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Study: Children up to Age 9 Unlikely to Spread COVID-19
Research
Study: Children up to Age 9 Unlikely to Spread COVID-19
2021-05-12 12:54:40
by Alexa Hornbeck

According to a recent study which followed a cohort of Israeli children there is little chance that kids up to age 9 will spread COVID-19 while returning to school.    “The main question was whether school reopening was accompanied by higher... Read More

Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
Science
Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
2021-05-05 14:02:37
by Alexa Hornbeck

Last week researchers at the University of California, Davis, published a study about a genetically encoded sensor called “PsychLight,” capable of detecting hallucinogenic compounds in the brain of mice, and how those compounds bind to receptors.  “The most shocking thing... Read More

Johns Hopkins Launches Institute to Foster New Renewable Energy Technologies
Education
Johns Hopkins Launches Institute to Foster New Renewable Energy Technologies
2021-04-23 19:27:15
by TWN Staff

Johns Hopkins University and its Whiting School of Engineering announced Thursday that they are establishing the Ralph S. O'Connor Sustainable Energy Institute to support ongoing research and education in the fields of clean, renewable, and sustainable energy technologies. The wide-ranging effort is the... Read More

Health Effects from Cannabis Addressed by THC Potency Caps
Science
Health Effects from Cannabis Addressed by THC Potency Caps
2021-04-20 15:29:55
by Alexa Hornbeck

Whether or not cannabis is harmful to human health is a continuing question for researchers, as some studies say smoking can have therapeutic effects, while others say long-term cannabis smokers experience anxiety at higher doses.  “There hasn’t been clear science... Read More

NASA's Mars Helicopter Takes Flight, 1st for Another Planet
Space
NASA's Mars Helicopter Takes Flight, 1st for Another Planet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet. The triumph was hailed as a... Read More

More Research Needed on Impact of COVID-19 on HIV
Health
More Research Needed on Impact of COVID-19 on HIV
2021-04-09 20:12:02
by Alexa Hornbeck

BETHESDA, Md. - The National Institutes of Health released a call for research on how COVID-19 may be indirectly and directly impacting those with HIV. According to the written statement the, “COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people with or at risk... Read More

Carbon Labeling of Food Shifts People’s Behavior—Even Among Those Actively Trying to Avoid Information
Science
Carbon Labeling of Food Shifts People’s Behavior—Even Among Those Actively Trying to Avoid Information
2021-04-06 19:17:17
by Anthropocene

This article is by Sarah DeWeerdt and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Carbon footprint labels cause people to choose meat products with 25% lower climate impact, according to a study of hypothetical purchasing decisions conducted in Sweden. The study... Read More

Lessons Learned on Motivating Voters from the 2020 Election Cycle
Research
Lessons Learned on Motivating Voters from the 2020 Election Cycle
2021-03-26 18:03:28
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, Change Research, a polling research firm, and New Georgia Project, a voting advocacy group, hosted a joint webinar discussion on how polling data was used to motivate and engage the American voting public during the 2020 election cycle.  ... Read More

America’s Bald Eagle Population Continues to Soar
Environment
America’s Bald Eagle Population Continues to Soar
2021-03-25 20:18:14
by TWN Staff

Populations of the American bald eagle — the bold national symbol of the United States — have quadrupled since 2009, according to a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners. Bald eagles once teetered on the brink of extinction, reaching... Read More

Weather Service Upgrades Models to Better Forecast Extreme Events
Weather
Weather Service Upgrades Models to Better Forecast Extreme Events
2021-03-23 19:50:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Weather Service has significantly upgraded its longstanding forecast model to better predict extreme weather events such as hurricanes, blizzards and downpours, as well as day-to-day weather across the U.S. While it is easy to get bogged... Read More

Hastings, Buchanan Revive Bipartisan Quest to End Animal Testing
Animal Rights
Hastings, Buchanan Revive Bipartisan Quest to End Animal Testing
2021-03-12 18:37:15
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., are reviving their quest to establish a National Center for Alternatives to Animals in Research and Testing and ultimately curtailing the use of animals in federally funded research.  Their bill, the Humane... Read More

Deep Local Roots Endure Even In Nationalized Partisan Political Era
Research
Deep Local Roots Endure Even In Nationalized Partisan Political Era
2021-03-05 22:30:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – A new study suggests the deeper a member of Congress’s local roots in their congressional district, the less likely they are to attract a primary challenger, and if they do, the more likely they are to win by... Read More

Retailers and Restaurants Take Control of Their Future
Economy
Retailers and Restaurants Take Control of Their Future
2021-02-25 15:07:38
by Sara Wilkerson

Retailers and restaurants are taking control of their future by adapting to evolving consumer behaviors via technology use and operating efficiencies says a new study released from Square Inc. Square’s “Future of Retail” and “Future of Restaurants” reports provide a... Read More

Lancet Report Slams Trump Administration Policies as 'Virulently Racist' and Lethal
Research
Lancet Report Slams Trump Administration Policies as 'Virulently Racist' and Lethal
2021-02-16 13:51:54
by Daniel Mollenkamp

A report in a major peer-reviewed journal described the effects of the Trump administration's policies on public health in the US as devastating, virulently racist, and lethally bad for public health. The report, which was published on Feb. 10 by... Read More

New Report Promotes ‘Quiet Climate’ Policies and Job Creation in Post COVID World
Think Tanks
New Report Promotes ‘Quiet Climate’ Policies and Job Creation in Post COVID World
2021-02-05 17:48:16
by Sara Wilkerson

