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Spreading Rumors On Twitter And Mistaking Retweets For Truth

5:08 pm Eastern | Entertainment

A new study of the believability of information received via Twitter and the intention to pass on a tweet--whether news or rumor--is influenced by the number of times the information has already been retweeted. read more »

Too Much Structured Knowledge Hurts Creativity, Shows Rotman Study

4:04 pm Eastern | SciTech

Structure organizes human activities and help us understand the world with less effort, but it can be the killer of creativity, concludes a study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of more »

Sea Ice Extent Sinks To Record Lows At Both Poles

3:08 pm Eastern | SciTech

Arctic sea ice appears to have reached on March 7 a record low wintertime maximum extent, according to scientists at NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado. read more »

Calendar Item: Ninth Annual Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life to Focus on African American Religious History

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NWC, MIT Hold First Civil-military Humanitarian Simulation

23 Mar 03:23 | U.S. News

A new educational simulation was recently unveiled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass. MIT's Urban Risk Lab located in their Department of Architecture and Urbanism, Mar more »

Boys Secure In Their Racial Identity Seek More Diverse Friendships

22 Mar 17:20 | SciTech

Kids often seek answers from parents, friends and media to better understand their racial identity. Middle school boys who feel secure about their race during this ongoing information gathering will likely befriend diverse people, according to a new University of Michigan more »

How Can A Legally Binding Agreement On Human Cloning Be Established?

22 Mar 15:16 | SciTech

Since Dolly the Sheep was cloned in 1996, the question of whether human reproductive cloning should be banned or pursued has been the subject of international debate. read more »

Warming Earth Threatens To Release Huge Amounts Of Carbon

22 Mar 11:35 | World

Rising temperatures could release massive amounts of carbon trapped in the Earth's soil, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported, warning that soil management could make or break climate change response more »

U. of I. News: Casting a net for conservation, and catching ducks

22 Mar 10:25 | SciTech

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People Remain Calm As The World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

21 Mar 17:28 | Entertainment

As the world ends, will you lock arms and sing "Kumbayah" or embark on a path of law-breaking, anti-social behavior?read more »

'No Fat' Or 'No Sugar' Label Equals No Guarantee Of Nutritional Quality

21 Mar 16:00 | SciTech

Terms such as no-fat or no-sugar, low-fat or reduced-salt on food packaging may give consumers a sense of confidence before they purchase, but these claims rarely reflect the actual nutritional quality of the food, according to a new more »

What does refugee vetting look like on the ground?

21 Mar 12:18 | SciTech

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Scientists Make The Case To Restore Pluto's Planet Status

20 Mar 17:12 | SciTech

Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a more »

For A Modest Personality Trait, 'Intellectual Humility' Packs A Punch

20 Mar 16:07 | SciTech

"Intellectual humility" has been something of a wallflower among personality traits, receiving far less scholarly attention than such brash qualities as egotism or hostility. Yet this little-studied characteristic may influence people's decision-making abilities in politics, health and other arenas, says new research from Duke more »

Skilled Workers More Prone To Mistakes When Interrupted

20 Mar 15:07 | Business

Expertise is clearly beneficial in the workplace, yet highly trained workers in some occupations could actually be at risk for making errors when interrupted, indicates a new study by two Michigan State University psychology more »

New Program Improves Hearing Aid Use for Older Adults

20 Mar 12:31 | SciTech

MU researcher develops program to help patients adjust to hearing aids, might lead to appread more »

U. of I. News: Altgeld Tower closed for repairs

19 Mar 08:27 | SciTech

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A Preference For Casual Sex Increases Risk Of Harassment

17 Mar 16:15 | SciTech

Adolescents who sexually harass others have had casual sex more often than those who do not harass others. They also fantasize more about casual sex and find it more acceptable to have sex without any commitment or emotional more »

Cause Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Discovered

17 Mar 15:11 | SciTech

Some people have an extreme fear of dirt or bacteria. As a result, they may develop a habit of compulsive washing and repeatedly cleaning their hands or body. They are trapped in a vicious circle, as the fear of new contamination returns quickly after washing. Sufferers see no way out. read more »

