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Transparency from charities about how funds are used builds trust and increases giving
Charitable and humanitarian organizations are increasingly tapping into a $30 billion crowdfunding market, not only to raise funds but to build donors' trust by being more transparent, according to research from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. (2019-04-15)
Women are more successful at crowdfunding than men, says ESMT Berlin study
Women have higher success rates at crowdfunding scientific projects than men, according to new research from ESMT Berlin. (2019-03-07)
Believing in yourself can backfire when investing in equity crowdfunded ventures
Normally, it's good to believe in yourself. But research from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business indicates that it can be bad advice for amateurs investing online in unregulated, sometimes risky, equity crowdfunded ventures. (2019-02-21)
Medical crowdfunding for treatments unsupported by evidence or potentially unsafe
Medical crowdfunding is using social media to appeal for help in paying for medical care. (2018-10-23)
Is cancer fundraising fuelling quackery?
Figures published by The BMJ today show how crowdfunding for alternative therapies for patients with terminal cancer has soared in recent years. (2018-09-12)
Tiny fern holds big environmental promise
A tiny fern -- with each leaf the size of a gnat -- may provide global impact for sinking atmospheric carbon dioxide, fixing nitrogen in agriculture and shooing pesky insects from crops. (2018-07-11)
Insights from metabolites get us closer to a test for chronic fatigue syndrome
A study led by researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health has identified a constellation of metabolites related to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. (2018-07-09)
Exposure to fracking chemicals and wastewater spurs fat cell development
Exposure to fracking chemicals and wastewater promotes fat cell development, or adipogenesis, in laboratory cell models, a Duke-led study finds. (2018-06-21)
Perceived trustworthiness helps women entrepreneurs with crowdfunding backers
Female entrepreneurs have been at a disadvantage when seeking financial backing from traditional sources, but new research shows that crowdfunding investors view them as more trustworthy, making female-led projects more likely to secure support through crowdfunding platforms. (2018-05-21)
Women seeking crowdfunding financing for start-ups are perceived as more trustworthy
While men have benefited from a gender bias against women when seeking financing for business start-ups, the opposite may be true for female entrepreneurs seeking initial investment through crowdfunding efforts, according to research from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. (2018-05-10)
Crowdfunding campaigns for unproven stem cell-based interventions
Crowdfunding campaigns by patients to raise money to pay for unproven stem cell treatments not covered by insurance often underemphasize risks and exaggerate the effectiveness of these treatments. (2018-05-08)
Anti-alcoholism drug shows promise in animal models
Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have successfully tested in animals a drug that, they say, may one day help block the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that incessantly coax people with alcoholism to drink. (2018-05-03)
Want people to fund your Kickstarter project? Sell them on your reputation first
When trying to entice people to invest in your product on a crowdfunding website, potential funders are more concerned about your ethical characteristics than your actual ability to make and deliver the product, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2018-03-28)
Treating koalas for chlamydia alters gut microbes
Antibiotics used to treat koalas with chlamydia infections may be changing the balance of gut microbes that allows the marsupials to live on a diet of eucalyptus leaves, researchers at UC Davis and the University of the Sunshine Coast have found. (2018-03-26)
Image conscious people are more likely to give to crowdfunding campaigns
People who are more image conscious tend to support more crowdfunding campaigns according to a new study. (2018-03-01)
Crowdlending: Anatomy of a successful strategy
The ingredients for entrepreneurial success are risk taking, cooperation and competition. (2018-03-01)
Monitoring bacteria on whale skin
Just like with humans, the skin on marine mammals serves as an important line of defense against pathogens in their environment. (2018-02-14)
News about Tabby's star, the most mysterious star of 2017
Several telescopes of the Canary Island Observatories are studying this controversial star in a coordinated campaign involving over a hundred professional and amateur astronomers throughout the world, among them researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of La Laguna (ULL). (2018-01-31)
Alien megastructure not the cause of dimming of the 'most mysterious star in the universe'
Scientists are one step closer to solving the mystery behind the 'most mysterious star in the universe.' (2018-01-03)
New data debunks alien megastructure theory on the 'most mysterious star in the universe'
A team of more than 100 researchers, led by LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Tabetha Boyajian, is one step closer to solving the mystery behind the'most mysterious star in the universe.' KIC 8462852, or 'Tabby's Star,' nicknamed after Boyajian, is otherwise an average star. (2018-01-03)
