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After Great Recession, Americans are unhappy, worried, pessimistic, Rutgers study finds

The protracted and uneven recovery from the Great Recession has led most Americans to conclude that the U.S. economy has undergone a permanent change for the worse, according to a new national study at Rutgers. Seven in 10 now say...

Getting things done: How does changing the way you think about deadlines help you reach your goals?

From doing yard work to finishing up the last few classes required for a college degree, consumers struggle to get things done. According to a new study in the Journal...

To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnership

The best way to combat cyberattacks may be a joint public-private partnership between government and business, says a new paper from Jay Kesan, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Research Scholar at the University of Illinois College of Law.Cyberattacks loom as an increasingly dire threat to privacy, national security and the global economy, and the best way to blunt their impact may be a public-private partnership between government...

INFORMS study shows social welfare may fall in a more ethical market

For "credence services" such as auto-repair, healthcare, and legal services, the benefit to the customers for the service is difficult to assess before and even after the service. A new...

Smartphone-loss anxiety disorder

The smart phone has changed our behavior, sometimes for the better as we are now able to connect and engage with many more people than ever before, sometimes for the...

Study identifies factors that contribute to food trucks' fast spread

They're not your father's lowbrow roach coaches serving up greasy burgers and bad dogs. Today's gourmet food trucks peddle sushi, hybrid Korean tacos and other dishes that combine different types...

Make your mobile device live up to its true potential -- as a data collection tool

Leaf measurements are often critical in plant physiological and ecological studies, but traditional methods have been time consuming and sometimes destructive to plant samples. Researchers at the University of California,...

Patent examiners more likely to approve marginal inventions when pressed for time

The less time patent examiners are given to review an application, the more likely they are to grant patent protection to inventions 'on the margin,' says a study co-authored by Melissa Wasserman, the Richard and Anne Stockton Faculty Scholar and Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Scholar at the University of Illinois College of Law.Haste makes waste, as the old saying goes. And according to research from a University of Illinois expert in patent law, the same adage could be applied to the U.S....

Rutgers researchers show that how fast you drive might reveal exactly where you are going

Information on the driver's origin and speed alone enabled the Rutgers elastic pathing method to predict the driver's path, in black. This matched the driver's actual path, shown in red.In our constantly connected, information-rich society, some drivers are jumping at the chance to let auto insurance companies monitor their driving habits in return for a handsome discount on their...

Wiki ranking

Wikipedia the free, online collaborative encyclopedia is an important source of information. However, while the team of volunteer editors endeavors to maintain high standards, there are occasionally problems with the...

Mid-level scientists most likely to use new research tools, says study in INFORMS journal

Scientists in the middle of the status hierarchy, not those at the top or the bottom, are the first to work with easy-to-use commercial products. They are also the most...

An inconvenient truth: Does responsible consumption benefit corporations more than society?

Are environmental and social problems such as global warming and poverty the result of inadequate governmental regulations or does the burden fall on our failure as consumers to make better consumption choices? According to a new study in the Journal...

Are consumers more likely to purchase unintentionally green products?

A Fortune 500 company is redesigning a popular product using materials that are friendlier to the environment. How will consumers respond to the newly redesigned, "greener" product? According to a...

Organic vs. paid advertising? Inside the mind of an online browser

The keyword term a consumer uses in their search engine query can predict the likelihood that they will click on an organic or paid advertisement. That's according to new research...

Hacking Gmail with 92 percent success

A team of engineers have developed a method that allows them to successfully hack into apps up to 92 percent of the time.A team of researchers, including an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, have identified a weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows and iOS...

Delivery by drone

In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery,...

Personal, public costs of scientific misconduct calculated

This is Dr. Ferric Fang in his microbiology lab at the University of Washington. In addition to being a laboratory medicine physician and a researcher, Fang also studies the reasons behind, and the consequences of, scientific misconduct.Much has been assumed about the private and public damage of scientific misconduct. Yet few have tried to measure the costs to perpetrators and to society.

New tool makes a single picture worth far more than a thousand words

Users can use the tool to focus on images in which President Obama appears over Stephen Colbert's shoulder, and then observe Colbert's typical body posture among those results.A photo is worth a thousand words, but what if the image could also represent thousands of other images?

Statistical model predicts performance of hybrid rice

Shizhong Xu is a professor of genetics at UC Riverside.Genomic prediction, a new field of quantitative genetics, is a statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance....

Carnegie Mellon photo editing tool enables object images to be manipulated in 3-D

A 3-D photo editing system developed at Carnegie Mellon University makes it possible to take a photo of an origami crane, left, and turn it to reveal surfaces hidden from the camera, while maintaining a realistic appearance, as seen at right. The object's shape can be changed, here enabling an animation showing the crane flapping its wings.Editors of photos routinely resize objects, or move them up, down or sideways, but Carnegie Mellon University researchers are adding an extra dimension to photo editing by enabling editors to...

Farm manager plays leading role in postharvest loss

Road conditions in Mato Grosso are poor, making transporting grain difficult.With all the effort it takes to grow a food crop from seed to sale, it may be surprising that some farms in Brazil lose 10 to 12 percent of...

Students cope well with healthier snacks

Students do not mind buying healthier snacks from vending machines, according to research published in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health. The findings could have implications...

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