New Paper Explores America's Obession With Steve Jobs

By Newsroom America Staff at 12 Oct 17:06

A new paper in the International Journal of Communication investigates America's obsession with stories about celebrity CEO's like Steve Jobs, suggesting it says more about our culture than the man.

Could 'The Day After Tomorrow' Happen?

12 Oct 12:38 | SciTech

A researcher from the University of Southampton has produced a scientific study of the climate scenario featured in the disaster movie 'The Day After Tomorrow'.read more »


Unvaccinated Children In Ukraine At Heightened Risk Of Polio

12 Oct 08:32 | World

With Ukraine’s Ministry of Health recently confirming two cases of polio in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are calling for an immediate polio vaccine campaign in the more »


FBI Warns That New Credit Cards May Be Vulnerable To Exploitation By Fraudsters

11 Oct 14:24 | Business

By October 2015, many U.S. banks will have replaced hundreds of millions of traditional credit and debit cards, which rely on data stored on magnetic strips, with new payment cards containing a microchip known as an EMV chip. read more »


Survival Of Postal Service Hinges On Ability To 'Quickly Change, Innovate'

11 Oct 14:19 | World

The head of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) says the future of postal services strongly depends on their ability to innovate and to embrace new more »


Security Council Authorizes Operations To Disrupt Migrant Smuggling Off Coast Of Libya

10 Oct 17:16 | World

The United Nations Security Council has authorized the European Union (EU) and individual countries to inspect and or seize vessels of suspected people smugglers in the more »


U.S. College Labor Market Still In High Gear

9 Oct 17:10 | Business

The job market for college graduates is poised for a third straight year of explosive growth, as companies in most industries seek new talent, according to the largest annual survey of U.S. more »


Fracking Industry Wells Associated With Premature Birth

9 Oct 16:27 | U.S. News

Expectant mothers who live near active natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania are at an increased risk of giving birth prematurely and for having high-risk pregnancies, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research more »


Mysterious Disease May Be Tied To Climate Change, Says Researcher

9 Oct 15:13 | World

A mysterious kidney disease that has killed over 20,000 people in Central America, most of them sugar cane workers, may be caused by chronic, severe dehydration linked to global climate change, according to a new more »


Three Former East Cleveland Police Officers Charged With Fabricating Evidence

9 Oct 13:22 | U.S. News

Three former East Cleveland police officers have been charged for their roles in a conspiracy in which they kept thousands of dollars from alleged drug dealers, much of which was seized through illegal searches and fabricated more »


Mortgage Rates Dip Below 4 Percent

9 Oct 11:39 | Business

Mortgage rates moved back below the 4 percent threshold for the first time since May, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage settling at 3.95 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »


Food Prices Are Staying Lower For Longer Periods

9 Oct 10:19 | World

Food prices are staying lower for longer periods, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported, saying lower food prices "seem to be a boon to food security and are indeed just that for households who spend a large share of their income on food purchases."read more »


No New Cases Of Ebola Reported For First Time Since March 2014

9 Oct 09:06 | World

There were no new cases of Ebola reported in West Africa in the week ending last Sunday, making it the first week since March 2014 with zero cases recorded in the three countries most affected by the outbreak, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).read more »


Former Chief Executive Of Chicago Public Schools Indicted For Accepting Bribes

9 Oct 08:01 | U.S. News

A federal indictment has charged Barbara Byrd-Bennett with using her position atop the Chicago Public Schools to award lucrative no-bid contracts to her former employer in exchange for bribes and more »


When Facebook Use Becomes A Problem, Could Social Anxiety Be To Blame?

