Exploding Smartphones: What's The Silent Danger Lurking In Our Rechargeable Devices?

By Newsroom America Staff at 21 Oct 17:15

Dozens of dangerous gases are produced by the batteries found in billions of consumer devices, like smartphones and tablets, according to a new study.

Ancient Human History More Complex Than Previously Thought, Researchers Say

21 Oct 16:09 | SciTech

Relationships between the ancestors of modern humans and other archaic populations such as Neanderthals and Denisovans were likely more complex than previously thought, involving interbreeding within and outside Africa, according to a new estimator developed by geneticists. read more »


American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations For Children's Media Use

21 Oct 14:16 | Entertainment

Recognizing the ubiquitous role of media in children's lives, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is releasing new policy recommendations and resources to help families maintain a healthy media diet. read more »


30% Interest For A Store Credit Card

21 Oct 12:09 | Business

Store-branded credit cards are charging record-high interest rates, according to a new CreditCards.com report. read more »


Protecting People And Planet From 'Invisible Killer' Is Focus Of Health Campaign

21 Oct 10:07 | World

The World Health Organization has launched a global awareness campaign on the dangers of air pollution – especially ‘invisible killers’ such as black carbon, ground-level ozone and methane read more »


First-Time Buyers Steer Existing-Home Sales Higher In September

21 Oct 09:11 | Business

Existing-home sales rebounded strongly in September and were propelled by sales from first-time buyers reaching a 34 percent share, which is a high not seen in over four years, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more »


Free Expression Under Worldwide Assault Says Expert

21 Oct 08:17 | World

Warning that the freedom of expression is under widespread assault, a new human rights report has found that governments worldwide, wielding the tools of censorship, are “treating words as weapons.”read more »


Link Found Between Selfie Viewing And Decreased Self-Esteem

20 Oct 17:10 | SciTech

Frequent viewing of selfies through social network sites like Facebook is linked to a decrease in self-esteem and life satisfaction, according to Penn State researchers in mass communications. read more »


Science Shows Cheese Can Make Wine Taste Better

20 Oct 15:06 | SciTech

A new scientific study shows that eating cheese may actually increase how much someone likes the wine they are drinking. read more »


Young Children Who Watch Too Much Television At Risk Of Victimization, Social Isolation

20 Oct 14:06 | Entertainment

Results of new study led by Linda Pagani, professor at the University of Montreal’s School of Psychoeducation, show that young children who watch too much television are at risk of victimization and social isolation and adopting violent and antisocial behaviour toward other students at age 13.read more »


65% Of Americans Are Limiting Their Monthly Spending

20 Oct 12:13 | U.S. News

Nearly 2-in-3 Americans are limiting their monthly spending, according to a new study by Bankrate.com. read more »


Resolving Border Issues Is Best Step To Peace For Rival Nations

20 Oct 10:20 | World

A new UT Dallas study finds that resolving border disputes gives rival nations the best hope for moving toward peace.read more »


Local Leaders Pick Infrastructure As Top Issue, Feel Trump And Clinton Are Not Addressing It

20 Oct 09:03 | U.S. News

A quick poll of America's mayors and councilmembers conducted by the National League of Cities (NLC) found that a majority believe that both the Clinton and Trump campaigns have failed to sufficiently address top city priorities. read more »


Ancient Tomb Reveals Pacific Islanders Invented New Kind Of Society

20 Oct 08:10 | World

New dating on the stone buildings of Nan Madol suggests the ancient coral reef capital in the Pacific Ocean was the earliest among the islands to be ruled by a single chief.read more »


Gender Affects How We Judge Competence, Genius

19 Oct 17:19 | SciTech

Think of the word "genius," and a few images undoubtedly come to mind - perhaps a picture of Albert Einstein, of a scientist in a lab shouting "Eureka!" or of present-day theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. read more »


