Computer Bots More Like Humans Than You Might Think, Having Fights Lasting Years

By Newsroom America Staff at 24 Feb 17:05

Researchers say 'benevolent bots', otherwise known as software robots, that are designed to improve articles on Wikipedia sometimes have online 'fights' over content that can continue for years.

Tired Teens 4.5 Times More Likely To Commit Crimes As Adults

24 Feb 15:13 | SciTech

Teenagers who self-report feeling drowsy mid-afternoon also tend to exhibit more anti-social behavior such as lying, cheating, stealing and fighting. read more »

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Tooth Fairy Payouts Post Record Gains

24 Feb 13:09 | U.S. News

An unlikely but accurate economic indicator, Tooth Fairy payouts are soaring, posting record gains in 2016 and early 2017. read more »

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Genetic Data Show Mainly Men Migrated From The Pontic Steppe To Europe 5,000 Years Ago

24 Feb 12:04 | World

A new study looking at the sex-specifically inherited X chromosome of prehistoric human remains, shows that hardly any women took part in the extensive migration from the Pontic-Caspian Steppe approximately 5,000 years ago. read more »

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Mortgage Rates Slide Back

24 Feb 11:08 | Business

Mortgage rates pulled back this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate retreating to 4.29 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Reports Depression Now 'Leading Cause Of Disability Worldwide'

24 Feb 09:04 | World

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, the World Health Organization reported, estimating that it affects more than 300 million people worldwide – the majority of them women, young people and the elderly.read more »

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What Do Your Co-Workers Really Think Of You?

23 Feb 17:18 | Business

Everyday in the workplace, colleagues actively compete for a limited amount of perks, including raises, promotions, bonuses and recognition. But new research shows that, more than often than not, people fall short in determining which co-workers might be trying to edge them out on the job. read more »

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Widely Accepted Vision For Agriculture May Be Inaccurate, Misleading

23 Feb 15:08 | SciTech

"Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population." This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of agriculture.read more »

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Existing-Home Sales Jump In January

23 Feb 13:02 | Business

Existing-home sales stepped out to a fast start in 2017, surpassing a recent cyclical high and increasing in January to the fastest pace in almost a decade, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more »

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Forests Worldwide Threatened By Drought

23 Feb 11:05 | World

Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, University of Stirling researchers have found.read more »

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NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch Of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets

23 Feb 10:02 | U.S. News

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.read more »

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Tackling Hunger Crises in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria And Yemen Requires $4.4 billion

23 Feb 09:14 | World

Sounding the alarm on behalf of more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and north-east Nigeria facing devastating levels of food insecurity, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for “strong and urgent” action from the international community to help the already-fragile countries avert catastrophe.read more »

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Twitter Researchers Offer Clues As To Why Trump Won

22 Feb 17:11 | SciTech

Jiebo Luo and Yu Wang did not set out to predict who would win the 2016 U.S. presidential election. However, their exhaustive, 14-month study of each candidate's Twitter followers-enabled by machine learning and other data science tools-offers tantalizing clues as to why the race turned out the way it did.read more »

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Only One-Third Of Parents Think They Are Doing A Good Job Helping Kids Eat Healthy

22 Feb 15:16 | SciTech

If you know healthy eating is important for your kids but you also feel like it's easier said than done, you're not alone.read more »

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Legal Marijuana Sales Creating Escalating Damage To The Environment

22 Feb 13:03 | U.S. News

Marijuana sales have created an economic boom in U.S. states that have fully or partially relaxed their cannabis laws, but is the increased cultivation and sale of this crop also creating escalating environmental damage and a threat to public health?read more »

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Study Reveals 'Nightmare' For Central Africa's Forest Elephants

22 Feb 11:11 | World

Forest elephants living in an area that had been considered a sanctuary in the Central African country of Gabon are rapidly being picked off by illegal poachers, who are primarily coming from the bordering country of Cameroon. read more »

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Bank Card Default Rate Hits 42-Month High In January 2017

22 Feb 10:07 | U.S. News

Data through January 2017, released by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices shows the composite rate up three basis points from the previous month at 0.92% in January. read more »

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'Time Running Out' For 1.4 Million Children In 'Man-Made' Crises In Africa

22 Feb 09:00 | World

Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death due to severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine threatens in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, warned UNICEF.read more »

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Child Obesity '35-40 Percent' Inherited From Parents, Study Finds

