Why Americans Waste So Much Food

By Newsroom America Staff at 22 Jul 17:35

Even though American consumers throw away about 80 billion pounds of food a year, only about half are aware that food waste is a problem. Even more, researchers have identified that most people perceive benefits to throwing food away, some of which have limited basis in fact.

New Review Concludes That Evidence For Alcohol Causing Cancer Is Strong

22 Jul 16:11 | SciTech

A new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast. read more »

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First Atmospheric Study Of Earth-Sized Exoplanets Reveals Rocky Worlds

22 Jul 15:15 | SciTech

Scientists from MIT and elsewhere have found two of three potentially habitable planets, just 40 light years away, are made of solid rock, and may host atmospheres similar to Earth, Mars, or Venus.read more »

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Super-Eruptions May Give A Year's Warning Before They Blow

22 Jul 14:08 | SciTech

Super-eruptions -- volcanic events large enough to devastate the entire planet -- give only about a year's warning before they blow, according to researchers.read more »

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After Week Of 'Horrific' Incidents In Syria, UNICEF Calls For End To Violence Against Children

22 Jul 12:07 | World

In a week marked by the brutal on-camera murder of a 12-year-old boy in Aleppo and the killing of more than 20 children during air strikes in Manbij, UNICEF has called for an immediate end to all forms of violence against children in Syria and urged all parties to the conflict there to make every effort to avoid the loss of civilian lives.read more »

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2016 On Pace To Be Hottest Year Ever As Climate Change Trends Reach 'New Climax'

22 Jul 10:21 | SciTech

Global temperatures for the first six months of this year reached new highs, setting 2016 on track to be the hottest-ever on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Nose Higher

22 Jul 09:14 | Business

Mortgage rates continue to give back some of the gains seen post-Brexit, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate moving up for a second week in a row to 3.6 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Majority Of U.S. Workers Think Traditional 9-To-5 Is A Thing Of The Past

22 Jul 08:10 | Business

A typical work day historically involved eight consecutive hours of effort for full-time workers, but today, most don't stop working when the clock hits 5 p.m. read more »

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People Estimate Their Own Abilities Based On Others' Performance

21 Jul 17:19 | SciTech

Ratings of our own abilities are strongly influenced by the performance of others, according to a study published July 20 in Neuron. read more »

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Reading Harry Potter Lowers Americans' Opinions Of Donald Trump

21 Jul 15:41 | Entertainment

A new study finds that reading Harry Potter books leads Americans to take a lower opinion of Donald Trump.read more »

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Background Noise May Hinder Toddlers' Ability To Learn Words

21 Jul 14:06 | SciTech

A new study has found that the presence of background noise in the home or at school makes it more difficult for toddlers to learn new words.read more »

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Global Head Of HSBC’s Foreign Exchange Cash-Trading Desks Arrested

21 Jul 12:01 | Business

The head of global foreign exchange cash trading at HSBC Bank plc, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc (collectively HSBC), and HSBC’s former head of foreign exchange cash trading for Europe, the Middle East and Africa were charged with conspiring to defraud a client of HSBC through a scheme commonly referred to as “front running.” read more »

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U.S. Charges Owner Of Most-Visited Illegal File-Sharing Website With Copyright Infringement

21 Jul 10:26 | U.S. News

U.S. authorities have charged the alleged owner of today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website with criminal copyright infringement and have seized domain names associated with the website. read more »

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Trees Contribute To Reducing Carbon Footprints Even After Being Cut Down

21 Jul 09:10 | World

Forests can contribute greatly to the fight against climate change even after trees have been logged, according to a new report which looks at the impact of wood products on carbon storage.read more »

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Torching Of House In Occupied West Bank Draws UN Official's Concern

21 Jul 08:12 | World

The United Nations official coordinating the peace process toward resolving the longstanding conflict between Israel and Palestine has expressed concern about reports of yet another arson attack targeting a Palestinian family in Duma in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.read more »

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Ancient Rocks Reveal How Earth Recovered From Mass Extinction

20 Jul 17:37 | SciTech

Scientists have shed light on why life on Earth took millions of years to recover from the greatest mass extinction of all time.read more »

