Dose Of Nature Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

By Newsroom America Staff at 24 Jun 17:38

People who visit parks for 30 minutes or more each week are much less likely to have high blood pressure or poor mental health than those who don't, according to new research by Australian and UK environmental scientists.

Some Viruses Could Survive On Children's Toys For Hours And Cause Infection

24 Jun 16:02 | U.S. News

Certain viruses, such as influenza, could survive on children's toys long enough to result in exposures, placing children at risk for getting infectious diseases, according to researchers at Georgia State University.read more »

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How Should A Driverless Car Make Life Or Death Decisions?

24 Jun 15:08 | SciTech

Suppose a driverless car must either hit a pedestrian or swerve in such a way that it crashes and harms its passengers. What should it be instructed to do?read more »

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Former President Pro Tem Of Oklahoma Senate Sentenced To Prison For Bribery

24 Jun 14:08 | US Politics and Govt

Michael Steven Morgan, 61, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison following his conviction for bribery in 2012.read more »

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Doctor Admits Accepting Thousands Of Dollars In Bribes For Referrals To Lab Companies

24 Jun 12:09 | U.S. News

A doctor with offices in Toms River, New Jersey, has admitted accepting thousands of dollars in exchange for patient referrals to two lab companies that performed blood and DNA testing.read more »

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Australia 20 Years After Gun Reform - No Mass Shootings, Declining Firearm Deaths

23 Jun 17:14 | World

Since gun law reform and the Firearms Buyback program 20 years ago, Australia has seen an accelerating decline in intentional firearm deaths and an absence of fatal mass shootings.read more »

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Homes With White Kitchens Sell For $1,400 Less Than Homes With Yellow Kitchens

24 Jun 10:29 | Business

A home's paint colors can have a notable impact on its final sale price. According to a new analysis from Zillow Digs, for-sale listings with rooms painted in sage green or wheat yellow can sell for as much as $1,300 more than expected.read more »

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Scientists Offer More Reasons To Eat Your Broccoli

23 Jun 16:00 | SciTech

Love it or hate it, broccoli is touted as a superfood, offering an array of health benefits. And it's about to get even more super. read more »

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Mortgage Rates Rise With Brexit Vote

24 Jun 09:09 | Business

Mortgage rates rebounded modestly this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 3.73 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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HP Recalls Batteries For HP And Compaq Notebook Computers Due To Fire Hazard

24 Jun 08:20 | SciTech

HP has recalled batteries for about 48,000 HP and Compaq notebook computers due to a fire and burn hazard, with seven reports of battery packs overheating, melting or charring.read more »

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Diabetes Raises Risk Of Heart Attack Death By 50 percent

23 Jun 15:06 | SciTech

aving diabetes increases the risk of dying from the effects of a heart attack by around 50 per cent, according to a widespread study.read more »

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InMobi Settles Charges It Tracked Hundreds of Millions of Consumers' Without Permission

23 Jun 14:09 | World

Singapore-based mobile advertising company InMobi will pay $950,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges it deceptively tracked the locations of hundreds of millions of consumers – including children – without their knowledge or consent to serve them geo-targeted advertising.read more »

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Arizona Man Sent To Prison For Exposing Himself On Airplane

23 Jun 12:22 | U.S. News

Craig Dewalt, 61, of Cave Creek, Ariz., has been sentenced to serve two days in prison and fined after being found guilty of obscene acts on an aircraft.read more »

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Existing-Home Sales Grow 1.8 Percent In May At Highest Pace In Over Nine Years

23 Jun 10:14 | Business

Existing home sales sprang ahead in May to their highest pace in almost a decade, while the uptick in demand this spring amidst lagging supply levels pushed the median sales price to an all-time high, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more »

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Zika Warnings Lead To 'Significant' Increase In Demand For Abortion In Latin America

23 Jun 09:10 | World

Health warnings about complications related to Zika virus significantly increased demand for abortions in Latin American countries, according to a new study.read more »

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UNESCO Chief Condemns Killing Of Journalist In Texas

23 Jun 08:05 | U.S. News

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has called for an investigation into the killing of Jacinto Hernández Torres, also known as Jay Torres, a Spanish-language journalist in Texas.read more »

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'Electric Wind' Can Strip Earth-like Planets Of Oceans, Atmospheres

22 Jun 17:23 | SciTech

Venus has an "electric wind" strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping Earth's twin planet of its oceans.read more »

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Gamble On Your Opponent's Gaze If You Want To Win

22 Jun 15:25 | SciTech

Blackjack players who hold high-value cards tend to glance fleetingly to the right, whereas those with a lower-value hand do so spontaneously to the left. This is according to research on aspects of mental arithmetic, led by Kevin Holmes of Colorado College in the US. read more »

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E-cigarette Use Can Alter Hundreds Of Genes Involved In Airway Immune Defense

22 Jun 14:08 | SciTech

UNC School of Medicine scientists report that vaping electronic cigarettes alters epithelial cells that line the respiratory tract and hundreds more that are important for immune defense in the upper airway.read more »

