Footsteps Could Charge Mobile Electronics In True Power Walk

By Newsroom America Staff at 12 Feb 15:12

When you're on the go and your smartphone battery is low, in the not-so-distant future you could charge it simply by plugging it into your shoe.

Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later In Life

12 Feb 14:14 | SciTech

Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a study published in the online issue of more »


Neanderthal DNA Has Subtle But Significant Impact On Human Traits

12 Feb 12:06 | SciTech

Since 2010 scientists have known that people of Eurasian origin have inherited anywhere from 1 to 4 percent of their DNA from more »


Mortgage Rates At Lowest Since May 2013

12 Feb 10:22 | Business

Mortgage rates declined for the sixth consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage sliding to 3.78 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »


Situation In Aleppo And Other Parts Of Syria 'Grotesque'

12 Feb 09:16 | World

A human rights advocate has expressed “utmost alarm” at the rapidly worsening human rights situation in and around the city of Aleppo and other parts of Syria, where he said "shocking violations and abuses are committed on a daily basis."read more »


Report Reveals Devastating Human Toll Of Disasters In 'Hottest Year On Record'

12 Feb 08:02 | World

A new analysis issued by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) shows that in 2015 – the hottest year on record – weather and climate-related disasters dominated disaster trends linked to natural more »


FBI Arrests All Remaining Occupiers At The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

11 Feb 17:42 | U.S. News

The FBI has arrested three of the remaining anti-government demonstrators at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon without more »


Study Finds Beliefs About All-Knowing Gods Fosters Co-Operation

11 Feb 16:11 | SciTech

Beliefs about all-knowing, punishing gods -- a defining feature of religions ranging from Christianity to Hinduism -- may have played a key role in expanding co-operation among far-flung peoples and led to the development of modern-day states, according to a study published in more »


Experts Call For End To Funding Freeze On Gun Violence Research

11 Feb 15:17 | U.S. News

A ban on federal funding of research into gun violence initiated by Congress in 1997 must be overturned to improve understanding of gun use and how best to control it, argue more »


Einstein's Theory Of Gravitational Waves Proven Correct

11 Feb 14:08 | SciTech

Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity in 1916, and now, almost exactly 100 years later, the faint ripples across space-time have been found. read more »


Estrogen, Antibiotics Persisted In Dairy Farm Waste After Advanced Treatment, Study Finds

11 Feb 14:13 | U.S. News

When University at Buffalo chemists began studying waste disposal at a dairy farm in New York State, they thought that the farm's advanced system for processing manure would help remove estrogens and antibiotics from the excrement. Instead, the scientists found that the chemicals largely more »


Southwest Sliding Into A Drier Climate

11 Feb 12:05 | U.S. News

The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the southwestern United States are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into the drier climate state predicted by global models, according to a new more »


Criminal Charges Against Owner Of $161 Million Fraudulent Internet Payday Lending Enterprise

11 Feb 11:04 | U.S. News

Richard Moseley Sr has been charged with fraud for operating a payday lending enterprise that systematically evaded state usury laws in order to charge illegally high interest rates, and for issuing payday loans to consumers who never even sought them. read more »


Call For Strengthened Global Partnerships To Combat Human Trafficking

11 Feb 08:19 | World

While the world clearly has the political will and legal tools to take on human traffickers and their criminal networks, what are needed is more meaningful international cooperation and adequate funding to take effective action, officials said, warning that the scourge now has victims spread across 152 different citizenships in 124 more »


Justice Department Files Lawsuit To Bring Constitutional Policing to Ferguson, Missouri

10 Feb 17:46 | U.S. News

The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, alleging a pattern or practice of law enforcement conduct that violates the First, Fourth and 14th Amendments of the Constitution and federal civil rights more »


Overconfidence, Loss Aversion Are "Key Predictors" For Investment Mistakes

10 Feb 17:10 | Business

The recent stock market decline from its high point has caused concerns for many investors who are affected by short-term market trends. However, experts say now is an important time for investors to remember that many mistakes can be made in this economic environment. read more »


FTC Brings Two Actions Against Operators of Online 'High Schools'

