Long-Term Exposure To Air Pollution May Harm Your Brain

By Newsroom America Staff at 24 Apr 15:46

Long-term exposure to fine particle air pollution may cause subtle structural changes in the brain that could precede cognitive impairment and hidden brain damage, according to research.

Heavy Drinking And Binge Drinking Rise Sharply In US

24 Apr 16:41 | U.S. News

Americans are more likely to be heavy drinkers and binge drinkers than in recent years due in large part to rising rates of drinking among women, according to a new analysis of county-level drinking patterns in the United States.read more »

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Switzerland Ranked As Happiest Country In The World

24 Apr 14:36 | SciTech

Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada have been named the happiest countries in the world in that order by the the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, while the United States climbed two places to 15th. read more »

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Apple Watch Will 'Fundamentally Change' the Dynamics Of The App Market

24 Apr 13:23 | SciTech

New research from the Strategy Analytics' Application Strategies group suggests the early success of the Apple Watch will bring new attention and investment to the app ecosystem as unheralded categories rise in importance.read more »

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Fight Against Malaria Must Be Taken To 'Next Level'

24 Apr 10:12 | World

The fight against malaria must be taken to the “next level” in order for the disease to be successfully eliminated, the World Health Organization (WHO)said amid calls for the international community to urgently address the gaps in malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment.read more »

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Warming Climate May Release Vast Amounts Of Carbon From Long-Frozen Arctic Soils

24 Apr 12:07 | SciTech

While climatologists are carefully watching carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, another group of scientists is exploring a massive storehouse of carbon that has the potential to significantly affect the climate change picture.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Show Little Change

24 Apr 09:33 | Business

Fixed mortgage rates were unchanged this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate remaining at 3.79 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey.read more »

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Deutsche Bank To Pay $800 Million Penalty To Settle Interest Rate Manipulation Charges

24 Apr 08:39 | Business

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has imposed its largest fine ever on Deutsche Bank to settle charges that Deutsche Bank routinely engaged in manipulating international interest rates.read more »

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More Americans At Risk From Strong Earthquakes: Report

23 Apr 17:17 | U.S. News

More than 143 million Americans living in the 48 contiguous states are exposed to potentially damaging ground shaking from earthquakes, with as many as 28 million people likely to experience strong shaking during their lifetime.read more »

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Existing-Home Sales Spike In March

22 Apr 17:20 | Business

Existing-home sales jumped in March to their highest annual rate in 18 months, while unsold inventory showed needed improvement, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more »

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Researchers Find Polarization in Congress Is Worsening And Stifles Policy Innovation

23 Apr 16:39 | US Politics and Govt

American politics has grown so polarized in recent years that there's hardly any cooperation at all across the aisle, but the process that brought us here started long ago. read more »

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Unique Field Study Shows Pesticide Harms Wild Bees

23 Apr 14:33 | World

Neonicotinoids are used for seed dressing of rapeseed, to protect the young plants against flea beetles but a new study has found they are harmful to wild bees. read more »

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Vehicle Cost And Lack Of Consumer Information Hinders Purchases Of Plug-In Electric Vehicles

23 Apr 13:28 | U.S. News

Vehicle cost, current battery technology, and inadequate consumer knowledge are some of the barriers preventing widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council. read more »

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Scientists Rule Out Tau Ceti As 'The Next Earth'

23 Apr 12:27 | World

As the search continues for Earth-size planets orbiting at just the right distance from their star, a region termed the habitable zone, the number of potentially life-supporting planets grows - but one cosmic neighbor Tau Ceti has been ruled out. read more »

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Better Social Media Techniques Increase Fan Interest And Engagement

23 Apr 10:21 | SciTech

Researchers say their findings in a study of how Major League Baseball teams use Twitter could provide guidance for many businesses struggling with how to use social media.read more »

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Wearables Seen As Strategic Platform For Improving Business Performance

23 Apr 09:19 | SciTech

Salesforce has released a new research report which it said confirms that, as one of the hottest segments in tech, wearables are seen as a strategic platform for improving business performance and are an expanding area of investment.read more »

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WHO Reports Deaths Top 1,000 In Yemen

23 Apr 08:45 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) office in Yemen reported the death toll from the fighting has topped 1,000 over the past month and warned the main hospitals face shutting down because of critical shortages of power, lack of fuel and oxygen.read more »

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Electronic Cigarettes Not A 'Safe Alternative' For Young People

22 Apr 14:45 | SciTech

Although heavily promoted as a safer cigarette and an aid to quit smoking, electronic cigarettes and the nicotine they deliver pose particular risks to the developing brains and organs of children, say researchers. read more »

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Fracking Likely Cause Of 2013-2014 Texas Earthquakes

