Extinctions During Human Era Worse Than Thought

By Newsroom America Staff at 3:53 pm Eastern

The gravity of the world’s current extinction rate becomes clearer upon knowing what it was before people came along. A new estimate finds that species die off as much as 1,000 times more frequently nowadays than they used to. That’s 10 times worse than the old estimate of 100 times.

Former ArthroCare Executives Sentenced For $750 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

3:28 pm Eastern | Business

The former chief executive officer (CEO) of ArthroCare Corporation was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, and the former chief financial officer (CFO) was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison today for their leading roles in a $750 million securities fraud scheme. read more »


Over One Million Somalis In Danger As Food Crisis Worsens

3:45 pm Eastern | World

Poor rains, conflict, trade disruptions and reduced humanitarian assistance have led to a worsening of the food security situation across Somalia, with acute malnutrition increased in many areas, particularly among children.read more »


Media Coverage Of Celebrity Suicide Can Cause A Large-Scale Copycat Effect

3:42 pm Eastern | Entertainment

Researchers who analyzed media coverage of the suicide of a national actress in South Korea and its impact on subsequent suicides found that the number of suicide-related articles surged in the week after a suicide.read more »


Viewers Ate More While Watching Hollywood Action Movie On TV: Study

12:03 pm Eastern | Entertainment

Television shows filled with action and sound may be bad for your waistline. TV viewers ate more M&Ms, cookies, carrots and grapes while watching an excerpt from a Hollywood action film than those watching an interview program.read more »


Quality Of US Diet Improves, Gap Widens For Quality Between Rich And Poor

10:42 am Eastern | SciTech

The quality of the U.S. diet showed some modest improvement in the past decade in large measure because of a reduction in the consumption of unhealthy trans fats, but the gap in overall diet quality widened between the rich and the poor.read more »


WSU 'Deadly Force' Lab Finds Racial Disparities In Shootings

2 Sep 09:31 | U.S. News

Participants in an innovative Washington State University study of deadly force were more likely to feel threatened in scenarios involving black people. But when it came time to shoot, participants were biased in favor of black suspects, taking longer to pull the trigger against them than against armed white or Hispanic suspects.read more »


Grave Crimes Committed On 'Unimaginable Scale' In Iraq

2 Sep 07:13 | World

United Nations officials have urged an immediate end to the acts of violence and abuses committed against civilians in Iraq, particularly against children and people from various ethnic and religious communities, as the Human Rights Council met to discuss the ongoing crisis.read more »


Alarm At Israel's Announced Seizure Of West Bank Land

2 Sep 04:47 | World

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his alarm at the announcement by Israeli authorities to declare nearly 1,000 acres of land in Bethlehem as so-called "state land".read more »


Single Animal To Human Transmission Event Responsible For 2014 Ebola Outbreak

1 Sep 15:22 | World

Scientists have used advanced genomic sequencing technology to identify a single point of infection from an animal reservoir to a human in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. read more »


Man Extradited To U.S. To Face Terrorism Charges

1 Sep 15:18 | U.S. News

Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Ahmad has appeared in federal court in Phoenix, Arizona, on federal terrorism offenses stemming from his alleged participation in a conspiracy to use improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to attack U.S. military personnel in Iraq from approximately 2005 to 2010.read more »


Cellphone Addiction Is 'An Increasingly Realistic Possibility'

1 Sep 11:38 | SciTech

Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones and men college students spend nearly eight, with excessive use posing potential risks for academic performance, according to a Baylor University study on cellphone activity.read more »


Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

1 Sep 09:23 | World

A new study of satellite data from the past 19 years reveals that fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2cm more than the global average of 6cm. read more »


Plants Make Offices More Productive Say Researchers

1 Sep 07:18 | Business

Green' offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than 'lean' designs stripped of greenery, new research shows.read more »


Energy Drinks Cause Heart Problems, Study Finds

31 Aug 15:39 | SciTech

Energy drinks can cause heart problems and even sudden death according to research presented at ESC Congress 2014 by Professor Milou-Daniel Drici from France.read more »


