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Fanning the flames: Wildfires emit potent climate-warming organic particles

As Canadian wildfire smoke continues to impact large swaths of the United States, resulting in poor air quality and negative health outcomes for millions of Americans, more people than ever are feeling the effects of longer fire seasons and a changing climate. Now, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have discovered that wildfires may […]

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In the U.S., alcohol use disorder linked to 232 million missed workdays annually

Heavy alcohol use is associated with missing work, but the scope of that relationship has not been well understood. Now, based on survey data from more than 110,000 U.S. adults with full-time jobs, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have quantified the extent of the problem. Among U.S. adults working full […]

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Study: Masks don’t just save lives, they also boost economy by increasing consumer spending

November 9, 2020 – The economy and coronavirus pandemic were two of the top issues for voters in the 2020 election, according to exit poll surveys. Notably, 52% of voters said controlling the pandemic was more important, even if it hurts the economy. But what if we didn’t have to choose? In communities where masks were […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Rewriting U.S. history: New evidence challenges Euro-centric narrative of early colonization

In American history, we learn that the arrival of Spanish explorers led by Hernando de Soto in the 1500s was a watershed moment resulting in the collapse of Indigenous tribes and traditions across the southeastern United States. While these expeditions unquestionably resulted in the deaths of countless Indigenous people and the relocation of remaining tribes, […]

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Brave new world: Simple changes in intensity of weather events “could be lethal” to species

Sept. 30, 2019 – Hurricane Dorian is the latest example of a frightening trend. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, more severe and more widespread as a consequence of climate change. New research from Washington University in St. Louis provides important new insights into how different species may fare under this new normal. Faced […]

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Justice Department narrows interpretation of emoluments clause

April 24, 2019 – The United States Justice Department has narrowed its interpretation of the foreign emoluments clause, allowing foreign countries to court President Donald Trump through patronizing his hotels, condos and golf courses and through granting him trademarks, suggests a new article by an ethics expert at Washington University in St. Louis. The foreign […]

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White Americans see many immigrants as ‘illegal’ until proven otherwise

Oct. 12, 2018 – Fueled by political rhetoric evoking dangerous criminal immigrants, many white Americans assume low-status immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador, Syria, Somalia and other countries President Donald Trump labeled “shithole” nations have no legal right to be in the United States, new research in the journal American Sociological Review suggests. In the eyes […]

Posted inLife

A chief financial officer (CFO) with an oversized signature could portend narcissism, bad bookkeeping

Feb. 27, 2018 – Does the signature size match the personality? Chad Ham, assistant professor of accounting at Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School, and his co-authors found a chief financial officer (CFO) with an oversized signature is more likely to make questionable choices due to an oversized ego. According to a paper […]

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Medical Students Not Trained to Prescribe Medical Marijuana

Sept. 18, 2017 – Although 29 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana use for medical purposes, few medical students are being trained how to prescribe the drug. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis surveyed medical school deans, residents and fellows, and examined a curriculum database maintained by the Association […]

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