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People write books for lots of reasons. Fame. Money. Popularity. Well, writing social theory books doesn’t get you fame, money or popularity. Instead, I wrote Theory for the Working Sociologist with one goal in mind: I want the average sociologist to understand how important theory is to their everyday research practice. Please take note of […]

Do young children learn anything from YouTube videos?

(Wiley) In a new Acta Paediatrica study, children up to 2 years of age could be entertained and kept busy by their parents showing them YouTube clips on smartphones, but they did not learn anything from the videos.

The Dirty Politics of Cambridge Analytica

Splish, splosh, there goes the sound of Cambridge Analytica executives tripping over and "accidentally" dropping hard drives and servers into the bath. The Observer/Channel 4 News/New York Times expose has been variously billed as shocking and earth shattering. Show More Summary

Huge Australian bushfire was caused by unseasonal freak weather

A fire in New South Wales has destroyed 69 homes, even though Australia’s fire season is over – climate change may be a factor

Amygdala neurons increase as children become adults -- except in autism

(University of California - Davis Health System) Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute found that typically-developing children gain more neurons in a region of the brain that governs social and emotional behavior, the amygdala, as they become adults. Show More Summary

Mainz University Library joins Open Library of Humanities platform

(Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. The University Library of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz now joins the Open Library of Humanities platform.

Craft beer may get cheaper thanks to GM yeast with hoppy flavour

A genetically engineered yeast makes beer that tastes of hops, without using any hops – and it could make beer cheaper and more environmentally friendly

We start caring about our reputations as early as kindergarten

(Cell Press) Kindergarteners don't use social media, but they do care about their public image. By the time kids go to elementary school, they're thinking critically about their reputation. In a Review published on March 20 in the journal...Show More Summary

How GDP affects success in eSports

(National Research University Higher School of Economics) Per capita GDP can make a difference in a country's performance in competitive computer gaming, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Higher School of Economics (HSE University, Perm).

Providing free supplies to low-income families improves type 1 diabetes

(The Endocrine Society) Providing free supplies of insulin and blood glucose test trips to families with type 1 diabetes in low- and lower-middle income families can result in improved blood-sugar control and diabetes-related knowledge, a new study of families in India suggests. Show More Summary

Recognizing Diversity in Gay Parenting

In the United States, the media often portrays marginalized groups through tropes and stereotypes, but these depictions rarely represent the diversity inherent in any group.  A recent article in Slate demonstrates that queer parents are no exception. Show More Summary

Parenting and personality work together to affect baby's weight gain

(Penn State) The more mothers use food to soothe their babies, the more weight certain babies gained, according to researchers. The effect was only seen in babies with a surgent temperament -- characterized by being more outgoing, active and drawn to new things and people, putting these children at a risk for obesity later on.

UTSA researcher maps San Antonio's music scene

(University of Texas at San Antonio) The University of Texas at San Antonio's music marketing coordinator and his undergraduate students are using geographic information system (GIS) technology to map the scale and scope of the live music scene in San Antonio. Show More Summary

Why it doesn't pay to be just nice -- you also need to be intelligent

(University of Bristol) New research has revealed how people's intelligence, rather than their personality traits, leads to success.

Why do some people 'hear' silent flashes?

(City University London) Up to one in five people may show signs of a synesthesia-like phenomenon in which they 'hear' silent flashes or movement, according to a new study from City, University of London.

New publication helps us understand how narratives expand our sense of the possible

(University of Turku) Cultural models of sense-making shape our views about who we are and who we could be -- what is possible for us as individuals and as communities. Hanna Meretoja's new book, The Ethics of Storytelling, provides us with tools for analyzing cultural narrative models and understanding the power of literary narratives to expand our sense of the possible.

Pressing a button is more challenging than appears

(Aalto University) Pressing a button appears easy, but the brain needs a probabilistic internal model to control a press. A new theory exposes significant improvements to button design that help gamers and musicians.

What is the cost of interrupting a radiologist?

(University of Utah) A first of its kind study shows typical interruptions experienced by on-call radiologists do not reduce diagnostic accuracy but do change what they look at and increase the amount of time spent on a case.

Prostate MRI reveals more treatable cancers, reduces overdiagnosis than standard biopsy

(European Association of Urology) A large international study has shown that an MRI scan can reduce the number of invasive prostate biopsies by up to 28 percent. The PRECISION trial shows that using MRI to target prostate biopsies leads to more of the harmful prostate cancers, and fewer harmless cancers being diagnosed. Show More Summary

Study identifies effective parenting strategies to reduce disruptive behavior in children

(Society for Research in Child Development) Most parenting programs aim to teach parents how to reduce their children's disruptive behavior. New research looked at more than 150 studies of these programs, finding differences in what works best according to whether or not children already showed behavior problems.

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