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Newswise LifeWire
Monday, April 4, 2016

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(20 New)

Featured Story:

Lifting the Veil on Sex: Can Males Be Less Expensive?

Japanese researchers show how thunderbugs provide hints to a sexual mystery. (more)

– Kyoto University

Featured Story:

Possible Viking Discovery by UAB Archaeologist Could Rewrite North American History

Using satellite imaging, UAB archaeologist Sarah Parcak may have found evidence of the 2nd Norse settlement in North America at a site in... (more)

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Arts and Humanities


Possible Viking Discovery by UAB Archaeologist Could Rewrite North American History

Using satellite imaging, UAB archaeologist Sarah Parcak may have found evidence of the 2nd Norse settlement in North America at a site in Newfoundland.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Walls, Firewalls and Minority Politics in 2016

UWM Professor Paru Shah discusses the role of minority voters in the 2016 presidential campaign, and how the “minority vote” is not a monolithic entity.

Expert(s) available

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Lifting the Veil on Sex: Can Males Be Less Expensive?

Japanese researchers show how thunderbugs provide hints to a sexual mystery.

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Scientific Reports

– Kyoto University

Study Raises Online Golf Tutorials to Above Par

Research reveals how to benefit the most from online tutorials.

Frontiers in Psychology

– Frontiers

Breakthrough in Cybersecurity Is No Phish Story

Corporations, small businesses and public sector entities have tried unsuccessfully for years to educate consumers and employees on how to recognize phishing emails.

Communication Research

– University at Buffalo

Preference for Dating Smarter Partners Negatively Affects Women’s Attitudes Toward STEM

Women with a preference for more intelligent partners are less likely to show interest in male-dominated fields such as math and science, according to a newly published study from the University at Buffalo.

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

– University at Buffalo

Writing and Reviewing Research Methods Papers for Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Research Methods are manuscripts that describe the objectives and methodologies for multi-year interventions whose aims are to change nutrition and/or physical activity behavior and/or related physiological outcomes, such as BMI or blood glucose.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

What to Teach Your Children When Politicians Act Like — Children.

UAB child and adolescent psychiatry professor discusses children and this messy political campaign.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Autism Lifecycle

Even though autism diagnoses were first introduced over 75 years ago, many people still associate the condition with young children. But autism is aging. Experts estimate that approximately 50,000 individuals with autism enter adulthood each year. And with their entrance to adulthood, they lose access to many services they’ve come to rely on for support.

Expert(s) available

– Saint Joseph's University


Brain Appears to Have Different Mechanisms for Reconciling Sight and Sound

A new UCLA psychology study provides insights into how the brain combines sound and vision. The research suggests that there is not one sole mechanism in the brain that governs how much our senses work together to process information.

Psychological Science

– University of California Los Angeles UCLA

Nutritional Sciences Professor Discusses Need for Better Data in Obesity Research

John Dawson, a biostatistician, worked with more than a dozen other researchers to find the most common errors and suggest ways to fix them.

Obesity, Apr-2016

– Texas Tech University



Stony Brook University Statement on SUNY 2020 and the NY State Budget

In response to recent legislative action, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., said today, “I am disappointed that the New York State budget adopted by the Legislature did not include Governor Cuomo’s proposal for an extension of NYSUNY 2020 or the needed resources outlined by the SUNY Board."

– Stony Brook University


Black, Latino Families Urged to Emphasize College Graduation Rates in Enrollment Decisions

Based on research showing the importance of where students enroll in determining the likelihood that they will graduate, EdTalk Project has developed an up-to-date listing of college graduation rates. More than 1,800 Colleges and Universities are listed.


– University of Chicago

Pop Culture


Can You Own a Cloned Human? Expert Explores This and Other Bioethical Issues in New Book Based on Hit Sci-Fi Show “Orphan Black”

In his new book, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club,” international expert on the ethics of human cloning, Gregory Pence, explores issues raised in the sci-fi show “Orphan Black” about human cloning, its ethics and impact on personal identity, genetic enhancement, and other mysterious science. Pence takes a lighthearted look at cloning in popular culture and explains when the show gets the science right and when it doesn’t.

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Expert(s) available

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Law and Public Policy


US Officials Charged 85 People with ISIS-Related Offenses Since March 2014

One Arrest Last Month, According to Updated Tracking from GW's Program on Extremism

– George Washington University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Rheumatology Community Responds to FDA Draft Guidance on Biosimilars Labeling

The ACR supports the US Food and Drug Administration’s new draft guidance on biosimilars labeling and encourages additional measures that will help rheumatologists ensure the safety and efficacy of biosimilars for patients.

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

LifeWire Announcements

Southeastern Food Ranked Among Best in Country

Students’ opinions and taste buds earned Southeastern Louisiana University the 2016 Best College Food in Louisiana title and a national Top 100 ranking, too. The ranking, based on student reviews, takes into account meal plan costs and student access to healthy, quality food across a wide range of cuisines and dietary preferences. At the national level Southeastern came in at No. 77. No other Louisiana universities made the Top 100 cut.

– Southeastern Louisiana University

Cornell’s Class of 2020 Sets Records in Applications, Diversity

Cornell had the highest number of applications in university history for freshman admission this year, with 44,966 applicants for the Class of 2020.

– Cornell University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Sustainability Gets the Spotlight at UC San Diego’s Earth Month Celebrations

The University of California, San Diego campus community will celebrate Earth Month throughout April to educate and raise awareness about sustainability, climate change and the impact of policy on the environment. This is the first year that UC San Diego’s activities around Earth Day, recognized nationally on April 22nd, have been extended to a month-long series of events.

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– University of California, San Diego

LifeWire Marketplace

Can A Robot Help Children With Autism?

Professor Chung-Hyuk Park at GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is using a robot to help kids with autism learn how to navigate difficult social situations. The basis of the research by Dr. Park is that kids with autism tend to bond with computers more easily than humans, so we can use this knowledge to help them learn how to regulate their emotions. The robot encounters situations that kids with autism may have trouble handling, like loud music, bright lights or strong smells. The robot then tries to communicate what it needs to be more comfortable, such as asking someone to turn down the music, shut off the lights or move the pungent flowers to the other side of the room. The hope is that kids with autism will mimic the robot's behaviors, helping them to manage a social situation rather than struggle to communicate the problem.

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– George Washington University

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