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Archive for May, 2013

Doctors And Patients Sharing Decision-Making May Raise Costs

CHICAGO (UPI) — Healthcare policies that increase patient engagement in medical decisions may increase the length of hospital stays and costs, U.S. researchers say. Dr. David Meltzer, an associate professor at the University of Chicago who was the study author, said since the 1980s, doctors and patients have been encouraged to share decision-making to enhance […]

Men Lie They Had More Partners, Women Lied About Fewer

MANSFIELD, Ohio (UPI) — People will lie about their sexual behavior to match perceived cultural expectations about how men or women should act, U.S. researchers say. Study author Terri Fisher, a professor of psychology at The Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus, and colleagues said while people would lie about sex, they wouldn’t distort other gender-related […]

Torah Scroll In Italy May Be World’s Oldest Yet Discovered

BOLOGNA, Italy (UPI) — The University of Bologna in Italy says it has found what may be the oldest complete scroll of Judaism’s most important text, the Torah. The scroll, previously thought to be just a few hundred years old, was in the university’s library but had been mislabeled, university officials said. Carbon dating tests […]

Modern Street Lighting May Be Behind Decline In Moth Numbers

EXETER, England (UPI) — A new kind of street lighting being installed on British roads could be causing widespread declines in moths, scientists warn. Brighter white lighting replacing the older traditional orange street lights is proving irresistible to moths, they said. “If you use white light or lamps with a broad spectrum of wavelengths, then […]

Experiments With Panicky Ants Could Help In Emergency Evacuations

MELBOURNE (UPI) — An experiment with ants could help architects design buildings that can be evacuated quickly in emergencies, Australian researchers say. Escape times from office buildings, railway or bus stations and sports arenas can be affected by the position of exits and obstructions such as support columns, but there is little data on the […]

Suddenly Slowing Spin Of Distant Neutron Star Puzzles Astronomers

GREENBELT, Md. (UPI) — Astronomers say a NASA space telescope has observed a spinning neutron star suddenly slowing down, offering clues to understanding such extremely dense objects. A neutron star is what is left after a massive star runs out of fuel, collapses under its own weight and explodes as a supernova. Neutron star 1E […]

NASA Instrument Creates ‘Family Tree’ Of Orbiting Asteroids

PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) — NASA says data from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has yielded a new, improved family tree for asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter. Millions of infrared snapshots from the asteroid-hunting portion of the WISE all-sky survey, called NEOWISE, have helped identify 28 new asteroid “families,” NASA’s Jet Propulsion […]

Empire State Building To Have New Owners: The Public

NEW YORK (UPI) — The owners of New York’s iconic Empire State Building say they have agreed to combine it with 18 other properties and take the company public. Dealogic, a firm that keeps track of Wall Street deals, said the initial public offering for the Empire State Realty Trust, which includes the famous skyscraper […]

First Quarter U.S. GDP Growth Pegged At 2.4 Percent

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Commerce revised its estimate of the first quarter’s economic growth down to 2.4 percent Thursday. In the first of three estimates, the department pegged the gross domestic product January through March as up 2.5 percent over the previous three months. On Thursday, the department, using more complete data, […]

Non-Employer Businesses On The Rise

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The number of businesses with no paid employees rose 1.7 percent in 2011, gaining in all states except two, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. The number of one-person businesses rose to 22.5 million in the year, the Census Bureau said. The bureau counts businesses with no paid employees that have annual […]

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