New Evidence That Politics, Not Economics, Drives Inequality

By Newsroom America Staff at 2:16 pm Eastern

One of the biggest surprises about rising income inequality in the United States may be that economic factors aren't the biggest cause, a new study suggests.

Pollution Exposure Higher In City Kids Who Are Active, Finds Study

12:13 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Children from urban areas of New York City who engaged in vigorous daily exercise had greater exposure to black carbon, a traffic-related pollutant, than children who were less active, according to a more »


NASA Documents Accelerated Glacier Melting In West Antarctica

10:28 am Eastern | World

Two new studies by researchers at the University of California, Irvine and NASA have found the fastest ongoing rates of glacier retreat ever observed in West Antarctica and offer an unprecedented look at ice melting on the floating undersides of more »


Online Shopping Set To Make Holiday History: Study

9:05 am Eastern | U.S. News

Retailers could see record web traffic this year, according to Deloitte's 31st annual holiday survey of consumer spending intentions and trends. read more »


Nigeria Faces 'Worst Humanitarian Crisis' On The African Continent

8:08 am Eastern | World

With nearly 400,000 children facing starvation in Nigeria, and citizens suffering with little to no protection, security, food or access to clean water, “Nigeria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent,” Peter Lundberg, the acting United Nations Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, more »


Many Kids Not Ready For Kindergarten

26 Oct 17:11 | SciTech

Many children are still learning to control their behavior as they enter kindergarten and may need educational support to develop that critical skill, indicates one of the most conclusive studies to date of early childhood more »


How Lying Takes Our Brains Down A 'Slippery Slope'

26 Oct 15:24 | SciTech

Telling small lies desensitises our brains to the associated negative emotions and may encourage us to tell bigger lies in future, reveals new UCL research funded by Wellcome and the Center for Advanced more »


Teenagers Influenced By Video Games With Alcohol And Smoking Content

26 Oct 14:17 | Entertainment

Images and references to alcohol and tobacco in popular video games may be influencing UK teens who play the games and the age restriction system is not working, according to a new more »


Clinton's Coalition Of Young Supporters As Large As Obama's In 2012

26 Oct 12:32 | U.S. News

A new GenForward survey reveals that support for Hillary Clinton among young white adults has increased in the past month and that she is now positioned to win a similar percentage of young voters to that of Barack Obama in 2012 - 60 percent. read more »


Mediterranean Death Toll In 2016 'Worst We Have Seen'

26 Oct 10:25 | World

With just two months left in 2016, and despite a substantial drop in the number of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean, the number of people losing their lives has witnessed a three-fold overall increase this year, and in one particular route by more than more »


President Of Telexfree Pleads Guilty To Billion Dollar Pyramid Scheme

26 Oct 09:12 | Business

The President of Telexfree, Inc., a pyramid scheme that was disguised as an internet telecom company, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Worcester. read more »


Reports Of Executions And Use Of 'Human Shields' By ISIL In Battle For Mosul

26 Oct 08:14 | World

As Iraqi Government forces close in on Mosul, the United Nations human rights wing said it continues to receive reports of grave violations against civilians, including extrajudicial killings and summary executions, by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) more »


Long-Term Exposure To Air Pollution Linked To High Blood Pressure

25 Oct 17:17 | World

Long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to a greater incidence of high blood pressure, according to the largest study to investigate the effects of both air pollution and traffic noise by following over 41,000 people in five different countries for five to nine more »


Robotic Tutors For Primary School Children A Step Closer

25 Oct 15:28 | SciTech

The use of robotic tutors in primary school classrooms is one step closer according to new research. read more »


Competing Attitudes About The Homeless Complicate Public Policy

25 Oct 14:11 | U.S. News

Research has shown that policies designed to help the homeless are more popular with the public than those aimed at helping other social groups, including immigrants. But that hasn't stopped policies that target the homeless and make their lives more more »


Mixing Energy Drinks, Alcohol May Affect Adolescent Brains Like Cocaine

25 Oct 12:11 | U.S. News

Drinking highly caffeinated alcoholic beverages triggers changes in the adolescent brain similar to taking cocaine, and the consequences last into adulthood as an altered ability to deal with rewarding substances, according to a Purdue University more »


800,000 Haitians In Dire Need Of Immediate Food Assistance In Wake Of Hurricane Matthew

25 Oct 10:05 | World

An assessment conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization has determined that in the wake of Hurricane Matthew some 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance, 800,000 of whom are in a dire more »


Former Chicago Building Inspector Pleads Guilty To Soliciting Bribe From Property Owner

25 Oct 09:04 | U.S. News

A former building inspector for the City of Chicago admitted in federal court that he solicited a $300 bribe from a property owner in exchange for allowing renovation work without a more »


El Nino Drives Concentration Of C02 In Atmosphere To New High

25 Oct 08:11 | World

Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged again to new records in 2016, and, based on readings of the longest-established greenhouse gas monitoring station at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) predicts that carbon dioxide concentrations will not dip below pre-2015 levels for many generations. read more »


Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes Of Human Rights Trials

24 Oct 17:04 | SciTech

The judicial decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) have been predicted to 79% accuracy using an artificial intelligence (AI) method developed by researchers in UCL, the University of Sheffield and the University of more »


New Study Describes Method To Detect Dishonesty Online

24 Oct 15:00 | SciTech

A new study describes a method for detecting people dishonestly posting online comments, reviews or tweets across multiple accounts, a practice known as "astroturfing." read more »


Researchers Caution About Potential Harms Of Parents' Online Posts About Children

24 Oct 12:17 | U.S. News

What parents share with others about their children in today's digital age presents new and often unanticipated risks, according to new research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 National Conference. read more »


'Crimes Of Historic Proportions' Being Committed In Aleppo

24 Oct 10:33 | World

Describing the bombardment and crippling siege of Syria’s war-ravaged eastern Aleppo as “crimes of historic proportions” the top United Nations rights official urged the members of the UN Human Rights Council to “speak with one voice” in an effort to end the more »


Beer And Sports Go Hand-in-Hand, Almost Always

24 Oct 09:09 | U.S. News

A recent Harris Poll asked legal drinking age Americans what alcohol beverage types they're most likely to associate with various sports, and what they're most likely to drink while watching and cheering on their favorite sports teams. read more »


Panel Warns Of Systemic Anti-Black Racism In Canada's Criminal Justice System

24 Oct 08:06 | World

A group of human rights experts have expressed serious concerns about systemic anti-Black racism in the criminal justice system in more »


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

21 Oct 17:15 | SciTech

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


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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