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August 21, 2016
Who are you? Squatters can actually help a neighborhood
Squatters who illegally occupy vacant homes or buildings are not always contributing to apathy or social disorder, says a new University of Michigan study.

Is divorce seasonal? UW research shows biannual spike in divorce filings
University of Washington researchers found what is thought to be the first quantitative evidence of a season, biannual pattern for divorce.

Color-graded pictogram label to reduce medicine-related traffic crashes found ineffective
A new study questions the effectiveness of using pictogram message on the labels of anxiety and sleep medications that interfere with driving -- an approach this is currently implemented across France.

Is divorce seasonal? Study shows biannual spike in divorce filings
To everything there is a season -- even divorce, new research from University of Washington sociologists concludes.

The American Ornithologists' Union welcomes the 2016 class of Elective Members
At the opening of the 134th stated meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) in Washington, D.C., today, the society welcomed 33 new Elective Members, each selected by their peers for their significant contributions to ornithology and/or service to the AOU.

Trust is key motivator for individuals who protest on behalf of people different from them
It appears that people who actively participate in demonstrations during social movements on behalf of those dissimilar to them do so for two important reasons.

Squid, jellyfish and wrinkled skin inspire materials for anti-glare screens and encryption
What do squid and jellyfish skin have in common with human skin?

Citrus fruits could help prevent obesity-related heart disease, liver disease, diabetes
Oranges and other citrus fruits are good for you -- they contain plenty of vitamins and substances, such as antioxidants, that can help keep you healthy.

Fungi recycle rechargeable lithium-ion batteries
Rechargeable batteries in smartphones, cars and tablets don't last forever.

Sex and gender more important than income in determining views on division of chores
For heterosexual couples, most Americans still believe in the traditional division of household labor between husbands and wives, while for same-sex couples, they think the 'more masculine' partner and the 'more feminine' partner should generally be responsible for stereotypically male and female chores, respectively, suggests a new study.

Tall Poppy winner 'weeds out' bacterial superbugs
QUT molecular microbiologist Makrina Totsika is at the forefront of research to develop new therapies to beat multi-drug resistant bacteria.

Global allergy epidemic -- new data on vaccines/probiotics and dairy allergy
Why is there a global allergy epidemic? Three of the world's experts in allergy present new data at the International Congress of Immunology including why children who grow up on dairy farms are immune to dairy allergies; how giving probiotics to pregnant women can protect their offspring against allergy and a long-acting vaccine against cats.

Chemical & Engineering News celebrates 'The Talented 12': Young science trailblazers
Chemical & Engineering News magazine is blowing the cover of 12 'secret agents' working to save us from the world's most intractable science problems.

Edible food packaging made from milk proteins (video)
Most foods at the grocery store come wrapped in plastic packaging.

Astronomers identify a young heavyweight star in the Milky Way
A young star over 30 times more massive than the sun could help us understand how the most extreme stars in the universe are born.

Paper-based device spots falsified or degraded medications (video)
The developing world is awash in substandard, degraded or falsified medications, which can either directly harm users or deprive them of needed treatment.

Former friends, ex-dates more likely to turn into teen cybertormentors
Youth cyberbullying is dramatically more likely to occur between current or former friends and dating partners than between students who were never friends or in a romantic relationship, according to researchers.

Relationships with family members, but not friends, decrease likelihood of death
For older adults, having more or closer family members in one's social network decreases his or her likelihood of death, but having a larger or closer group of friends does not, finds a new study.

Stopping scars before they form
Most people start racking up scars from an early age with scraped knees and elbows. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to