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FTC Action Halts Phony OSHA Scam That Targets New Small Businesses

22 Jun 12:03 | Business

The Federal Trade Commission has charged a Florida man and his company with bilking at least $1.3 million from newly-opened small businesses by pretending to be a federal government agency.read more »

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More Than Half Of Yemen’s Population Now Food Insecure

22 Jun 10:38 | World

Vast swathes of war-torn Yemen – 19 out of 22 governorates – are facing severe food insecurity, and the situation within affected areas is likely to deteriorate if conflict persists.read more »

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ICC Sentences Former Congolese Vice-President Bemba To 18 years Prison For War Crimes

22 Jun 09:08 | World

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has sentenced the former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to 18 years of imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003.read more »

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Majority Of Americans Deny Their Smartphone Behaviors

22 Jun 08:24 | U.S. News

It appears the majority of Americans need a dose of reality when it comes to their own smartphone behaviors. A new survey finds less than one in five adults believe they are on their mobile phone too much, while more than half believe other people are guilty of overuse. read more »

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Invasive Species Could Cause Billions In Damages To Agriculture

21 Jun 17:09 | World

Invasive insects and pathogens could be a multi-billion- dollar threat to global agriculture and developing countries may be the biggest target, according to a team of international researchers.read more »

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Researchers Link Childhood Hunger, Violence Later In Life

21 Jun 15:25 | U.S. News

Children who often go hungry have a greater risk of developing impulse control problems and engaging in violence, according to new UT Dallas research.read more »

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Fossil Fuel Combustion Endangers Children's Health

21 Jun 14:00 | World

Writing in a commentary in Environmental Health Perspectives, Frederica Perera, director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH), identifies fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) as the root cause of much of the ill health of children today. read more »

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'Unprecedented' 65 Million People Displaced By War And Persecution In 2015

21 Jun 12:09 | World

The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, a tally greater than the population of the United Kingdom, or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined, says a new report.read more »

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One Third of American Workers Say Their Employers Prioritize Productivity Over Safety

21 Jun 10:23 | Business

The National Safety Council has released survey results showing 33 percent of the 2,000 employees surveyed across the nation believe safety takes a backseat to productivity at their organizations. read more »

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Twitter To Bolster Machine Learning With Acquisition Of Magic Pony Technology

21 Jun 09:10 | Business

Twitter has announced it has acquired Magic Pony Technology, a London-based developer of machine learning and visual processing technology, expanding the machine learning capabilities in Twitter's video technology and adding valuable talent to the company's Cortex team.read more »

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FBI Draws Awareness To The Dangers Of Sextortion

21 Jun 08:04 | U.S. News

The FBI says it has seen a significant increase in sextortion activity against children who use the Internet, typically ages 10-17, but any age child can become a victim. read more »

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When It Comes To Knowing Your True Self, Believe In Free Will: Study

20 Jun 17:16 | SciTech

Diminishing a person's belief in free will leads to them feeling less like their true selves, according to recent research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. read more »

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How Do Your Parenting Methods Affect Your Child's Future?

20 Jun 15:32 | SciTech

A research group has released survey results showing that children who receive positive attention and care from their parents have high incomes, high happiness levels, academic success, and a strong sense of morality. read more »

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Mammals Almost Wiped Out With The Dinosaurs

20 Jun 14:05 | SciTech

Over 90 per cent of mammal species were wiped out by the same asteroid that killed the dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago, significantly more than previously thought.read more »

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Sanford "Spam King" Wallace Sentenced To Prison For Spamming Facebook Users

20 Jun 12:11 | U.S. News

Sanford Wallace has been sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment and was ordered to pay $310,628.55 in restitution for sending millions of spam messages to Facebook users and disobeying a court order not to access Facebook. read more »

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Grave Concern At Homophobia And Islamophobia That Followed Orlando Attack

20 Jun 10:00 | U.S. News

A senior United Nations human rights advisor has condemned the criminal attack that took place at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on 12 June, in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured, and expressed grave concern at the outpouring of hatred, homophobia and Islamophobia that followed the incident.read more »

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Commercial Pilot Pleads Guilty To Federal Stalking Charge

20 Jun 09:02 | SciTech

In San Antonio, 62-year-old Mark Joseph Uhlenbrock of Chesterfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty to internet stalking, admitting he caused substantial emotional distress to his female victim by posting nude photographs of her on the Internetread more »

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Global Stockpile Of Yellow Fever Vaccine Running Low

20 Jun 08:06 | World

The global stockpile of the yellow fever vaccine may not be sufficient if simultaneous outbreaks hit the densely populated areas not covered by emergency responses, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.read more »

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Wood Burning Stoves In Pizza Restaurants Damaging To Urban Environment

19 Jun 16:15 | World

A recent study has shown that emissions in major cities caused by restaurants such as pizzerias and steakhouses using wood burners can be damaging to the urban environment. read more »

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News Coverage Of Hillary Clinton Often Emphasizes Gender Over Competency: Study

19 Jun 12:21 | US Politics and Govt

Though much progress has been made toward gender equality, news coverage of female politicians typically follows gendered lines that often disregards women's competence in political affairs, a University of Texas at Arlington assistant communication professor has found.read more »

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World's First 1,000-Processor Chip Designed

19 Jun 09:08 | SciTech

A microchip containing 1,000 independent programmable processors has been designed by a team at the University of California, Davis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. read more »

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Need To Remember Something? Exercise 4 Hours Later!

