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Putting a Conservation Finger on the Internet’s Pulse

Scientists from the University of Helsinki have figured out how to mine people’s online reactions to endangered animals and plants, so that they can reduce the chance of pushing species toward extinction. When the last male northern white rhinoceros died in March 2018, online news printed obituaries, and millions of people grieved on social media....

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Quitting Facebook Could Boost Exam Results

In research that validates what many parents and educators suspect, students whose grades are below average could boost their results if they devoted less time to Facebook and other social networking sites. The study, led by Dr. James Wakefield from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), looked at the amount of time first-year university students...

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Free Internet Access Should Be a Basic Human Right

Free internet access must be considered as a human right, as people unable to get online – particularly in developing countries – lack meaningful ways to influence the global players shaping their everyday lives, according to a new study. As political engagement increasingly takes place online, basic freedoms that many take for granted including free...

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Study Addresses One of the Most Challenging Problems in Educational Policy and Practice

Language proficiency has an important influence on learners’ ability to answer scientific questions a new joint study by Lancaster and Sheffield Universities has found. And this is particularly challenging for children from homes where English is not their first language -now a significant and increasing proportion of classrooms worldwide. The changing nature of assessment, such...

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A New Hazelnut Has Cracked Its Competitive Marketplace

Researchers from Oregon State University have completed an examination of, and have released, a new cross-bred hazelnut cultivar known as ‘PollyO’, and they have discovered it to be a rising star of hazelnuts grown within the United States. Shawn Mehlenbacher, David Smith, and Rebecca McCluskey released the Corylus avellane L. hazelnut ‘PollyO’ and compared it...

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Harvesting Genes to Improve Watermelons

When many people think of watermelon, they likely think of Citrullus lanatus, the cultivated watermelon with sweet, juicy red fruit enjoyed around the world as a dessert. Indeed, watermelon is one of the world’s most popular fruits, second only to tomato – which many consider a vegetable. But there are six other wild species of watermelon,...

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How the Aztecs Could Improve Modern Urban Farming

Roland Ebel of the Sustainable Food Systems Program at Montana State University conducted a research project to determine the extent to which an ancient Aztec agricultural technique could benefit 21st century horticultural needs. Specifically, Ebel examined the use of “chinampas” with the hope of discovering their modern utility. A chinampa is a raised field on...