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Linking Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Development
On April 3 and 4, the National Academy of Sciences will hold a meeting to identify and promote practical interventions that could better link knowledge with action in pursuit of sustainable development. (2008-03-25)

Linking knowledge with action for sustainable development
On April 3 and 4, the National Academy of Sciences will hold a meeting to identify and promote practical interventions that could better link knowledge with action in pursuit of sustainable development. (2008-01-30)

Parental qualities found to significantly affect the civic competence of adolescents
What parents do with their adolescent children, and what parents know about politics and government, are generally more important for youth civic development than who the parents are in terms of background characteristics. (2007-07-26)

What people say may not be what they know
What a person says is not necessarily an indication of what that person knows because speech is motivated by social circumstances and the desire to influence the listener. Two researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have applied this principle to local environmental knowledge by indigenous peoples and are urging other scientists to incorporate more observation and skepticism into their studies. (2007-04-30)

University of Alberta hosts international conference on women in the knowledge economy and society
See what happens when forward-thinking women from around the world gather in one place to swap ideas at (2007-04-27)

Life-long learning -- nature provides natural inspiration for education
Three billion years of evolution can't be wrong and scientists are observing Nature's own adaptations to find solutions to human problems. This relatively new field of Biology is called Biomimetics and Biologists have been investigating its application to fabric development, new structural materials, even behaviour in organisations and education. Researchers will meet to present their latest progress at the Society for Experimental Biology's Annual Main Meeting in Glasgow. (2007-04-03)

Mother knows best: Plant knowledge key to childhood health in remote Amazon
In a remote area of the Amazon, globalization is threatening the time-honored transmission of plant knowledge from generation to generation, with adverse effects on childhood health and nutrition. In a novel study published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report that parents, and especially mothers, who know more about plants and how to use them, have healthier children, independent of other factors such as education, market participation or acculturation. (2007-03-22)

Dutch government could do more to promote sustainable energy
Dutch researcher Simona Negro discovered that seven key factors exert a major influence on the success or failure of sustainable energy in the Netherlands. The Dutch government is good at knowledge development and diffusion, but is failing to adequately fulfil the other five factors needed for successful innovation. (2007-02-15)

FEMMSS2: Knowledge that Matters
The Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies holds a national conference at Arizona State University February 8-10 to look at how knowledge is produced, distributed and taken up in the context of questions of equality, ethics, sustainability, power, identity, voice and social change. Questions of difference, democracy and justice have been at the forefront of feminist discussions about what knowledge matters for social justice. Attending: feminists, scientists and scholars. (2007-02-08)

Graham Hancock, author and expert on lost civilizations to reveal new discoveries at UCI conference
Acclaimed investigative journalist and best-selling author, Graham Hancock, (The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods and Heaven's Mirror) will be a keynote speaker at the Conference of Precession and Ancient Knowledge (CPAK) on October 13-15, 2006 at the University of California, Irvine. The purpose of the conference is to foster dialog among experts. (2006-06-20)

War and peace research gives voice to children
Little is known about children's perceptions of war, peace and terrorism. Researchers at Kent State are studying how children understand these issues and where they acquire their knowledge in the hopes of helping parents better communicate with their children. (2006-05-26)

Co-workers hoard their best ideas
Have you ever asked a colleague for information, only to have them ignore your request? Did you feel they were purposely avoiding you or only pretending to be ignorant? You may have been right. Catherine Connelly, an assistant professor of human resources & management at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, has found that employees often protect their knowledge and will even take steps to hide it from co-workers. (2006-05-01)

Manchester secures £4m tech-boost for UK textiles
The University of Manchester's William Lee Innovation Centre (WLIC) has secured £4m to launch a new project aimed at helping the UK textiles industry regain its competitive edge over foreign markets. (2006-04-25)

The European Institute of Technology
In response to the European Commission's launch of a Communication to the European Council on developing a knowledge flagship: the European Institute of Technology, MEPs Prof. Jerzy Buzek and Dr. Jorgo Chatzimarkakis called for stronger links between the innovation, research and business communities. (2006-02-22)

Intellectual property law and the protection of traditional knowledge
Detractors of current patent systems say that the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities does not readily fit into the existing rules of the industrialized world. However, Charles McManis, JD, IP and technology law expert at Washington University in St. Louis, argues that (2006-02-18)

