Lack Of Leisure Time: Is Busyness The New Status Symbol?

By Newsroom America Staff at 1:32 pm Eastern

Long gone are the days when a life of material excess and endless leisure time signified prestige. According to a new study, Americans increasingly perceive busy and overworked people as having high status.

600 Million Children Could Face Extreme Water Shortages

11:25 am Eastern | World

Warning that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040, UNICEF called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of children.read more »

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Existing-Home Sales Stumble In February

10:06 am Eastern | Business

After starting the year at the fastest pace in almost a decade, existing-home sales slid in February but remained above year ago levels both nationally and in all major regions, according to the National Association of Realtors.read more »

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Record-Breaking Weather In 2016 Pushes World Into 'Truly Uncharted Territory'

9:08 am Eastern | World

Global temperatures set yet another record last year and the world witnessed exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, warning that the extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017.read more »

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Boys Secure In Their Racial Identity Seek More Diverse Friendships

22 Mar 17:20 | SciTech

Kids often seek answers from parents, friends and media to better understand their racial identity. Middle school boys who feel secure about their race during this ongoing information gathering will likely befriend diverse people, according to a new University of Michigan study.read more »

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How Can A Legally Binding Agreement On Human Cloning Be Established?

22 Mar 15:16 | SciTech

Since Dolly the Sheep was cloned in 1996, the question of whether human reproductive cloning should be banned or pursued has been the subject of international debate. read more »

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Peers, More Than Teachers, Inspire Us To Learn

22 Mar 13:21 | U.S. News

"Why do I have to learn this?" It's a common question among youth, but new research out of Michigan State University suggests students perform much better academically when the answer is provided by their peers rather than their teachers. read more »

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Warming Earth Threatens To Release Huge Amounts Of Carbon

22 Mar 11:35 | World

Rising temperatures could release massive amounts of carbon trapped in the Earth's soil, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported, warning that soil management could make or break climate change response efforts.read more »

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Scammers Spoofing FBI Denver Phone Numbers To Fool Victims

22 Mar 10:07 | U.S. News

The FBI Denver Division is warning the public about a phone scam that spoofs, or fraudulently displays, the FBI’s real telephone number on the victim’s caller ID.read more »

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North Korea Facing 'Entrenched, Largely Forgotten' Humanitarian Crisis

22 Mar 09:02 | World

Over two-thirds of the population in North Korea (DPRK) suffers from food insecurity, malnutrition, and a lack of access to basic health and sanitation services, according to a latest humanitarian report, which also appeals for $114 million to meet the urgent need of the most vulnerable.read more »

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People Remain Calm As The World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

21 Mar 17:28 | Entertainment

As the world ends, will you lock arms and sing "Kumbayah" or embark on a path of law-breaking, anti-social behavior?read more »

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'No Fat' Or 'No Sugar' Label Equals No Guarantee Of Nutritional Quality

21 Mar 16:00 | SciTech

Terms such as no-fat or no-sugar, low-fat or reduced-salt on food packaging may give consumers a sense of confidence before they purchase, but these claims rarely reflect the actual nutritional quality of the food, according to a new study.read more »

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Poison Centers Receive 32 Calls A Day About Kids Exposed To Prescription Opioids

21 Mar 15:10 | U.S. News

A new study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that there were more than 188,000 calls to US Poison Control Centers for pediatric exposure to opioids from January 2000 through December 2015, averaging 32 calls a day or one every 45 minutes.read more »

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Last Remnant Of North American Ice Sheet On Track To Vanish

21 Mar 13:29 | U.S. News

The last piece of the ice sheet that once blanketed much of North America is doomed to disappear in the next several centuries, says a new study by researchers.read more »

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U.S. Not In Top Ten Happiest Countries

21 Mar 11:29 | World

Canada is the seventh happiest country in the world, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report edited by CIFAR Co-Director John F. Helliwell, but neighbour the United States misses out on a top ten placing.read more »

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Harris Poll Finds Half Of Americans Say CEOs Have a Bad Reputation

21 Mar 10:06 | Business

Fifty percent of Americans rate the reputations of today's CEOs and corporate leaders as "bad," according to research from The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient (RQ, which has identified movement, trends and insights in a changing corporate reputation landscape for the past 18 years.read more »

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Human Rights Chief Urges Governments To Target Hate Speech, Crimes

21 Mar 09:10 | World

On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations human rights chief reminded Governments around the world that they have a legal obligation to stop hate speech and hate crimes, and called on people everywhere to “stand up for someone’s rights.”read more »

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Scientists Make The Case To Restore Pluto's Planet Status

20 Mar 17:12 | SciTech

Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet.read more »

