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Study ties Facebook engagement to attacks on refugees

A study of circumstances and demographics attendant on attacks against refugees and immigrants in Germany has shown that Facebook use appears to be deeply linked with the frequency of violent acts. Far from being mere trolling or isolated expressions of controversial political opinions, spikes in anti-refugee posts were predictive of violent crimes against those groups. The study was conducted by ...

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Blogger challenges DisinfoLab NGO over Twitter users data abuse in ‘French Russophiles’ study

The NGO behind the infamous ‘Russophiles’ study has denied their research featured French users’ private data. The blogger who posted the data, however, insists they wiped the files that originally included sensitive information. France’s Twittersphere has been on fire since previously unknown EU DisinfoLab, a Brussels-based organization that says its mission is to “fight disinformation with innovative methodology” and receives ...

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Drug-addicted pet owners may abuse their animals to secure opioid fix, study warns US vets

Some opioid addicts have been known to injure their pets to get their hands on powerful prescription drugs to satisfy their cravings, a new survey in Colorado has revealed, calling for more oversight on drug prescription by vets. Arguing that authorities have overlooked the issue of a “supply and demand equation” of prescription opioids in the veterinary sector, the Center ...

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Blue light emitted from smartphones and laptops accelerates blindness – study

Blue light emitted from smartphone and laptop screens speeds up blindness by transforming vital molecules in the eye’s retina into cell killers, according to new research. The study, carried out by optical chemistry researchers at the University of Toledo, explains how exposure to blue light can cause age-related macular degeneration – one of the leading worldwide causes of blindness. “It’s ...

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Democracy v meritocracy: Study reveals young Swedes want experts instead of elected govt officials

Sweden may not be the bastion of democracy that the world seems to think it is. A new poll has revealed that a large portion of Swedish youths would prefer experts to run the country in lieu of democratically elected politicians. The survey was carried out by analysis firm Kairos Future and was issued to 6,000 Swedes, most of whom ...

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‘Hothouse Earth’: Planet will become ‘uninhabitable’ if climate tipping point reached, study finds

The world is perilously close to moving into irreversible “hothouse” conditions with global average temperatures climbing as much as 4-5 Celsius — even if emissions reduction targets are met, according to a new study. A group of scientists from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the University of Copenhagen, the Australian National University and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said ...

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Duo Security researchers’ Twitter ‘bot or not’ study unearths crypto botnet

A team of researchers at Duo Security has unearthed a sophisticated botnet operating on Twitter — and being used to spread a cryptocurrency scam. The botnet was discovered during the course of a wider research project to create and publish a methodology for identifying Twitter account automation — to help support further research into bots and how they operate. The ...

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Breastfeeding, boozing & brain damage: Study reveals major risk factor for babies

A study in Australia has found that women who drink alcohol while breastfeeding may be doing unwitting damage to their children’s brains. It recommends mothers abstain from booze until their baby is fully weaned. READ MORE: Russia stood up for breastfeeding protection when other countries yielded to US pressure – activist Researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney had been monitoring ...

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Great Pyramid of Giza can concentrate electromagnetic energy – study

New research from an international team of physicists has revealed that the Great Pyramid of Giza may be able to focus electromagnetic energy through its hidden chambers and under its base. Scientists at Itmo University in Russia and Germany’s Laser Zentrum Hannover applied methods of theoretical physics to investigate the electromagnetic response of the ancient Egyptian pyramid to radio waves. ...

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Having more kids makes women age faster – study

Children could be shortening the lifespan of women, according to a new study. But the finding is not down to the stress of motherhood, rather pregnancy might be making women’s cells age more rapidly. A new study by Caled Ryan and Christopher Kuzawa of Northwestern University, Illinois has signalled that the more children a woman has the more she appears ...

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