The DFG is fourth partner in the knowledge exchange network
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is the fourth partner in the Knowledge Exchange network, a joint initiative between the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, which aims to promote the use of information and communication technology (ICT) within research and higher education. (2005-07-18)

'Hollow-face illusion' affects estimates of distance and reaching tasks
A person's prior knowledge of the geometry of faces affects his or her ability to estimate distance and complete visually guided reaching tasks according to a study published in the June issue of Journal of Vision, an online, free access publication of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). (2005-06-22)

A molecule impedes the destruction of the 'Brucella' bacteria
Research carried out with the participation of the University of Navarra has shown how a determinate molecule helps an important pathogen, Brucella abortus, escape destruction within the cells charged with eliminating infectious agents (macrophages). This research has been published in Nature Immunology scientific magazine. (2005-06-14)

Subjective knowledge affects consumer searching & selections
An article in the December 2004 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research seeks to explain how subjective knowledge takes over decision-making in the marketplace and even effects where in the store one shops as much affecting the brands that she or he chooses to buy. (2005-01-07)

Carnegie Mellon researchers challenge popular decision-making theory
Researchers in the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University have completed a study challenging a popular theory that claims bodily states can guide decision-making when conscious knowledge isn't available. The paper, written by doctoral student Tiago V. Maia and James L. McClelland, the Walter Van Dyke Bingham Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, will be published online next week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2004-10-06)

Medical training reforms may have dire consequences
Current reforms of medical training may have dire consequences for the future of the medical profession and patients, warn researchers at Bristol University in this week's BMJ. (2004-07-08)

Patients and doctors lack knowledge about adrenaline injections
Patients and general practitioners lack knowledge of how and when to use devices to inject adrenaline after anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions), finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2003-12-04)

New research suggests rapid screening technique for macular degeneration
New research from scientists at the University of Utah suggests that the Raman scattering technique shows promise as a screening tool for populations at risk for macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness. (2002-05-15)

Three out of four junior doctors risk potential HIV infection during course of work
Three out of four junior doctors are at potentially high risk of HIV infection at some time during their careers, shows a survey in Sexually Transmitted Infections. Yet two thirds were unaware that they could be treated immediately afterwards to minimise the risk of infection. (2001-11-21)

Patients' poor knowledge of their heart condition may have harmful consequences
Adults with congenital heart disease have important gaps in their knowledge about their condition, finds a study in Heart. Because this lack of knowledge may result in harmful behaviour or inappropriate restrictions, much needs to be done to improve patients' knowledge about their illness, report the authors. (2001-06-13)

Should I donate my own blood before surgery?
To help patients decide whether to donate their blood before surgery, Dr. Curry Grant and colleagues designed a decision aid comprising a booklet and audiotape and assessed its effectiveness. (2001-04-16)

Study reveals barriers to effective doctor-patient communication
Patients with chronic heart failure often feel unable to ask their doctors questions about their illness and believe that doctors are reluctant to provide them with too much knowledge, finds new research in this week's BMJ. (2000-09-07)

How psychology helps improve medical decision making
Research into decision-making strategies of expert physicians has shown that they use data-driven heuristics when solving routine problems. Physicians use hypothesis-driven strategies when confronted with complex and uncertain cases. Both these strategies are error-prone, but the nature of errors is different shows Dr. Vimla Patel in her presentation of The Development Process of the Medical Decision Making. (2000-02-20)

Lessons learned from Millennium Bug projects could help organisations to manage future change
Organisations that handled the Millennium Bug well could use the same sort of strategies to make other wide-ranging changes happen more smoothly, according to new research published by Warwick Business School. (2000-02-03)

Coordination of knowledge among organizations changing radically
Today's new information technologies are not only changing the way people work, they also are (1999-11-01)

Poor Knowledge Of The Pill Could Be Improved With Education
Dr Paul Little et al from primary care facilities in Hampshire believe that women attending surgeries for check- ups for repeat prescriptions of the contraceptive pill should be provided with education leaflets on contraception and asked questions to help improve their knowledge. Poor knowledge of taking the pill may be responsible for one in five unwanted pregnancies. (1998-06-26)

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