Use your smartphone to check for fake merchandise

Many of us have come home with a new designer bag, watch or other merchandise only to suspect or discover that it was a fake. More ominously, people die from counterfeit drugs on a daily basis. Globally, consumer counterfeit imports are worth just short of a half-a-trillion-dollars annually. The trade is growing, has spread to

2019-10-15T07:58:02-05:00Tags: |

5 things to know about Gen Z employees and sustainability

A major generational transition in the workforce is underway, with 10,000 Baby Boomers reaching retirement age every day. The newest entrant to the workforce, Gen Z, is expected to make up 30 percent of the U.S. workforce in just four years.

Because they are the most highly educated, tech-savviest generation to hit the workforce, the temptation

2018-10-03T02:48:03-05:00Tags: |

Most popular vitamin and mineral supplements provide no health benefit, study finds

The most commonly consumed vitamin and mineral supplements provide no consistent health benefit or harm, suggests a new study led by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto.

Published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the systematic review of existing data and single randomized control trials published in English

2018-05-30T08:33:07-05:00Tags: |

Carbon-recycling system: Two-electron chemical reactions using light energy, gold

Scientists are one step closer to building a carbon-recycling system that can harvest solar energy to efficiently convert CO2 and water into liquid fuels. By optimizing many parts of the system, the researchers say, they can now drive two-electron chemical reactions, a substantial advance over one-electron reactions, which are energy inefficient.

The research, reported in the

2018-05-16T06:33:33-05:00Tags: |

Research Explores Workers’ Response to Abusive Supervision

A recent Naveen Jindal School of Management study examined the damaging impact abusive supervision has in the workplace including the ways employees respond with retaliatory behavior, which lowers productivity.

Abusive supervision refers to subordinates’ perceptions of supervisors engaging in the sustained hostile verbal and nonverbal behaviors, excluding physical contact. It can affect employees’ well-being, health and work performance.

Research has

2019-09-26T11:13:59-05:00Tags: |

NTU study finds that hackers could guess your phone PIN using its sensor data

Instruments in smart phones such as the accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensors represent a potential security vulnerability, according to researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), whose research was published in the open-access Cryptology ePrint Archive on 6 Dec.

Using a combination of information gathered from six different sensors found in smart phones and state-of-the-art

2019-09-26T11:20:48-05:00Tags: |

Alaskan Microgrids Offer Energy Resilience and Independence

The electrical grid in the contiguous United States is a behemoth of interconnected systems. If one section fails or is sabotaged, millions of citizens could be without power. Remote villages in Alaska provide an example of how safeguards could build resilience into a larger electrical grid. These communities rely on microgrids — small, local power

2018-01-01T06:53:50-06:00Tags: |

Don’t mix business with pleasure

Heidelberg | New York, 12 December 2017

In working life it’s now almost expected that employees answer work-related emails after hours, or take their laptops with them on holiday. But the blurring of boundaries between work and personal life can affect people’s sense of well-being and lead to exhaustion. This is according to Ariane Wepfer

2018-01-01T16:44:57-06:00Tags: |

Vengeance is sweet and expensive

Living together in communities requires mutual cooperation. To achieve this, we punish others when they are uncooperative. Until now, it has been unclear as to when we develop the impulse to penalise this behaviour—and whether this is an exclusively human feature. Scientists at Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the

2019-10-15T08:17:19-05:00Tags: |

Helping Strangers May Help Teens

Tis the season for helping at a soup kitchen, caroling at a care facility or shoveling a neighbor’s driveway.

While those gifts of self surely help others, new research suggests that such selfless and serving behaviors have a specific benefit to teens.

BYU School of Family Life professor Laura Padilla-Walker, in a longitudinal study

2019-09-26T11:21:58-05:00Tags: |

How Happiness and Income Are Linked

WASHINGTON — People who earn more money tend to experience more positive emotions focused on themselves, while people who earn less take greater pleasure in their relationships and ability to connect with others, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

“Higher income has many benefits, including improved health and life satisfaction, but is it

2017-12-21T11:29:15-06:00Tags: |

In first, 3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics

Imagine a bottle of laundry detergent that can sense when you’re running low on soap — and automatically connect to the internet to place an order for more.

University of Washington researchers are the first to make this a reality by 3-D printing plastic objects and sensors that can collect useful data and

2017-12-09T08:16:55-06:00Tags: |

Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric

BINGHAMTON, NY – A research team led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York has developed an entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered bio-battery that could one day be integrated into wearable electronics.

The team, led by Binghamton University Electrical and Computer Science Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi, created an entirely textile-based biobattery that can produce maximum

2017-12-08T09:19:09-06:00Tags: |

A neighborhood’s cars indicate its politics

From the understated opulence of a Bentley to the stalwart family minivan to the utilitarian pickup, Americans know that the car you drive is an outward statement of personality. You are what you drive, as the saying goes, and researchers at Stanford have just taken that maxim to a new level.

Using computer algorithms that can

2017-12-04T14:36:22-06:00Tags: |

Scientists identify mechanism that helps us inhibit unwanted thoughts

Scientists have identified a key chemical within the ‘memory’ region of the brain that allows us to suppress unwanted thoughts, helping explain why people who suffer from disorders such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and schizophrenia often experience persistent intrusive thoughts when these circuits go awry.

We are sometimes confronted with reminders of unwanted

2017-11-05T08:30:25-06:00Tags: |

Why people use Snapchat

Newswise — The simplicity of the platform and brevity of posts are key factors in determining how students can become addicted.

In a world where people struggle with a seemingly diminishing attention span, Snapchat could be the best form of communication.

Posts last just 10 seconds. That’s it. No deep thoughts or analytical narrative to the posts.

2017-10-02T08:18:33-05:00Tags: |

Abusive bosses experience short-lived benefits

Being a jerk to your employees may actually improve your well-being, but only for a short while, suggests new research on abusive bosses co-authored by an MSU business scholar.

Bullying and belittling employees starts to take its toll on a supervisor’s mental state after about a week, according to the study, which is published in the

2019-10-15T08:17:30-05:00Tags: |

Could edible insects help global food security?

Consumer attitudes are being put to the test at Adelaide Central Market with an offering of roasted crickets and ants, mealworm cookies and cricket energy bars.

“We want to further investigate consumers’ attitudes towards edible insects, evaluate taste preferences and consumers’ willingness to buy such products,” says Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Anna Crump, who’s working on the

2017-09-20T07:23:26-05:00Tags: |
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