The World in 2018 from The Economist highlights key global themes to watch for next year

By Newsroom America Staff at 20 Nov 17:09

The World in 2018, the annual publication from The Economist, predicts that 2018 will be a nerve-jangling year as people across the world attempt to escape the tensions of politics and the frenzies of technology.

Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality, thanks to UCLA invention

20 Nov 15:15 | U.S. News

UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fuel for eco-friendly cars.read more »

Smiling human faces are attractive to dogs - thanks to oxytocin

20 Nov 12:32 | World

"It seems that the hormone oxytocin influences what the dog sees and how it experiences the thing it sees," says doctoral student Sanni Somppi.read more »

Study says homeowners shouldn't count on property appreciation creating wealth

20 Nov 12:29 | U.S. News

The American Dream of homeownership as the path to creating wealth may be due for a revision. A new study finds that the property appreciation most homeowners expect when buying a home may be relatively meaningless in terms of building wealth.read more »

Study shows all daily activity can prolong life

17 Nov 17:08 | U.S. News

That "to do" list of chores and errands could actually provide a variety of health benefits, according to researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. read more »

Afghanistan opium production jumps 87 per cent to record level

17 Nov 15:06 | World

A profoundly alarming trend in the cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan reveals an 87 per cent production increase compared to 2016, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) said in its Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017.read more »

Only 1 in 10 Adults Get Enough Fruits or Vegetables

17 Nov 12:56 | U.S. News

Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study.read more »

Security Council again fails to extend panel investigating use of chemical weapons in Syria

17 Nov 12:55 | World

Two draft resolutions – one sponsored by the United States and another led by Bolivia – were defeated in the United Nations Security Council Thursday, blocking renewal of the international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.read more »

Why do employees cheat? Too much pressure

16 Nov 17:01 | U.S. News

It can happen in the branch office or the boardroom. Volkswagen did it to pass emissions tests. Workplace cheating is a real and troublesome phenomenon, and new research from the University of Georgia explains how it starts--and how employers can help prevent it.read more »

Human evolution was uneven and punctuated, suggests new research

16 Nov 15:08 | World

Neanderthals survived at least 3,000 years longer than we thought in Southern Iberia - what is now Spain - long after they had died out everywhere else, according to new research.read more »

Spanking linked to increase in children's behavior problems

16 Nov 12:57 | U.S. News

Children who have been spanked by their parents by age 5 show an increase in behavior problems at age 6 and age 8 relative to children who have never been spanked, according to new findings.read more »

Pesticides may cause bumblebees to lose their buzz, study finds

16 Nov 12:54 | World

Pesticides significantly reduce the number of pollen grains a bumblebee is able to collect, a new University of Stirling study has found.read more »

What counts as 'nature'? It all depends

15 Nov 17:08 | U.S. News

Think, for a moment, about the last time you were out in nature. Were you in a city park? At a campground? On the beach? In the mountains? Now consider: What was this place like in your parents' time? read more »

Global birth season study links environment with disease risk

15 Nov 15:02 | World

Studies have shown that babies born in winter tend to have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes at some point, while fall babies have a greater lifetime risk of depression. read more »

One in 10 children work, agency reports at start of conference to end underage labour

15 Nov 12:32 | World

An estimated 152 million children around the world work, a practice that the international community at a conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is trying to eliminate.read more »

Serious health risks associated with energy drinks

15 Nov 12:29 | U.S. News

A new review of current scientific knowledge on energy drinks finds their advertised short-term benefits can be outweighed by serious health risks -- which include risk-seeking behavior, mental health problems, increased blood pressure, obesity and kidney damage.read more »

15,000 scientists in 184 countries warn about negative global environmental trends

14 Nov 17:23 | World

Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh water, species extinctions and human population growth, scientists warn.read more »

Sugary beverage consumption in US declining but remains high among certain groups

14 Nov 15:22 | U.S. News

Consumption of sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) fell for both children and adults between 2003 and 2014, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. But despite this positive trend, the researchers found, consumption remains high among adolescents and young adults.read more »

Exercise increases brain size, new research finds

14 Nov 11:20 | World

Aerobic exercise can improve memory function and maintain brain health as we age, a new Australian-led study has found. read more »

Some Latinos believe science may negatively impact their kids' faith

14 Nov 08:09 | U.S. News

ore than one-third of Latinos interviewed in a recent study believe science education may have a negative impact on the religious faith of their children, according to new research from sociologists at Rice University.read more »

Risks for blood clot in a vein may rise with increased TV viewing

13 Nov 17:03 | U.S. News

Risk of blood clots increases with the amount of time spent watching television, even if people get the recommended amount of physical activity, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2017.read more »

Satellite imagery reveals decline in ISIS oil production

13 Nov 15:10 | World

Oil production by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) steadily declined between 2014 and 2016, indicating that the group was financing itself in other ways, like taxation or extortion.read more »

People will desire something even more if you increase their focus on it

13 Nov 10:18 | U.S. News

The relationship between desire and attention was long thought to only work in one direction: When a person desires something, they focus their attention on it. read more »

Site of asteroid impact changed the history of life

13 Nov 07:15 | World

An asteroid, also known as the Chicxulub Impactor, hit Earth some 66 million years ago, causing a crater 180 km wide. The impact of the asteroid heated organic matter in rocks and ejected it into the atmosphere, forming soot in the stratosphere.read more »

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