Being Too Focussed On A Task Can Be A Bad Thing Say Researchers

By Newsroom America Staff at 28 Mar 17:08

During tasks that require our attention, we might become so engrossed in what we are doing that we fail to notice there is a better way to get the job done, say researchers.

Man Indicted After Tying Rope Around Neck of James Meredith Statue On University Of Mississippi Campus

28 Mar 17:02 | U.S. News

A man has been charged with federal civil rights crimes for engaging in threatening conduct directed at African American students and employees at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. read more »

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U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack In Somalia

28 Mar 16:55 | World

The United States has strongly condemned al-Shabaab’s terrorist attack on the Maka al-Mukarama Hotel in Mogadishu yesterday.read more »

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Cell Phone 'Bill Shock' Warnings Can Leave Consumers Worse Off Says New Study

27 Mar 17:09 | SciTech

Policies that push cellphone carriers to alert customers when they're about to exceed their plan limit are supposed to make things better for consumers, but just the opposite may be happening, finds a new study.read more »

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Low Housing Supply Squeezes Affordability

27 Mar 16:27 | Business

The least affordable housing markets are those where new housing permits have not kept up with population growth, according to a Zillow analysis of U.S. rental and mortgage affordability.read more »

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Climate Change Does Not Cause Extreme Winters: Scientists

27 Mar 15:24 | SciTech

Cold snaps like the ones that hit the eastern United States in the past winters are not a consequence of climate change. Scientists at ETH Zurich and the California Institute of Technology have shown that global warming actually tends to reduce temperature variability.read more »

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Syria Crisis 'Worsening' Amid Humanitarian Funding Shortfall

27 Mar 15:20 | World

The situation on the ground in Syria has "dramatically" worsened as the country enters its fifth year of war amid escalating fighting and targeted attacks against civilians, the top humanitarian official warned as she urged the international community to bring the violence to an end.read more »

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Air Line Pilots Say Germanwings Crash Investigation Should Proceed Without Distraction

27 Mar 14:51 | World

The Air Line Pilots Association said the tragedy of Germanwings Flight 9525 has been compounded by sensationalized media coverage and rampant speculation regarding the cause of the fatal crash.read more »

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Deadly Japan Quake And Tsunami Spurred Global Warming, Ozone Loss

27 Mar 11:49 | World

Buildings destroyed by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake released thousands of tons of climate-warming and ozone-depleting chemicals into the atmosphere, according to a new study.read more »

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Wars In Syria And Iraq Drive Highest Asylum Numbers In 22 years

27 Mar 09:43 | World

The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions elsewhere, has pushed the number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries to the highest level since 1992 at the beginning of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina.read more »

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Former D.C. Government Official Guilty Of Fraud Involving Grant That Funded A 2009 Inaugural Ball

27 Mar 08:38 | U.S. News

Neil S. Rodgers, a former District of Columbia government official, has been found guilty by a jury of first-degree fraud stemming from his role in channeling $110,000 in youth and drug prevention grant funds that were used to pay for an inaugural ball.read more »

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Americans Sending/Receiving Five Times As Many Texts Compared To Phone Calls Each Day

26 Mar 16:47 | SciTech

Smartphone users around the world are increasing the frequency of their communications with each other but, most of the time, it's not in the form of a phone call, according to a new report.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Return To 2015 Low Point

26 Mar 15:34 | Business

Mortgage rates fell for a second consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate retreating to 3.80 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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2014 'Devastating' Year For Palestinians, Says Humanitarian Report

26 Mar 14:40 | World

Amid a surge in hostilities and an ongoing blockade, 2014 was a traumatic year for millions of people living in the occupied Palestinian territory, according to a new report on the situation on the ground.read more »

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FTC Halts Online 'Yellow Pages' Scammers

26 Mar 14:32 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission has halted two Canada-based schemes that defrauded small businesses and nonprofits in the United States by billing them for unwanted listings in online “yellow pages” business directories.read more »

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Study Finds No Evidence Of Accelerated Ebola Virus Evolution In West Africa

26 Mar 14:19 | World

The Ebola virus circulating in humans in West Africa is undergoing relatively few mutations, none of which suggest that it is becoming more severe or transmissible, according to a National Institutes of Health study. read more »

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Which Is More Likely To Elicit Romantic Jealousy - Snapchat Or Facebook?

