187 articles from WEDNESDAY 13.9.2023

Survey reveals influences of political ideology on consumer food perceptions

Consumers generally remain more optimistic about food prices compared to a year ago. However, individuals self-identified as having liberal political beliefs predict lower food inflation than those who identify as being conservative, according to the August 2023 Consumer Food Insights Report. The report's authors noted that people who describe themselves as conservative report higher food price...

What's the real story about shark populations in New York waters?

The lack of evidence about shark biology, their prey, and changes in the ecosystems of New York area coastal waters is a driving force to expand research about sharks and their populations in the region, so say a team of scientists in an article published in the Journal of Fish Biology.

Criticism builds against Ph.D. careers firm Cheeky Scientist

Grad students and postdocs say they felt pushed into signing away thousands of dollars for services they ultimately did not want Feodora Chiosea/istockphoto When Sara saw a LinkedIn ad earlier this year for a company promising to help science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) Ph.D.s transition into lucrative industry careers, she...

Marketing lessons from a hurricane: Research finds the effects of brand-switching are only temporary

Using data from pre- and post-hurricane purchasing of consumer-packaged goods (CPG), new research has found that while consumers may switch brands in the lead-up to a natural disaster, they will likely switch back to their previously purchased brands when the crisis has passed. This has implications for the extent to which companies can expect to capture consumers using temporary price promotions.

Farmer behavior found to play a crucial role in managing livestock diseases

A study published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine has shown how differences in farmer behavior can affect controlling the scale of disease outbreaks. Farmer behavior, especially vaccine uptake or other preventative measures, is critical to how effective responses are to livestock disease outbreaks, such as foot-and-mouth disease, bovine tuberculosis and bovine viral diarrhea.

Primary instrument for NASA's Roman completed, begins tests

A team of engineers and technicians at Ball Aerospace, one of the industry partners for NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has finished assembling the spacecraft's giant camera. Called the Wide Field Instrument (WFI), this state-of-the-art tool will enable astronomers to explore the cosmos from the outskirts of our solar system...

Brunt Ice Shelf speeds up after calving of giant iceberg

Following the calving of the A-81 iceberg at the end of January 2023, the Brunt Ice Shelf is moving faster than before. It is currently moving approximately 4 meters a day towards the sea, whereas before the calving it moved at an average of between 1-2.5 meters a day. The observations have been submitted this week to the journal The Cryosphere.

Mapping the sun's interaction with Mercury's surface

A new study maps the infall of protons and electrons from the solar wind to geographical location on the surface of Mercury, giving scientists new insight into how interactions with the sun alters the surface and produces Mercury's very thin atmosphere.