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PBS ‘Weinstein’ studies why alleged sex misconduct persisted

In making a documentary about disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, PBS’ “Frontline” wanted to focus less on what he did than on how the alleged sexual misconduct went on for …

Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities

One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018

Idaho public defenders get just 4 hours a case

The state’s public defenders spend a fraction of the time they need to provide proper representation to poor people caught in the criminal justice system, according to a draft study …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017

Trump administration halts study of offshore oil inspections

The Trump administration has halted an independent scientific study of offshore oil inspections by the federal safety agency created after the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

Study: Oregon’s state parks put $1B into economy

A study by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department finds visitors to the state’s parks contributed more than $1 billion to the economy and supported 16,000 jobs in 2016.

Montana study aims to reduce grizzly-livestock encounters

A University of Montana graduate student is partnering with Indian tribes to study how effective electric fences are in protecting poultry and livestock from grizzly bear attacks.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Study finds carbon emissions increase when land is converted into crops for ethanol

A University of Wisconsin-Madison study shows that the shift of more than 7 million acres into cropland led to huge releases of carbon emissions into the atmosphere after a 2007 …

Idaho approves $3 million to study raising Boise River dams

Idaho officials have approved spending $3 million to help pay for a federal study to increase the height of three dams on the Boise River.

Researchers launch study to learn effects of wildfire smoke

Scientists are studying the effects hazardous smoke had on residents in and around Seeley Lake due to wildfires that raged in the area.

Study: FEMA’s Houston flood maps outdated long before Harvey

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood plain maps for parts of southeastern Houston were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, a new study suggests.

Glacier National Park using bark ranger to keep goats wild

After four years of study, Glacier National Park rangers have definitively figured out why mountain goats like to hang out at Logan Pass. New research shows the white-haired ungulates happen …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening

An in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles, has found the American workplace is grueling, stressful and …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017

Study: Trump actions trigger health premium hikes for 2018

The Trump administration’s own actions are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many consumers, a nonpartisan study has found.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017

How safe is your tuna? It’s important to know where it was caught

Tuna caught in industrialized areas of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans have 36 times more pollutants than those fished in remote parts of the West Pacific, scientists from Scripps Oceanography …

PET scans show many Alzheimer’s patients may not actually have the disease

A significant portion of people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia who are taking medication for Alzheimer’s may not actually have the disease, according to interim results of a major …

Study: Orcas’ failed pregnancies linked to scarce food

Improving salmon runs could help the endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington, according to a new study that found the orcas cannot find enough fish to …

Faster-moving sea ice forces polar bears to use more energy

Rapid global warming has sped up the movement of sea ice off Alaska’s coasts, and already at-risk polar bears are paying a price, a new U.S. study says.

UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017

Volunteers needed to smoke pot for science

Researchers at Washington State University need volunteers for a study to develop a breathalyzer for pot.

Study: Not all Montanans aware of invasive mussels

A new report suggests state agencies should take advantage of social media to inform younger residents of the threat that invasive aquatic species pose to Montana waterways.

UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017

Neanderthals in California? Maybe so, provocative study says

A startling new report asserts that the first known Americans arrived much, much earlier than scientists thought – more than 100,000 years ago – and maybe they were Neanderthals.

Study: Cigarettes go better with alcohol than marijuana does

For millennials, cigarettes go better with booze than they do with weed. That’s the conclusion of a new University of California, San Francisco study showing tobacco accompanied by alcohol gives …

UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017

Study: Bird population in Vermont forests drop 14.2 percent

The bird population in Vermont’s forests has declined 14.2 percent over 25 years, largely due to several factors, including invasive species, climate change, and the natural cycle of maturing forests, …

Salt keeps icy roads safe. It’s also putting North America’s freshwater lakes at risk.

During the past half-century, annual U.S. sales of road salt grew from 160,000 tons to about 20 million tons, as a group of environmental scientists pointed out in a study …

Lead exposure alters children’s lives decades later, study indicates

Children with elevated blood-lead levels at age 11 ended up as adults with lower cognitive function and lower-status occupations than their parents, according to research that offers one of the …

Livestock grazing can benefit struggling sage grouse, study says

A new study disputes a widely-held view that livestock grazing is largely incompatible with a ground-dwelling bird that has suffered a dramatic population decline across its 11-state range in the …

Great Barrier Reef bleaching again; scientists say only swift climate action can save it

Last year the Great Barrier Reef saw unprecedented bleaching due to extremely warm ocean temperatures. It was the reef’s third and worst severe bleaching event. But now, scientists say, yet …

Bacon, soda & too few nuts tied to big portion of U.S. deaths

If you’re gorging on bacon or skimping on nuts, you might want to rethink your diet. That’s according to new research that links 10 foods with deaths from heart disease, …

Industrial pollution has contaminated even the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean

Industrial pollution has reached even the most remote corners of Earth: the deepest part of the sea. Scientists have discovered “extraordinary levels” of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the Mariana …

Kids with ADHD have some smaller brain regions than normal, study finds

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have several brain regions that are slightly smaller than usual, more evidence that the disorder should be considered a neurological condition, a new study says.

Study documents yellow cedar’s decline due to climate change

A type of tree that thrives in soggy soil from Alaska to Northern California and is valued for its commercial and cultural uses could become a noticeable casualty of climate …