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How Peer Pressure May Encourage Tax Delinquents To Pay Up

A field experiment in Kentucky, Kansas and Wisconsin finds that shaming tax cheats is a more effective way to get scofflaws to pay up rather than threatening them with fines.
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Recruiting Better Talent With Brain Games And Big Data

Some companies are using surveys or brain games to assess what kind of workers candidates are. Employers say the tests can help reduce turnover and surface talent recruiters might otherwise overlook.
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Gerbils Likely Pushed Plague To Europe in Middle Ages

Shifts in climate in the Middle Ages likely drove bubonic plague bacteria from gerbils in Asia to people in Europe, research now suggests. Rats don't deserve all the blame.
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Tea Tuesdays: The Chemis-Tea Of Pouring The Perfect English-Style Cuppa

The British are very specific about how they take their tea: black, with milk and sugar. But steeping the optimal cup requires a surprising amount of chemistry. Here's a guide to the science.
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Emotional Scars Of Modern Slavery Run 'Deeper Than Any Visible Wound'

Scientists interviewed more than a thousand men, women and children who were forced into sex work and hard labor. The result is the largest study to detail the health of human trafficking survivors.
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Angry Tweets Predict Patterns Of Heart Disease, Researchers Say

Can tweets be analyzed to predict heart disease? New research suggests the answer is yes.
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'Weird' Fern Shows The Power Of Interspecies Sex

Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists.
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Acidifying Waters Are Endangering Your Oysters And Mussels

Many coastal communities that harvest shellfish could soon be hurt by ocean acidification, a study finds. The Pacific Northwest and New England are hot spots, as are estuaries along the East Coast.

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Feeding Babies Foods With Peanuts Appears To Prevent Allergies

Babies who ate the equivalent of about 4 heaping teaspoons of peanut butter weekly were about 80 percent less likely to develop a peanut allergy by their fifth birthday. So finds a landmark new study.
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Catching A Southern Coyote, Then Letting It Go In The Name Of Science

Coyotes in the Deep South live among a mosaic of agricultural fields and woods but little wilderness. A new study uses tracking collars to understand how these animals thrive in three Southern states.

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