Better Sleep Feels Like Winning The Lottery

17 Mar 11:01 | World

Improving your sleep quality is as beneficial to health and happiness as winning the lottery, according to research by the University of more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/16/2017, #25

16 Mar 18:25 | SciTech

James S. Brady Briefing Room 3:04 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Sorry for the delay, guys.  It's budget day.  I was supposed to kick this off with Director Mulvaney.  He's still on a call with the governors, and continues to host a ton of briefings today with key stakeholders.  And so my goal, if this times out right, is that as we finish up, Director Mulvaney will walk in the room, right on cue, and then he will talk to you a little bit about the budget, and we'll walk through Q&A on that.  So hopefully this all works. I'm going to skip past the part where I say "thank you, Director Mulvaney."  (Laughter.)   As the Director will say, the President’s budget blueprint keeps his promise to put America's security first, turning his words directly into policies that restore respect for our citizens’ hard-earned tax dollars. There were some additionaread more »

YouTube Users Be Aware: Your Viewing Habits Can Be Tracked

16 Mar 17:21 | SciTech

Despite YouTube's attempts to safeguard user anonymity, intelligence agencies, hackers and online advertising companies can still determine which videos a user is watching, according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) more »

Readout of the President's Meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland

16 Mar 17:13 | SciTech

President Donald J. Trump met today with Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland to discuss United States-Ireland economic and cultural ties as part of the White House St. Patrick's Day celebration.  President Trump and the Taoiseach agreed on the importance of expanding the already powerful United States-Ireland trade relationship and of identifying new opportunities to collaborate on global issues.  The leaders also discussed the consequences facing, and the opportunities available to, Ireland in the wake of the United Kingdom's decision to the leave the European Union.  Finally, they agreed on the importance of Northern Ireland's political parties finding a way forward on a shared regional government in order to sustain the peace process launched by the Good Friday Agreement. read more »

Remarks by the Vice President and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats at a Swearing-in Ceremony

16 Mar 16:34 | SciTech

The Vice President’s Ceremonial Office 2:12 P.M. EDT  THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, good afternoon.   On behalf of the President of the United States, today it will be my great privilege to administer the oath of office to Senator Dan Coats, who will become the fifth Director of National Intelligence for the United States of America.  (Applause.)  This is a singular privilege for me as I have known Senator Coats now for more than 30 years and couldn’t be more grateful for his willingness to continue his service to the United States of Ameread more »

Stress Of Major Life Events Impacts Women More Than Men, Shows Poll

16 Mar 16:08 | SciTech

New research has highlighted the potential gender gap in stress, with women reporting higher stress from life events such as death of a loved one, illness, losing their smartphone and more »

Foreign Graduate Students And Postdocs Consider Leaving The US

16 Mar 15:08 | SciTech

On March 6, President Donald Trump signed a second executive order to suspend immigration from six predominately Muslim countries, this time excluding Iraq from the list. read more »

Happy Birthday to Mr. Ray Chavez

16 Mar 15:02 | SciTech

Today, President Donald J. Trump wished a Happy Birthday to Mr. Ray Chavez, the oldest living Pearl Harbor veteran.  Mr. Chavez turned 105 years old and he lives in San Diego, California. View Letter read more »

Remarks by President Trump and Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland at Friends of Ireland Luncheon

16 Mar 13:32 | SciTech

U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 12:12 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, Speaker Ryan, for that wonderful toast -- although I’ve heard better jokes.  (Laughter.)  And thank you to all of our friends and distinguished members of Congress for joining us here today -- a great honor.  And a really great honor to be with you, Vice President Pence.  You have been terrific.  (Applause.)   And all of our friends welcoming Taoiseach.  That’s my new friend; he’s my new friend.  Great guy.  (Applause.)  And, Fionnuala, you know, you are something very special.  We sat, we talked, and I think we’re friends now too, right?  And it’s really an honor.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thanks, Fionnuala.  Appreciate it.   Also, the delegation members -- very, very special.  Spent some time together, and we’re goiread more »

