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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

Non-Native Plants Widespread, Plenty of Space to Invade


The first comprehensive assessment of native vs. non-native plant distribution in the continental U.S., finds non-native plant species are much more widespread than natives, a finding the authors call very surprising. Even species with only a...
20-Jan-2015 8:00 AM EST

Benefits of Naming People, Objects in Baby’s First Year


In a follow-up to earlier studies of learning in infancy, researchers report that talking to babies in their first year, in particular naming things and people, helps them connect what they see and hear. This learning between 6 and 9 months aids...
16-Dec-2014 2:00 PM EST

Help with Balance for People with Multiple Sclerosis


Many people with multiple sclerosis have trouble with balance and a fear of falling, which can negatively affects quality of life. A new study funded by the National MS Society will look at how sensation in the feet relates to balance and whether...
9-Dec-2014 3:00 PM EST

Re-Thinking Southern California Earthquake Scenarios


New 3D numerical modeling that captures far more geometric complexity of an active fault segment in southern California than any other, suggests that the overall earthquake hazard for towns on the west side of the Coachella Valley such as Palm...
8-Dec-2014 3:00 PM EST

Sociologist Explores Why Military Service Members Marry So Much Younger than Average Americans


While numerous studies have shown that the marriage rate among military service members is much higher than civilians of the same age, new research from a sociologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found specific reasons that lead...
1-Dec-2014 4:00 PM EST

New Study Shows Childhood Asthma Due to Living Near Major Roadways Cost Los Angeles Residents $441 Million in 2007 Alone


Asthma caused or worsened by living near major roadways cost Los Angeles County more than $441 million in 2007 alone, according to a new peer-reviewed article by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Southern...
7-Nov-2014 3:00 PM EST

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