8 Oct 17:28 | SciTech

A new study shows that the combination of social anxiety and the need for social assurance by feeling part of a group increases the risk for excessive and uncontrolled use of Facebook, which can negatively affect school performance, work, and one's health and well-being. read more »


Heavy Internet Use May Put Teens At Risk For High Blood Pressure

8 Oct 15:23 | SciTech

Teens who spend hours on the Internet may be at risk for high blood pressure, say researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in more »


Perfectly Accurate Clocks Turn Out To Be Impossible

8 Oct 13:19 | SciTech

Can the passage of time be measured precisely, always and everywhere? The answer will upset many watchmakers. read more »


U.S. Decision On Early Release Of 6,000 Prisoners Welcomed

8 Oct 12:31 | U.S. News

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the decision by the United States Government to release 6,000 inmates from federal penitentiaries in an effort to ease overcrowding in more »


Men Admit Roles In $5.8 Million Reloadable Debit Card Extortion Scam

8 Oct 10:14 | U.S. News

Two Philadelphia men have admitted their roles in a conspiracy to extort victims to load prepaid debit cards with funds that were stolen as part of the more »


Rice Genetics Placed In Global Data Pool To Help Develop Sustainable Crops

8 Oct 09:12 | World

The genome sequences of thousands of rice varieties have been placed with a treaty on plant genetics by the world’s leading rice research institute to help boost plans to set up a global data exchange for crop genetic resources, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).read more »


Former UN General Assembly President Charged In $1.3 Million Bribery Scheme

8 Oct 08:38 | U.S. News

A Former President of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe, and five others have been charged in connection with a multi-year scheme to pay more than $1.3 million in bribes to Ashe in exchange for official actions in support of Chinese business interests. read more »


Where In The Universe To Look For Life?

7 Oct 17:17 | SciTech

Astronomers with the University of Washington's Virtual Planetary Laboratory have created a way to compare and rank exoplanets to help prioritize which of the thousands discovered warrant close inspection in the search for life beyond more »


Arctic Butterflies Shrink With Rising Temperatures

7 Oct 16:19 | SciTech

New research shows that butterflies in Greenland have become smaller in response to increasing temperatures due to climate change. read more »


Study Shows How Dominant Parents Affect Kids' Self-Worth

7 Oct 15:05 | SciTech

Children's self-esteem is linked to the behaviour of who is considered the most powerful parent within the household, new University of Sussex research more »


Three Ocean Shipping Executives Indicted For Fixing Prices And Rigging Bids

7 Oct 11:33 | U.S. News

Three former ocean freight executives have been indicted for participating in a long-running price-fixing conspiracy. read more »


No Humanitarian Agencies Left In Besieged Afghan City Of Kunduz After Hospital Bombing

7 Oct 10:28 | World

There are currently no humanitarian agencies left in Kunduz, the north-eastern Afghan city where an air strike hit the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital, causing the deaths and injuries of medical personnel, patients and other more »


Foreign Terrorist Fighters Pose 'Significant And Evolving' Global Threat

7 Oct 09:15 | World

A new report throws into stark relief the growing threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, especially in an era where extremist groups freely use social media and the Internet to disseminate their ideologies and even raise more »


Man Sentenced To Prison For Trafficking Counterfeit Military Goods

7 Oct 08:29 | U.S. News

A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for importing thousands of counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs) from China and Hong Kong and reselling them to U.S. customers, including contractors supplying them to the U.S. Navy for use in nuclear more »


Compulsive Texting Associated With Poorer School Performance Among Adolescent Girls

6 Oct 16:47 | SciTech

Teenage girls who compulsively text are more likely than their male counterparts to do worse academically, according to research. read more »


New Study Identifies Factors That Affect Email Response Time

6 Oct 15:21 | SciTech

What are the chances that a person will respond to your email in the next hour? And why is the reply so terse? A new study by USC Viterbi School of Engineering researchers finds that email responses depend on a variety of factors including age, platform, volume and more »


Animals Return To Site World's Worst Nuclear Disaster

6 Oct 13:34 | SciTech

Researchers have found that the Chernobyl site looks less like a disaster zone and more like a nature preserve, now teeming with elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and more »


Immigrants Play Increasing Role In US Science And Engineering Workforce

6 Oct 12:26 | U.S. News

From 2003 to 2013, the number of scientists and engineers residing in the U.S. rose from 21.6 million to 29 million. An important factor in that increase: over the same time period, the number of immigrant scientists and engineers went from 3.4 million to 5.2 more »


