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Public Release: 23-Apr-2014
Brookings Papers on Economic Activity Spring 2014 Conference
Princeton release: Not just the poor live hand-to-mouth
Thirty to 40 percent of US households live hand-to-mouth, but work by researchers at Princeton and New York University found that most of those people aren't poor.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Michael Hotchkiss
Princeton University

Public Release: 23-Apr-2014
Conservation priorities released for several protected areas along US-Mexico border
The CEC releases its Conservation Assessment for the Big Bend-Río Bravo Region: A Binational Collaborative Approach to Conservation, which identifies 29 priority conservation areas in a region straddling the United States-Mexico border that includes 11 different protected areas in the states of Texas, Coahuila, and Chihuahua. This region features highly diverse arid and semi-arid habitats inhabited by endangered plants and animals, and provides a vital migratory stopping point for many species of birds and animals.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Contact: Megan Ainscow
Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Public Release: 23-Apr-2014
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making
The trope that the likelihood of an accurate group decision increases with the abundance of brains involved might not hold up when a group faces a variety of factors, Princeton University researchers report. Instead, smaller groups actually tend to make more accurate decisions while larger assemblies may become excessively focused on only certain pieces of information.

Contact: Morgan Kelly
Princeton University

Public Release: 23-Apr-2014
Geophysical Research Letters
AGU: Odds of storm waters overflowing Manhattan seawall up 20-fold, new study shows
Maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two and a half feet since the mid-1800s, making the chances of water overtopping the Manhattan seawall now at least 20 times greater than they were 170 years ago, according to a new study.

Contact: Nanci Bompey
American Geophysical Union

Public Release: 23-Apr-2014
More Americans in their golden years are going hungry
Recent research at the University of Illinois using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey revealed that the seniors who are dealing with hunger are also facing negative health and nutrition consequences.

Contact: Debra Levey Larson
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Public Release: 23-Apr-2014
Female intuition could be linked to lower exposure to testosterone in women while in womb
So-called 'female intuition' could actually have a biological component, related to the lower prenatal exposure to testosterone women receive in the womb. This would lead them to have a 'more intuitive and less reflective' attitude to life than men. These are the results of a study carried out by Spanish researchers from the University of Granada, the Barcelona Pompeu Fabra University and the Middlesex University of London, in an article recently published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Contact: Antonio Manuel Espín.Department of Economic Theory
University of Granada

Public Release: 23-Apr-2014
'Off-the-shelf' equipment used to digitize insects in 3-D
Scientists have developed a cost-effective, off-the-shelf system to obtain natural-color 3-D models of insects.

Contact: Kayla Graham

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
Community Development
Uniting community development efforts could benefit members of underserved communities
Although many organizations address poverty, they often serve similar demographics and may compete for clients and resources. Recently, University of Missouri researchers studied Cooperative Extension's efforts to link community development organizations and concluded Extension is the hub that can improve resource access for members of underserved communities.

Contact: Jesslyn Chew
University of Missouri-Columbia

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
Online retailers have clear advantage by not collecting sales tax
Two independent studies use two very different approaches to reach the same conclusion: some online retailers really do have an advantage over traditional brick-and-mortar stores.

Contact: Jeff Grabmeier
Ohio State University

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Nanoreporters tell 'sour' oil from 'sweet'
Scientists at Rice University have created a nanoscale detector that checks for and reports on the presence and concentration of hydrogen sulfide in crude oil and natural gas while they're still in the ground.
Advanced Energy Consortium

Contact: David Ruth
Rice University

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
Regenerative Medicine
New patenting guidelines are needed for biotechnology
Biotechnology scientists must be aware of the broad patent landscape and push for new patent and licensing guidelines, according to a new paper from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Contact: Jeff Falk
Rice University

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
PLOS Medicine
Researchers identify link between fetal growth and risk of stillbirth
Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network have identified a link between stillbirth and either restricted or excessive fetal growth. Findings from the study are online in the April 22 issue of PLOS Medicine.
NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Contact: Molly Dannenmaier
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
US medical innovation needs smarter incentives to cut health spending, study finds
A novel approach to curbing America's growing health care spending is to change the drugs, devices, and health information technology that get invented in the first place.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Warren Robak
RAND Corporation

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
FASEB releases updated NIH state factsheets
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has released updated factsheets for fiscal year 2013 highlighting how funding from the National Institutes of Health benefits each of the 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico.