26 Mar 11:17 | SciTech

The photo-sharing app Snapchat is not yet as popular as Facebook for social networking, but the greater privacy Snapchat may offer could motivate users to share more intimate types of content for different purposes. read more »

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Lowest Weekly Total Of Ebola Cases In 2015 Reported

26 Mar 10:33 | World

In its latest report, the World Health Organization (WHO) said 79 new confirmed cases of Ebola were reported in the week to 22 March: the lowest weekly total in 2015 from the epidemic in West Africa that has affected nearly 25,000 people with more than 10,000 deaths.read more »

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Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings To Pay $230 Million For Violating US Sanctions

26 Mar 09:16 | U.S. News

Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings has agreed to enter a guilty plea and to pay a $232 million penalty to the United States for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by willfully facilitating illegal transactions and engaging in trade with Iran and Sudan. read more »

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A Mile Deep, Ocean Fish Facing Health Impacts From Human Pollution

25 Mar 14:54 | World

Deep-water marine fish living on the continental slopes at depths from 2,000 feet to one mile have liver pathologies, tumors and other health problems that may be linked to human-caused pollution, one of the first studies of its type has found.read more »

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Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murdering His Parents

25 Mar 14:21 | U.S. News

A man who used a machete to murder his parents on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement was sentenced today to life in federal prison without the possibility of parole.read more »

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Former North Miami Mayor Sentenced In Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

25 Mar 14:45 | U.S. News

Former North Miami Mayor Marie Lucie Tondreau, a/k/a “Lucie Tondreau,” 54, has been sentenced to over five years in prison for her participation in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme.read more »

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Air Pollution Linked To Increased Risk Of Anxiety And Stroke

25 Mar 11:19 | SciTech

Air pollution is linked to a higher risk of stroke, particularly in developing countries, finds a new study. In a second article, new research also shows that air pollution is associated with anxiety.read more »

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom Visits Ebola Victims In Liberia

25 Mar 09:16 | World

At the end of a four-day visit to Ebola-affected communities in Liberia, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and actor Orlando Bloom praised the efforts of people there who have been combating the deadly virus.read more »

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Popular Artificial Sweetener Could Lead To New Treatments For Aggressive Cancers

24 Mar 15:33 | SciTech

The artificial sweetener Saccharin could potentially lead to the development of drugs capable of combating aggressive, difficult-to-treat cancers with fewer side effects, according to new research.read more »

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World's Largest Asteroid Impacts Found In Central Australia

24 Mar 16:25 | SciTech

A 400 kilometre-wide impact zone from a huge meteorite that broke in two moments before it slammed into the Earth has been found in Central Australia.read more »

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When People Find Out How Many Times Apps Share Information, They Act Rapidly: Study

24 Mar 14:17 | SciTech

An experiment at Carnegie Mellon University shows that when people learn exactly how many times apps share private information they rapidly act to limit further sharing.read more »

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Global Water Use May Outstrip Supply By Mid-Century

24 Mar 12:10 | SciTech

Population growth could cause global demand for water to outpace supply by mid-century if current levels of consumption continue. But it wouldn't be the first time this has happened, a Duke University study finds.read more »

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Former Rabobank Trader Appears In U.S. Court To Face Interest Rate Manipulation Charges

24 Mar 10:46 | Business

The former global head of liquidity and finance for Rabobank has waived extradition and appeared in U.S. federal court yesterday for an arraignment on charges related to his alleged role in a scheme to manipulate the U.S. Dollar (USD) and Yen London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a benchmark interest rate.read more »

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Palestinian Conflict Continues To 'Destroy Human Life, Dignity'

