Humans will actually react pretty well to news of alien life: scientist

By Newsroom America Staff at 16 Feb 17:07

As humans reach out technologically to see if there are other life forms in the universe, one important question needs to be answered: When we make contact, how are we going to handle it? Will we feel threatened and react in horror? Will we embrace it? Will we even understand it?

How #MeToo, awareness months and Facebook are helping us heal

16 Feb 15:33 | World

If we have learned anything on social media in 2017 it's that everything isn't okay. Far from it. But we are finally starting to talk about it - according to researchers at Drexel University who study our relationships with social network sites.read more »

Can't get an image out of your head? Your eyes are helping to keep it there

16 Feb 14:27 | U.S. News

Even though you are not aware of it, your eyes play a role in searing an image into your brain, long after you have stopped looking at it.read more »

High levels of microplastics found in Northwest Atlantic fish

16 Feb 14:23 | World

A new study sheds light on the magnitude of microplastic pollution in our oceans. The study found microplastics in the stomachs of nearly three out of every four mesopelagic fish caught in the Northwest Atlantic -- one of the highest levels globally.read more »

Eye exams linked to kids' reading levels

15 Feb 17:07 | World

Elementary school children who read below grade level may have challenges with their eyesight even if standard tests show they see 20/20, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.read more »

Study dispels notion social media displaces human contact

15 Feb 15:12 | U.S. News

Echoing concerns that grew with the World Wide Web itself a decade earlier, the rise of social media has stoked fears of "social displacement" -- the alienation of people from friends and family in favor of Facebook and Twitter.read more »

More than 10,000 civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan conflict last year

15 Feb 13:47 | World

A total of 10,453 civilian casualties – 3,438 people killed and 7,015 injured – were documented in the 2017 Annual Report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).read more »

TV's influence on pregnancy, childbirth more powerful than many women admit

15 Feb 13:29 | U.S. News

Surfing through cable TV channels often results in catching a glimpse of a woman giving birth or preparing for motherhood in one of the popular pregnancy and childbirth reality shows.read more »

Money only buys happiness for a certain amount

13 Feb 17:21 | U.S. News

There is an optimal point to how much money it takes to make an individual happy, and that amount varies worldwide, according to research from Purdue University.read more »

Too much TV at age 2 makes for less healthy adolescents

13 Feb 15:08 | World

Watching too much television at age 2 can translate into poorer eating habits in adolescence and poorer performance in school, researchers at Université de Montréal's School of Psychoeducation have found.read more »

By 2100, arid cities will suffer from more severe heat waves than temperate cities

13 Feb 13:46 | U.S. News

Heat waves are among the deadliest and most common of environmental extremes. As the earth continues to warm due to the buildup of greenhouse gases, heat waves are expected to become more severe, particularly for cities, where concrete and a dearth of trees create what's known as the urban heat island effect.read more »

Ideology is not main factor that pushes children to join terrorist groups

13 Feb 13:43 | World

Counter-terror efforts based on widely-held assumptions about the ideological motivations of children and youth recruited into extremist groups are unlikely to be effective, and could backfire, concludes new research released by the United Nations University (UNU). read more »

Obesity drives US health care costs up by 29 percent, varies by state

12 Feb 17:07 | U.S. News

The prevalence of obesity has risen dramatically in the U.S., but there has been little information about the economic impact of this trend for individual states.read more »

Sibling bullying makes psychotic disorders three times more likely

12 Feb 15:25 | World

People who were bullied by siblings during childhood are up to three times more likely to develop psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia in early adulthood, according to new research by the University of Warwick. read more »

Thousands of lives would be saved if counties met ATS clean air standards

12 Feb 14:24 | U.S. News

Thousands of lives would be saved each year, and many more serious illnesses avoided, if U.S. counties met standards set by the American Thoracic Society for the two most important air pollutants, according to a new report.read more »

More than 5,000 child soldiers released in 2017, but tens of thousands still being used in conflict

12 Feb 14:21 | World

The global commitment to end the use of children in armed conflict led to the release and reintegration of more than 5,000 children in 2017, but tens of thousands of boys and girls are still being recruited, kidnapped, and forced to fight or work for military groups or armed forces at “alarming rates,” according to the United Nations. read more »

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