract and hundreds more that are important for immune defense in the upper airway.read more »

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FTC Action Halts Phony OSHA Scam That Targets New Small Businesses

22 Jun 12:03 | Business

The Federal Trade Commission has charged a Florida man and his company with bilking at least $1.3 million from newly-opened small businesses by pretending to be a federal government agency.read more »

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More Than Half Of Yemen’s Population Now Food Insecure

22 Jun 10:38 | World

Vast swathes of war-torn Yemen – 19 out of 22 governorates – are facing severe food insecurity, and the situation within affected areas is likely to deteriorate if conflict persists.read more »

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ICC Sentences Former Congolese Vice-President Bemba To 18 years Prison For War Crimes

22 Jun 09:08 | World

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has sentenced the former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to 18 years of imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003.read more »

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Majority Of Americans Deny Their Smartphone Behaviors

22 Jun 08:24 | U.S. News

It appears the majority of Americans need a dose of reality when it comes to their own smartphone behaviors. A new survey finds less than one in five adults believe they are on their mobile phone too much, while more than half believe other people are guilty of overuse. read more »

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