Possibility Of Microbial Life On Mars Must Be Considered: Scientists

19 Oct 15:02 | SciTech

Scientists say the existence of microbial life on Mars remains highly controversial, but recent evidence of water, complex organic molecules, and methane in the Martian environment have led to the conclusion that existing life on Mars is a possibility that must be considered.read more »


Study Finds 'Lurking Malice' In Cloud Hosting Services

19 Oct 14:09 | SciTech

A study of 20 major cloud hosting services has found that as many as 10 percent of the repositories hosted by them had been compromised - with several hundred of the "buckets" actively providing malware. read more »


Identity Beats Policy When It Comes To Voter Choices

19 Oct 12:04 | U.S. News

s if you weren't feeling this already, new research from Duke University says two motivations -- your policy positions and your social identity -- are competing to shape which candidate you will choose or whether you will vote at all.read more »


Report Finds July Attack On Peaceful Protests In Kabul 'May Amount To A War Crime'

19 Oct 10:16 | World

A new report released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has concluded that the 23 July attack on a large, peaceful demonstration in the country's capital, Kabul, not only deliberately targeted civilians but also was a serious violation of international humanitarian law, which may amount to a war crime.read more »


Man Charged With Stealing Employer's 'As Seen On TV' Trade Secrets

19 Oct 09:01 | U.S. News

An employee of a privately-held corporation that distributes “As Seen On TV” products has been arrested and charged with theft of trade secrets and wire fraud.read more »


Local Communities Must 'Stand Strong To Support' Recovery Of 21 Chibok Girls

19 Oct 08:02 | World

Human rights experts have welcomed the release of 21 Chibok school girls from Boko Haram and called upon Nigerians – particularly their families and local communities – to support their immediate reintegration and rehabilitation.read more »


Call For Inventions By Computers To Be Legally Granted Patents

18 Oct 17:21 | SciTech

New research published by the University of Surrey is calling for inventions by computers to be legally granted patents. read more »


Worked To Death? IU Study Says Lack Of Control Over High-Stress Jobs Leads To Early Grave

18 Oct 16:11 | Business

Previous academic research has found that having greater control over your job can help you manage work-related stress. But it's never suggested that it was a matter of life and death -- until now.read more »


Retail Industry Corporate Hypocrisy Can Lead To Negative Employee Attitudes

18 Oct 15:07 | Business

Researchers in the University of Missouri Department of Textile and Apparel Management have determined that corporate hypocrisy is an important factor in negative perceptions among employees toward retail companies.read more »


Pay-To-Play May Keep Some Kids Out Of School Activities

18 Oct 14:00 | SciTech

One in four students from lower-income families did not participate in a single sport, club or art program last school year, a new national poll shows.read more »


Former Chief Of Los Angeles Port Police Sentenced To Two Years In Federal Prison

18 Oct 12:09 | U.S. News

The former Port of Los Angeles Chief of Police has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for tax evasion and for lying to FBI Agents who were investigating his acceptance of a bribe in connection with the development of an official smart phone app to be marketed to other law enforcement agencies. read more »


Scientists Uncover New Facets Of Zika-Related Birth Defects

18 Oct 10:13 | World

In a study that could one day help eliminate the tragic birth defects caused by Zika virus, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have elucidated how the virus attacks the brains of newborns, information that could accelerate the development of treatments.read more »


DOT Bans All Samsung Galaxy Note7 Phones From Airplanes

18 Oct 09:05 | U.S. News

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States. read more »


'Aleppo Will Not Be There' In Two Months If Diplomatic Stalemate Continues

18 Oct 08:07 | World

Between now and December, "if we cannot find a solution, Aleppo will not be there anymore," warned United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. read more »


Low Socio-Economic Status, Fear Of Abandonment Early In Life Can Lead To Poor Adult Health

17 Oct 17:24 | SciTech

Low socio-economic status and fear of abandonment early in life can lead to poor health in adulthood, regardless of adult socio-economic status, according to a new study from psychologists at Rice University. read more »