21 Feb 17:19 | SciTech

Around 35-40 per cent of a child's BMI - how fat or thin they are - is inherited from their parents, a new study has found.read more »

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Differences In The Rhetorical Styles Of Candidates In The 2016 US Presidential Election

21 Feb 15:08 | U.S. News

A new paper reveals and quantifies dramatic differences in the speaking styles of candidates in the 2016 United States presidential election.read more »

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Poaching Drives 80 Percent Decline In Elephants In Key Preserve

21 Feb 13:03 | World

Forest elephant populations in one of Central Africa's largest and most important preserves have declined between 78 percent and 81 percent because of poaching, a new Duke University-led study finds. read more »

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Los Angeles Tops Global Traffic Congestion

21 Feb 11:08 | U.S. News

The transportation analytics company, INRIX, has published its all-new Global Traffic Scorecard and Los Angeles tops the list of the most traffic congested city.read more »

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Famine Declared In Region Of South Sudan

21 Feb 09:02 | World

Famine has been formally declared in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations said, warning that war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation there and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.read more »

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Bee Decline Threatens US Crop Production

20 Feb 17:24 | SciTech

The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands -- from California's Central Valley to the Midwest's corn belt and the Mississippi River valley.read more »

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Communications Expert Explains How Science Should Respond To Fake News

20 Feb 15:20 | U.S. News

The rise of fake news has dominated the world of politics since the last U.S. election cycle. But fake news is not at all new in the world of science, notes University of Wisconsin-Madison Life Sciences Communication Professor Dominique Brossard. read more »

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Study Shows China's Severe Weather Patterns Changing Drastically Since 1960

20 Feb 13:15 | World

In one of the most comprehensive studies on trends in local severe weather patterns to date, an international team of researchers found that the frequency of hail storms, thunderstorms and high wind events has decreased by nearly 50 percent on average throughout China since 1960.read more »

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'Alternative Facts' Not Just In Politics And Media

20 Feb 11:05 | U.S. News

A Michigan State University scholar is warning those who read about the latest groundbreaking research to proceed with caution.read more »

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Global Heat Melts Arctic And Antarctic Sea Ice To Record Lows

20 Feb 09:00 | World

It should be winter on the Arctic pole – the northern most point in the world – but the equivalent of heatwaves have passed over the region this season melting the sea ice volume to a record low in January, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said.read more »

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Do You Really Get Paid Less If You're 'Ugly'?

17 Feb 17:12 | Business

Do beautiful people earn more while those who are not so gorgeous are paid less? It's not as simple as that, according to researchers.read more »

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Social Exclusion Leads To Conspiratorial Thinking, Study Finds

17 Feb 15:04 | SciTech

Recent polls have shown that many white, working-class people in America feel pushed out by society, a reason why many voted for President Donald Trump. Many of these supporters latched onto misinformation spread online, especially stories that justified their own beliefs.read more »

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Researchers Say Zero Tolerance Policies Unfairly Punish Black Girls

17 Feb 13:08 | U.S. News

Black girls are disproportionately punished in American schools - an "overlooked crisis" that is populating the school-to-prison pipeline at rising rates, two education scholars argue in a new paper.read more »

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Study Links Outdoor Air Pollution With Millions Of Preterm Births

17 Feb 11:04 | World

Scientists have published a major study which links outdoor air pollution with 2.7 million preterm births per year.read more »

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Two Synthetic Drug Wholesalers Sentenced To Over 40 Years In Federal Prison

17 Feb 10:06 | U.S. News

Two men who acted as wholesalers for synthetic drugs across the Midwest, including Iowa, have been sentenced to a total of more than 40 years in federal prison.read more »

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Aid Obstacles A 'Matter Of Life And Death' For Besieged Syrians

17 Feb 09:02 | World

Assurances have been given to humanitarians by the Syrian Government that obstacles to aid deliveries will be removed across the war-torn country.read more »

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To Please Your Friends, Tell Them What They Already Know

16 Feb 17:09 | SciTech

We love to tell friends and family about experiences we've had and they haven't--from exotic vacations to celebrity sightings--but new research suggests that these stories don't thrill them quite as much as we imagine. read more »

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Team Teaches Science Through Minecraft Video Game

16 Feb 15:12 | SciTech

University of Texas at Dallas team is exploring whether teaching real-world science through a popular computer game may offer a more engaging and effective educational approach than traditional concepts of instruction. read more »

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