Enforced Disappearances 'Cannot Be Tolerated' In 21st Century

31 Aug 15:13 | World

Stressing that the enforced disappearance of individuals by States constitutes an unacceptable violation of human rights, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that the time has come for the end to this "abhorrent" practice.read more »


U.S. Military Drops Humanitarian Aid To Iraqi Town Of Amirli

31 Aug 15:07 | World

The United States military has airdropped humanitarian aid to the Iraqi town of Amirli, home to thousands of Shia Turkomen who have been cut off from receiving food, water, and medical supplies for two months by ISIL. read more »


WHO Identifies Countries At Risk For Spread Of Ebola

30 Aug 16:00 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified six countries at risk for spread of the Ebola virus disease, adding that it is working with them to ensure that full surveillance, preparedness and response plans are in place.read more »


Global Warming Pioneer Calls For CO2 To Be Taken From Atmosphere And Stored Underground

30 Aug 16:24 | World

Wally Broeker, the first person to alert the world to Global Warming, has called for atmospheric CO2 to be captured and stored underground. read more »


Former Arthrocare Executives Sentenced For $750 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

30 Aug 16:10 | Business

The former chief executive officer (CEO) of ArthroCare Corporation has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, and the former chief financial officer (CFO) sentenced to 10 years in prison for their leading roles in a $750 million securities fraud scheme. read more »


Leading Ebola Researcher Says There's An Effective Treatment For Ebola

29 Aug 17:09 | SciTech

A leading U.S. Ebola researcher from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston says there is an effective treatment that can completely protect monkeys against a lethal dose of Ebola virus up to 5 days after infection, at a time when the disease is severe.read more »


HP Executive Assistant Fuels Million-Dollar Spending Spree with Stolen Company Funds

29 Aug 16:52 | U.S. News

Holli Dawn Coulman, who served as an executive to a Hewlett Packard Senior Vice President from 2008 to May 2012, has admitted defrauding the company of nearly $1 million through a series of fraudulent employee reimbursements.read more »


Reducing Water Scarcity Possible By 2050

29 Aug 17:03 | SciTech

Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016.read more »


Ukraine Report Shows Rising Civilian Deaths, Ongoing Rights Abuses

29 Aug 16:42 | World

Intense fighting, including the use of heavy weaponry by both sides, in densely populated areas of eastern Ukraine, has increased the loss of civilian life, with an average of around 36 people being killed every day, according to a new report. read more »


Number Of Syrian Refugees Tops 3 Million As Insecurity Grows

29 Aug 16:37 | World

Three million Syrians will have registered as refugees outside of their country today, the UN refugee agency reported, amid accounts of increasingly horrifying conditions inside their homeland.read more »


Walking Fish Reveal How Our Ancestors Evolved Onto Land

29 Aug 11:20 | SciTech

About 400 million years ago a group of fish began exploring land and evolved into tetrapods – today's amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. But just how these ancient fish used their fishy bodies and fins in a terrestrial environment and what evolutionary processes were at play remain scientific mysteries.read more »


Chicago Man Allegedly Exploited U.S. Visa Program To Defraud Chinese Investors of $160 Million

29 Aug 09:13 | U.S. News

A Chicago man who purported to be building a $912 million hotel and convention center complex near O’Hare International Airport has been indicted for allegedly exploiting a U.S. visa program to fraudulently raise approximately $160 million from Chinese nationals seeking U.S. residency.read more »


Ebola Caseload Could Exceed 20,000 In Course Of Emergency

29 Aug 07:06 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a roadmap that aims to stop Ebola transmissions within six to nine months, but acknowledges the actual number of cases may be much higher than that currently reported and the total caseload could exceed 20,000 over the course of the emergency.read more »


Alarm At 'Dangerous Escalation' In Ukraine Crisis

28 Aug 14:41 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was alarmed by what seemed to be a "dangerous escalation" in the crisis in Ukraine with reports that the fighting in the eastern part of the country has spread near the border with Russia.read more »


Mortgage Rates Post Mixed Results

28 Aug 14:56 | Business

Mortgage rates were little changed this week, with benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate inching lower to 4.23 percent, still a 14-month low. read more »