Want To Optimize Those 10,000 Steps? Walk Faster, Sit Less

17 Oct 16:00 | SciTech

That popular daily target of 10,000 steps is a worthwhile goal, but a new study at Oregon State University suggests that if you find that unattainable, don't despair - a smaller number, especially at moderate or greater intensity, can lead to health benefits too.read more »


Creative Staff Lead To Satisfied Customers Says Study

17 Oct 15:16 | Business

Organisations in the service sector that have more creative employees enjoy higher levels of customer satisfaction, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA).read more »


Early Detection Method Hopes To Prevent Psychosis

17 Oct 14:11 | SciTech

Mental health researchers have made a promising breakthrough in the early detection of the risk of psychosis, with the eventual hope that patients could be given appropriate treatments earlier to prevent psychotic episodes from occurring.read more »


America Ranks In Top 10 In Empathy

17 Oct 12:05 | U.S. News

A first-of-its-kind study that ranks nations by empathy puts the United States at No. 7, behind countries ranging from Peru to Korea to Saudi Arabia. read more »


Greenland Ice Is Melting 7 Percent Faster Than Previously Thought

17 Oct 11:07 | World

The same hotspot in Earth's mantle that feeds Iceland's active volcanoes has been playing a trick on the scientists who are trying to measure how much ice is melting on nearby Greenland.read more »


Clowns Without Borders USA Condemns Creepy Clown Pranks

17 Oct 09:02 | U.S. News

Clowns Without Borders USA (CWB-USA) says it condemns the actions of agents who are impersonating clowns to frighten others and the actions of those who are using distorted clown images to make fictitious threats and incite anxiety. read more »


Agriculture Must Transform To Feed A Hotter, More Crowded Planet

17 Oct 08:07 | World

To mark World Food Day 2016, the United Nations has highlighted the close links between climate change, sustainable agriculture, and food and nutrition security, with the message: "The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too."read more »


Observable Universe Contains Ten Times More Galaxies Than Previously Thought

14 Oct 17:14 | SciTech

Astronomers using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescopes and other telescopes have performed an accurate census of the number of galaxies in the Universe. read more »


Research Examines How Beardedness Affects Women's Attraction To Men

14 Oct 16:08 | SciTech

New research suggests that women tend to find beardedness attractive when judging long-term relationships, perhaps as a signal of formidability among males and the potential to provide direct benefits, such as enhanced fertility and survival, to females.read more »


Extraterrestrial Impact Preceded Ancient Global Warming Event

14 Oct 14:02 | SciTech

A comet strike may have triggered the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming of the Earth caused by an accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide 56 million years ago, which offers analogs to global warming today. read more »


Hedge Fund Firm And Supervisor Charged With Failing To Prevent Insider Trading

14 Oct 12:09 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that a hedge fund advisory firm and a senior research analyst have agreed to settle charges related to their failures to detect insider trading by one of their employees.read more »


Significant Deforestation In Brazilian Amazon Goes Undetected, Study Finds

14 Oct 10:08 | World

Efforts by the Brazilian government over the past 15 years to curb deforestation have been a widely celebrated success, but a new study finds that there's more deforestation happening in Brazil than official accounts suggest. read more »


New CDC Study Shows Changes In Breast Cancer Death Rates By Age Group

14 Oct 09:03 | U.S. News

Breast cancer death rates among women decreased during 2010-2014, but racial differences persisted, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)read more »


Urgent Solutions For Refugee And Migrant Children In Calais 'Long Overdue'

14 Oct 08:07 | World

With the imminent clearance of the Calais camp and wet winter weather fast approaching, UNICEF's Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe said the commitment by the United Kingdom and France to find urgent solutions for the hundreds of refugee and migrant children languishing there for months, “could not come a minute too soon.”read more »


How Parental Smartphone Use May Affect Kids

13 Oct 17:09 | SciTech

As smartphones and tablets blur lines between work, home and social lives, parents are grappling to balance it all, a new small study suggests.read more »


Study Asks How Long Should Children Play Video Games?