22 Apr 13:27 | U.S. News

A seismology team led by Southern Methodist University, Dallas, finds that high volumes of wastewater injection combined with saltwater extraction from natural gas wells is the most likely cause of earthquakes occurring near Azle, Texas, from late 2013 through spring 2014.read more »

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Houston Man Arrested Following Social Media Posts

22 Apr 12:16 | U.S. News

A Houston resident and convicted felon Frederick Ramon Robinson, 45, has been arrested on charges of unlawfully possessing a firearm after he posted ISIS inspired social media posts.read more »

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Failing To Provide For Kids Leads To Aggression And Delinquency: Study

22 Apr 10:40 | U.S. News

A new study by two researchers in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work has shown that parents who chronically neglect their children contribute to the likelihood that they will develop aggressive and delinquent tendencies later in adolescence.read more »

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Futures Trader Charged With Illegally Manipulating Stock Market, Contributing To 2010 Market 'Flash Crash'

22 Apr 09:34 | Business

A futures trader has been arrested in the United Kingdom on U.S. wire fraud and commodities fraud and manipulation charges in connection with his alleged role in the May 2010 “Flash Crash,” when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 600 points in five minutes. read more »

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Hair Dryers Recalled By AG Hair Due to Electrocution Hazard

22 Apr 08:18 | U.S. News

Hairdryers manufactured by AG Hair in China have been recalled because of a risk of electrocution, although no injuries have been reported.read more »

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Saudi Arabia Ends Military Campaign In Yemen

21 Apr 20:08 | World

Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have announced the military objectives of Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen have been achieved. read more »

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Two Fairfax Men Charged With Causing Amtrak Train Collision

22 Apr 15:30 | U.S. News

Fairfax men James Duvall Love, 33, and Deon Dovell Roberts, 34, have been arrested and indicted for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, causing a train wreck, and unlawful interference with a train operator. read more »

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Displaced Iraqis Face Mounting Difficulties As Islamic State Fighting Continues

21 Apr 19:43 | World

A refugee agency is warning of the difficulties facing thousands of Iraqi civilians fleeing violence, including dwindling resources, checkpoints, entry restrictions and security procedures to navigate on their journeys to safety.read more »

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France Records First Case Of Rabies In Over A Decade

21 Apr 19:24 | World

A team of French clinicians has diagnosed the first case of rabies in that country since 2003, with only 20 cases of human rabies diagnosed in France between 1970 and 2003. read more »

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Dietary Supplements Shown To Increase Cancer Risk

21 Apr 14:43 | SciTech

Dietary supplements may be advertised to promote health, but research shows that over-the-counter supplements may actually increase cancer risk if taken in excess of the recommended daily amount.read more »

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Household Pets Can Transmit Infections To People

21 Apr 13:37 | U.S. News

Household pets can transmit infection to people, especially those with weak immune systems, young children, pregnant women and seniors, according to researchers.read more »

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Patrick Matthew 'Overlooked' In Credits For Theory Of Evolution

21 Apr 12:27 | SciTech

The horticulturist who came up with the concept of 'evolution by natural selection' 27 years before Charles Darwin should be more widely acknowledged for his contribution, according to a new paper by a King's College London geneticist.read more »

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Former Spring Valley Mayor Found Guilty Of Bribery, Extortion and Fraud

21 Apr 10:38 | U.S. News

Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin has been found guilty of engaging in a bribery scheme in which she negotiated a 50 percent stake for herself in a development company and $5,000 cash.read more »

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Six Minnesota Men Charged With Conspiracy To Provide Material Support To ISIL

21 Apr 09:42 | U.S. News

A criminal complaint has charged six Minnesota men with conspiracy and attempt to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).read more »

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Grave Humanitarian Situation In Yarmouk Refugee Camp

21 Apr 08:16 | World

The UN Security Council has expressed deep concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Yarmouk refugee camp, located on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.read more »

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalls All Products Due To Listeria Contamination Concerns

21 Apr 00:02 | U.S. News

Texas company Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling its entire line of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen snacks because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.read more »

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Research Reveals Five Job Interview Deal Breakers

20 Apr 15:45 | Business

It should go without saying, but checking your smartphone isn't a smart move during a job interview. In fact, it's the top way to blow your chances with a prospective employer, new research by The Creative Group shows. read more »

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New Yorkers Warned Of Dangers Of "Synthetic Marijuana" After Increase In Emergency Department Visits

20 Apr 15:26 | U.S. News

Health officials have warned New Yorkers not to use synthetic cannabinoids – most commonly referred to as “synthetic marijuana” – after a significant increase in emergency department visits. read more »

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Global Pandemic Of Fake Medicines Poses Urgent Risk, Scientists Say

20 Apr 15:17 | World

Poor quality medicines are a real and urgent threat that could undermine decades of successful efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, according to the editors of a collection of journal articles published today. read more »