10 Feb 15:25 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission has filed charges against two operators of online "high schools" that claim to be legitimate but are alleged to be little more than diploma mills charging anywhere from $135 to $349 for a worthless more »


Homeownership A 'Dream Deferred' For Millennial Generation

10 Feb 14:18 | Business

For previous generations of Americans, home ownership was seen as one of the final rites of passage into adulthood and financial independence, but millennials still face significant hurdles in their quest for more »


Americans Recognize 'Past Presidents' Who Never Were, Study Finds

10 Feb 13:29 | U.S. News

Ask Americans to name the former U.S. president whose face currently graces the U.S. $10 dollar bill and most will be quick to answer Alexander more »


Guilty Plea In Electric Meter Tampering Scam

10 Feb 10:17 | U.S. News

Maryland man James E. Nordhausen, age 51, has pleaded guilty to working with others to alter the electric meters affixed to residential and commercial buildings in Delaware and elsewhere. read more »


Monsanto Paying $80 Million Penalty For Accounting Violations

10 Feb 09:14 | Business

Monsanto has agreed to pay an $80 million penalty and retain an independent compliance consultant to settle charges that it violated accounting rules and misstated company earnings as it pertained to its flagship product Roundup. read more »


'Unity And Action' Needed To Counter Expanding Threat From ISIL

10 Feb 08:08 | World

Countries must mount a strategic response to the threat from ISIL that includes addressing the underlying political and socio-economic causes of conflicts, particularly in Syria and Libya, the UN Security Council has been more »


Artistic Space Odyssey To Broadcast People's Messages To The Stars

9 Feb 17:40 | SciTech

Messages from around the world are to be beamed into space at the speed of light as part of a cultural project to create a celestial time more »


Wife Of Dead ISIL Leader Charged In Death of Kayla Jean Mueller

9 Feb 16:20 | U.S. News

Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, aka Umm Sayyaf, 25, an Iraqi citizen and wife of Abu Sayyaf, a senior leader within the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) until his death last year, has been charged for her role in a conspiracy that resulted in the death of American citizen Kayla Jean Mueller in February more »


Exposure To Air Pollution 30 Years Ago Associated With Increased Risk Of Death

9 Feb 15:28 | World

Exposure to air pollution more than 30 years ago may still affect an individual's mortality risk today, according to new research from Imperial College more »


Study Shows Promising Safety Results For Anti-Aging Drug

9 Feb 14:18 | SciTech

The search for the fountain of youth led to a 2009 discovery that a drug called rapamycin was shown to extend the lifespan of mice. read more »


Housing Affordability Constrained By Pace Of Growth In Real Income

9 Feb 12:12 | Business

Housing affordability is being constrained because the pace of growth in real income has not kept up with gains in real home prices as demand has grown faster than supply, according to chief economist at Fannie Mae, Doug more »


Scammers Using Spoofed FBI Phone Numbers To Fool Victims

9 Feb 10:18 | U.S. News

The Philadelphia Division of the FBI is warning the public to be on alert for a phone scam that spoofs, or fraudulently displays, the FBI’s real telephone number on the victim’s caller more »


Unprecedented Food Crisis Looms Over Strife-Torn South Sudan

9 Feb 09:10 | World

South Sudan faces unprecedented levels of food insecurity, with 2.8 million people, nearly 25 per cent of the population, in urgent need of aid, at least 40,000 of them on the brink of catastrophe, at a time when the war-torn country is traditionally most food secure, agencies more »


Food Security And Malnutrition Situation In Somalia 'Alarming'

9 Feb 08:07 | World

According to a new food security and nutrition assessment, the situation in Somalia is alarming and could get worse, especially in parts of Puntland and Somaliland, which have been hard hit by drought exacerbated by El Niñ more »


Former Chief Of Los Angeles Port Police Pleads Guilty In Relation To Corruption Case

8 Feb 17:10 | U.S. News

The former chief of police for the Port of Los Angeles has pleaded guilty to federal charges of tax evasion and making false statements to FBI agents who were investigating his acceptance of a more »


All Sides In Syria Killing Thousands Of Detainees In Crimes Against Humanity

8 Feb 16:17 | World

Thousands of detainees have been killed while in the custody of the warring parties in Syria over the past four and a half years, with thousands held by the Government beaten to death or dying from torture, according to a new more »


