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Law - Health - 23.10.2012
What does Obamacare actually do, you ask? You're not alone, says Stanford pollster
What does Obamacare actually do, you ask? You’re not alone, says Stanford pollster
Stanford Report, October 24, 2012 A national survey led by Stanford pollster Jon Krosnick finds that confusion reigns when it comes to the contents of the Affordable Care Act. But the more they know, the more people seem to like it. Even in the hermetic world of American health care, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 has a reputation for inscrutability.

Law - 16.10.2012
Contracts for Deed Alive and Well in Texas, New Study Shows
AUSTIN, Texas — As many as 1 in 5 families who recently bought land on which to build their homes may have bought using an unrecorded "contract for deed"- one that does not confer formal title to their properties, according to a major report on the titling practices in Texas colonias and other informal settlements released today by researchers at The University of Texas School of Law and Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Law - 27.09.2012
The GOP has a feminine face, UCLA study finds
The GOP has a feminine face, UCLA study finds
At least when it comes to female politicians, perhaps you can judge a book by its cover, suggest two UCLA researchers who looked at facial features and political stances in the U.S. House of Representatives. "Female politicians with stereotypically feminine facial features are more likely to be Republican than Democrat, and the correlation increases the more conservative the lawmaker's voting record," said lead author Colleen M. Carpinella, a UCLA graduate student in psychology.

History / Archeology - Law - 17.09.2012
Researchers ask:“Are the religious unfairly treated?”
In the last decade a raft of legislation has attempted to bring about equality for people of all religions and beliefs within British society. A University of Derby-led research team who have been investigating what and how much has really changed over this decade will present their preliminary findings at a series of workshops around the UK this autumn.

Law - Life Sciences - 23.08.2012
Menopause evolved to prevent competition between in-laws
The menopause evolved, in part, to prevent competition between a mother and her new daughter-in-law, according to research published today (23 August 2012) in the journal Ecology Letters. The study - by researchers from the University of Turku (Finland), University of Exeter (UK), University of Sheffield (UK) and Stanford University (US) - explains for the first time why the relationship women had with their daughter-in-laws could have played a key role.

Social Sciences - Law - 05.07.2012
Rape victims struggle for asylum justice
Women whose claims for asylum includes allegations that they have been raped need greater assurance their cases are being taken seriously, a study states. Researchers found that several of the problems that can hamper the fair treatment of women's rape allegations within the criminal justice system may also be present, and sometimes amplified, when made as part of women's asylum claims.

Law - Computer Science - 23.04.2012
Speakers echo language style of superiors, especially if they need something
Want to know who holds the power? Just listen carefully, preferably with a little help from a computer. Research at Cornell shows that people speaking to someone of perceived superior status often unconsciously echo the linguistic style of that person. The effect is usually not noticed by humans but shows up in a computer analysis of large amounts of text.

History / Archeology - Law - 18.01.2012
Archaeologist reveals evidence of mass graves at Nazi death camp
Almost 70 years after the end of the Second World War a groundbreaking forensic archaeological study by the University of Birmingham has unearthed evidence of hidden burial sites at a former death camp where more than 800,000 Jews perished during the Holocaust. It was widely believed that evidence of the extermination camp at Treblinka, in north-east Poland, was destroyed by the Nazis upon its abandonment in August 1943, however, these new findings suggest otherwise, revealing the location of deep pits - potential graves - and structural remains that witness accounts locate as gas chambers.

Health - Law - 16.12.2011
Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Improves Health in Gay Men
Us Stephanie Berger 212-305-4372 Email sb2247 [a] columbia (p) edu Gay men are able to lead healthier, less stress-filled lives when states offer legal protections to same-sex couples, according to a new study examining the effects of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. The study, "Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Laws on Health Care Use and Expenditures in Sexual Minority Men: A Quasi-Natural Experiment," is online in the American Journal of Public Health .

Law - 15.12.2011
Sharia operates within the legal system, new research shows
Sharia operates within the legal system, new research shows
The NSW Muslim community believes Islamic law is already accommodated in Australian society without legislative change and is not seeking to establish it as a separate legal system, according to the University of Sydney's Ghena Krayem. In the first empirical research project to be completed in Australia on sharia, or Islamic law, Krayem found that the NSW Muslim community wants Islamic principles integrated within the existing Australian legal system, not to create a rival legal system or special legislation to allow its recognition.