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Demographer Produces Best Estimate Yet Of Cambodia's Death Toll Under Pol Pot

20 Apr 12:19 | World

The death toll in Cambodia under Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot was most likely between 1.2 million and 2.8 million or between 13 percent and 30 percent of the country's population at the time, according to a forthcoming article by a UCLA demographer.read more »

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Smokers Underestimate Risks Of A Few Cigarettes Say Researchers

20 Apr 10:34 | World

Many people still dangerously underestimate the health risks associated with smoking even a few cigarettes a day, despite decades of public health campaigning, French researchers have reported. read more »

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Scientists Develop Plan To Clear Skies Of Space Junk

20 Apr 09:30 | SciTech

An international team of scientists have put forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of nearly 3,000 tonnes of space debris in orbit around earth.read more »

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Spate Of Deadly Xenophobic Violence In South Africa Draws Concern

20 Apr 08:07 | World

UNHCR said it welcomed efforts by South Africa’s Government to contain a recent wave of xenophobic violence that has accounted for the deaths of at least six people in the past three weeks in South Africa. read more »

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The Classroom Is A Lonely Place For Many US Teachers, Study Finds

19 Apr 15:26 | U.S. News

U.S. teachers continue to work largely in isolation, reporting they engage less often in collaborative efforts viewed as beneficial to both teachers and students, according to a conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2013.read more »

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Hundreds Feared Lost After Refugee Boat Capsizes In Mediterranean Sea

19 Apr 15:20 | World

A boat has capsized in the Mediterranean Sea with hundreds of people feared lost, with agencies saying such a catastrophic event provides yet another indication of the need for a "robust" rescue-at-sea mechanism aimed at preventing future tragedies.read more »

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New York Financial Advisor Charged With Stealing $20 Million From Customers

19 Apr 10:18 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced fraud charges against a New York City-based financial advisor accused of stealing at least $20 million from customers to fund his own brokerage accounts and then squandering the bulk of the money in highly unprofitable options trading.read more »

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Researchers Develop New Wearable Device That Turns Thumbnail Into Wireless Track pad

18 Apr 18:23 | SciTech

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab are developing a new wearable device that turns the user's thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad.read more »

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'Dire' Human Rights Situation In Ukraine Likely To Deteriorate Further

18 Apr 18:00 | World

There is increasing concern that the dire situation in parts of the east of Ukraine is likely to deteriorate further due to breaches of the ceasefire and violations of the Minsk Agreement.read more »

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Brutal Suicide Attack In Afghanistan Condemned

18 Apr 17:42 | World

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, has strongly condemned the "brutal" suicide attack that reportedly killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100 others in the Afghan city of Jalalabad.read more »

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Young Women Objectify Themselves More Browsing Facebook Than Other Media Types

17 Apr 17:12 | SciTech

Regardless of how much time young women devote to viewing television, music videos and using the internet, they will compare their appearances more frequently to photos in magazines and on Facebook, according to new research.read more »

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Majority Of Workers Don't Believe Robots Threaten Jobs Despite Research Indicating Otherwise

17 Apr 15:35 | Business

An international poll conducted by Monster reveals that 63% of workers believe their jobs will never be replaced by computers and robots despite another study showing almost half of today's jobs in the US could be automated in the next two decades. read more »

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9/11 Leaves Legacy Of Chronic Ill Health Among Emergency Medical Services Workers

17 Apr 14:37 | U.S. News

The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001 have left a legacy of chronic ill health among emergency medical services workers who came to the rescue of the victims, reveals new research.read more »

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Expanding Rubber Plantations 'Catastrophic' For Endangered Species In Southeast Asia

17 Apr 13:42 | World

Demand for natural rubber fuelled by the tyre industry is threatening protected parts of Southeast Asia, according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).read more »

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Mortgage Rates Fall To Nearly 2-Year Low

17 Apr 12:38 | Business

Mortgage rates pulled back this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate dipping to 3.79 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Jury Indicts Father For Lying To FBI About Helping Fugitive Son Escape To Mexico

17 Apr 12:26 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury in El Paso has returned an indictment charging 53-year-old Victor Manuel Solis with making a false statement to El Paso FBI agents about the search for his fugitive son, former Los Angeles Police officer Henry Solis. read more »

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E-Cigarette Use Triples Among Middle And High School Students In Just One Year

17 Apr 10:20 | U.S. News

Current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.read more »

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Former Investment Adviser At Global Bank Charged With Multi-Millon-Dollar Fraud Scheme

17 Apr 09:13 | U.S. News

Michael Oppenheim has been charged with wire, securities, and investment adviser fraud, as well as embezzlement, for allegedly using his position as an investment adviser at a global financial institution based in New York City to defraud multiple Bank clients out of approximately $20 million over a four-year period.read more »

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'Dramatic' Progress In Fighting Ebola Must Be Followed By Long-Term Recovery Efforts

