Researchers use CRISPR to manipulate social behavior in ants

Public Release: 10-Aug-2017   Cell Press   IMAGE: This photograph shows Ooceraea biroi workers tagged with color dots for individual behavioral tracking. Credit: Daniel Kronauer The Rockefeller University The gene-editing technology called CRISPR has revolutionized the way that the function of genes is studied. So far, CRISPR has been widely used to precisely modify single-celled…

Bush and Obama’s gifts to Trump: More war-making powers

Public Release: 8-Aug-2017   University of Waterloo Thanks to the military interventions by the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, the former presidents have effectively expanded executive authority for Donald Trump to go to war, a study from the University of Waterloo has found. The study of U.S. military interventions between 2001 and 2016…

Doctors don’t have the time or get enough money to prescribe drug for opioid addiction

“The most common reasons given for not prescribing at capacity included no time for more patients (36 percent) and insufficient reimbursement (15.4 percent). “ Public Release: 3-Aug-2017 Why are doctors underusing a drug to treat opioid addiction? Access to counseling for patients, mentoring for physicians could help increase use, survey says American Psychological Association WASHINGTON…

Condemned prisoners prefer formalwear at executions, UC study finds

Public Release: 2-Aug-2017   How prisoners dressed for executions says a lot about the condemned and the pageantry of American capital punishment, according to a UC study University of Cincinnati   IMAGE: Newspapers around the world covered the trial and execution of Martha Place, convicted of strangling her stepdaughter. view more Credit: New York World,…

Celebrity Twitter accounts display ‘bot-like’ behavior – 40 and 60% of all Twitter accounts are bots

Public Release: 1-Aug-2017   University of Cambridge ‘Celebrity’ Twitter accounts – those with more than 10 million followers – display more bot-like behaviour than users with fewer followers, according to new research. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used data from Twitter to determine whether bots can be accurately detected, how bots behave, and…

Poll: Partisan politics sway Americans’ support for Constitutional rights

Public Release: 27-Jul-2017   National survey finds commitment to key freedoms wavers when opposition is involved University of Massachusetts Lowell LOWELL, Mass. – Americans are willing to sacrifice their support for basic Constitutional rights – including freedoms of speech, assembly and the press – when such beliefs are tested by people with opposing political views,…

Doctor Burnout at epidemic levels as we push for 24 hour work shifts

Public Release: 26-Jul-2017 Should doctors work longer shifts? Experts debate whether trainees should work 24-hour shifts BMJ This week, The BMJ looks at the issue of working hours and burnout among doctors. An editorial warns burnout rates among doctors have reached an “epidemic level” And one doctor argues that willingness to work extra hours is…

Why was MacronLeaks’ influence limited in the French election?

Public Release: 20-Jul-2017   New USC research finds disinformation campaign spread and consumed mostly by foreigners on social media University of Southern California A few days before the presidential election in France this year, documents purported to contain unverified information that was damaging to Emmanuel Macron’s campaign were leaked online, just before a nationwide moratorium…

The surprising trend in extramarital sex in America

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017   Older Americans are cheating more on spouses, U professor finds University of Utah   America’s generation gap is surfacing in a surprising statistic: rates of extramarital sex. Older Americans are cheating on their spouses more than their younger counterparts, with 20 percent of married Americans over age 55 reporting they’ve engaged…

Hacked Emails Alleged “ Lynch told Renteria she would make sure the FBI’s investigation into Clinton failed to run its course.”

“In that email, the committee said that Wasserman Schultz admitted Lynch had private talks with a senior Clinton campaign staffer, Amanda Renteria. The email is said to contain details confirming that Lynch told Renteria she would make sure the FBI’s investigation into Clinton failed to run its course.”   Senate Investigating Whether Lynch Stymied Clinton…

Voting Districts are horribly unbalanced

Public Release: 23-Jun-2017 More democracy through mathematics Researchers develop mathematical method for fair definition of electoral districts Technical University of Munich (TUM)   Caption Although the electoral wards for the German election were newly tailored in 2012, already in 2013, the year of the election, population changes led to deviations above the desired maximum value…

An end to population aging in China, Germany, USA

Public Release: 21-Jun-2017   International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Population aging could peak by 2040 in Germany and by 2070 in China, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, which combines new measures of aging with probabilistic population projections from the UN. In the USA, the study shows very little…

We are much more unique than assumed

Public Release: 19-Jun-2017 Computational biologists discover surprisingly strong effects from protein variation Technical University of Munich (TUM) Every human being has a unique DNA “fingerprint”. In other words, the genetic material of any two individuals can be clearly distinguished. Computational biologists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now determined that the impact of…