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Latest and Breaking Social Behavioral News

Elevated upper body position improves respiratory safety in women following childbirth
(American College of Chest Physicians) A study published on April 23 in the online first section of the journal CHEST finds an elevated upper body position might improve respiratory safety in women early after childbirth without impairing sleep quality.

Grant funds innovative news follows to Washington state tragedies
(Washington State University) A Washington State University study will place microphones in popular gathering spots of the traumatized Washington State communities of Oso, Marysville and Pilchuck, along with posted questions from news media. The goal is to determine if this method provides for journalism that is effective yet respects community members as they cope with tragedy.

Switching on one-shot learning in the brain
(California Institute of Technology) Caltech scientists have discovered that uncertainty in terms of the causal relationship -- whether an outcome is actually caused by a particular stimulus -- is the main factor in determining whether or not rapid learning occurs.

ONR: Helping to train the future canine force
(Office of Naval Research) The Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Expeditionary Canine Sciences program is taking a fresh look at how dogs are trained to identify different explosive devices -- and their roles in future conflicts. ONR's new research focuses on cracking the code of olfactory and cognitive optimization -- essentially, how dogs recognize and remember odors, and for how long and to what degree.

New study links drinking behaviors with mortality
(University of Colorado at Boulder) A new University of Colorado Boulder study involving some 40,000 people indicates that social and psychological problems caused by drinking generally trump physically hazardous drinking behaviors when it comes to overall mortality rates.

Bigger bang for your buck: Restoring fish habitat by removing barriers
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) A new study from a multidisciplinary team, published April 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describes a powerful new model to help decision makers maximize the cost-effectiveness of barrier removal projects that also restore migratory fish habitat.

Genetic markers for fetal overgrowth syndrome discovered
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Researchers have identified a number of genes that contribute to large offspring syndrome, which can result in the overgrowth of fetuses and enlarged babies.

Study: A minority of women seek health care after military sexual assault
(Veterans Affairs Research Communications) Most female service members who experience sexual assault are unlikely to seek post-assault health care, at least in the short term, suggests a new Veterans Affairs study.

Audubon Society honors Apelian for promoting sustainable stewardship of Earth's resources
(Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Diran Apelian, Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has received the Audubon Society's Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal. Administered by the American Association of Engineering Societies, the medal recognizes individuals who encourage cooperation between engineering professionals and environmentalists to create innovative solutions to environmental problems. Apelian was honored for articulating and promoting an inspiring vision of sustainable stewardship of the Earth's resources.

Acoustical Society of America Spring Meeting in Pittsburgh, May 18-22, 2015
(Acoustical Society of America) From noise in buildings and open park spaces to musical instruments, human voices and the vocalizations of animals on the ground, in the air and underwater, the science of sound is all around. The world's largest scientific meeting devoted to this fascinating, many-faceted field of acoustics will take place next month in Pittsburgh.

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