24 Mar 09:40 | World

Violations of human rights "fuel and shape the conflict" in the occupied Palestinian territories, a senior UN official has reported to the Human Rights Council.read more »

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Report Finds 'Far Too High' Levels Of Elephant Poaching Across Africa

24 Mar 08:33 | World

An ongoing decline in overall elephant numbers remains likely as the poaching of African elephants continued to exceed population growth rates throughout 2014, a new report has warned.read more »

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Wyoming Named Best State For Retirement, Arkansas The Worst

23 Mar 16:25 | U.S. News

Florida and Hawaii may be dream retirement spots for some, but Wyoming is actually the best state for retirees, according to new research from Bankrate.com. The worst state for retirees is Arkansas.read more »

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EPA Investigating Whether Pesticide Made Family Ill At Virgin Islands Resort

23 Mar 16:18 | U.S. News

The EPA said it was working closely with the U.S. Virgin Island government to investigate an incident on March 20 where four people in a family staying at the Sirenusa Condominium Resort in Cruz Bay, St. John became very ill.read more »

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Existing-Home Sales Slightly Improve In February

23 Mar 16:08 | Business

Existing-home sales increased modestly in February, but constrained inventory levels pushed price growth to its fastest pace in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors.read more »

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Fast-Food Ban In L.A. Fails To Improve Diets Or Cut Obesity, Study Finds

23 Mar 13:23 | U.S. News

A Los Angeles ordinance designed to curb obesity in low-income areas by restricting the opening of new fast-food restaurants has failed to reduce fast-food consumption or reduce obesity rates in the targeted neighborhoods, according to a new RAND Corporation study.read more »

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Model Shows People Demand Bad News

22 Mar 18:57 | Media

Bad news in the media got you down? News consumers have only themselves to blame, according to new research showing that it's actually buying habits that drive negative press.read more »

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Former FBI Agent Charged with Obstructing Justice, Falsifying Records and Possessing Heroin

23 Mar 12:38 | U.S. News

A Maryland man has been charged in the District of Columbia with crimes arising out of his tampering with substantial quantities of drug evidence while working as a Special Agent with the FBI.read more »

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International Study Raises Questions About Cause Of Global Ice Ages

23 Mar 10:57 | World

A new international study casts doubt on the leading theory of what causes ice ages around the world -- changes in the way the Earth orbits the sun.read more »

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Air Pollutants Could Boost Potency Of Common Airborne Allergens

23 Mar 09:51 | SciTech

A pair of air pollutants linked to climate change could also be a major contributor to the unparalleled rise in the number of people sneezing, sniffling and wheezing during allergy season. read more »

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Yemen On 'Rapid Downward Spiral' As Tensions Rise

23 Mar 08:25 | World

Yemen stands on the brink of civil war amid deepening political tensions and an uptick in sectarian violence, United Nations Special Adviser Jamal Benomar warned as he explained that only through dialogue could the country achieve a peaceful political transition.read more »

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World Heritage Sites Risk Collapse Without Stronger Local Management

22 Mar 14:41 | World

Without better local management, the world's most iconic ecosystems are at risk of collapse under climate change, say researchers in Science.read more »

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U.S. Government Relocates Remaining Personnel Out Of Yemen

22 Mar 14:35 | World

The U.S. Government has temporarily relocated its remaining personnel out of Yemen due to the deteriorating security situation in the country.read more »

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Ukraine Crisis Taking Heaviest Toll On Women, Children And Elderly

21 Mar 15:12 | World

Women, children and the elderly are disproportionately bearing the devastating impact of the protracted conflict in Ukraine, which has left five million people in need of humanitarian assistance, officials said as they stressed the “grave and urgent need” to scale up international relief efforts.read more »

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'Extensive’ Loss Of Agriculture In Vanuatu As Full Scale Of Damage Still To Be Revealed

21 Mar 15:03 | World

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for emergency support for farmers in Vanuatu, where the vast majority of crops have been destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Pam.read more »