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New Research Shows Men More Aggressive On Dating Sites, Women More Self-Conscious

20 Jul 16:00 | SciTech

When it comes to messaging users on dating websites, men tend to be more aggressive and contact users they are interested in, whereas women tend to be more conscious of their own attractiveness to other users, according to new research.read more »

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2016 Climate Trends Continue To Break Records

20 Jul 15:05 | World

Two key climate change indicators -- global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent -- have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016, according to NASA analyses of ground-based observations and satellite data.read more »

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FTC Providing $4 Million In Full Refunds To People Tricked Into Buying Bogus 'Extended Auto Warranties'

20 Jul 14:08 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 5,970 refund checks totaling more than $4 million to people who were bombarded with illegal robocalls and tricked into paying thousands of dollars for bogus "extended auto warranties."read more »

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Twitter Announces Application Process For Verified Accounts

20 Jul 12:27 | SciTech

Twitter has created an online application process for Twitter accounts to receive verified status. Verified accounts on Twitter allow people to identify key individuals and organizations on Twitter as authentic, and are denoted by a blue badge icon. read more »

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Thousands Flee To Uganda To Escape Renewed Violence In South Sudan

20 Jul 10:17 | World

More than 5,000 people – primarily women and children under the age of 18 years – have fled from South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda since the latest violence in the country erupted on 7 July, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).read more »

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Children Starving In Parts Of Nigeria Held By Boko Haram

20 Jul 09:12 | World

About a quarter of a million children in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria, are suffering from severe malnutrition, UNICEF announced. Of those, about one in five will die if they do not receive treatment.read more »

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Former Cardinals Official Sentenced To Prison For Astros' Computer Intrusion

20 Jul 08:02 | U.S. News

The former director of Baseball Development for the St. Louis Cardinals has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of accessing the Houston Astros’ computers without authorization.read more »

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Fracking Industry Wells Associated With Increased Risk Of Asthma Attacks

19 Jul 17:17 | U.S. News

People with asthma who live near bigger or larger numbers of active unconventional natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania are 1.5 to four times likelier to have asthma attacks than those who live farther away, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.read more »

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Sexualizaton Of Female Video Game Characters Has Diminished Since The 1990s

19 Jul 15:21 | Entertainment

Researchers at Indiana University examined portrayals of playable female characters from 1983 to 2014 and found that sexualization of female characters peaked in the 1990s and have diminished since 2007.read more »

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Soda Prices Found To Be Significantly Low

19 Jul 14:14 | SciTech

A Drexel University study found that huge disparities exist between the cost of sugary soft drinks and the price of the healthier alternative milk -- differences that could be reduced by taxes like the one just approved in Philadelphia. read more »

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Third Conspirator Pleads Guilty To Armed Craigslist Robberies, Shooting Two Victims

19 Jul 12:06 | U.S. News

A Kansas City, Mo., man has pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a conspiracy to commit a series of armed robberies against victims who were contacted via craigslist, which culminated in the shooting of two victims. read more »

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Adolescents Are Dying Of AIDS At An Alarming Rate

19 Jul 10:02 | World

An average of 29 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 are infected with HIV every hour, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, which is calling for a redoubling of prevention and treatment efforts. read more »

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Netflix To Beam New CBS "Star Trek" Television Series In 188 Countries

19 Jul 09:06 | Entertainment

Netflix and CBS Studios International have announced a landmark international licensing agreement for the new "Star Trek" television series. Netflix will be the exclusive premiere home of "Star Trek" in 188 countries (excluding the US and Canada). read more »

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CDC Assisting Utah Investigation Of Zika Virus Infection Apparently Not Linked To Travel

19 Jul 08:02 | U.S. News

CDC is assisting in the investigation of a case of Zika in a Utah resident who is a family contact of the elderly Utah resident who died in late June. read more »

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City Birds Again Prove To Be Angrier Than Rural Birds

18 Jul 17:05 | SciTech

No need to head to the movie theater or download the video game app: Angry Birds can be found right in your backyard this summer--if you live in the suburbs, that is.read more »

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Soot May Have Killed Off The Dinosaurs And Ammonites