17 Apr 08:07 | World

Intense efforts to control the Ebola outbreak in the three most-affected West African countries will continue, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO)said, adding that the international community is also looking for ways to build on dramatic recent progress by aiding with efforts aimed at recovery from the outbreak.read more »

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Information Technology Manager Indicted For Damaging Servers And Illegally Intercepting E-Mail Accounts

16 Apr 17:06 | U.S. News

A former information technology manager for a Northbrook-based company has been indicted for allegedly damaging servers maintained by the company, intercepting company e-mails without authorization, and disclosing the contents of intercepted e-mails without authorization. read more »

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Washington State Auditor Troy X. Kelley Indicted

16 Apr 16:43 | U.S. News

A Grand Jury in Seattle has returned a ten count indictment against Troy Kelley, 50, of Tacoma for his scheme to keep stolen money and hide it from both the IRS and those due a refund related to their purchase of a home or refinance of a home mortgage.read more »

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New Portable Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

16 Apr 14:11 | SciTech

MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat.read more »

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New Evidence Adds Capitanian Extinction To List Of Major Extinction Crises

16 Apr 13:16 | SciTech

Since the Cambrian Explosion, ecosystems have suffered repeated mass extinctions, with the "Big 5" crises being the most prominent, but scientists say they have evidence of the 6th global extinction event.read more »

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Human Rights Experts Welcome Blackwater Sentencing And Urge Greater Accountability For Private Security

16 Apr 12:31 | World

The outsourcing of national security to private firms creates risks for human rights and accountability, the United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries said as it welcomed the sentencing of four former Blackwater Worldwide personnel for the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians. read more »

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1.2 million Ukrainians Uprooted By Conflict

16 Apr 10:45 | World

The United Nations humanitarian office has reported that 1.2 million people in Ukraine have now been internally displaced because of conflict in the country.read more »

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Milford Realtor Pleads Guilty To Running $15 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

16 Apr 09:32 | Business

Brenda Ashcraft, 45, of Milford, Ohio has pleaded guilty to defrauding investors of at least $15 million between 2009 and 2013 in a fraudulent investment scheme to purchase and sell real estate through real estate investment trusts known as REITs.read more »

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Saudi Arabia Says Military Operations In Yemen Successful

16 Apr 08:36 | World

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said military operations in Yemen have been successful in thwarting the Houthi militia's goal of taking over Yemen.read more »

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Teachers More Likely To Label Black Students As Troublemakers: Study

15 Apr 17:20 | U.S. News

Teachers are likely to interpret students' misbehavior differently depending on the student's race, according to new research findings published in Psychological Science.read more »

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Millions Of Yemenis Face Food Insecurity Amid Escalating Conflict

15 Apr 16:45 | World

Nearly 11 million people in Yemen are severely food insecure and millions more are at risk of being unable to meet their basic food needs, the Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) said, calling for $8 million in funding to support farmers amidst the escalating conflict.read more »

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Increase Seen In Data Breaches Of Health Information

15 Apr 15:39 | U.S. News

Between 2010 and 2013, data breaches of protected health information reported by HIPAA-covered entities increased and involved approximately 29 million records, with most data breaches resulting from overt criminal activity, according to a study.read more »

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Search For Advanced Civilizations Beyond Earth Finds Nothing Obvious In 100,000 Galaxies

15 Apr 14:33 | World

After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced extraterrestrial life, a team of scientists using observations from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory has found no evidence of advanced civilizations in them.read more »

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Interactivity Tools Can Boost Persuasiveness Of Websites

15 Apr 13:26 | SciTech

Messages conveyed on websites may be more persuasive if theses websites are interactive, according to researchers.read more »

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Childhood Self-Control Linked To Enhanced Job Prospects Throughout Life

15 Apr 12:17 | SciTech

Parents who work to instil self-control in their children will see them reap the benefits not only in the short-term but throughout their working life, according to new research.read more »

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Former Leader Of Hindu Temple Of Georgia Sentenced To Prison

15 Apr 11:07 | U.S. News

Annamalai Annamalai, a/k/a Dr. Commander Selvam, a/k/a Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar, the former leader of the now defunct Hindu Temple of Georgia, has been sentenced to 27 years in prison following his conviction on 34 felony counts, including bank fraud, tax fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and obstruction charges.read more »

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DoD Seeks To Identify Unaccounted-For USS Oklahoma Crew Members

15 Apr 09:31 | U.S. News

The remains of up to 388 unaccounted-for sailors and Marines associated with the USS Oklahoma will be exhumed later this year for analysis that could lead to identifying most of them, Defense Department officials announced.read more »

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Actor Daniel Craig As Global Mine Action Advocate

15 Apr 08:53 | World

Actor Daniel Craig has been appointed as the first UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.read more »

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