EurekAlert!’s five most-shared news releases were circulated more than 36,000 times via EurekAlert! in 2014 through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr, and e-mail, as recorded by AddThis. The most-shared releases, in order, were:

  1. Study finds later school start times improve sleep and daytime functioning in adolescents (151)
    Lifespan; Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
  2. New research sheds light on how the body regulates fundamental neuro-hormone (115)
    Bristol University; Nature Communications
  3. Why dark chocolate is good for your heart (104)
    Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology; FASEB Journal
  4. Study: Half of black males, 40 percent of white males arrested by age 23 (84)
    University of South Carolina; Crime & Delinquency
  5. No link found between movie, video game violence, and societal violence (75)
    International Communication Association; Journal of Communication

The “Study finds later school start times improve sleep and daytime functioning in adolescents” also made the list of top 10 most-visited EurekAlert! news releases of 2014, coming in at No. 4.

The annual list was compiled based on the number of public and reporter views of news releases received between January 1 and December 5, 2014. EurekAlert! is a science-news service operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the nonprofit scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals.

More than 25,672 news releases were eligible for inclusion on EurekAlert! in 2014. All news releases were submitted by accredited research institutions and peer-reviewed journals worldwide, and made available to registered science reporters and the public.