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Money-saving health plans do little to curb spending on unnecessary medical services
Recent research on causes of gun violence analyzed
Could death rates have swung the 2016 election?
Algae could feed and fuel planet with aid of new high-tech tool
Hydropower dam energy without sacrificing Mekong food supply: New research offers solution
Brain scans may reveal most effective anti-drug messages
Security flaw found: 10 million banking app users at risk
Could ancient bones suggest Santa was real?
Scientists explain Rudolph, Grinch, Scrooge


Money-saving health plans do little to curb spending on unnecessary medical services



Posted: 07 Dec 2017 01:07 PM PST


Claims for unnecessary medical services remain steady, despite changes in the insurance market designed to place more spending decisions in consumers' hands, report investigators. An increasingly common type of high-deductible insurance plan is touted for its money-saving potential, but a growing body of research indicates the plans don't motivate patients - or doctors - to curb spending on unnecessary medical services.


Recent research on causes of gun violence analyzed



Posted: 07 Dec 2017 01:07 PM PST


Consensus is growing in recent research evaluating the impact of right-to-carry concealed handgun laws, showing that they increase violent crime, despite what older research says.


Could death rates have swung the 2016 election?



Posted: 07 Dec 2017 12:45 PM PST


A new study shows that climbing mortality rates of middle-aged white people were associated with many counties voting Republican in the 2016 presidential election.


Algae could feed and fuel planet with aid of new high-tech tool



Posted: 07 Dec 2017 11:18 AM PST


Vast quantities of medicines and renewable fuels could be produced by algae using a new gene-editing technique, a study suggests.


Hydropower dam energy without sacrificing Mekong food supply: New research offers solution



Posted: 07 Dec 2017 11:17 AM PST


Nearly 100 hydropower dams are planned for construction along tributaries off the Mekong River's 2,700-mile stretch. In a new article, researchers present a mathematical formula to balance power generation needs with the needs of fisheries downstream.


Brain scans may reveal most effective anti-drug messages



Posted: 07 Dec 2017 06:49 AM PST


What if you could look into the brains of potential drug abusers and see what messages would be most likely to persuade them to 'just say no?' That's the ultimate goal of researchers whose new study scanned the brains of people while they watched anti-drug public service announcements.


Security flaw found: 10 million banking app users at risk



Posted: 06 Dec 2017 01:23 PM PST


Researchers have developed a tool to perform semi-automated security testing of mobile phone apps. After running the tool on a sample of 400 security critical apps, they were able to identify a critical vulnerability in banking apps.


Could ancient bones suggest Santa was real?



Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:30 PM PST


Was St Nicholas, the fourth century saint who inspired the iconography of Santa Claus, a legend or was he a real person? New research has revealed that bones long venerated as relics of the saint, do in fact date from the right historical period.


Scientists explain Rudolph, Grinch, Scrooge



Posted: 05 Dec 2017 11:28 AM PST


A reindeer with a red glowing nose. A heart, two sizes two small, that suddenly grows three sizes. A trip to the past and to the future — all in one night. Researchers dug deep into their reserves of scientific expertise to explain how these inexplicable plot lines in holiday classics just might be (almost) possible.
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