Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 20, 2011
Tunable nano-suspensions for light harvesting
A Syracuse University researcher has developed a patent-pending robust process to manufacture stable suspensions of metal nanoparticles capable of capturing sunlight.

Empowerment, self-defense motivating factors for Texas women to hold concealed handgun licenses
Texas women who hold concealed handgun licenses are motivated to do so by feelings of empowerment and a need for self-defense, according to new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Active participation in voluntary organizations declining faster than checkbooks can keep up
The decline in active memberships in civic groups, fraternal organizations, and other local associations is greater than the increase in checkbook memberships, according to new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Poor women and welfare reform: Working without a net
The economic downturn and recession has provided the first test of the US work-based welfare reforms enacted in 1996.

Less depression for working moms who expect that they 'can't do it all'
Working mothers who expressed a supermom attitude that work and home lives can be blended with relative ease showed more depression symptoms than working moms who expected that they would have to forego some aspects of their career or parenting to achieve a work-life balance.

Less depression for working moms who expect that they 'can't do it all'
Working moms have lower rates of depression than their stay-at-home counterparts, but buying into the supermom myth could put working mothers at greater risk for depression, suggests new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Ancient clams yield new information about greenhouse effect on climate
Ancient fossilized clams that lived off the coast of Antarctica some 50 million years ago have a story to tell about El NiƱo, according to Syracuse University researcher Linda Ivany.

Race and poverty often unjustifiably tied to school security measures
Elementary, middle, and high schools with large minority populations -- but not necessarily higher crime rates -- are far more likely than others to require students and visitors to pass through metal detectors, according to new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.
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