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Pitfalls of outsourcing public welfare

When it comes to rooting out wasteful spending in federal entitlement programs, attention has long focused on preventing beneficiaries from gaming the system. A new Stanford study identifies a fresh cause for concern: the for-profit companies that the U.S. government increasingly tasks with providing benefits to Americans who are often poor, elderly or both. In

2019-10-24T12:23:37-06:00Tags: |

5 things to know about Gen Z employees and sustainability

A major generational transition in the workforce is underway, with 10,000 Baby Boomers reaching retirement age every day. The newest entrant to the workforce, Gen Z, is expected to make up 30 percent of the U.S. workforce in just four years. Because they are the most highly educated, tech-savviest generation to hit the workforce, the

2018-10-03T02:48:03-06:00Tags: |

Most popular vitamin and mineral supplements provide no health benefit, study finds

The most commonly consumed vitamin and mineral supplements provide no consistent health benefit or harm, suggests a new study led by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto. Published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the systematic review of existing data and single randomized control trials published in

2018-05-30T08:33:07-06:00Tags: |

Carbon-recycling system: Two-electron chemical reactions using light energy, gold

Scientists are one step closer to building a carbon-recycling system that can harvest solar energy to efficiently convert CO2 and water into liquid fuels. By optimizing many parts of the system, the researchers say, they can now drive two-electron chemical reactions, a substantial advance over one-electron reactions, which are energy inefficient. The research, reported in

2018-05-16T06:33:33-06:00Tags: |

Research Explores Workers’ Response to Abusive Supervision

A recent Naveen Jindal School of Management study examined the damaging impact abusive supervision has in the workplace including the ways employees respond with retaliatory behavior, which lowers productivity. Abusive supervision refers to subordinates’ perceptions of supervisors engaging in the sustained hostile verbal and nonverbal behaviors, excluding physical contact. It can affect employees’ well-being, health and work performance. Research

2018-02-22T07:59:49-06:00Tags: |

NTU study finds that hackers could guess your phone PIN using its sensor data

Instruments in smart phones such as the accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensors represent a potential security vulnerability, according to researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), whose research was published in the open-access Cryptology ePrint Archive on 6 Dec. Using a combination of information gathered from six different sensors found in smart phones and

2018-01-01T17:47:44-06:00Tags: |

Alaskan Microgrids Offer Energy Resilience and Independence

The electrical grid in the contiguous United States is a behemoth of interconnected systems. If one section fails or is sabotaged, millions of citizens could be without power. Remote villages in Alaska provide an example of how safeguards could build resilience into a larger electrical grid. These communities rely on microgrids -- small, local power

2018-01-01T06:53:50-06:00Tags: |

How Happiness and Income Are Linked

WASHINGTON — People who earn more money tend to experience more positive emotions focused on themselves, while people who earn less take greater pleasure in their relationships and ability to connect with others, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “Higher income has many benefits, including improved health and life satisfaction, but is

2017-12-21T11:29:15-06:00Tags: |

In first, 3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics

Imagine a bottle of laundry detergent that can sense when you're running low on soap -- and automatically connect to the internet to place an order for more. University of Washington researchers are the first to make this a reality by 3-D printing plastic objects and sensors that can collect useful data and communicate with

2017-12-09T08:16:55-06:00Tags: |

Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric

BINGHAMTON, NY - A research team led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York has developed an entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered bio-battery that could one day be integrated into wearable electronics. The team, led by Binghamton University Electrical and Computer Science Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi, created an entirely textile-based biobattery that can produce

2017-12-08T09:19:09-06:00Tags: |

Materialists collect Facebook friends and spend more time on social media

If you’re materialistic, you’re likely to use Facebook more frequently and intensely. A new paper in Heliyon reveals that materialistic people see and treat their Facebook friends as “digital objects,” and have significantly more friends than people who are less interested in possessions. It also shows that materialists have a greater need to compare themselves

2017-11-24T14:20:30-06:00Tags: |

Scientists identify mechanism that helps us inhibit unwanted thoughts

Scientists have identified a key chemical within the ‘memory’ region of the brain that allows us to suppress unwanted thoughts, helping explain why people who suffer from disorders such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and schizophrenia often experience persistent intrusive thoughts when these circuits go awry. We are sometimes confronted with reminders of

2017-11-05T08:30:25-06:00Tags: |

Why people use Snapchat

Newswise — The simplicity of the platform and brevity of posts are key factors in determining how students can become addicted. In a world where people struggle with a seemingly diminishing attention span, Snapchat could be the best form of communication. Posts last just 10 seconds. That’s it. No deep thoughts or analytical narrative to

2017-10-02T08:18:33-06:00Tags: |