Second-Hand E-cigarettes Smoke Compared To Regular Cigarette Smoke

28 Aug 14:46 | SciTech

Despite a 10-fold decrease in overall exposure to carcinogenic particulate matter, researchers have found increased levels of certain toxic metals in second-hand smoke from E-cigarettes.read more »


Gratitude Can Win You New Friends

28 Aug 15:20 | SciTech

A UNSW Australia-led study has shown for the first time that thanking a new acquaintance for their help makes them more likely to seek an ongoing social relationship with you.read more »


Computer Games Give A Boost To English, Study Finds

28 Aug 15:01 | Entertainment

A study at the University of Gothenburg and Karlstad University has scientifically proven that someone who is good at computer games has a larger English vocabulary. read more »


Study Finds Big Snowstorms Will Still Hit Northern Hemisphere Following Global Warming

28 Aug 12:45 | SciTech

A new MIT study suggests most areas in the Northern Hemisphere will likely experience less snowfall throughout a season following global warming, but the study concludes that extreme snow events will still occur, even in a future with significant warming.read more »


Yellowstone Supereruption Would Send Ash Across North America

28 Aug 11:37 | U.S. News

In the unlikely event of a volcanic supereruption at Yellowstone National Park, the northern Rocky Mountains would be blanketed in meters of ash, and millimeters would be deposited as far away as New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, according to a new study. read more »


Experts Call For Action To Mitigate Climate-Related Health Risks

28 Aug 10:29 | World

Experts are urging the international community to act fast to reduce climate change and its health consequences at the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opened at the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO).read more »


Two Plead Guilty To Importing and Selling Hazardous and Counterfeit Toys

28 Aug 09:17 | U.S. News

Two New York residents have pleaded guilty in connection with importing more than 100,000 counterfeit and hazardous children's toys from China for sale in the United States.read more »


'Alarming' Security Situation In Africa's Sahel

28 Aug 07:50 | World

The Security Council has reiterated its continued concern about the alarming situation in the Sahel region of Africa and reaffirmed its commitment to address the complex security and political challenges.read more »


Former Iowa State Senator Pleads Guilty To Concealing Federal Campaign Expenditures

27 Aug 15:25 | US Politics and Govt

A former Iowa State Senator has pleaded guilty to concealing payments he received from a presidential campaign in exchange for switching his support and services from one candidate to another and to obstructing a subsequent investigation into his conduct.read more »


Southwest May Face 'Megadrought' This Century

27 Aug 15:48 | SciTech

Scientists say the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a “megadrought” – one that lasts over 30 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century due to global warming.read more »


US Settles With DuPont to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations

27 Aug 15:35 | U.S. News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice have announced a settlement with DuPont at its Belle, W. Va. facility for eight alleged releases of harmful levels of hazardous substances between May 2006 and January 2010.read more »


Syria’s Brutal War 'Threatens International Peace And Security'

27 Aug 15:15 | World

Mass atrocities by Government forces and non-State armed groups continue to take place in Syria, causing immeasurable suffering to civilians and contributing to a spillover of violence affecting international peace and stability, a United Nations-appointed panel said today.read more »


More Than 300 Die In Boat Tragedies On Mediterranean In Past Few Days

27 Aug 10:30 | World

The past few days have been the deadliest this year for people making irregular crossings on the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe, with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reporting that at least 300 people have died in successive boat tragedies.read more »


Israel And Palestinians Agree To Open Ended Ceasefire

27 Aug 03:23 | World

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices, and said he hopes this will lead to a political process aimed at achieving a durable peace. read more »


CFTC Orders Merrill Lynch To Pay $1.2 Million Fine For Supervision Failures

27 Aug 09:18 | Business

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an Order filing and simultaneously settling charges against Merrill Lynch for failing to diligently supervise its officers’, employees’, and agents’ processing of futures exchange and clearing fees.read more »


Exxonmobil Pipeline Company To Pay Penalty For Louisiana Oil Spill

27 Aug 07:55 | U.S. News

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has agreed to pay a civil penalty for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 crude oil spill from ExxonMobil’s “North Line” pipeline near Torbert, Louisiana.read more »