Climate Change Likely To Extend Across Next 10,000 Years

8 Feb 13:58 | SciTech

The damaging climate consequences of carbon emissions will grow and persist for millennia without a dramatic new global energy strategy, according to a new set of research-based climate change scenarios developed by an international team of more »


Online Shopping Might Not Be As Green As We Thought

8 Feb 11:11 | Business

Logic suggests that online shopping is "greener" than traditional shopping. After all, when people shop from home, they are not jumping into their cars, one by one, to travel to the mall or the big box more »


Tech Company Settles Charges It Secretly Installed Apps On Mobile Devices

8 Feb 10:37 | U.S. News

Technology company Vulcun has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it unfairly replaced a popular web browser game with a program that installed applications on consumers’ mobile devices without their more »


North Korea's Missile Launch Condemned

8 Feb 08:31 | World

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the missile launched by North Korea following emergency consultations, and announced that it will “expeditiously” adopt a new resolution in response to "these dangerous and serious violations."read more »


Forest Losses Increase Local Temperatures

7 Feb 17:08 | SciTech

Scientists say the biophysical effects of forest losses substantially affect the local climate by altering the average temperature and even more the maximum summer temperatures and the diurnal and annual variations. read more »


WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arbitrarily Detained By Sweden And UK, Panel Finds

7 Feb 12:49 | World

The founder of the WikiLeaks website, which published confidential diplomatic information, has been arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the United Kingdom since his arrest in London in December 2010, as a result of the legal action against him by both Governments, according to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary more »


Southwest Sliding Into A New Normal: Drier Conditions

7 Feb 08:12 | U.S. News

The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the Southwest are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into the drier climate state predicted by global models, according to a new more »


Record Missouri Flooding Was Manmade Calamity, Scientist Says

5 Feb 16:17 | U.S. News

At the end of December 2015, a huge storm named "Goliath" dumped 9-10 inches of rain in a belt across the central United States, centered just southwest of St. Louis, most of it in a three-day more »


Phantom Cell Phone Signals - Who Has "Ringxiety" And Why?

5 Feb 14:29 | SciTech

If you think you hear your cell phone ringing or feel it vibrating to signal an incoming call or message, but there actually is none, you may have "ringxiety" and be psychologically primed to detect such signals. read more »


Researchers Link Compulsive Facebook Checking To Lack Of Sleep

5 Feb 13:20 | Entertainment

If you find yourself toggling over to look at Facebook several dozen times a day, it's not necessarily because the experience of being on social media is so wonderful. It may be a sign that you're not getting enough more »


Media Stereotypes Fuel Support For Anti-Muslim Action: Study

4 Feb 16:07 | U.S. News

Iowa State University researchers have found a link between negative media stories about Muslims and support for military action and restrictions against Muslims. The research was designed to gauge the influence of media coverage portraying Muslims as more »


Food Price Index Starts 2016 Dropping To Nearly 7-Year Low

5 Feb 12:07 | World

The global Food Price Index, calculated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on a monthly basis, fell in January, slipping 1.9 percent below December 2015, as prices of all the commodities it tracks dropped, sugar in more »


Timbuktu: 900-Year-Old Ceremony Re-consecrates Mausoleums Destroyed By Armed Groups

5 Feb 10:16 | World

A consecration ceremony of the Timbuktu mausoleums, last held in the 11th century, was celebrated yesterday at the initiative of the local community, the final phase of the cultural rebirth of the age-old Sahara city after the destruction wrought by radical Islamists in more »


Art Dealer Arrested And Charged With Fraud For Selling Dozens Of Forged Artworks

5 Feb 09:22 | U.S. News

Eric Ian Hornak Spoutz, a/k/a “Robert Chad Smith,” a/k/a “John Goodman,” a/k/a “James Sinclair,” on charges of wire fraud in connection with the sale of dozens of forged artworks by renowned American artists, such as Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline, and Joan Mitchell. read more »


Mortgage Rates Fall For Fifth Consecutive Week

5 Feb 08:07 | Business

Mortgage rates continued to decline this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage sliding to 3.88 percent, according to's weekly national more »