Law - Economics / Business - 03.10.2011
Study casts doubt on sex offender notification laws
Oct. Study casts doubt on sex offender notification laws ANN ARBOR, Mich.—While evidence suggests that requiring convicted sex offenders to register with the police reduces the chances they'll re-offend, a recent paper co-authored by a University of Michigan law professor shows that publicizing sex offenders' identities may actually increase the chances they'll commit another sex crime.

Law - 03.10.2011
After 29 years, nine-spotted ladybugs found on Long Island
After 29 years, nine-spotted ladybugs found on Long Island
The nine-spotted ladybug, New York's official state insect, was feared to be extinct in this state until citizen scientists rallied to Cornell's call to help look for it. Several nine-spotted ladybugs were spotted by citizen scientists on Long Island this summer. "The nine-spotted ladybug was once one of the most common ladybugs in the United States, and it was so revered in New York for its role in suppressing pests that it was named the official state insect in 1989," said John Losey, associate professor of entomology at Cornell and director of the Lost Ladybug Project.

Law - Physics - 31.08.2011
From a flat mirror, designer light
From a flat mirror, designer light
Researchers at Harvard create bizarre optical phenomena, defying the laws of reflection and refraction Exploiting a novel technique called phase discontinuity, researchers at the Harvard School of En

Administration - Law - 26.08.2011
Gaps in Services for Sexual Assault Victims in Texas
A new study reveals significant gaps in services for sexual assault victims and calls for improvements, including additional funding. Increasing the availability of local sexual assault services and lessening emergency room wait times will lead to stronger cases for prosecution, the researchers said.

Physics - Law - 19.07.2011
Bristol physicists break 150-year-old law
Bristol physicists break 150-year-old law
A violation of one of the oldest empirical laws of physics has been observed by scientists at the University of Bristol. Their experiments on purple bronze, a metal with unique one-dimensional electronic properties, indicate that it breaks the Wiedemann-Franz Law. This historic discovery is described in a paper published today.

Law - Media - 17.07.2011
Face value
Study shows that low-information voters are most likely to be swayed by candidates' appearances. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The looks of political candidates are a key factor influencing voters, a phenomenon identified by a number of scholars in recent years. Now, a new study by MIT political scientists adds to this body of research by detailing which types of citizens are most influenced by candidate appearances, and why: The tendency is most prevalent among low-information voters who watch a lot of television.

Social Sciences - Law - 07.07.2011
Why Sexual Assault Kits Are Not Being Tested for Use as Possible Evidence
AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work researchers have been chosen by the U.S. Department of Justice to participate in a study to determine why rape kits are not being tested and used as possible evidence in sexual assault cases. Untested sexual assault evidence kits are being discovered in police evidence rooms all across the country having broad ramifications for the police and crime laboratories, for the courts and for the victims, say the researchers.

Law - Environment - 20.06.2011
UC San Diego Researchers Create Tool to Put the Lid on Solar Power Fluctuations
Solar Resource Assessment website Solar Power Variability Animation High Penetration Solar Portal How does the power output from solar panels fluctuate when the clouds roll in? And can researchers predict these fluctuations? UC San Diego Professor Jan Kleissl and Matthew Lave, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Jacobs School, have found the answer to these questions.

Pedagogy - Law - 16.06.2011
Shared parenting legislation not in the interests of children?
Shared parenting legislation not in the interests of children?
Proposed legislation to introduce and enforce a presumption of shared parenting time for separating couples is not in the interests of children, according to a briefing paper published by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. The term 'shared parenting' has no legal status but generally refers to a child spending an equal amount of time with each parent.

Health - Law - 24.05.2011
Quality of nursing home care no protection against litigation
Providing high quality care in nursing homes does little to guard against risks of being sued, a new University of Melbourne study has found. The Melbourne Law School study found the risks of being sued differed only slightly between the highest and lowest quality nursing homes. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Relationship between Quality of Care and Negligence Litigation in Nursing Homes analysed negligence claims brought against 1465 nursing homes in the US between 1998 and 2006.
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