SEC Charges Executive With Insider Trading Ahead Of News Announcements By Clients

26 Aug 15:12 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a director of market intelligence at a Manhattan-based investor relations firm with insider trading ahead of impending news announcements by more than a dozen clients. read more »


Trash Burning Worldwide Significantly Worsens Air Pollution

26 Aug 15:28 | SciTech

Unregulated trash burning around the globe is pumping far more pollution into the atmosphere than shown by official records. read more »


Burger King To Buy Tim Hortons For About $11 Billion

26 Aug 15:17 | Business

An agreement was reached today to create the world's third largest quick service restaurant company, with Burger King buying Tim Hortons for about $11 billion. read more »


Future Of Afghanistan's Political Transition 'Hangs In Balance'

26 Aug 10:28 | World

Officials monitoring the Afghan election said it was still premature to draw conclusions about the final audit result of the June 14 Presidential run-off election. read more »


SEC Charges Executive With Insider Trading Ahead Of News Announcements By Clients

26 Aug 15:07 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a director of market intelligence at a Manhattan-based investor relations firm with insider trading ahead of impending news announcements by more than a dozen clients. read more »


Flight Restrictions Hamper Ability To Battle Ebola

26 Aug 09:06 | World

The United Nations has cautioned against flight restrictions into and out of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, saying such limitations were preventing the transport of critically-needed health workers and supplies, as well as contributing to economic and diplomatic isolation of the region.read more »


Former Sandia Corporation Scientist Pleads Guilty To Taking Government Property to China

26 Aug 07:48 | U.S. News

Jianyu Huang, a scientist formerly employed by Sandia Corporation at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), has pleaded guilty to making a false statement and unlawfully transporting converted government property in interstate and foreign commerce. read more »


Breaking Bad Comes Out On Top At Emmy Awards

26 Aug 02:40 | Entertainment

Breaking Bad took away the most gongs at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A., including best Drama Series and best actor. read more »


UN Confirms Handover Of US Journalist Peter Theo Curtis

25 Aug 15:04 | U.S. News

The United Nations has confirmed that an American freelance journalist, reportedly held captive for nearly two years by militants in Syria, was freed on Sunday in a handover to UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, who then released him to United States officials.read more »


Study Looks At Organic vs. Paid Advertising

25 Aug 15:31 | SciTech

The keyword term a consumer uses in their search engine query can predict the likelihood that they will click on an organic or paid advertisement, according to new research by Columbia Business School that takes a unique look at a consumer’s behavior between the keyword search and the point-of-click. read more »


Public-Private Partnerships Help Deter Cyberattacks: Expert

25 Aug 15:18 | SciTech

The best way to combat cyberattacks may be a joint public-private partnership between government and business, says a new paper from Jay Kesan, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Research Scholar at the University of Illinois College of Law.read more »


Call For End To Violence In Ukraine

25 Aug 15:12 | World

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has called again for an end to the violence in Ukraine as she continued her visit to areas of the country's crisis-riven eastern regions to see for herself the impact of the continued fighting on millions of people.read more »


Iraqi Civilians Suffering 'Horrific' Persecution, Ethnic Cleansing

25 Aug 14:53 | World

The United Nations human rights chief has condemned the appalling and horrific crimes against humanity being committed daily in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated armed groups.read more »


Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency Following Earthquake

24 Aug 15:05 | U.S. News

California Governor Edmund Brown has issued an emergency proclamation for the state of California due to the effects of a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Napa Valley. read more »


'Invisible' Ebola Cases Escaping Detection

24 Aug 15:24 | World

The World Health Organization says the magnitude of the Ebola outbreak, especially in Liberia and Sierra Leone, has been underestimated for a number of reasons.read more »


Calls For Immediate Action To Avert Possible 'Massacre' In Iraqi Town

24 Aug 15:09 | World

The United Nations envoy for Iraq has called for immediate action to prevent a possible massacre in the northern town of Amerli, besieged by Islamic State (IS) militants for two months, leaving its citizens stranded without food or access to water supplies.read more »

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