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For A Modest Personality Trait, 'Intellectual Humility' Packs A Punch

20 Mar 16:07 | SciTech

"Intellectual humility" has been something of a wallflower among personality traits, receiving far less scholarly attention than such brash qualities as egotism or hostility. Yet this little-studied characteristic may influence people's decision-making abilities in politics, health and other arenas, says new research from Duke University.read more »

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Skilled Workers More Prone To Mistakes When Interrupted

20 Mar 15:07 | Business

Expertise is clearly beneficial in the workplace, yet highly trained workers in some occupations could actually be at risk for making errors when interrupted, indicates a new study by two Michigan State University psychology researchers.read more »

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Home Prices at New High in February Amid Record Low Inventory

20 Mar 13:02 | U.S. News

February home prices reached a new high as steady demand combined with record low inventory drove prices up, according to this month's RE/MAX National Housing Report that surveys 53 metro areas.read more »

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Children Who Play Outside More Likely To Protect Nature As Adults

20 Mar 11:11 | World

Protecting the environment can be as easy as telling your kids to go outdoors and play, according to a new UBC study.read more »

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20 Worst Paying Jobs For Women In America

20 Mar 10:05 | U.S. News

What are the worst paying jobs in America for women? 24/7 Wall St. reviewed female weekly earnings as a percentage of male weekly earnings in full-time wage and salary jobs using data from the Bureau of Labor statistics to identify the 20 worst paying jobs for women in America.read more »

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South Sudan Now World's Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis

20 Mar 09:06 | World

The number of South Sudanese fleeing their homes is “alarming,” the UN refugee agency said, announcing that 1.6 million people have either been displaced or fled to neighbouring countries in the past eight months ago.read more »

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58 Million Americans Are Exposed To Loud, Frequent Noises

17 Mar 17:22 | U.S. News

Loud noise exposure is a common environmental hazard in the United States that can lead to hearing loss and other conditions such as sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. read more »

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A Preference For Casual Sex Increases Risk Of Harassment

17 Mar 16:15 | SciTech

Adolescents who sexually harass others have had casual sex more often than those who do not harass others. They also fantasize more about casual sex and find it more acceptable to have sex without any commitment or emotional closeness.read more »

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Cause Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Discovered

17 Mar 15:11 | SciTech

Some people have an extreme fear of dirt or bacteria. As a result, they may develop a habit of compulsive washing and repeatedly cleaning their hands or body. They are trapped in a vicious circle, as the fear of new contamination returns quickly after washing. Sufferers see no way out. read more »

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Research First To Show Effectiveness Of Federal Reserve Emergency Lending 2007-09

17 Mar 13:04 | Business

This week, the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates for just the third time in nine years. While many Americans know the Fed for its role in making monetary policy, it serves another lesser-known but hugely important purpose: providing temporary, short-term funds to banks as a "lender of last resort."read more »

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Better Sleep Feels Like Winning The Lottery

17 Mar 11:01 | World

Improving your sleep quality is as beneficial to health and happiness as winning the lottery, according to research by the University of Warwick.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Hit Multi-Year Highs

17 Mar 10:05 | Business

Mortgage rates increased for a third consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 4.44 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Relief Operations In Western Mosul Reaching 'Breaking Point' As Civilians Flee Hunger

17 Mar 09:02 | World

Humanitarian organisations in Iraq are scrambling to get emergency sites ready amidst a mass exodus from West Mosul, with nearly 700,000 civilians still living in the city where Iraqi forces are fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh).read more »

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YouTube Users Be Aware: Your Viewing Habits Can Be Tracked

16 Mar 17:21 | SciTech

Despite YouTube's attempts to safeguard user anonymity, intelligence agencies, hackers and online advertising companies can still determine which videos a user is watching, according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) research.read more »

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Stress Of Major Life Events Impacts Women More Than Men, Shows Poll

16 Mar 16:08 | SciTech

New research has highlighted the potential gender gap in stress, with women reporting higher stress from life events such as death of a loved one, illness, losing their smartphone and Brexit.read more »

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Foreign Graduate Students And Postdocs Consider Leaving The US

16 Mar 15:08 | SciTech

On March 6, President Donald Trump signed a second executive order to suspend immigration from six predominately Muslim countries, this time excluding Iraq from the list. read more »

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Nation's Physicians Act Against Climate Change; 'It's Making Patients Sick'

16 Mar 13:05 | U.S. News

More than half of the nation's physicians--including family doctors, pediatricians, obstetricians, allergists, geriatricians and internists--are launching a campaign to help patients, the public and policy makers understand the damage climate change is doing to people's health and what needs to be done to prepare and protect ourselves.read more »

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The Need For Speed May Contribute To Dolphin And Whale Strandings

