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WashU Expert: Electoral College ruling contradicts Founders’ ‘original intent’
Washington University in St. Louis

While the Supreme Court decision limits independence of electors and prevents potential uncertainty in 2020 election, it contradicts the Constitution framers’ intentions for the Electoral College, according to a political science expert at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Released: 6-Jul-2020 5:10 PM EDT
DHS Selects George Washington University to Pilot New Center of Excellence in Security Technology Transition
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T announced today the selection of The George Washington University to lead a new COE that will deliver a pilot Master of Business Administration program focused on security technology transition from federal research and development to operational use.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 5:10 PM EDT
Pet dogs may improve social-emotional development in young children
Springer

Young children from dog-owning households have better social and emotional wellbeing than children from households who do not own a dog, suggests research published in the journal Pediatric Research.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 5:05 PM EDT
European ancestry plays role in 'killer' honey bees' aggressiveness
York University

What causes African hybrid honey bees (AHB), also known as killer bees, to be highly defensive and aggressive? York University researchers have found it was the mixing of African and European genetics that led to hyper-aggression in this invasive strain of honey bees.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Middle Tennessee State University issues statements, background re: death of veterans center namesake Charlie Daniels
Middle Tennessee State University

Statements from university leadership about Daniels' impact on student veterans and download link for file photos from his involvement throughout the years

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Released: 6-Jul-2020 4:50 PM EDT
COVID-19 demonstrates why wealth matters
Washington University in St. Louis

While COVID-19 has impacted all individuals, the impact has not been equal. In a new national Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 survey, the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis found that liquid assets increased the likelihood that an individual could practice social distancing. However, Black individuals were least likely to afford social distancing.

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Newswise: Improving wildfire emissions model
Released: 6-Jul-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Improving wildfire emissions model
South Dakota State University

New satellite instrumentation will help researchers estimate fire emissions every half hour for the United States.

Newswise: Incoming CEOs with premium pay packages perform accordingly, study shows
Released: 6-Jul-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Incoming CEOs with premium pay packages perform accordingly, study shows
University of Notre Dame

New research from the University of Notre Dame examines how compensation for incoming chief executives — which serves as a sign of the board’s upfront confidence in the CEO’s ability — is related to subsequent performance in the years that follow.

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Newswise: A Different Chia-PET Provides Insight Into Prostate Cancer
Released: 6-Jul-2020 4:10 PM EDT
A Different Chia-PET Provides Insight Into Prostate Cancer
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – July 6, 2020 – UT Southwestern researchers have identified vast webs of small snippets of the genome that interact with each other and with genes to promote prostate cancer. Their findings, published June 22 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, could lead to new ways to treat the most common type of malignancy in American men other than skin cancer.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
White Police Officers Use Force More Often Than Non-White Colleagues
Texas A&M University

White police officers are far more likely to use force than their nonwhite counterparts, especially in minority neighborhoods, according to a study from Texas A&M University researchers.

Newswise: Tulane professor’s book goes back in time to examine Hurricane Katrina
Released: 6-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Tulane professor’s book goes back in time to examine Hurricane Katrina
Tulane University

Andy Horowitz, a Tulane scholar who studies the history of disasters, says a 1915 hurricane and its consequences are linked to Katrina and is one of the many factors that informed his writing “Katrina: A History, 1915-2015” (Harvard University Press).

Newswise: University of Miami Launches COVID-19 Heart Program
Released: 6-Jul-2020 2:50 PM EDT
University of Miami Launches COVID-19 Heart Program
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

A new COVID-19 Heart Program developed by cardiologists with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is addressing the varied heart issues stemming from the pandemic with comprehensive screenings and evaluations in a safe clinical setting. It also incorporates the latest findings from UM cardiology researchers studying how the coronavirus can affect the heart and its surrounding tissues.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 2:35 PM EDT
New research reveals privacy risks of home security cameras
Queen Mary University of London

An international study has used data from a major home Internet Protocol (IP) security camera provider to evaluate potential privacy risks for users.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Sorting and secreting insulin by expiration date
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

The age of insulin parcels may matter, researchers say, when it comes to diagnosing and treating diabetes.

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Released: 6-Jul-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Palm trees most abundant in American rainforests
Uppsala University

Characteristics of palm trees differ from those of other tropical trees in many ways.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Simulations shows magnetic field can change 10 times faster than previously thought
University of Leeds

A new study by the University of Leeds and University of California at San Diego reveals that changes in the direction of the Earth's magnetic field may take place 10 times faster than previously thought.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 2:10 PM EDT
What If People Use Autonomous Vehicles To Do Bad Things?
North Carolina State University

There’s a fairly large flaw in the way that programmers are currently addressing ethical concerns related to artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles (AVs). Namely, existing approaches don’t account for the fact that people might try to use the AVs to do something bad.

