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Articles from Vol. 144, No. 2851, April

A Way to Even the Odds in Soccer Shootouts
Penalty shootouts in soccer favor the team kicking first--an advantage that widely is recognized by both statisticians and coaches. In order to level the playing field in these tie-breaking sessions, a pair of game theorists have come up with a procedure...
Believe It or Not: Baseball Oddities and Wonders of the World
Things have been a little strange around Louisville (Ky.) Slugger Museum & Factory--in a good way. The museum and Ripley's have teamed up to create the exhibition, "Ripley's Believe It or Not! Oddball," showcasing Ripley's bizarre baseball treasures...
Best to Avoid the Term "The Mentally Ill"
Even subtle differences in how you refer to people with mental illness can affect levels of tolerance, shows a study at Ohio State University, Columbus. Researchers found that participants displayed less tolerance toward people who were referred to...
Best Ways to Use Your Refund
You worked hard in 2015, so it is time to ponder what you might do with your tax refund when it finds its way to your bank account. "There are many ways to spend your tax refund, so think clearly before making that decision," says Cynthia Tidwell,...
College Degrees Not Meeting Demand
Some 63% of employers report that they are concerned about the growing skills gap in the U.S. An analysis of college degree completions versus job demand from CareerBuilder, Chicago, Ill., and Examination Management Services, Inc., Irving, Texas, shows...
Daughters More Likely to ID as Multiracial
Daughters of interracial parents are more likely than sons to identify as multiracial, and this especially is true for children of black-white couples, according to a study in American Sociological Review. Among black-white biracials--the offspring...
Disaster Displacement Ravaging the Globe
In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been displaced by a disaster, with more than 19,000,000 people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone. Disaster displacement is on the rise and, as policy leaders worldwide advance...
Fair Fighters Remain Lovers-And Friends
They are the kind of couple we all love to hate: always laughing, holding hands, and smiling at each other from across the room, but what really is maddening is they have been together forever, yet still seem to like each other. Why are these happy...
Gender Expression Impacts Weight
Masculine gender expression, or how much an individual conforms to masculine norms, is tied to higher body mass index (BMI) in youth, indicates a study in Obesity. The researchers, led by S. Bryn Austin of Boston (Mass.) Children's Hospital, found...
Merchants Feeling the Sting of Chargebacks
When the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation disclosed in 2014 that it was withdrawing a list it created of merchant categories that were deemed high risk and warranted heightened attention, it acknowledged that this list was being used by issuing...
More-Diverse Casts Boost Bottom Line
"The Oscar nominations are out and, they're so white, a grand jury has decided not to indict them." With that pointed joke lampooning the 2015 Academy Award nominations, comedian Larry Wilmore launched his political satire series, "The Nightly Show,"...
Nuclear Facilities Set Reliability Record
U.S. nuclear energy facilities generated electricity at a record high level of reliability in 2015, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute, Washington, D.C. Ninety-nine nuclear power plants operating in 30 states posted an estimated average capacity...
One in Four Involves a Superior
What do Pres. Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Brad Pitt have in common?--all met their significant others at work. They are far from alone. According to a survey by CareerBuilder, Chicago, Ill., 37% of workers have dated a coworker, and 33% of those...
Parents Fear Link of Pot and Violence
Parents Opposed to Pot and Parents for a Healthy Colorado Insist there is a frequent connection among marijuana, suicides, and violent crimes that must be examined. The organizations say they have found evidence of at least 42 children's deaths...
Puffins' Winter Journey into Spring
The first-ever mapped winter grounds of the Maine-breeding Atlantic Puffin, a species of conservation concern, have been released by the National Audubon Society, New York. Geolocation data helped discover surprising winter pathways and migration timing...
Read Your Texts before Imbibing
A text message-based program aimed at reducing binge drinking demonstrates that such an intervention successfully can produce sustained reductions in alcohol consumption in young adults. The the University of Pittsburgh (Pa.) School of Medicine findings...
Red Flags for Pound-Shedding Profit-Seekers
With multiple highly credible studies underscoring the effectiveness of employing financial incentives to motivate weight loss, including those cited in the Archives of Internal Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, the marketplace...
Romantic Partners Influence Spending
When college students introduce a new boyfriend or girlfriend to their parents for the first time, mom and dad may have lots of questions for the love Interest: Where did you grow up? What Is your major? What are your plans after graduation? Research...
Segregation Now Taking New Form
Racial segregation in the U.S. is declining among neighborhoods, but a study indicates that segregation is manifesting itself in other ways--not disappearing. "We just can't get too excited by recent declines in neighborhood segregation," says lead...
Sleep Deprivation Affecting Employees
Fifty-eight percent of workers feel they do not get enough sleep, and 61% say lack of sleep has a negative impact on their work. However, as much as insufficient sleep affects workers' jobs, the reverse also is true: 44% of workers indicate that thinking...
Social Motivations Drive City Growers
Two-thirds of urban farmers have a social mission that goes beyond food production and profits, finds research led by New York University. The study shows that three of the four top reasons farmers grow in urban areas--food security, education, community...
Solopreneurs Must Be Wise with Money
As people increasingly look to monetize their use of Instagram, YouTube, and other social media platforms; with the proliferation of money-making apps and websites, like LetGo, Offer-Up, SwagBucks, and AirBnB; and the escalation of home-based, solopreneur...
The Best Way to Help Them Is Hardly Ever Used
Teens without homes, many of whom have suffered at the hands of those entrusted with providing them care and kindness, often refuse to seek warmth and nourishment at shelters, but a study by Natasha Slesnick, professor of human sciences at Ohio State...
Think I'll Die before I Get Old
With one exception, young white people are more optimistic--sometimes drastically so--than their minority peers about their likelihood of living to age 35, maintains a study at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. "Whites are not subject to the...
Young Adults Showing Great Resiliency
A study on the financial health of young Americans--Money Under 35--found that most are in "good" financial health, as they are saving money, managing their credit, and looking to buy homes and start families. The study, conducted by Navient, Wilmington,...
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