Contact: Lawrence Green
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
Psychological Science
Speed-reading apps may impair reading comprehension by limiting ability to backtrack
To address the fact that many of us are on the go and pressed for time, app developers have devised speed-reading software that eliminates the time we supposedly waste by moving our eyes as we read. But don't throw away your books, papers, and e-readers just yet -- research suggests that the eye movements we make during reading actually play a critical role in our ability to understand what we've just read.

Contact: Anna Mikulak
Association for Psychological Science

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
Journal of Business Ethics
Ask yourself: Will you help the environment?
Whether it's recycling, composting or buying environmentally friendly products, guilt can be a strong motivator -- not just on Earth Day. Now, research from Concordia University's John Molson School of Business published in the Journal of Business Ethics, proves that even just asking ourselves, or predicting, whether we will engage in sustainable shopping behavior can increase the likelihood of following through -- especially when there's an audience.

Contact: Marisa Lancione
514-848-2424 x4880
Concordia University

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference
Minnesota projects offer hope and practical help to communities facing more extreme storms
A 10-year-old program in the Midwest and New England works with communities to prepare for more extreme storms. The program is important because results are specific to each local community. It helps communities plan for the extreme storms that already are occurring more frequently, and shows how to manage the uncertainty of long-term projections. Portions of existing drainage systems are already undersized, and portions should be adequate even for pessimistic future conditions.

Contact: Latham Stack
Syntectic International LLC

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
2014 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Research shows impact of Facebook unfriending
Two studies from the University of Colorado Denver are shedding new light on the most common type of 'friend' to be unfriended on Facebook and their emotional responses to it.

Contact: David Kelly
University of Colorado Denver

Public Release: 22-Apr-2014
More than two-thirds of Americans support mandated coverage of birth control in health plans
Support for mandated coverage higher among those who may be more likely to directly benefit from affordable birth control.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, University of Michigan Health System

Contact: Beata Mostafavi
University of Michigan Health System

Public Release: 21-Apr-2014
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
How often are unauthorized immigrant workers trafficked and abused?
Labor trafficking -- or recruiting a person for labor through force, fraud, or coercion for involuntary servitude, debt bondage, or even slavery -- has been a difficult problem to track among undocumented migrant workers. With unique access to a 'hidden population' from one of America's largest Spanish-speaking immigrant destinations, a recent study finds that more than 30 percent of undocumented migrant laborers in this area are victims of labor trafficking and 55 percent are victims of other labor abuses.

Contact: Camille Gamboa
SAGE Publications

Public Release: 21-Apr-2014
Nature Geoscience
Study: Centuries of sand to grow Mississippi Delta
The wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta are slowly sinking and rapidly eroding, but new research from Rice University and the University of South Carolina has found the river's supply of sand -- the material engineers most need to rebuild the delta -- will stay constant for centuries.
Rice University

Contact: David Ruth
Rice University

Public Release: 21-Apr-2014
Applied Clinical Informatics
Allina Health study shows information sharing between health systems reduces tests
Researchers analyzed the care of patients who were seen emergently during a six month period in 2012. The results showed that 560 potentially duplicative diagnostic procedures, such as blood work and imaging, were avoided when the providers used the health information exchange tool.
Allina Health

Contact: Gloria O'Connell
Allina Health

Public Release: 21-Apr-2014
JAMA Internal Medicine
Study examines patient care patterns in Medicare accountable care organizations
A third of Medicare beneficiaries assigned to accountable care organizations (ACOs) in 2010 or 2011 were not assigned to the same ACO in both years and much of the specialty care received was provided outside the patients' assigned ACO, suggesting challenges to achieving organizational accountability in Medicare.

Contact: David Cameron
The JAMA Network Journals

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
Globalization and Health
New evidence of suicide epidemic among India's 'marginalized' farmers
Latest statistical research finds strong causal links between areas with the most suicides and areas where impoverished farmers are trying to grow crops that suffer from wild price fluctuations due to India's relatively recent shift to free market economics.

Contact: Jonathan Kennedy
University of Cambridge

Public Release: 17-Apr-2014
International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing
Newlyweds, be careful what you wish for
A statistical analysis of the gift 'fulfillments' at several hundred online wedding gift registries suggests that wedding guests are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to buying an appropriate gift for the happy couple.

Contact: Albert Ang
Inderscience Publishers