16 Mar 11:09 | World

Surviving in an environment that actively impedes your progress can leave you vulnerable when escape is necessary; couple this with the need to conserve limited oxygen reserves and the magnitude of the challenges faced by many cetaceans when threatened becomes clear. read more »

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Growth Forecast Unchanged Ahead Of Expected Rate Hike

16 Mar 10:05 | Business

Growth expectations for 2017 remain subject to both upside and downside risks from potential policy changes as the Federal Reserve considers raising interest rates for the second time in three months, according to the Fannie Mae Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group's March 2017 Economic and Housing Outlook.read more »

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Yemen 'One Of Worst Hunger Crises In The World'

16 Mar 09:03 | World

An estimated 17 million people in Yemen are hungry, according to analysis released by the United Nations and humanitarian partners, up more than 20 per cent in the past nine months.read more »

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Milkweed Losses May Not Fully Explain Monarch Butterfly Declines

15 Mar 17:13 | SciTech

Steep declines in the number of monarch butterflies reaching their wintering grounds in Mexico are not fully explained by fewer milkweeds in the northern part of their range, researchers report in a new study.read more »

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Democrats And Republicans Draw Different Conclusions When Seasons Are Too Hot Or Too Cold

15 Mar 15:02 | SciTech

When the weather is unseasonably hot or cold, Americans across the political spectrum have even stronger views about whether climate change caused by human activity is a reality or not. read more »

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Louisiana Wetlands Struggling With Sea-Level Rise 4 Times The Global Average

15 Mar 13:15 | U.S. News

Without major efforts to rebuild Louisiana's wetlands, particularly in the westernmost part of the state, there is little chance that the coast will be able to withstand the accelerating rate of sea-level rise, a new Tulane University study concludes.read more »

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Milgram Experiment In Poland Shows People Still Obey

15 Mar 11:20 | World

The title is direct, "Would you deliver an electric shock in 2015?" and the answer, according to the results of this replication study, is yes. Social psychologists from SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poland replicated a modern version of the Milgram experiment and found results similar to studies conducted 50 years earlier.read more »

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U.S. Employer Confidence Remains Positive

15 Mar 10:06 | Business

U.S. employers expect the hiring pace to remain positive in Q2 2017 with 22 percent of employers planning to add staff between April and June, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.read more »

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Syria 'Worst Man-Made Disaster Since World War II'

15 Mar 09:07 | World

The conflict in Syria is the "worst man-made disaster the world has seen since World War II," the United Nations human rights chief said, calling for an end to all tortures, executions and unfair trials, and at the very least, for the names and localities of people held in detention or information about where they are buried.read more »

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Parenthood Linked To Longer Life

14 Mar 17:09 | SciTech

Parenthood is associated with a longer life than childlessness, particularly in older age, when health and capacity may start to decline, finds new research.read more »

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People See Black Men As Larger, More Threatening Than Same-Sized White Men

14 Mar 16:07 | U.S. News

People have a tendency to perceive black men as larger and more threatening than similarly sized white men, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.read more »

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The Looming Threat Of Asian Tobacco Companies To Global Health

14 Mar 15:08 | World

There are already one billion tobacco smokers worldwide, and this number is likely to rise further with Asian tobacco companies poised to enter the global market, according to SFU health sciences professor Kelley Lee.read more »

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'Preventable' Asthma Attacks In Houston Cost Millions

14 Mar 13:25 | U.S. News

"Preventable" asthma attacks among schoolchildren cost millions in health care dollars over 10 years, according to a new study by the city of Houston, Rice University and the Houston Independent School District (HISD).read more »

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Vicious Circle Of Drought And Forest Loss In The Amazon

14 Mar 11:10 | World

Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could push the region into a vicious dieback circle. read more »

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Jury Delivers Verdicts In Second Oregon Standoff Trial

14 Mar 10:04 | U.S. News

A federal jury has delivered its verdicts against four defendants charged with conspiracy, possession of firearms on federal property, and depredation of government property during the 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.read more »

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'Unprecedented Suffering' For Syrian Children In 2016

14 Mar 09:08 | World

The suffering of children in war-torn Syria “hit rock bottom” in 2016 with the highest number of grave violations against them since verification began in 2014.read more »

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Poor Sleep In Early Childhood May Lead To Cognitive, Behavioral Problems In Later Years

13 Mar 18:04 | SciTech

A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital pediatrician finds that children ages 3 to 7 who don't get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control and peer relationships in mid-childhood.read more »

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From Health To Politics, People Select Their Own Reality

13 Mar 16:13 | SciTech

Researchers say for all the information that is out there in an unprecedented "age of information" people make use of very little of it. read more »

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