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      November 20, 2020

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      A new global analysis has assessed the height and weight of school-aged children and adolescents across the world. The study ...
      For centuries, historians and scientists mostly agreed that when early human groups sought food, men hunted and women gathered. Not so, ...
      While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten millions of lives around the world, the first half of 2020 saw ...
      Rising nitrous oxide emissions are jeopardizing the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, according to a major new study. The growing use of nitrogen fertilizers in the ...
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      Loneliness in Youth Could Impact Mental Health Over the Long Term

      A new review reports on the available evidence about children and young people specifically, stating that loneliness is associated with mental health problems, including depression and ...

      Social Isolation During COVID-19 Pandemic Linked With High Blood Pressure

      A new study finds that lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic is associated with an increase in high blood pressure among patients admitted to ...

      Smartphone Screen Time Linked to Preference for Quicker but Smaller Rewards

      In a new study, people who spent more time on their phones -- particularly on gaming or social media apps -- were more likely to reject larger, delayed rewards in favor of smaller, immediate ...

      Racial Attitudes in a Community Affect COVID-19 Numbers

      Implicit racial attitudes within a community can effectively explain racial disparities seen in rates of COVID-19 in the United States, according to a new ...

      Web Searches for Insomnia Surged at Height of COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders

      A study found a significant increase in the number of online search queries for 'insomnia' between April and May 2020, when governments across the U.S. and around the world implemented ...

      Pandemic Has Surprising Impacts on Public Transit Demand

      The COVID-19 pandemic had surprising effects on demand for public transit in American cities, new research suggests. While demand for public transit dropped about 73 percent across the country after ...

      COVID-19 Highlights Risks of Wildlife Trade

      Researchers say that more epidemics resulting from animal hosts are inevitable unless urgent action is taken. To protect against future pandemics, they call for governments to establish effective ...

      Driver Behavior Influences Traffic Patterns as Much as Roadway Design

      Urban planners may soon have a new way to measure traffic congestion. By capturing the different routes by which vehicles can travel between locations, researchers have developed a new computer ...

      More Than Half of in-Hospital Deaths from COVID-19 Among Black, Hispanic Patients, Study Finds

      Researchers found that Black and Hispanic people made up 58 percent of all patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and 53 percent of those who died from the ...

      Study of Non-COVID-19 Deaths Shows 2020 Increase in Several Demographics

      March through May saw a significant increase in deaths over previous years -- and not just from COVID-19, says a new study. When deaths attributed to COVID-19 were removed from the Centers for ...

      NASA Model Reveals How Much COVID-Related Pollution Levels Deviated from the Norm

      Using computer models to generate a COVID-free 2020 for comparison, NASA researchers found that since February, pandemic restrictions have reduced global nitrogen dioxide concentrations by nearly 20 ...

      Microbial Remedies Target Chemical Threats in the Environment

      Researchers explore new ways to rid the environment of co-occurring toxic chemicals, TCE and perchlorate. To accomplish this, Fe0 in combination with microbial cultures containing an unusual microbe ...

      In a Pandemic, Migration Away from Dense Cities More Effective Than Closing Borders

      During the COVID-19 pandemic, closing national borders and borders between states and regions has been prevalent. But does it help? In a new paper, researchers decided to put this hypothesis to the ...

      Reducing Aerosol Pollution Without Cutting Carbon Dioxide Could Make the Planet Hotter

      Humans must reduce carbon dioxide and aerosol pollution simultaneously to avoid weakening the ocean's ability to keep the planet cool, new research ...

      Implementing Carbon Pricing During the Pandemic Could Help Countries Recover Greener, Smarter

      As economies 'build back better,' it may be an opportune time to introduce carbon pricing to tackle climate change, according to new ...

      Here's Why Conservatives and Liberals Differ on COVID-19

      New research finds that the differences between conservative and liberal responses to COVID-19 are mitigated when people perceive the virus itself to have agency -- the ability to control its own ...

      How Will COVID-19 Affect Our Next Generation?

      Exposure to COVID-19 could pose a risk to the health and aging of individuals who aren't even born yet, according to a newly published analysis. By the end of 2020, approximately 300,000 infants ...

      Teacher Quality Scores Change Depending on Students, School

      School districts across the U.S. are increasingly using student test scores to rate the effectiveness of teachers, but a new study found that the scores have less to do with individual teachers and ...

      Some U.S. States Hit Harder by COVID-19 Food Insecurity

      Food insecurity in America is reaching an all-time high during the COVID-19 pandemic. But large regional differences exist in the severity of the ...

      Ecotourism Fans May Be in It for the Social Posts

      A new study suggests ecotourism's altruistic attractions may be overshadowed by another benefit: photos for social ...

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