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Released: 6-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Five thousand eyes on the skies: Scientists choreograph robots to observe distant galaxies
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

Scientists have begun operating the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, or DESI, to create a 3-D map of over 30 million galaxies and quasars that will help them understand the nature of dark energy. The new instrument is the most advanced of its kind, with 5,000 robotic positioners that will enable scientists to gather more than 20 times more data than previous surveys. Researchers at Fermilab helped develop the software that will direct these positioners to focus on galaxies several billion light-years away and are currently in the process of fine-tuning the programs used before the last round of testing later this year.

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Released: 6-Jul-2020 1:55 PM EDT
David N. Maine, MD Becomes President & Ceo of Mercy Health Services
Mercy Medical Center

David N. Maine, M.D. is the new President & CEO of Mercy Health Services (MHS), effective July 1st, 2020. In January 2020, the Mercy Health Services Board of Trustees named Dr. Maine as Mercy’s future President & CEO following Thomas R. Mullen’s decision to retire after 28 years of successful service.

Newswise: Newly discovered pathogen in NY apples causes bitter rot disease
Released: 6-Jul-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Newly discovered pathogen in NY apples causes bitter rot disease
Cornell University

In a study of New York state apple orchards, Cornell University plant pathologists have identified a new fungal pathogen that causes bitter rot disease in apples.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 1:45 PM EDT
UAlbany Establishes Center for HIV Research to Address Epidemic
University at Albany, State University of New York

The new Center for Collaborative HIV Research in Practice and Policy at the University at Albany will address the public health and social justice challenges of persons placed at risk for, or living with, HIV and related diseases.

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Released: 6-Jul-2020 1:45 PM EDT
Study Finds Immune Cell That Predicts Risk of Organ Rejection In Transplant Patients
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Researchers at The Ohio State University College of Medicine are the first to identify an immune cell that may predict a transplant patient’s risk of developing antibodies that can cause organ rejection. This discovery could lead to the development of therapies to prevent complications after transplant surgery.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 1:40 PM EDT
US hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, azithromycin outpatient prescriptions October 2019-March 2020
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

What The Study Did: How the prescription of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to outpatients has changed in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic is examined in this study.

Newswise: What Is the World Doing to Create a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Released: 6-Jul-2020 1:10 PM EDT
What Is the World Doing to Create a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

The race to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus is well underway. Governments and researchers are aiming to provide billions of people with immunity in eighteen months or less, which would be unprecedented.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Consumers Prefer Round Numbers Even When the Specific Number Is Better News
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Consider this scenario: A vaccine for the novel coronavirus has been developed that is 91.27% effective. If public health officials present this information using the specific number, people are likely to think the vaccine is actually less effective than if it is presented as being 90% effective.

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Released: 6-Jul-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Coconut confusion reveals consumer conundrum
University of Exeter

Coconut oil production may be more damaging to the environment than palm oil, researchers say.

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Released: 6-Jul-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Owner behavior affects effort and accuracy in dogs' communications
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Human communication has evolved mechanisms that can be observed across all cultures and languages, including the use of communication history and the principle of least effort

Released: 6-Jul-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Premier nutrition education conference offers free registration for media
Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior is offering members of the media free registration to its 53rd Annual Conference “What Food Future?” held entirely online from July 20 – 24.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Increased risk of injury in contact sports after prolonged training restrictions
University of Bath

As professional sports look to make a phased return behind closed doors across much of Europe, researchers from the University of Bath caution that the prolonged individual training players have been exposed to for months is insufficient to help athletes maintain the physical fitness and mental strength they need for competition.

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Released: 6-Jul-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Why it's no last orders for the Tequila bat
University of Bristol

Native to the Americas, the tequila bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae) lives in caves in some of the hottest desert areas in Mexico.

Newswise: Mission to Mars: @UNLV Scientist Gives Insider Glimpse at NASA's 2020 Rover Mission
Released: 6-Jul-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Mission to Mars: @UNLV Scientist Gives Insider Glimpse at NASA's 2020 Rover Mission
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Silver, bug-eyed extraterrestrials zooming across the cosmos in bullet-speed spaceships. Green, oval-faced creatures hiding out in a secret fortress at Nevada’s Area 51 base. Cartoonish, throaty-voiced relatives of Marvin the Martian who don armor and Spartan-style helmets. We humans are fascinated with the possibility of life on the Red Planet.

Newswise: Greenhouse gas and particulate pollution emissions drive regional drying around the globe
Released: 6-Jul-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Greenhouse gas and particulate pollution emissions drive regional drying around the globe
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Despite devastating impacts of drought on human and natural systems, the reasons why long-term regional drying occurs remain poorly understood. Research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have identified two signatures or “fingerprints” that explain why arid conditions are spreading worldwide, and why the Western United States has tended towards drought conditions since the 1980s while the African Sahel has recovered from its prolonged drought. The research appears in the July 6 edition of Nature Climate Change.

