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Social Sciences - Business / Economics - 11.04.2013
Magical survey shows voters are less partisan than indicated by polls
Traditional opinion polls may severely underestimate the openness for political change among voters, according to research published on 10 April in the open access journal PLOS ONE. Polarisation and partisanship in politics are a constant topic of discussion, and political candidates often believe they must focus their campaign efforts on a small number of swing voters open to ideological change.

Business / Economics - Health - 09.04.2013
University launches new institute to address biggest issues facing society
250 years after the creation of the Lunar Society, which brought together leading industrialists, academics and philosophers to debate the biggest issues affecting society, the University of Birmingham is launching an Institute of Advanced Studies with a similar remit. The Institute, which launches on 10th April, aims to address some of the biggest challenges facing society by combining academic expertise from across the University and around the globe, with insight from business, NGOs and policy makers.

Social Sciences - Business / Economics - 21.03.2013
New home
New home
The Economic and Social Research Council have announced that the next British Election Study will be hosted by a consortium led by The University of Manchester in collaboration with the Universities of Oxford and Nottingham. The scientific leadership team for the 2015 Study will be Professor Ed Fieldhouse, Dr Jane Green, Professor Hermann Schmitt, all from The University of Manchester; Professor Geoff Evans, from Nuffield College, Oxford, and Professor Cees van der Eijk from Nottingham University.

Administration - Business / Economics - 11.03.2013
Digital records could expose intimate details and personality traits of millions
Research shows that intimate personal attributes can be predicted with high levels of accuracy from 'traces' left by seemingly innocuous digital behaviour, in this case Facebook Likes. Study raises important questions about personalised marketing and online privacy.

Business / Economics - Health - 08.03.2013
Celebrity endorsement encourages children to eat junk food
A study by the University of Liverpool has found that celebrity endorsement of a food product encourages children to eat more of the endorsed product. It also found that children were prompted to eat more of the endorsed product when they saw the celebrity on TV in a different context. Celebrity endorsement is an effective method of creating value, recognition and credibility for a brand, and celebrities are frequently used in television advertising to induce children to try foods.

Business / Economics - 06.03.2013
Findings published on the impact of a cap on the total cost of credit
Findings published on the impact of a cap on the total cost of credit
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills have today published an independent research report from the University of Bristol on the impact of a cap on the total cost of credit. The publication coincides with the publication of the Office of Fair Trading's final report on payday sector compliance.

Health - Business / Economics - 27.02.2013
New insight into how people choose insurance plans
Study: Consumers avoid high-deductible plans if they expect to reduce their use of medical care. Economists often talk about "moral hazard," the idea that people's behavior changes in the presence of insurance. In finance, for instance, investors may take more risks if they know they will be bailed out, the subject of ongoing political controversy.

Business / Economics - Career - 25.02.2013
Entrepreneurs really do matter as study shows 60% sales drop after founders die
The death of a founding entrepreneur wipes out on average 60 per cent of a firm's sales and cuts jobs by around 17 per cent, according to a new study. The research, by Sascha O. Becker at the University of Warwick and Hans K. Hvide at the University of Bergen, sheds light on exactly how much a founder-entrepreneur ‘matters' in terms of influencing the performance of privately-owned businesses.

Business / Economics - 21.02.2013
Floral signs go electric
Floral signs go electric
Flowers' methods of communicating are at least as sophisticated as any devised by an advertising agency, according to a new study, published today in Science Express by researchers from the University of Bristol. However, for any advert to be successful, it has to reach, and be perceived by, its target audience. The research shows for the first time that pollinators such as bumblebees are able to find and distinguish electric signals given out by flowers.

Business / Economics - 19.02.2013
Research to pinpoint power-hungry appliances that could help cut home energy bills
51/13 New research by The University of Nottingham and energy company E.ON could help people to save money on their energy bills by identifying which of their household electrical appliances are using the most power. Smart meters, which could help consumers to save money, are planned to be installed in every UK home by 2019.

Physics - Business / Economics - 14.02.2013
Quantum cryptography put to work for electric grid security
Quantum cryptography put to work for electric grid security
LANL's quantum cryptography team successfully completed the first-ever demonstration of securing control data for electric grids using quantum cryptography. This project shows that quantum cryptography is compatible with electric-grid control communications, providing strong security assurances rooted in the laws of physics, without introducing excessive delays in data delivery.

Health - Business / Economics - 13.02.2013
Feeling down? Retail therapy helps beat the blues
ANN ARBOR-Retail therapy is often lamented as wasteful and irresponsible, but new research from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business indicates that it can help alleviate certain negative emotions. No prior research has experimentally examined whether retail therapy can bring emotional benefits.

Electroengineering - Business / Economics - 11.02.2013
Study highlights link between poor welfare and meat quality
Study highlights link between poor welfare and meat quality
A recent scientific study has shown that pre-stun shocks in commercial broiler processing significantly affect carcase and meat quality as well as bird welfare. A report of a study into the incidence and effect of pre-stun shocks in a commercial broiler processing plant using an electrical waterbath stunning system, the most commonly used system in the UK, has been published in Animal Welfare , the journal of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW).

Business / Economics - 07.02.2013
America’s partisan divide: not as simple as it seems
Is the United States a bitterly divided country, split along harsh partisan political lines, or are we a nation composed mostly of moderates trapped between the extremists yelling from either end of the ideological spectrum? Some scholars believe “there's a red and blue America and they're very divided, woe is the country,” says Michael Wagner , an assistant professor of journalism at UW-Madison.

Business / Economics - Administration - 05.02.2013
Aussies splurged stimulus cheques on the pokies, but squirreled away carbon tax compo
Australians decided not to gamble away last year's carbon tax compensation payments and hoarded them instead, a University of Melbourne study has found.

Business / Economics - 31.01.2013
ANALYSIS: The census has got it wrong on languages
"Though yesterday's census data provides important confirmation of Manchester's enormous linguistic diversity, our research shows it has significantly under-represented both languages spoken and the numbers of people who speak them. "We identified that our city boasts of at least 153 languages, making it one of the world's most diverse places.

Religions - Business / Economics - 30.01.2013
Investing in mutual funds? Beware broker fees, study says
Brokers are supposed to recommend investments that are in the best interests of their clients. But a new study from University of Toronto professor Susan Christoffersen sheds light on which is more important to a broker: the performance of the fund or the fee it pays the broker? The study, published in the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Finance , found that mutual funds offering higher broker fees attract the most investments, especially when the broker is not affiliated with the mutual fund company.

Health - Business / Economics - 30.01.2013
Five-year follow-up over half of all ACL reconstructions could be avoided
In the summer of 2010, researchers from Lund University in Sweden reported that 60 per cent of all anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions could be avoided in favour of rehabilitation. The results made waves around the world, and were met with concerns that the results would not hold up in the long term.

Event - Business / Economics - 22.01.2013
Rumours abound: Scientists analyse global Twitter gossip around Higgs boson discovery
A model of the spread of gossip on Twitter prior to the Higgs boson discovery announcement has been developed by University of Birmingham computer scientists, according to research published on the online repository, ArXiv. For the first time scientists have been able to analyse the dynamics of social media on a global scale before, during and after the announcement of a major scientific discovery.

Business / Economics - Life Sciences - 15.01.2013
Born to lead? Leadership can be an inherited trait, study finds
Born to lead? Leadership can be an inherited trait, study finds
Genetic differences are significantly associated with the likelihood that people take on managerial responsibilities, according to new research from UCL (University College London). The study, published online in Leadership Quarterly , is the first to identify a specific DNA sequence associated with the tendency for individuals to occupy a leadership position.