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New Study Reveals the Economic Damage Caused by the Financialization of Non-Financial Companies


A new study from researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst concludes that workers and governments have paid a heavy price in lost employment, wages and taxes over the past 35 years as Main Street firms mimicked Wall Street by...
22-May-2015 2:05 PM EDT

Sociologists Assess Epidemic of Wage Theft in Massachusetts Residential Construction Industry


New research published by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center asserts how the illegal theft of workers’ wages, especially those of undocumented immigrant laborers, has reached epidemic levels in the residential construction...
12-May-2015 4:05 PM EDT

Improving Transistors That Drive Flexible Electronics


A revolution is coming in flexible electronic technologies as cheaper, more flexible, organic transistors replace expensive, rigid, silicone-based semiconductors, but not enough is known about how bending thin-film electronic devices affects...
5-May-2015 12:05 PM EDT

Large New Study of Phthalates and Breast Cancer Risk


Reliable data are lacking on whether the plasticizing chemicals found in such products as cosmetics, shampoo, flooring and medical tubing, or phthalates, affect human breast cancer risk. A large new study will investigate a possible relationship...
30-Apr-2015 4:05 PM EDT

Chinese Institute Funds New Antibiotics Work


Margaret Riley, an evolutionary biologist and pioneer research in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, announced a partnership with a Chinese scientist to develop a new drug platform, pheromonicins, with $400 million per year from Beijing. Riley plans to...
25-Feb-2015 11:30 AM EST

‘Nature’s Medicine Cabinet’ Helps Bees Reduce Disease


Researchers studying interaction between plants, pollinators and parasites say in experiments where bees infected with an intestinal parasite had reduced parasite loads in the gut after seven days when they had consumed natural toxins present in...
18-Feb-2015 11:00 AM EST

A First Peek Beneath the Surface of a Comet


In some of the first research findings to be published from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists report this week in Science on early measurements of the comet’s subsurface temperature...
22-Jan-2015 2:00 PM EST

Help Wanted: Fast Food Cashier, $15 an Hour – New Report Details How the Industry Can Double Its Minimum Wage


Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) have released a working paper verifying the ability of American fast food restaurants to more than double the minimum wage of their lowest paid workers to...
20-Jan-2015 3:00 PM EST

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