Newswise: A 360-Degree Approach to Lyme Disease
Released: 6-Jul-2020 11:45 AM EDT
A 360-Degree Approach to Lyme Disease
Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School receives a $5 million gift for Lyme disease research, education

Newswise: Study Suggests Method to Starve Pancreatic Cancer Cells
Released: 6-Jul-2020 11:25 AM EDT
Study Suggests Method to Starve Pancreatic Cancer Cells
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Rather than attacking cancer cells directly, new cell-model research probes weaknesses in pancreatic cancer’s interactions with other cells to obtain nutrients needed for tumor growth.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Asthma Does Not Seem to Increase the Severity of COVID-19
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Asthma does not appear to increase the risk for a person contracting COVID-19 or influence its severity, according to a team of Rutgers researchers.

Newswise: Study: Dying Stars Breathe Life Into Earth
6-Jul-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Study: Dying Stars Breathe Life Into Earth
Johns Hopkins University

As dying stars take their final few breaths of life, they gently sprinkle their ashes into the cosmos through the magnificent planetary nebulae. These ashes, spread via stellar winds, are enriched with many different chemical elements, including carbon. Findings from a study published today in Nature Astronomy show that the final breaths of these dying stars, called white dwarfs, shed light on carbon’s origin in the Milky Way.

Newswise: 2D Semiconductors Found to Be Close-To-Ideal Fractional Quantum Hall Platform
6-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
2D Semiconductors Found to Be Close-To-Ideal Fractional Quantum Hall Platform
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Columbia University researchers report that they have observed a quantum fluid known as the fractional quantum Hall states (FQHS), one of the most delicate phases of matter, for the first time in a monolayer 2D semiconductor. Their findings demonstrate the excellent intrinsic quality of 2D semiconductors and establish them as a unique test platform for future applications in quantum computing.

Newswise: Light a Critical Factor in Limiting Carbon Uptake, Especially in the North
6-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Light a Critical Factor in Limiting Carbon Uptake, Especially in the North
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

A new Columbia Engineering study demonstrates that even when temperatures warm and cold stress is limited, light is still a major factor in limiting carbon uptake of northern high latitudes. The team analyzed satellite observations, field measurements, and model simulations and showed that there is a prevalent radiation limitation on carbon uptake in northern ecosystems, especially in autumn.

Newswise: Follow-Up Appointments for Children Hospitalized for Bronchiolitis May Not Be Needed; New Study Findings Could Guide Treatment During COVID Pandemic
6-Jul-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Follow-Up Appointments for Children Hospitalized for Bronchiolitis May Not Be Needed; New Study Findings Could Guide Treatment During COVID Pandemic
Intermountain Healthcare

A new study at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City has found that follow-up appointments for hospitalized children treated for childhood bronchitis are often not necessary, and that switching from mandatory to “as-needed” follow-up care can save families from unnecessary medical care and expense – and may help guide treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3-Jul-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Nitrogen Pollution Policies Around the World Lag Behind Scientific Knowledge, New Analysis Finds
New York University

National and regional policies aimed at addressing pollution fueled by nitrogen lag behind scientific knowledge of the problem, finds a new analysis by an international team of researchers.

Newswise: St. Jude researchers create an analytic tool that opens a new frontier of cancer discovery
2-Jul-2020 10:05 PM EDT
St. Jude researchers create an analytic tool that opens a new frontier of cancer discovery
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have developed software to identify cancer-causing mutations lurking in vast regions of the human genome

Released: 6-Jul-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Innovations for sustainability in a post-pandemic future
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

According to the latest report released by The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative, the COVID-19 crisis can provide an opportunity to create sustainable societies with higher levels of wellbeing for all.

Newswise: Tackle Kids Cancer Receives $250,000 Gift from Sohn Conference Foundation to Benefit Pediatric Cancer and Patient Care at Hackensack Meridian Health
Released: 6-Jul-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Tackle Kids Cancer Receives $250,000 Gift from Sohn Conference Foundation to Benefit Pediatric Cancer and Patient Care at Hackensack Meridian Health
Hackensack Meridian Health

Foundation receives generous donation from corporate partner to combat pediatric cancer and benefit patient care

Released: 6-Jul-2020 10:20 AM EDT
The Forum of International Respiratory Societies: We Must Continue to Be Vigilant to Control the Spread of COVID-19
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

COVID-19 cases continue to rise globally. Some countries are still dealing with large epidemics, while others are at various stages of reopening society. Many countries are fearful of a second wave of infection, as a consequence of restrictions being eased.


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