Bribery 'hits 1.6 billion people a year'
A total of 1.6 billion people worldwide – nearly a quarter of the global population – are forced to pay bribes to gain access to everyday public services, according to a new book by academics at the Universities of Birmingham ...
How music listening programmes can be easily fooled
For well over two decades, researchers have sought to build music listening software that can address the deluge of music growing faster than our Spotify-spoilt appetites. From software that can tell you ...
Zombie outbreak? Statistical mechanics reveal the ideal hideout
A team of Cornell University researchers focusing on a fictional zombie outbreak as an approach to disease modeling suggests heading for the hills, in the Rockies, to save your 'braains' from the 'undead.'
Forensics exhibition shows how science can make dead speak
(AP)—For all of us, death is the end. For forensic scientists, it's also a beginning.
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Nature journal to begin offering double-blind peer review
Transport trends depend on walkability to neighbourhood destinations
Data collated over seven years from the RESIDential Environments (RESIDE) study supports evidence that neighbourhood walkability (how easy it is to walk around your neighbourhood) is an important determina ...
Utah Senate OKs bill allowing drive-thrus to ban cyclists
Update: The Utah Senate has passed a bill that will allow Salt Lake City businesses to ban cyclists from drive-thru lanes.
Carnegie Mellon tells 800 applicants they're in, then out
Ben Leibowitz called up relatives to tell them he got into Carnegie Mellon University's prestigious graduate computer science program. He even went out to dinner with his parents to celebrate.
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Seven myths about scientists debunked
As scientific researchers, we are often surprised by some of the assumptions made about us by those outside our profession. So we put together a list of common myths we and our colleagues have heard anecdotally ...
Harvard, MIT sued over lack of closed captioning online
Advocates for the deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, saying the universities failed to provide closed captioning for online courses, podcasts and other educational programs.
Global Sustainable Development Goals need clearer, more measurable targets, according to new report
The proposed UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - a universal set of goals to guide international development to 2030 - will struggle to achieve their stated policy objectives without clearer, more measurable ...
Understanding mental health through art curation
Vienna: 'City of Music'; 'City of Dreams'; home, at the turn of the 20th century to some of the most influential composers, artists and thinkers of our time. For Gemma Blackshaw, Associate Professor of Art ...