- New early warning system predicts dengue fever risk during the football World Cup in Brazil
- Many Smokers Still Surprised by Facts About Tobacco's Dangers
- Not just a pretty face, although that helps female politicians on election day
Posted: 16 May 2014 05:29 PM PDT
For the first time, scientists have developed an early warning system to predict the risk of dengue infections for the 553 microregions of Brazil during the football World Cup. The estimates show that the chance of a dengue outbreak is enough of a possibility to warrant a high-alert warning in the three northeastern venues (Natal, Fortaleza, and Recife) but is likely to be generally low in all 12 host cities.
Posted: 15 May 2014 12:38 PM PDT
Between half and one-third of smokers presented with corrective statements about the dangers of smoking indicated that some of the information was new to them and motivated them to quit, finds a new study. "The tobacco industry systematically deceived the public for decades, denying that smoking was dangerous or addictive," explained one of the study's authors, adding that cigarette makers were actually designing their products to be more addictive to increase sales.
Posted: 15 May 2014 09:32 AM PDT
Female politicians' success can be predicted by their facial features, especially in conservative states where women with more feminine faces tend to do better at the ballot box. The results don't mean a supermodel will win the White House, but they do suggest women's electoral success requires a delicate balance between voters' perception of traditional femininity and political competence.
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