18 Jul 15:08 | SciTech

A new hypothesis on the extinction of dinosaurs and ammonites at the end of the Cretaceous Period has been proposed by a research team from Tohoku University and the Japan Meteorological Agency's Meteorological Research Institute. read more »

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'Cool, Fun Factor' Motivates e-Cigarette Use In Teens

18 Jul 14:03 | SciTech

The novelty factor of e-cigarettes is the key motivation for their use by adolescents, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. read more »

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CIA Imposter Sentenced To Prison For Fraud

18 Jul 12:06 | U.S. News

Wayne Shelby Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, a former Fox News commentator who has falsely claimed he spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for major fraud against the government. read more »

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Attempt To Overthrow Turkish Government Condemned

18 Jul 10:14 | World

The President of the United Nations General Assembly has condemned the attempt on Friday to overthrow the Government of Turkey.read more »

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Two Convicted In Romance Scam Conspiracy

18 Jul 09:07 | U.S. News

Two people have been convicted for their role in a $2 million romance scam conspiracy. Kunle Mutiu Amoo, 48, and Lanre Sunday Adeoba, 61, both Nigerian citizens who resided outside the Houston area, each pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud.read more »

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12 New Sites Added To World Heritage List

18 Jul 08:03 | World

From a national park to a fossil site and a naval dockyard, the United Nations cultural agency has inscribed 12 new sites of special cultural or physical significance on its World Heritage List.read more »

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Researchers Find Opposites Attract - Unless You're In A Relationship

15 Jul 17:35 | SciTech

If we are in a relationship we are more likely to be attracted to faces resembling our own, but for single people, opposites attract.read more »

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Dads Play Key Role In Child Development: Study

15 Jul 16:19 | SciTech

Fathers play a surprisingly large role in their children's development, from language and cognitive growth in toddlerhood to social skills in fifth grade, according to new findings from Michigan State University scholars.read more »

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Early Preschool Bedtimes Cut Risk Of Obesity Later On

15 Jul 15:11 | SciTech

Preschoolers who are regularly tucked into bed by 8 p.m. are far less likely to become obese teenagers than young children who go to sleep later in the evening, new research has found.read more »

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Red Meat Consumption Linked With Increased Risk Of Developing Kidney Failure

15 Jul 14:08 | SciTech

A new study indicates that red meat intake may increase the risk of kidney failure in the general population, and substituting red meat with alternative sources of protein from time to time may significantly reduce this risk. read more »

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Mortgage Rates Rebound Slightly

15 Jul 12:07 | Business

After moving notably lower for two weeks post-Brexit, mortgage rates bounced back a bit, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate now at 3.57 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Report Finds Impunity For Killings 'Remains Rampant' In Ukraine Conflict

15 Jul 10:12 | World

A new report describes widespread killings that have taken place in Ukraine since January 2014 and concludes that very limited accountability has taken place.read more »

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Survey Reveals 'Alarming' Damage To High Seas And Marine Ecosystems

15 Jul 09:09 | World

More than half of the world’s fragile coral reefs are under threat and most of our major fish stocks are now overexploited, according to the latest global assessments on the state of world’s high seas and large marine ecosystems by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.read more »

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Former Army Official And Contractor Indicted For Bribery Scheme

15 Jul 08:15 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury has indicted John Kays, age 42, of Bel Air, Maryland, and Matthew Barrow, age 42, of Toledo, Ohio, on conspiracy and bribery charges related to contracting at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), in Harford County, Maryland. read more »

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As Overweight And Obesity Increase, So Does Risk Of Dying Prematurely

14 Jul 17:34 | SciTech

Being overweight or obese is associated with a higher risk of dying prematurely than being normal weight--and the risk increases with additional pounds, according to a large international collaborative study.read more »

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Humans Perceive Time Somewhere In Between Reality And Our Expectations

14 Jul 16:05 | SciTech

New research, using a Bayesian inference model of audio and visual stimuli, has shown how our perception of time lies mid-way between reality and our expectations.read more »

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Playing Action Video Games Boosts Visual Motor Skill Underlying Driving

14 Jul 15:09 | Entertainment

Playing action-based video games may boost players' ability to coordinate incoming visual information with their motor control, a skill critical to many real-world behaviors including driving, new research shows. read more »

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