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Guinea Reports Highest Weekly Ebola Case Total So Far This Year

20 Mar 17:33 | World

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported the highest weekly number of Ebola cases in Guinea so far this year, with concern the population is highly mobile thus creating a challenge “to prevent the seeding of new outbreaks.”read more »

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Plane Crash In French Alps Kills 150

24 Mar 14:37 | World

A passenger plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings has crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people onboard.read more »

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Human Rights Experts Urge Pakistan Not To Execute Juveniles

20 Mar 17:18 | World

A group of independent human rights experts welcomed the last-minute decision by the Pakistani authorities to postpone the hanging of Shafqat Hussain, who was convicted as a minor, while calling on them to halt the execution altogether.read more »

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More Aid Needed For 120,000 Displaced By Clashes In Southern Philippines

20 Mar 17:06 | World

Intensifying armed conflict in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao has displaced some 120,000 people since late January, the UN refugee agency said, expressing particular concern for the safety of women and children who could be exposed to exploitation and abuse.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Pull Back

20 Mar 16:51 | Business

Mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate retreating to 3.91 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Former Director Of Domestic Violence Shelter Sentenced In $400,000 Fraud Scheme

20 Mar 10:45 | U.S. News

The former director of a shelter for victims of domestic violence in Marshall, Mo., has been sentenced for embezzling more than $100,000 from the shelter and defrauding the state on federal grants earmarked for victims of crime. read more »

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Man Pleads Guilty In Complex Real Estate Scam

20 Mar 08:37 | Business

Daniel Deaibes has pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to steal title to Southern California homes, and then to "sell" the properties to unsuspecting buyers—who later learned they had actually purchased nothing.read more »

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BMW Settles FTC Charges That Its MINI Division Illegally Conditioned Warranty Coverage

19 Mar 14:30 | Business

BMW of North America LLC has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its MINI Division violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act by telling consumers that BMW would void their warranty unless they used MINI parts and MINI dealers to perform maintenance and repair work.read more »

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ISIL May Have Committed Genocide, War Crimes In Iraq, Says Human Rights Report

19 Mar 13:40 | World

A new human rights report says that the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in its attacks against ethnic and religious groups in the country.read more »

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Could Your Email Address Keep Job Recruiters From Reading Your Online Resume?

19 Mar 16:35 | Business

An applicant's email address can greatly impact first impressions and affect one's chances of getting hired according to a new study.read more »

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Iron Rain Fell On Early Earth, New Z Machine Data Suggests

19 Mar 15:19 | SciTech

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories' Z machine have helped untangle a long-standing mystery of astrophysics: why iron is found spattered throughout Earth's mantle, the roughly 2,000-mile thick region between Earth's core and its crust.read more »

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Sourcing Your Recipes From TV Can Be Bad for The Waistline Say Researchers

19 Mar 13:14 | Entertainment

A new Food and Brand Lab study has found if you often cook from scratch and source your recipes from TV, you are likely to weigh about 11 pounds more than if you watch cooking shows for entertainment and don't often cook. read more »

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Member Of Lawrence Kidnapping Crew Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison

19 Mar 10:46 | U.S. News

Calling his crime "heinous" and "dastardly," a U.S. District Court Judge has sentenced a Lawrence man to 16 years in prison for his role in a 2012 kidnapping. read more »

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DEA Issues Nationwide Alert On Fentanyl As Threat To Health And Public Safety

19 Mar 09:35 | U.S. News

The DEA has issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues/compounds which is commonly laced in heroin, causing significant problems across the country, particularly as heroin abuse has increased. read more »

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FTC Sending $955,000 In Refund Checks To Consumers Duped By AdvaCAL Calcium Supplement

19 Mar 08:25 | U.S. News

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 17,606 refund checks totaling about $955,000 to consumers who lost money buying a supposedly superior calcium supplement marketed by Lane Labs-USA Inc. and its president Andrew Lane. read more »

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