ICYMI: The Health Secretary, on the Republican Bill

16 Mar 13:10 | SciTech

The Health Secretary, on the Republican Bill New York Times By Thomas E. Price On March 16, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Thomas E. Price, M.D., wrote a letter to the editor in the New York Times, responding to the publication’s March 14 editorial about the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the American Health Care Act.  Secretary Price’s response stated: In your March 14 editorial about the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the American Health Care Act, you wrote: “The numbers are the numbers. The C.B.O. has called it as it sees it, and the picture is clear.” As I’ve said, I strenuously disagree, and so did your editorial board. As you wrote in a Feb. 3, 1994, editorial about President Bill Clinton’s health care proposal, “The Budget Office’s estimates of savings from health care reform, through no fault of its own, aread more »

Nation's Physicians Act Against Climate Change; 'It's Making Patients Sick'

16 Mar 13:05 | U.S. News

More than half of the nation's physicians--including family doctors, pediatricians, obstetricians, allergists, geriatricians and internists--are launching a campaign to help patients, the public and policy makers understand the damage climate change is doing to people's health and what needs to be done to prepare and protect more »

President Donald J. Trump Approves California Disaster Declaration

16 Mar 12:31 | SciTech

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared a major disaster exists in the State of California and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from January 18 to January 23, 2017. Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in the counties of El Dorado, Kern, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Trinity, Tuolumne, and Yolo. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Robert J. Fenton, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homelandread more »

Second Lady Karen Pence to Lead Presidential Delegation to the Special Olympics World Winter Games

16 Mar 12:18 | SciTech

On Friday, March 17, 2017, Second Lady Karen Pence will lead a Presidential Delegation to the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz, Schladming, and Ramsau, Austria.  Mrs. Pence and the Presidential Delegation will join approximately 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 110 nations and their family members, along with thousands of coaches, volunteers, and sports fans. The athletes will ski, skate, snowboard, snowshoe, and engage in other winter sports with the goal of taking home a medal. In 1993, Austria hosted the first Special Olympics World Winter Games ever held outside the United States. The Presidential Delegation will participate in several events, including the Snowboarding Division Competition and Special Olympics Opening Ceremony on Saturday, March 18. The Presidential Delegation will return to the United States on Sunday, March 19. The Presidential Delegation will include: Mr. Eugene Young, United States Chread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Key Administration Posts

16 Mar 11:01 | SciTech

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate key additions to his Administration. Robert Daigle of Virginia will serve as Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE), Department of Defense. Mr. Daigle previously served in CAPE during the Bush Administration as Director of Program Resources and Information Systems Management Division. Mr. Daigle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Vermont. He was granted an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a Master of Science in International Security Studies from Georgetown University. Mr. Daigle is a Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee and was the Executive Director of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. He previously served in the United States Army. Elaine McCusker of Virginia will serve as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Comptrolread more »

Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives

16 Mar 10:38 | SciTech

March 16, 2017 Dear Mr. Speaker: I ask the Congress to consider the enclosed appropriations request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.  The request includes an additional $30 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces and accelerate the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and an additional $3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for urgent border protection activities.  This appropriations request would provide $24.9 billion in the DOD base budget for urgent warfighting readiness needs and to begin a sustained effort to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces.  The request seeks to address critical budget shortfalls in personnel, training, maintenance, equipment, munitions, modernization, and infrastructure investment.  It represents a critical first step in investing in a larger, more ready, and more capable military force.  read more »