13 Oct 16:06 | Entertainment

A new study indicates that playing video games for a limited amount of time each week may provide benefits to children, but too much can be detrimental. read more »


What Do Americans Fear?

13 Oct 15:09 | U.S. News

Corruption of government officials, terrorist attacks and not having enough money for the future are the biggest things Americans fear, according to Chapman University's third annual Survey of American Fears (2016). read more »


Study Shows Lads' Mags Make Sexist Jokes Seem Less Hostile

13 Oct 14:06 | Entertainment

A collaborative team of leading social psychologists from the University of Surrey, Clark University, University of Ghent and Middlesex University London have investigated how lads' mags normalise sexism in three new studies.read more »


"Chief" Sentenced For Selling Membership In Fake Indian Tribe

13 Oct 12:11 | U.S. News

A former Brownsville man, now living in Waco, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of selling membership in a non-recognized Indian tribe. read more »


Syria Conflict Plunging To New 'Lows'

13 Oct 10:05 | World

Deploring the deadly attack on a primary school in the Syrian city of Darra, UNICEF has reiterated its call on all parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law and protect children and schools.read more »


Cruise Critic Names The Best Cruise Lines of 2016

13 Oct 09:00 | U.S. News

Cruise Critic has named the winners of its 9th annual Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards, naming the best cruise lines of the year across dozens of categories, with Seabourn named Best Luxury Cruise line.read more »


Cuba Hard Hit In Wake of Hurricane Matthew

13 Oct 08:07 | World

The World Food Programme (WFP) is working with the Cuban Government to provide food for 180,000 people in hard-hit eastern areas of the island as they cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.read more »


Former Pesticide Ingredient Found In Dolphins, Birds And Fish

12 Oct 17:14 | SciTech

A family of common industrial compounds called perfluoroalkyl substances, which are best known for making carpets stain resistant and cookware non-stick, has been under scrutiny for potentially causing health problems. read more »


Impact Of Pesticide On Bumblebees Revealed By Taking Experiments Into The Field

12 Oct 16:06 | SciTech

A study in which free-foraging bee colonies were placed in the field has shown that pesticide exposure can affect colony development.read more »


Some Children Genetically Predisposed To Overeating In Response To Television Food Ads

12 Oct 15:16 | Entertainment

Exposure to food ads on television leads to overeating among children, especially those genetically predisposed to obesity, researchers at Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the C. Everett Koop Institute have shown. read more »


Next Century Will Bring Deep Water To New York City

12 Oct 14:10 | U.S. News

New York City can expect 9-foot floods, as intense as that produced by 2012's Superstorm Sandy, at least three times more frequently over the next century - and possibly as much as 17 times more frequently, say scientists.read more »


Gap Between Appraisals and Perceived Home Value Narrows in September

12 Oct 12:26 | U.S. News

Quicken Loans says appraisals lagged behind what homeowners estimated by 1.26 percent in September, according to the company's national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). read more »


Over Half Of Global Consumers Feel Anxious When Their Mobile Device Is Not Nearby

12 Oct 10:11 | World

In an increasingly connected world where news, retail shopping, banking and entertainment are available 24/7 on a variety of mobile devices, fear of missing out (FOMO) is a legitimate phenomenon. read more »


41 Million Americans Have Had Identities Stolen

12 Oct 09:07 | U.S. News

41 million U.S. adults have had their identities stolen, according to a new Bankrate.com report, and another 49 million know someone who has been affected.read more »


Taxing Sugary Drinks Can Curb Global Epidemic Of Obesity And Diabetes

12 Oct 08:03 | World

Unhealthy diet accounts for more than 11 million deaths annually, with four million deaths due to obesity, the World health Organization’s (WHO) said, launching a new report that says taxing sugary drinks can yield major health benefits, such as reducing obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.read more »

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