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Colorado River Delta greener after engineered pulse of water
(University of Arizona) The engineered spring flood that brought water to previously dry reaches of the lower Colorado River and its delta resulted in greener vegetation, the germination of new vegetation along the river and a temporary rise in the water table, according to new results from the binational team of scientists studying the water's effects. The team's latest findings will be presented at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting the afternoon of Dec. 18.

Weigh-in once a week or you'll gain weight
(Cornell Food & Brand Lab) Stepping on the scale is common among dieters but how does the frequency of weigh-ins impact weight? A new study in PLOS ONE showed that the more frequently dieters weighed themselves the more weight they lost, and if participants went more than a week without weighing themselves, they gained weight.

Health coaching paired with gym membership works best for obese people with mental illness
(The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth) A health promotion program, called In SHAPE, designed for people with serious mental illness, produced more fit participants and significant weight loss than a control group where participants only received a gym membership. The results of a randomized clinical trial, published in the Dec. 12 American Journal of Psychiatry, Dr. Stephen Bartels of Dartmouth and colleagues showed that more than half the participants in the In SHAPE group achieved clinically significant reduction in cardiovascular risk.

Big data may be fashion industry's next must-have accessory
(Penn State) Big data may be the next new thing to hit the fashion industry's runways, according to a team of researchers.

Policy action urgently needed to protect Hawaii's dolphins
(Duke University) Tourism is increasing pressure on Hawaii's spinner dolphins. A new Duke-led study shows that long-proposed federal regulations to limit daytime access to bays where the dolphins rest are greatly needed, but local, community-based conservation measures tailored to each individual bay will speed their acceptance. A one-size-fits-all approach will not work.

Cannabis-based medicine to be tested as child epilepsy therapy
(University of Edinburgh) Children with severe epilepsy could be helped by a new treatment derived from the cannabis plant. Doctors in the UK -- including the University of Edinburgh's Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre -- have been given the go-ahead to test the medicine.

Behavioral analysis of ISIS brutality presented in Violence and Gender journal
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) The Sunni Islamist terror organization known as the Islamic State, or ISIS, uses extreme violence and brutality against anyone it perceives as a threat to its goal of expansion and restoration of an Islamic Caliphate. The significant behavioral aspects of this unparalleled violence and its implications for the future are explored in a compelling Review article published in Violence and Gender.

Improving science at universities in Muslim countries: Experts to formulate prescription
(Terry Collins Assoc) In Muslim countries, how is academic freedom understood and applied? How effective are Islamic world universities at science research, education and public outreach and how could those functions be improved? To what extent do international university rankings influence government support policies? Offering insights and recommendations on those questions and others is the mandate of an 11-member international Task Force on Science at Universities in the Muslim World, convened for the first time this week in Malaysia.

Study finds that employees who are open about religion are happier
(Kansas State University) Employees who openly discuss their religious beliefs at work are often happier and have higher job satisfaction than those employees who do not, according to a collaborative study that involves a Kansas State University researcher.

'Research of the very highest quality': DFG awards 2015 Leibniz Prizes
(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) The new recipients of Germany's most prestigious research funding prize have been announced. In Bonn today, the Joint Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft decided to award the 2015 Leibniz Prize to eight researchers. The recipients of the prize were selected by the Nominations Committee from 136 nominees. Of the eight new prizewinners, three are from the natural sciences, three from the humanities and social sciences, and two from the life sciences. Each will receive prize money of 2.5 million euros.

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