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Saharan Dust Plume Blankets Caribbean, Putting Hurricane Season On Pause
Science
Saharan Dust Plume Blankets Caribbean, Putting Hurricane Season On Pause
2020-06-23 12:16:44
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON –– A massive plume of dust from the Sahara Desert is slowly making its way from the west coast of Africa towards North and South America, creating drier-than-usual atmospheric conditions over the Atlantic Ocean. The cloud, which astronauts have... Read More

Partisan Gap Could Limit US Recovery Ahead of Election
Research
Partisan Gap Could Limit US Recovery Ahead of Election

Democrats and Republicans hold starkly diverging views of the U.S. economy and the gap is widening as the pandemic persists, casting a shadow over President Donald Trump’s hopes for a V-shaped recovery powered by pent-up demand as nationwide lockdowns ease.... Read More

How Has the Electorate Changed Since Trump? The Gender Gap is Wider, Research Shows
Political News
How Has the Electorate Changed Since Trump? The Gender Gap is Wider, Research Shows

WASHINGTON — There are several noticeable changes in the makeup of the Democratic and Republican parties since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center. Reports of a widened gender gap and more minorities leaning... Read More

Malaria Drug Fails to Prevent COVID-19 in a Rigorous Study
Health
Malaria Drug Fails to Prevent COVID-19 in a Rigorous Study

A malaria drug President Donald Trump took to try to prevent COVID-19 proved ineffective for that in the first large, high-quality study to test it in people in close contact with someone with the disease. Results published Wednesday by the New England... Read More

New Poll Finds Majority of Hawaiians Support Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds Majority of Hawaiians Support Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope
2020-05-29 12:29:26
by Dan McCue

A majority of Hawaii residents continue to support the construction of a new observatory atop the dormant Maunakea volcano on the Big Island of the archipelago, despite protests that have brought the project to a standstill, a new poll shows.... Read More

Bee Species Rediscovered After Scientists Thought It May No Longer Exist
Environment
Bee Species Rediscovered After Scientists Thought It May No Longer Exist

A species of bee from Florida that scientists thought might no longer exist was rediscovered earlier this spring, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History. Before then, the blue calamintha bee had not been observed since 2016. “I was... Read More

New Study Shows Why Democrats Should Be Cautious of Biden’s National Polling Lead
Research
New Study Shows Why Democrats Should Be Cautious of Biden’s National Polling Lead

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton famously lost to Donald Trump in 2016 despite winning more votes overall because she underperformed in key states in the Electoral College. But a new study released Wednesday quantifies exactly how many votes the former Democratic... Read More

Older Americans More Attentive To COVID-19 News Than Younger Adults
Research
Older Americans More Attentive To COVID-19 News Than Younger Adults
2020-04-28 13:00:07
by Gaspard Le Dem

The coronavirus crisis has dominated headlines in 2020, but research shows some Americans are paying more attention than others. According to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center, nearly all U.S. adults -- about 92% -- say they’re keeping... Read More

Majority of Young Adults Ignored Social Distancing Orders, Survey Suggests
Health
Majority of Young Adults Ignored Social Distancing Orders, Survey Suggests

We’ve all heard it incessantly for the past month amid the coronavirus outbreak: “maintain social distancing.” But despite shutting down businesses, working from home and traveling less, people still went out in droves to go on jogs and meet friends... Read More

Crucial Suburbs Not Defined by 'Ozzie and Harriet' Anymore
Think Tanks
Crucial Suburbs Not Defined by 'Ozzie and Harriet' Anymore
2020-04-09 21:01:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While Republicans and Democrats alike concede the road to the White House is paved through America's suburbs, what's less clear is how much they truly understand this rapidly changing portion of the electorate. For decades, the suburbs were... Read More

Willingness to Pay for News and Other Media On the Rise, Study Finds
Media
Willingness to Pay for News and Other Media On the Rise, Study Finds
2020-04-02 17:22:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While less than 16% of consumers currently pay for news and another 44% pay for entertainment, a willingness to pay for content they really want to see is on the rise, according to new research from the World... Read More

Most Reasonable Path to Senate Flip Is Trouncing of Trump, Think Tank Says
Think Tanks
Most Reasonable Path to Senate Flip Is Trouncing of Trump, Think Tank Says
2020-02-12 21:19:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The start of primary season tends to focus the mind on the race for the White House, but if Democrats want to retake control of the U.S. Senate as well, they need to be looking at a decisive... Read More

Illinois Loses Population for a Sixth Straight Year
Research
Illinois Loses Population for a Sixth Straight Year

CHICAGO — Illinois’ population went down by an estimated 51,250 people in 2019, or 0.4%, marking the sixth consecutive year the state has lost residents, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Since the turn of the decade,... Read More

New Years Deadliest Holiday to be On Roadways, Study Says
In The News
New Years Deadliest Holiday to be On Roadways, Study Says

ORLANDO, Fla. — Not everyone’s New Years celebration is happy and healthy as a study finds the day to be the deadliest holiday of the year behind the wheel. Nearly 1,000 people died on U.S. roadways over a three-day period... Read More

US Astronaut Sets Record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman
In The News
US Astronaut Sets Record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman

A U.S. astronaut set a record Saturday for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the old mark of 288 days with about two months left in her mission. Christina Koch, a 40-year-old electrical engineer from Livingston, Montana, arrived... Read More

Ohioans’ Liquor Consumption at All-Time High
State News
Ohioans’ Liquor Consumption at All-Time High

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was 7:30 a.m. inside a nearly vacant Giant Eagle grocery store in New Albany, but in the back corner there were 18 people standing outside the shuttered liquor section. The liquor store didn’t open until 9... Read More

Facts Are Misremembered to Fit Personal Biases, Study Finds
Research
Facts Are Misremembered to Fit Personal Biases, Study Finds

If you’re looking for who’s responsible for all the misinformation out there, you might want to take a peek in the mirror. OK, OK, it’s not all your fault. Although external sources of misinformation like “fake news” and purposeful disinformation... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
Research
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
2019-12-17 16:06:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Problem Solvers Caucus is throwing its support behind legislation that would update allergen labeling laws, and provide increased funding for research and treatment of food allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 32... Read More

Suicides and Overdoses Among Factors Fueling Drop in US Life Expectancy
Research
Suicides and Overdoses Among Factors Fueling Drop in US Life Expectancy

It’s official: Americans are dying much sooner in life. Preliminary signals of declining health were neither a false alarm nor a statistical fluke. A reversal of American life expectancy, a downward trend that has now been sustained for three years... Read More

Chicago Lagging Other Big Cities in Job Growth, Report Says
Employment
Chicago Lagging Other Big Cities in Job Growth, Report Says

CHICAGO — Chicago could experience weak job growth and substantial job displacement over the next decade if it doesn’t boost its profile in the tech industry and train workers, according to a new study. The analysis, published recently by the... Read More

Johns Hopkins Researchers Harmed Dogs, Animal Rights Group Claims
Litigation
Johns Hopkins Researchers Harmed Dogs, Animal Rights Group Claims

BALTIMORE — An animal rights group has filed a complaint against Johns Hopkins University for what it describes as botched surgeries on nine dogs that led to their paralysis and euthanasia. This is the second complaint filed with the U.S.... Read More

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