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Benefits of whistleblower programs outweigh costs

Promoting and maintaining financial fraud whistleblower programs, such as those of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), is costly.

Stock market models help NYU researchers predict animal behavior

In an unexpected mashup of financial and mechanical engineering, researchers have discovered that the same modeling used to forecast fluctuations in the stock market can be used to predict aspects...

How liveable are our cities?

An international study has devised a new measure for the "livability" of major cities across the world. The Global Liveable Cities Index (GLCI) takes into account the sensibilities of ordinary...

Himalayan Viagra fuels caterpillar fungus gold rush

Young people are especially adept at harvesting yartsa gunbu because of their keen eyesight.Overwhelmed by speculators trying to cash-in on a prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to do at the local level what world leaders...

Ancient auditory illusions reflected in prehistoric art?

Here are prehistoric paintings of hoofed animals in a cave with thunderous reverberations located in Bhimbetka, India.Some of humankind's earliest and most mysterious artistic achievements -- including prehistoric cave paintings, canyon petroglyphs and megalithic structures such as Stonehenge -- may have been inspired by the behaviors...

Some scientists share better than others

Some scientists share better than others.Some scientists share better than others. While astronomers and geneticists embrace the concept, the culture of ecology still has a ways to go.

User-friendly electronic 'EyeCane' enhances navigational abilities for the blind

This is a flow chart depicting the use of the device and an illustration of a user. Note the two sensor beams, one pointing directly ahead, and one pointing towards the ground for obstacle detection.White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training...

Improved electricity access has little impact on climate change

Improving household electricity access in India over the last 30 years contributed only marginally to the nation's total carbon emissions growth during that time, according to a new study published...

The social web of things

Research to be published in the International Journal of Web-Based Communities suggests that the familiar interfaces of online social networking sites might be adapted to allow us to interact more...

Study: Talking while driving safest with someone who can see what you see

University of Illinois Beckman Institute director Arthur Kramer and his colleagues found that drivers have fewer collisions when speaking on a cell phone to a remote partner who can see the road ahead than when speaking on a cell phone to someone who has no awareness of conditions inside or outside the car.A new study offers fresh insights into how talking on a cell phone or to a passenger while driving affects one's performance behind the wheel. The study used a driving...

Through the combining glass

Trying on clothes when a shop is closed could become a reality thanks to new research that uses semi-transparent mirrors in interactive systems and which will be unveiled at an...

Catering to needs of in-store, online customers boosts marketing effectiveness, revenue

Online retail sales totaled $75 billion in the second quarter of 2014, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. As consumers shop more using the Internet and cell phones, retailers must adjust their marketing strategies to reach these consumers....

Cybersecurity experts discover lapses in Heartbleed bug fix

A detailed analysis by cybersecurity experts from the University of Maryland found that website administrators nationwide tasked with patching security holes exploited by the Heartbleed bug may not have done...

Little evidence conservation organizations respond to economic signals

A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, study finds that nonprofit organizations aiming to protect biodiversity show little evidence of responding to economic signals, which could limit the effectiveness of future conservation...

Do financial experts make better investments?

Financial experts do not make better investment decisions than untrained peer investors, suggests a study co-authored by Andrei Simonov, associate professor of finance at Michigan State University.Financial experts do not make higher returns on their own investments than untrained investors, according to research by a Michigan State University business scholar.

Starting salaries largely stagnant; internship scene improves

For new college grads, starting salaries are stagnant, though internships are plentiful, finds a new study by Michigan State University economist Phil Gardner.The job market for new college graduates may be heating up fast, but starting salaries will see only modest growth, a Michigan State University economist says in a new study.

Beyond LOL cats, social networks could become trove of biodiversity data

Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey. Grumpy Cat. "Peanut," the Ugliest Dog in the World. These might be a sampling of the most familiar animals to millions of users of social networking...

Digital native fallacy: Teachers still know better when it comes to using technology

Members of today's younger Net Generation aren't more tech savvy than their teachers just because they were born into a world full of computers. In fact, if it weren't for...

Survey: Texans share lessons learned as second enrollment period of ACA health insurance nears

While most Texans used healthcare.gov earlier this year to get information or to enroll in a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), larger percentages of Texans found...

Study: Only 58 percent of votes cast on tamper-resistant systems counted

A Rice University study of tamper-resistant voting methods revealed that only 58 percent of ballots were successfully cast across three voting systems. The researchers concluded additional work is needed to...

Country's economy plays role in Internet file-sharing patterns

Peer-to-peer file sharing of movies, television shows, music, books and other files over the Internet has grown rapidly worldwide as an alternative approach for people to get the digital content...

Pressing the accelerator on quantum robotics

The theoretical work has focused on using quantum computing to accelerate the machine learning.Quantum computing will allow for the creation of powerful computers, but also much smarter and more creative robots than conventional ones. This was the conclusion arrived at by researchers from...

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