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Reporter Needed to Cover New 'Fast Pitch' Service from Newswise

Newswise Fast Pitch is the first service to invite reporters and communications people to meet via video conference and pitch story ideas. Reporters are highly satisfied with the results.

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Queen's Researcher Finds Truth to Age-Old Maxim 'Work Hard, Play Hard'

KINGSTON - Queen's University biology professor Lonnie Aarssen has published a study that, for the first time, provides strong empirical support for a correlation between a motivation to seek accomplishment and an attraction to leisure.

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Researcher Finds 'Ghost Workers' Common in Migrant Farm Work

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New research by Sarah Horton, an anthropologist at the University of Colorado Denver, reveals that employers in agricultural industries often take advantage of migrants' inability to work legally by making their employment contingent upon working under the false or borrowed identity documents provided by employers.

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United States Parents Not as Happy as Those Without Children, Baylor University Researcher Says

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Parents in the United States generally are not as happy as those who aren’t parents. Not only that, the U.S. has the largest “happiness gap” among parents compared to non-parents in 22 industrialized countries, according to a new report.

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ACOEM Praises Passage of TSCA Reform Bill

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) President James A.Tacci, MD, JD, MPH (FACOEM) today called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act "a major step forward for health and safety in the workplace.”

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How to Get the Most from Millennial and Generation Z Employees

Millennials, those who were born in the 1980’s and 1990’s—have emerged as the largest age cohort in today’s U.S. workforce, bringing digital savvy and an ‘always-on’ mentality to most jobs. Yet, millennials and Generation Z, who were born in the late 1990’s and 2000’s, are also challenging traditional employers with their professional restlessness and increased need for feedback and mentoring.

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Powerful Lightning at Sea; How Much Carbon Dioxide Comes From Mine Drainage; Marine Species Adaptation; Scientists Using Sunlight, Water to Make Clean Energy; and More in the Environment News Source

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Epic Fail: A Board Of Directors Can’t Oversee Execs

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How effective is a board of directors at overseeing company executives? Highly ineffective, according to a study co-authored by a Texas A&M University professor which finds boards cannot effectively monitor executives due to barriers that reduce their ability to process information.

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Dull and Dirty: Your Workplace Could Affect Brain Function

A new study by a Florida State University researcher shows that both a lack of stimulation in the workplace and a dirty working environment can have a long-term cognitive effect on employees.

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Helping Co-Workers Can Wear You Out

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Helping your coworkers too often can lead to mental and emotional exhaustion and hurt your job performance, a new study suggests.

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Not Only in Hollywood: Gender Pay Gap Persists in the Arts

The authors conclude: "Private employers in the arts would do well to look into the same affirmative action policies and income stabilization measures that appear to be effective in driving (relative) income parity in the governmental sector. Additional grants should be put in place to encourage the professional growth of female artists. Furthermore, if made better aware of these disparities, arts degree-granting institutions could place a heightened emphasis on building their students' self-promotional skills and enhancing their portfolios of other abilities necessary to be able to navigate the unique, contract-based trajectories of arts careers."

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Businesses Can Save 30% on Electrical Bills by Adjusting Production Schedules

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Industrial manufacturing businesses can save over 30 percent on electrical bills, and cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 5 percent, by adjusting production schedules, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. “Manufacturing enterprises can take advantage of critical peak pricing (CPP), a demand response technology, in the transition towards smart electric grid to significantly lower their energy cost,” said Yong Wang, assistant professor of the systems science and industrial engineering at Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. “They can do all of this while contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, too.”

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Yuck Factor May Boost Hand Hygiene Compliance

The yuck factor may be an effective tool for boosting hand hygiene compliance among health care workers, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Infection Prevention and Control specialists observed that showing magnified images of bacteria found on things common in the health care environment like a mouse pad or work station, even a person’s hand, swayed workers in four patient care units to do a better job of cleaning their hands. Compliance rates improved on average by nearly 24 percent.

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Some Asian-Americans Are Predisposed to Want More Carbs; Breakthrough Toward Fish-Free Aquaculture Feed; Genetically Modified Golden Rice Falls Short, and More in the Food Science News Source

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How Will Automated Technology Affect Communication-Related Jobs?

What happens if people increasingly rely on automated machines to carry out the socially essential work of communicating with one another? Automation of communication raises broad social, economic, and political concerns.

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How 4D Simulation Can Help Construction Projects Come in on Time — and on Budget

Concordia University researchers have developed an advanced technique to avoid costly delays often associated with massive public transportation infrastructure projects.

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Meaningful Work Not Created -- Only Destroyed -- by Bosses, Study Finds

Bosses play no role in fostering a sense of meaningfulness at work - but they do have the capacity to destroy it and should stay out of the way, new research shows.

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American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Applauds EPA’s New Source Methane Rules

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) today announced its support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to regulate methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can contribute to worker wellbeing and health.

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Shift Work Unwinds Body Clocks, Leading to More Severe Strokes

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Employees (or shift workers), who punch in for graveyard or rotating shifts, are more prone to numerous health hazards, from heart attacks to obesity, and now, new research, published in Endocrinology, shows shift work may also have serious implications for the brain.

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Employers Stress the Need for College Grads to Have Strong Oral Skills, Iowa State Study Finds

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Many college graduates are starting new careers. Regardless of their profession, employers say new employees need strong oral skills to be successful. That's according to a new Iowa State study published in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.