Public Release: 8-Aug-2008
Scientists to assess Beijing Olympics air pollution control efforts
As the Summer Olympics in Beijing kicks off this week, the event is giving scientists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe how the atmosphere responds when a heavily populated region substantially curbs everyday industrial emissions.

Public Release: 8-Aug-2008
Psychological Science
Red all over: how the color red affects a referee’s judgment
A new study has found that choosing the color red for a uniform in competitive sports can actually affect the referee’s split-second decision-making ability and even promote a scoring bias.
“Psychologists Norbert Hagemann, Bernd Strauss and Jan Leibing from the University of Munster specifically found that referees tended to assign more points to tae kwon do competitors dressed in red than those dressed in blue.”

Public Release: 8-Aug-2008
Ecological Society of America 93rd Annual Meeting
Testosterone key to disease transmission
High levels of testosterone may be a key factor in spreading disease among mice, according to biologists. The findings could help explain why males in a population are often more likely to get infected, and transmit disease.
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 8-Aug-2008
How nonstick bugs evade natural fly paper
Most insects landing on the natural fly paper plant, Roridula grogonias, are in for a sticky end. However, mirid bugs that make the sticky plants their homes seem immune to the alluring adhesive. So what protects mirid bugs from R. gorgonias’ fatal grasp? Dagmar Voigt and Stansilav Gorb from the Max-Planck Institute for Metals Research have found that the bugs are covered in a thick greasy nonstick coating that shrugs gorgonias glue off.
Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Public Release: 7-Aug-2008
Economic Journal
Extreme appeal: voters trust extreme positions more than moderate ones, study finds
Trying to appear moderate is not always the best strategy for capturing votes during an election, reveals a new study. Extreme positions can build trust among an electorate, who value ideological commitment in times of uncertainty. “A rational electorate is reluctant to support someone who does not exhibit commitment to some ideology,” says USC economist Juan Carrillo. “Voters rightly perceive that someone without ideological commitment cannot have developed a valuable political program.”


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