Follow the Bitcoin to find victims of human trafficking

By Newsroom America Staff at 17 Aug 17:12

A team of university researchers has devised the first automated techniques to identify ads potentially tied to human trafficking rings and link them to public information from Bitcoin - the primary payment method for online sex ads.

Telling people not to 'down' drinks could make them drink more

17 Aug 15:10 | World

Campaigns designed to stop young people "bolting" drinks can be ineffective and can even make them more likely to do it, new research suggests. read more »

Trying to resist the urge to splurge? Ditch the smartphone

17 Aug 12:08 | U.S. News

You are more likely to indulge in guilty pleasures when shopping online with a touchscreen versus a desktop computer, according to research from UBC's Okanagan campus.read more »

Study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth

17 Aug 09:06 | World

Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist.read more »

Coke or Pepsi? Partner's choices can make you miserable

16 Aug 17:15 | U.S. News

It might not seem like a big deal if you like Coke while your partner likes Pepsi -- but new research suggests preferring different brands can affect our happiness in relationships more than shared interests or personality traits.read more »

Understanding reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide

16 Aug 15:23 | World

Mainstream criticism of people who deny climate change essentially portrays climate skeptics as being out of touch, ignorant or somehow incapable of understanding the facts about climate change.read more »

Child's home learning environment predicts 5th grade academic skills

16 Aug 12:11 | U.S. News

Children whose parents provide them with learning materials like books and toys and engage them in learning activities and meaningful conversations in infancy and toddlerhood are likely to develop early cognitive skills that can cascade into later academic success, finds a new study.read more »

Study Identifies Dinosaur 'Missing Link'

16 Aug 09:08 | World

A bizarre dinosaur which looked like a raptor but was in fact a vegetarian may be the 'missing link' between plant-eating dinosaurs and theropods, the group that includes carnivores such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor. read more »

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'Fat But Fit' At Increased Risk Of Heart Disease

15 Aug 17:13 | U.S. News

Carrying extra weight could raise your risk of heart attack by more than a quarter, even if you are otherwise healthy.read more »

World's Largest Volcanic Range May Lurk Beneath Antarctic ice

15 Aug 15:08 | World

West Antarctica's vast ice sheet conceals what may be the largest volcanic region on earth, research has revealed.read more »

High Use Of Electronic Cigarettes Seen In 8th-9th Graders In Oregon

15 Aug 12:10 | U.S. News

A study at Oregon Research Institute (ORI) shows that rates of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among Oregon 8th and 9th graders is higher than seen in national samples, and that e-cigarette use is closely linked with use of marijuana and other tobacco products. read more »

Yemen's Cholera Epidemic Surpasses Half-Million Suspected Cases

15 Aug 09:06 | World

More than 500,000 people in Yemen are suspected of having cholera, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, warning that the disease is spreading quickly due to a lack of clean water or health access.read more »

Experiments Cast Doubt On How The Earth Was Formed

14 Aug 17:17 | World

New geochemical research indicates that existing theories of the formation of the Earth may be mistaken.read more »

Researchers Use Machine Learning To Spot Counterfeit Consumer Products

14 Aug 15:24 | U.S. News

A team of researchers has developed a new mechanism that uses machine-learning algorithms to distinguish between genuine and counterfeit versions of the same product. read more »

Human-Caused Warming Likely Led To Recent Streak Of Record-Breaking Temperatures

14 Aug 12:00 | World

It is "extremely unlikely" 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new study.read more »

FDA Warns Of Potential Contamination In Multiple Brands Of Drugs, Dietary Supplements

14 Aug 09:16 | U.S. News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers and health care professionals not to use any liquid drug or dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC of Davie, Florida, and labeled by Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands, due to potential contamination.read more »

Feeling Bad About Feeling Bad Can Make You Feel Worse

11 Aug 17:29 | U.S. News

Pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat, while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to new UC Berkeley research.read more »

Being Bullied May Dramatically Affect Sleep

11 Aug 15:23 | World

New research from McLean Hospital neuroscientists shows in an animal model that being bullied can have long-term, dramatic effects on sleep and other circadian rhythm-related functions, symptoms that are characteristic of clinical depression and other stress-induced mental illnesses. read more »

How Secure Are Your Messages?

11 Aug 12:18 | U.S. News

Researchers at Brigham Young University have learned that most users of popular messaging apps Facebook Messenger, What'sApp and Viber are leaving themselves exposed to fraud or other hacking because they don't know about or aren't using important security options.read more »

Climate Change Shifts Timing Of European Floods

11 Aug 09:16 | World

A new study shows that the timing of the floods has shifted across much of Europe, dramatically in some areas.read more »

Bush and Obama's gifts to Trump: More war-making powers

10 Aug 17:12 | U.S. News

Thanks to the military interventions by the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, the former presidents have effectively expanded executive authority for Donald Trump to go to war, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.read more »

Spain Is One Of The Countries Where More Heatwaves Are Recorded Annually

10 Aug 15:00 | World

Spain has been hit by several record-breaking heatwaves this summer. In fact, Spain is one of the regions in the world where more heatwaves are recorded every year, and their effects indicate a rise in the risk of mortality of between 10% and 20% during these extremely hot periods.read more »

Analysis Highlights Failings In US's Advanced Nuclear Program

10 Aug 12:13 | U.S. News

Despite repeated promises over the past 18 years, the US Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is unlikely to deliver on its mission to develop and demonstrate an advanced nuclear reactor by the mid-21st century. read more »

Efforts To Reduce Pollution From Agriculture Paying Off Slowly

10 Aug 09:08 | World

Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.read more »

When You're Blue, So Are Your Instagram Photos

9 Aug 17:03 | U.S. News

When you're feeling blue, your photos turn bluer too. And more gray and dark as well, with fewer faces shown. In other words, just like people can signal their sadness by body language and behavior -- think deep sighs and slumped shoulders -- depression reveals itself in social media images.read more »

Researchers Uncover Role Of Western Companies In Uzbek Corruption Scandal

9 Aug 14:48 | World

Evidence in a new research report shows that the government of Uzbekistan acted as an organised crime network, with state agencies conducting racketeering activity that benefited political heiress Gulnara Karimova, the elder daughter of Islam Karimov, the leader of Uzbekistan from 1989 to his death in 2016. read more »

Regular Energy Drink Use Linked To Later Drug Use Among Young Adults

9 Aug 12:13 | U.S. News

Could young adults who regularly consume highly caffeinated energy drinks be at risk for future substance use? A new study by University of Maryland School of Public Health researchers suggests that there is reason for concern.read more »

Study Finds Foreign Fighters Return 'Disillusioned' By Groups They Joined

9 Aug 09:07 | World

A number of “disillusioned and disappointed” foreign terrorist fighters left Syria and returned to their countries of origin when they found these groups hardly make good on their promises, except promise of death and destruction, according to a report.read more »

Largest-ever study of pets and kids' health finds no link

8 Aug 13:03 | U.S. News

Contrary to popular belief, having a dog or cat in the home does not improve the mental or physical health of children, according to a new RAND Corporation study.read more »

UN Chief Urges Venezuelans To Ease Tensions And Engage In Negotiations

8 Aug 13:00 | World

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is closely following recent developments in Venezuela, his Spokesperson told reporters.read more »

Former Congressional Staffer Indicted on Federal Bribery Charge

8 Aug 12:58 | U.S. News

A former staffer for a member of the United States Congress has been arrested on federal extortion and bribery charges after allegedly taking $5,000 with promises of helping to prevent the closure of a Compton marijuana shop. read more »

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