Remarks by the Vice President to the American Ireland Fund National Gala

15 Mar 21:55 | SciTech

The National Building Museum Washington, D.C. 8:20 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much. Taoiseach, Fionnuola, Ambassador Anne Anderson, John Fitzpatrick, Kieran, Senator Mitchell, members of Congress, and distinguished guests, it is hard to describe what a privilege it is for me and my family to join you here tonight for the American Ireland Fund’s 25th Silver Anniversary National Gala.  Thank you for having us tonight.  (Applause.) I bring greetings tonight from my friend, the leader of the free world, the 45th President of the United States, and to the Taoiseach I would say, as he’ll find out, a guy who likes to play golf in Ireland, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.) The President asked me to give everyone his greetings and his best wishes tonight.  And also our hope is that my presence here tonight is a visible sign of America’s enduring friendship with Irread more »

Remarks by the President at Make America Great Again Rally

15 Mar 21:41 | SciTech

Nashville Municipal Auditorium Nashville, Tennessee 7:06 P.M. CDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  So we're just going to let the other folks come in, fill it up.  This is some crowd.  You have to see what’s outside, you wouldn't even believe it.  (Applause.)  Unbelievable. So I'm thrilled to be here in Nashville, Tennessee, the home -- (applause) -- of country music, Southern hospitality, and the great President Andrew Jackson.  (Applause.)  I just came from a tour of Andrew Jackson’s home to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth.  Jackson’s life was devoted to one very crucial principle -- he understood that real leadership means putting America first.  (Applause.)   Before becoming President, Andrew Jackson served your state from the House of Representatives and in the United read more »

Milkweed Losses May Not Fully Explain Monarch Butterfly Declines

15 Mar 17:13 | SciTech

Steep declines in the number of monarch butterflies reaching their wintering grounds in Mexico are not fully explained by fewer milkweeds in the northern part of their range, researchers report in a new more »

Democrats And Republicans Draw Different Conclusions When Seasons Are Too Hot Or Too Cold

15 Mar 15:02 | SciTech

When the weather is unseasonably hot or cold, Americans across the political spectrum have even stronger views about whether climate change caused by human activity is a reality or not. read more »

How far can ‘America First’ go?

15 Mar 14:37 | SciTech

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Milgram Experiment In Poland Shows People Still Obey

15 Mar 11:20 | World

The title is direct, "Would you deliver an electric shock in 2015?" and the answer, according to the results of this replication study, is yes. Social psychologists from SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poland replicated a modern version of the Milgram experiment and found results similar to studies conducted 50 years more »

Veterinary Motion Analysis Lab Could Lead to Better Treatments for Small Animals, Orthopedic Procedures in Humans

15 Mar 10:02 | SciTech

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Parenthood Linked To Longer Life

14 Mar 17:09 | SciTech

Parenthood is associated with a longer life than childlessness, particularly in older age, when health and capacity may start to decline, finds new more »

Media Advisory (Time Change): Rice's Tour to testify before Congress Wednesday

14 Mar 15:19 | U.S. News

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The Looming Threat Of Asian Tobacco Companies To Global Health

14 Mar 15:08 | World

There are already one billion tobacco smokers worldwide, and this number is likely to rise further with Asian tobacco companies poised to enter the global market, according to SFU health sciences professor Kelley more »

States with Expanded Medicaid Program Saw Higher Voter Turnout

14 Mar 10:49 | SciTech

MU researcher says that backlash against the Affordable Care Act and new beneficiaries contributed to increase in voter participationread more »

Media Advisory: Rice's Tour to testify before Congress Wednesday

14 Mar 10:17 | SciTech

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Poor Sleep In Early Childhood May Lead To Cognitive, Behavioral Problems In Later Years

13 Mar 18:04 | SciTech

A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital pediatrician finds that children ages 3 to 7 who don't get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control and peer relationships in more »

From Health To Politics, People Select Their Own Reality

13 Mar 16:13 | SciTech

Researchers say for all the information that is out there in an unprecedented "age of information" people make use of very little of it. read more »

Advanced Practice Nurses are Lowering Hospitalization Rates, Saving Money in Nursing Homes

13 Mar 12:58 | SciTech

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Could Fast Radio Bursts Be Powering Alien Probes?

10 Mar 2017 | SciTech

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success. However, newly published research suggests that mysterious phenomena called fast radio bursts could be evidence of advanced alien technology. read more »