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Friday, January 4 2019

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2018 Year in Review

As 2018 comes to an end, the Iowa State University News Service staff is looking back and sharing some of its favorite and more popular stories of the year.

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Criminal history strong indicator for future violent crime

New research shows offenders convicted of a violent crime or other serious felonies will likely commit the same crime again. For example, a prior homicide conviction increased the likelihood by 1,467 percent. Researchers say the findings illustrate the need to consider an offender's entire criminal history during sentencing or when considering parole. 

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Higher average potency cannabis may increase risk for first disorder symptom

States do not regulate the potency of recreational cannabis, even though THC levels have increased significantly. Now new research shows higher average potency cannabis at first use increases the risk for the first symptom of cannabis use disorder.

Walter Suza in his office in Agronomy Hall at Iowa State University

Anti-GMO sentiment has repercussions for developing world

Anti-GMO sentiment may be holding back the progress of farmers in some African countries, but an Iowa State University agronomist hopes a new study upholding the safety of Bt corn may help policymakers in Africa implement the technology to fight an emergent pest. The review included a risk assessment that found delaying the adoption of genetically modified crops such as Bt corn in the developing world presents risks to both humans and the environment.

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Costas Soukoulis elected to National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors has named Costas Soukoulis of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory one of its fellows. He joins five other inventors affiliated with the university or the laboratory who have been named academy fellows.