Lightning, with a chance of antimatter
Researchers find that lightning strikes causes photonuclear reactions in the atmosphere, creating antimatter. (2017-11-22)
David Bowie & the art of slow innovation: A new strategy for global precision medicine
With what strategies should developing countries invest in for emerging biotechnologies and precision medicine? (2017-11-16)
Linguistic style is key to crowdfunding success
In one of the first crowdfunding studies focusing on social enterprises, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that how a pitch is voiced and worded is much more important for social entrepreneurs than for their commercial counterparts. (2017-05-31)
Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to imbalanced microbiome
Scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have discovered abnormal levels of specific gut bacteria related to chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME/CFS, in patients with and without concurrent irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. (2017-04-26)
The first crowdfunded study in Japan: Micro X-ray observation of a fleshy brittle star
Not only have scientists from Japan performed the first non-destructive morphological observations on the fleshy brittle star, Asteronyx loveni, using micro X-ray tomography, but they also published their research as the first study supported by crowdfunding in the Asian country. (2017-03-27)
CuanTec -- a new force in the fight against food waste
One of the University of Strathclyde's newest start-up companies is tackling the costly and environmentally damaging disposal of seafood waste in landfill -- by converting it into food packaging. (2017-03-21)
Researchers find a gene that causes Opitz C syndrome
The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, identifies the gene that causes Opitz C syndrome in the only patient diagnosed with this ultra-rare disorder in Catalonia, which affects only sixty people in the world. (2017-03-10)
Crowdfunding innovation: It's backers -- not money raised -- that predicts market success
Research finds that the number of backers a new product attracts during crowdfunding predicts the financial success of the product when it reaches the marketplace -- but the amount of money raised during crowdfunding does not. (2017-03-07)
Social information from friends, experts could help reduce uncertainty in crowdfunding
Social information gathered from friends and experts, depending on the complexity of the product, can decrease uncertainty in crowdfunding campaigns, according to research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2017-02-22)
Tarantulas inspire new structural color with the greatest viewing angle
Inspired by the hair of blue tarantulas, researchers from The University of Akron lead a team that made a 3-D printed structural-colored material that has a viewing angle of 160 degrees, the largest of any synthetic structural colors demonstrated. (2017-02-07)
Don't smile too big to be effective in online marketing ads, study finds
A new study that includes a University of Kansas researcher has found that the level of smile intensity in marketing photos influences how consumers perceive the marketer's competence and warmth, which can lead to different results depending on the context. (2017-01-24)
Crowdfunding expands innovation financing to underserved regions
Crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, have opened a funding spigot to startups in regions that have suffered from a venture capital drought, a new UC Berkeley study shows. (2017-01-17)
Salamanders brave miles of threatening terrain for the right sex partner
Most salamanders are homebodies when it comes to mating. But some of the beasts hit the road, traversing miles of rugged terrain unfit for an amphibian in pursuit of a partner from a far-away wetland. (2016-12-20)
New in the Hastings Center Report
Ethics of crowdfunding for medical care, an argument for fewer clinical trials, and more in the November-December 2016 issue. (2016-12-01)
Dressing up like a peacock: Bright colors by nanotechnology
Colors are produced in a variety of ways. The best known colors are pigments. (2016-11-17)
Discovery: Mantis shrimp use UV color spots, chemical cues to size up opponents
Mantis shrimp, often brightly colored and fiercely aggressive sea creatures with outsized strength, use both the ultraviolet reflectance of their color spots and chemical cues when fighting over resources, according to research led by a Tufts University doctoral candidate. (2016-08-03)
Printable prosthetics
In areas of conflict, prosthetics could help victims who lose their limbs due to weapons and mines. (2016-07-15)
In worldwide chemotaxis competition, researchers race cell lines to the finish line
Neutrophil-like cells must balance speed against chemotactic accuracy to win a chemotaxis maze race in the inaugural Dicty World Races, a worldwide competition, according to a study published June 22, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Monica Skoge from Princeton University, Daniel Irmia from the Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues. (2016-06-22)
Promoting dark skies across Europe
Researchers from the University of Southampton are helping citizens across Europe to address the environmental impacts of light pollution. (2016-06-15)
Crowdfunding the next medical breakthrough
People have been crowdfunding for years. Now researchers are doing the same, so the public can contribute ideas and money to the studies that matter to them. (2016-06-09)
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