17 Jun 17:11 | SciTech

A new study suggests an intriguing strategy to boost memory for what you've just learned: hit the gym four hours later. read more »

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Researchers Analyze How ISIS Recruits Through Social Media

17 Jun 15:35 | SciTech

A team of University of Miami researchers has developed a model to identify behavioral patterns among serious online groups of ISIS supporters that could provide cyber police and other anti-terror watchdogs a roadmap to their activity and indicators when conditions are ripe for the onset of real-world attacks.read more »

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Mortgage Rates Lowest In More Than 3 Years

17 Jun 14:00 | Business

Mortgage rates fell further this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate now at the lowest point since May 2013, 3.69 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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ISIL-Linked Hacker Pleads Guilty To Providing Material Support

17 Jun 12:07 | U.S. News

Ardit Ferizi, aka Th3Dir3ctorY, 20, a citizen of Kosovo, has pleaded guilty in Virginia to providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and accessing a protected computer without authorization and obtaining information. read more »

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American Economy To Grow By 1.9 Percent In 2016

17 Jun 10:22 | Business

The American economy is showing its resilience, bouncing back with gusto after a slow start to the year, according to a new report by TD Economics.read more »

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Panel Concludes ISIL Is Committing Genocide Against Yazidis

17 Jun 09:12 | World

The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) [also known as ISIL and Da'esh] is committing genocide against Yazidis that amounts to crimes against humanity and war crimes, a human rights inquiry has reported.read more »

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Some 13 Million Yemenis Need Immediate Help Amid Bleak Conditions

17 Jun 08:01 | World

The top United Nations relief official for Yemen has reported that more than 13 million Yemenis are in need of immediate life-saving assistance as a result of a bleak humanitarian situation in the country that continues to worsen.read more »

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15 Minutes Daily Exercise May Be Reasonable Target In Older Adults

16 Jun 17:40 | SciTech

Fifteen minutes of daily exercise is associated with a 22% lower risk of death and may be a reasonable target for older adults, reveals research by Dr David Hupin, a physician at University Hospital of Saint-Etienne in France.read more »

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Call To Study Zika's Potential Threat To World Blood Supply

16 Jun 16:05 | SciTech

Blood safety researchers say it is highly likely that the mosquito-borne Zika virus can be transmitted through blood transfusions and are calling for an evidence-based approach to protecting the blood supply from the threat of Zika virus.read more »

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New Study Highlights Power Of Crowd To Transmit News On Twitter

16 Jun 15:08 | Entertainment

The tiny fraction of headlines that news editors push out on Twitter draw a large share of eyeballs, but it's the stories recommended by friends that trigger more clicks.read more »

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At Any Skill Level, Making Art Reduces Stress Hormones

16 Jun 14:05 | SciTech

Whether you're Van Gogh or a stick-figure sketcher, a new Drexel University study found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body.read more »

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Market For Virtual Reality Products Expected To Reach $33.9 Billion In 2022

16 Jun 12:01 | Business

The market for virtual reality products and technologies was valued at $1.37 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach over $33 billion by 2022, according to MarketResearch.com read more »

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Health Agency Panel Sees 'Very Low' Risk Of Zika Spread From Olympics

16 Jun 10:16 | World

An expert panel of the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that while the Zika virus continue to be a public health emergency of international concern, there is a “very low” risk of further international spread of the virus as a result of the upcoming Olympic Games.read more »

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Is The Current Presidential Race A Sign Of American Voters Feeling Shut Out?

16 Jun 09:12 | U.S. News

Susan Eisenhower, who endorsed Barack Obama in the last two presidential races, said she is not going to publicly support any candidate prior to the November elections.read more »

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WHO Finds Coffee Poses No Cancer Risk But Issues Warning On 'Very Hot' Drinks

16 Jun 08:05 | World

An international working group of scientists convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that coffee should no longer be considered a carcinogen, although it found limited evidence that drinking very hot beverages can cause oesophageal cancer.read more »

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Research Reveals Pain And Pleasure Of Sad Music

15 Jun 17:31 | Entertainment

Sad music can provide enjoyment, comfort or pain to different people, according to new research looking at the effects of melancholy songs on the emotions.read more »

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Higher Intake Of Whole Grains Associated With Lower Risk Of Death

15 Jun 16:07 | U.S. News

A higher intake of whole grain foods is associated with reduced risk of major chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as lower risk of death from a range of diseases, according to a new study.read more »

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