UNESCO Chief Deplores Destruction Of Arch Of Triumph In Palmyra

6 Oct 10:22 | World

Extremists will "never be able to erase history," the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said, condemning the destruction of the Arch of Triumph in more »


Panel Warns Against 'Designer Babies' And Eugenics In 'Editing' Of Human DNA

6 Oct 09:18 | World

Warning that rapid advances in genetics make “designer babies” an increasing possibility, a bioethics panel called for a moratorium on “editing” the human genome, pending wider public debate lest changes in DNA be transmitted to future generations or foster more »


Extreme Poverty To Fall Below 10 Per Cent Says World Bank

6 Oct 08:11 | World

The World Bank says extreme poverty is likely to fall to below 10 per cent this year, "giving fresh evidence that a quarter-century-long sustained reduction in poverty is moving the world closer to the historic goal of ending poverty by 2030".read more »


U.S. And Five Gulf States Reach Historic Settlement With BP Over Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

5 Oct 16:23 | U.S. News

The United States and the five Gulf states have announced a settlement to resolve civil claims against BP arising from the April 20, 2010 Macondo well blowout and the massive oil spill that followed in the Gulf of more »


Debt Relief Scammer Settles FTC Charges By Agreeing To $7.9 Million Judgment

5 Oct 15:26 | U.S. News

The head of a sham debt relief operation has agreed to a judgment of more than $7.9 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that he deceived consumers and charged them thousands of dollars while providing nothing in more »


Trans-Pacific Partnership Provides 'More Level Playing Field' For American Farmers

5 Oct 14:22 | U.S. News

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations provides a more level playing field in trade for American more »


Late Bedtimes Could Lead To Weight Gain

5 Oct 13:35 | SciTech

Teenagers and adults who go to bed late on weeknights are more likely to gain weight than their peers who hit the hay earlier, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, that has found a correlation between sleep and body mass more »


Online E-cigarette Vendors Using 'Aggressive Online Marketing Tactics'

5 Oct 12:08 | U.S. News

A new study points to online e-cigarette vendors using aggressive online marketing tactics that make purchasing e-cigarettes easy for all more »


Trade In Invasive Plants Is Blossoming

5 Oct 10:13 | SciTech

The global trade in garden or ornamental plants is increasingly shifting to the internet and being conducted on auction platforms and as a result one click is all it takes to spread potentially invasive plants from continent to continent - and unintentionally encouraging biological more »


California Trucking Executive Arrested On Extortion Charges

5 Oct 09:26 | U.S. News

The president of a southern California trucking company plotted with a Serbian man to extort $40,000 from a Chicago-area software company by hacking into the company’s computer system and threatening to disclose the more »


Boko Haram Violence An 'Affront To Humanity'

5 Oct 08:40 | World

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the bomb attacks in the past week in the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria, as well as the multiple suicide bombings in the city of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, all by suspected Boko Haram more »


UN Strongly Condemns 'Tragic, Inexcusable' Kunduz Hospital Airstrike

4 Oct 17:18 | World

Senior United Nations officials have condemned what they called a “tragic” and “inexcusable” air strike on the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, a city in northern Afghanistan, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of medical personnel, patients and other more »


Over 500 Children Dead, 1.7 Million At Risk Of Malnutrition Owing To Yemen Violence

4 Oct 12:14 | World

UNICEF has underscored the devastating toll six months of violence has taken on the children of Yemen, where at least 500 have lost their lives and more than 1.7 million are at risk of more »


Former Nashville Airport Official Pleads Guilty To Fraud And Bribery

4 Oct 09:00 | U.S. News

John T. Howard, Jr., 45, of Nashville, Tenn., has pleaded guilty to three felony charges resulting from his role in a fraudulent invoice scheme and his solicitation and receipt of a more »


Airstrike On Medical Charity In Afghanistan A "Tragic Incident": Carter

3 Oct 17:24 | World

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said an airstrike in Kunduz that killed nine people from a medical charity was a "tragic incident."read more »

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