A new report from the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental research center based in California, outlines how Congress can effectively tackle climate change while creating millions of jobs in the process. The report aims to prioritize specific climate change policy goals... Read More

New Studies Stress Importance of Environment in Cognitive Performance
Science
New Studies Stress Importance of Environment in Cognitive Performance
2021-02-04 15:39:57
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Two new studies paint a clear picture of the long-lasting, corrosive effects of poor sleep on the brain by linking neighborhood conditions to memory loss and cognitive performance in adolescents.  The first study found that persistent loud noises and other... Read More

Intervention to Encourage Voting by Mail Worked, Researchers Say
2020 Elections
Intervention to Encourage Voting by Mail Worked, Researchers Say
2021-01-19 20:24:56
by Dan McCue

Pennsylvania voters who received a postcard encouraging them to vote by mail in the state's June 2 primary were more likely to request a ballot and successfully cast it than voters who did not receive the reminder, a University of... Read More

Foundation Opens Door to ‘Whole Different World’ for Children with Ultra Rare Diseases
Health
Foundation Opens Door to ‘Whole Different World’ for Children with Ultra Rare Diseases
2020-12-23 17:05:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It began as a story no new parent wants to tell. "I always say that the day my daughter was born was the happiest day of my life, because that was the only day I didn't worry about... Read More

Report Shows Women Ran, Won, and Donated in Record Numbers in 2020
Research
Report Shows Women Ran, Won, and Donated in Record Numbers in 2020
2020-12-22 18:14:57
by Sara Wilkerson

A joint report from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in Politics, non-profit organizations dedicated to researching and tracking election finance, reveals that women participated in record numbers during the 2020 election cycle.  There are... Read More

NIH to Study Allergic Reactions Linked to COVID-19 Shots
Health
NIH to Study Allergic Reactions Linked to COVID-19 Shots

The National Institutes of Health plans to begin a clinical trial that aims to help doctors “predict and manage” allergic reactions related to Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said during a Monday... Read More

Gen Z Voters Maintain Faith in Democracy, Despite Election Concerns
Research
Gen Z Voters Maintain Faith in Democracy, Despite Election Concerns
2020-11-12 21:36:43
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - In a Georgetown University focus group webinar of voters from Generation Z, the first-time voters expressed their excitement over participating in the democratic process, while at the same time voiced concerns about various influences on the election. The... Read More

Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election
Health
Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election

President-elect Joe Biden's health care advisers have held talks with pharmaceutical-industry executives in which they discussed Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. development program for coronavirus vaccines and treatments, according to people familiar with the matter. Biden advisers met with companies that have COVID-19 vaccines... Read More

New Survey Suggests Americans are Sleeping Less and Drinking More
Opinion Polls
New Survey Suggests Americans are Sleeping Less and Drinking More
2020-11-03 18:59:21
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey conducted by ValuePenguin, a data-based personal finance research company, shows that more than a quarter of Americans are getting less sleep and that 1 in 5 are drinking more alcohol as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read More

Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful
Research
Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful

One year ago, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security assessed the readiness of 195 countries around the world to confront a deadly disease outbreak. Topping the list of most-prepared nations was the United States of America. But that forecast... Read More

Pew Study Suggests Ticket-Splitting Will be Almost Nonexistent on Election Day
Voting
Pew Study Suggests Ticket-Splitting Will be Almost Nonexistent on Election Day
2020-10-22 16:38:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Consider it another sign of an increasing partisan divide -- heading into the final week of the 2020 election cycle, only 4% of registered voters in states with a Senate contest say they will support Donald Trump or... Read More

Don’t Know Any COVID-19 Patients Who’ve Died or Been in the Hospital? That May Explain a Lot
Research
Don’t Know Any COVID-19 Patients Who’ve Died or Been in the Hospital? That May Explain a Lot

Seven months into the pandemic, it’s no secret that plenty of people still downplay the risks of COVID-19, scoffing at mask-wearing and social distancing. Politics clearly feeds that mindset, as suggested by a new Pew Research Center survey in which... Read More

Americans are Drinking More Alcohol During Pandemic — Especially Women, Study Finds
In The News
Americans are Drinking More Alcohol During Pandemic — Especially Women, Study Finds

Pandemic-fatigued Americans are drinking about 14% more alcohol this year than they did in 2019, an alarming increase that’s even more pronounced among women, researchers said Tuesday. The new study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, found a 17%... Read More

Signs of Depression Have Tripled in US Since Pandemic Started
Research
Signs of Depression Have Tripled in US Since Pandemic Started

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched pretty much every person in America — and it shows in the state of our mental health. The prevalence of sleep troubles, lethargy, feelings of hopelessness and other depression symptoms in adults across the country... Read More

FDA Blocks Much-Anticipated BioMarin Hemophilia Gene Therapy
Regulation
FDA Blocks Much-Anticipated BioMarin Hemophilia Gene Therapy

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA (AP) — Investors fled drug developer BioMarin in droves on Wednesday, driving shares down by a third after U.S. regulators rejected the company’s potentially game-changing hemophilia A gene therapy over concerns it might not really be a... Read More

Democratic Convention Draws 18.7 Million TV Viewers, Down 28% From 2016
Television
Democratic Convention Draws 18.7 Million TV Viewers, Down 28% From 2016

MSNBC had the largest prime-time audience on the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but overall viewing of the party’s virtual gathering on Monday was down significantly from four years ago. Nielsen data showed an average of around... Read More

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