Answer To How Life Began May Be In Outer Space

4 Feb 14:17 | SciTech

How did life begin? This is one of the most fundamental questions scientists puzzle over. To address it, they have to look not just back to the primordial Earth, but out into space. read more »


Energy From Cellphone Towers Amplify Pain In Amputees, Study Finds

4 Feb 13:23 | SciTech

For years, retired Maj. David Underwood has noticed that whenever he drove under power lines and around other electromagnetic fields, he would feel a buzz in what remained of his arm. When traveling by car through Texas' open spaces, the buzz often became more more »


What's The Impact Of New Marijuana Laws In The US?

4 Feb 12:08 | U.S. News

How has new legislation affected marijuana use in the United States? The best available data suggest that marijuana use is increasing in adults but not teens, with a decrease in marijuana-related arrests but an increase in treatment more »


Loss Of Ice In Antarctica Could Raise Global Sea Levels By Three Metres

4 Feb 17:21 | World

Loss of ice in Antarctica caused by a warming ocean could raise global sea levels by three metres, research more »


WHO Urges Action Now In European Countries To Prevent Zika Virus Spread

4 Feb 10:19 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on European countries to act early and in a coordinated way to protect the region from Zika virus, after another case was confirmed in the United more »


North Korea's Intention To Launch A Satellite 'Deeply Troubling'

4 Feb 09:06 | World

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the intention of North to launch a satellite in the coming weeks is a "deeply worrying development."read more »


Former White House Employee Pleads Guilty To Taking Part In Time/Attendance Scheme

4 Feb 08:04 | US Politics and Govt

The former director of switchboard operations at the White House has pleaded guilty to a charge of theft of government property for a scheme in which she stole over $5,000 through altered time and attendance more »


Gun Deaths In US Remain Highest Among High-Income Nations

3 Feb 17:11 | U.S. News

Americans are 10 times more likely to die from firearms than citizens of other developed countries, according to new report published in The American Journal of more »


Front Of Package Food Labels Do Not Mean A Food Is Healthy

3 Feb 16:18 | SciTech

American grocery shoppers face an array of front of pack (FOP) nutrition and health claims when making food selections. But relying on the front of pack (FOP) claims to determine the nutrition quality of the food may not be a consumer's best option. read more »


Women More Sensitive To Irksome Behavior Than Men

3 Feb 15:24 | SciTech

Women may be friendlier than men, but that doesn't mean they like putting up with jerks. A new study suggests women are more likely than men to get irked at irritating or boorish behavior exhibited by acquaintances, friends or partners. read more »


Helicopter Parents Take Extreme Approach To Homework

3 Feb 14:13 | SciTech

Parents who take the overparenting approach, known as helicopter parenting, are possibly hindering their child's development by becoming too heavily involved in more »


Barclays, Credit Suisse Charged With Dark Pool Violations

3 Feb 11:05 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that Barclays Capital Inc. and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC have agreed to settle separate cases finding that they violated federal securities laws while operating alternative trading systems known as dark pools and Credit Suisse’s Light more »


Agencies Step Up Response To Zika Virus

3 Feb 12:02 | World

Following the declaration of a public health emergency of international concern regarding the cluster of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in relation to the Zika virus, agencies have highlighted their actions to support affected more »


'Heinous' Terrorist Attack Attributed To Boko Haram Condemned

3 Feb 10:36 | World

Condemning in the strongest terms Saturday’s "horrific terrorist attacks" attributed to Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, which resulted in a large number of dead and wounded, the United Nations Security Council called on all States to cooperate in bringing the perpetrators to more »


Former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Employee Pleads Guilty To Cyber-Attack

3 Feb 09:12 | U.S. News

Charles Harvey Eccleston, 62, a former employee of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), has pleaded guilty to a federal offense stemming from an attempted e-mail “spear-phishing” attack in January 2015 that targeted dozens of DOE employee e-mail more »


Medal Of Honor For Navy SEAL's Role In 2012 Hostage Rescue

3 Feb 08:35 | U.S. News

The White House said President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to a Navy special warfare operator in a Feb. 29 ceremony for actions in more »

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