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New research leads to FDA approval of first drug to treat radiation sickness
(University of Maryland School of Medicine) New research has led the FDA to approve use of a drug to treat the effects of radiation exposure following a nuclear incident. The drug, Neupogen, is the first ever approved for the treatment of acute radiation injury.

Building expertise to protect the Serengeti
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Tanzania's Serengeti National Park is under severe pressure from human population growth and climate change. A new 10 million grant from the European Union will help unite scientists from Europe and Africa to develop innovative and practical (on the ground) solutions for the continued delivery of ecosystem services provided by the park.

Enhancing knowledge crucial to improving energy-saving behaviors, study shows
(University of Plymouth) Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study conducted at Plymouth University suggests.

American Indians disproportionately disciplined at school compared to white students
(University of Utah) School disciplinary actions handed down to students at Utah public schools disproportionately impact American Indian children over all other ethnicities enrolled in the state's public education system, new research from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Public Policy Clinic reveals.

Anticipating temptation may reduce unethical behavior, research finds
(Society for Personality and Social Psychology) Ethical dilemmas can present a self-control conflict between pursuing immediate benefits through behaving dishonestly and pursuing long-term benefits through honesty. New research has found that factors that facilitate self-control for other goals can also promote self-behavior. The researchers conclude that identifying a self-control conflict and anticipating a temptation are two necessary preconditions for ethical decision making.

Here's looking at you: ONR tests new glasses for augmented reality system with Marines
(Office of Naval Research) Marines were able to turn a lush golf course into a hostile battleground complete with tanks, mortar fire and smoke at a demonstration on May 21 using an augmented reality training system from the Office of Naval Research. At Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia, the Augmented Immersive Team Trainer moved one step closer to its ultimate goal of giving warfighters glasses that can be worn to enhance augmented reality training scenarios.

Seven projects to make progress on ethics and global food security in five years
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Johns Hopkins experts lead an international group that has issued an ambitious five-year agenda to tackle some of the most complex ethical issues involved in ensuring the global population has enough sustainably produced safe and nutritious food.

EARTH: Flames fan lasting fallout from Chernobyl
(American Geosciences Institute) In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Now, researchers fear that a shift to a hotter, drier climate in Eastern Europe could increase the frequency of these fires.

Study: Hey, advertising and marketing pros! Before you 'go thin,' think again
(Baylor University) Marketers and advertisers who default to the 'thin ideal' -- the belief that thinner is better -- could be alienating up to 70 percent of their audience, said James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business.

Health-care policy should not focus on finance, says research
(Elsevier) Focusing on finance could jeopardize the long-term survival of our health care systems, according to a study published in Value in Health. The researchers, from Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, urge policy makers to consider social and political sustainability when building universal health care systems.

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