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AAP announces new safe sleep recommendations to protect against SIDS

(American Academy of Pediatrics) Infants should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents - but on a separate surface, such as a crib or bassinet, and never on a couch, armchair or soft surface -- to decrease the risks of sleep-related deaths, according to a new policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Unequal Aging in America

By Rhonda Smith PhD student, Sociology, University of Nevada Las Vegas If I had two minutes with the presidential candidates, I would ask for one thing: the Reauthorization of the 1965 Older Americans Act. As a former Director of an...

AI predicts outcomes of human rights trials

(University College London) The judicial decisions of the European Court of Human Rights have been predicted to 79 percent accuracy using an artificial intelligence (AI) method developed by researchers in UCL, the University of Sheffield and the University of Pennsylvania.

Theresa May and Thatcherism

There is a touch of confusion about Theresa May's political posturing. The apparent lurch "to the left" signified by her abandonment of Osbornomics (and, of course, Osborne himself) for soft Keynesianism sits uneasily with a commitment to hard Brexit. Show More Summary

black mirror’s nosedive episode; also sf and social theory

If you don’t already watch Black Mirror, it’s worth checking out, especially now that you get can get every episode on Netflix. It’s a wonderful science fiction/horror anthology, sort of a modern Twilight Zone, but with more of a focus on technology. The first episode of the latest season, Nosedive (see some reviews here and […]

On Not Being Funny At the Al Smith Dinner

October 23, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston I have a modest proposal for the next Al Smith dinner: the writers for each presidential candidate get together beforehand and trade jokes. Neither Trump nor Hillary is what you would call a master of stand-up. Show More Summary

Two Points About Two By-Elections

Is the new normal the same as the old normal? As previously argued, the 2012 Corby by-election called so former Tory MP Louise Mensch could spend more time trolling 17 year olds on Twitter was the last political contest in England and Wales where UKIP wasn't a factor. Show More Summary

From the Archives: Halloween

It’s 9 days to Halloween and 17 days to election day. Here at SocImages, I’ve decided to continue to focus on election analysis and current events until Election Day. In the meantime, for your holiday pleasure, please enjoy our collection of Halloween posts from years past or visit our Halloween-themed Pinterest page. And feel free to follow me […]

One Question Where Trump Turned Conservatives More Liberal

October 21, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston Most people agree that when this election is over, Trump will have changed American politics. Bigly, perhaps. But one of the more ironic changes may be that he caused the most conservative sectors...Show More Summary

CCNY team develops analytics to predict poll trends

(City College of New York) As the countdown continues to the Presidential election, new analytical tools by physicists at The City College of New York promise a quicker and remarkably accurate method of predicting election trends with Twitter.

New findings on the history of the early-Islamic caliphate palace Khirbat al-Minya

(Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) Archaeologists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany started excavations in September 2016 at Khirbat al-Minya, an early-Islamic caliphate palace on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Show More Summary

UA receives $10.3 million to help unlock the mystery of Alzheimer's in women

(University of Arizona Health Sciences) Why do more women than men get Alzheimer's disease? In their quest to find the answer, neuroscientist Roberta Diaz Brinton, Ph.D., and her colleagues in the Center for Innovation in Brain Science...Show More Summary

Research targets conflict over wind farming and renewable energy in Korea

(Griffith University) Griffith University is undertaking a major international project to help address community conflict and disruption over wind farms and their implementation in Korea.

Why All the Trump Allegations are Surfacing at Once

The now infamous conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush became a major talking point of this election cycle, as the former can be heard describing how he uses his stardom to grope women without consent. Since the tape surfaced, there has been a series of sexual assault allegations against the Republican presidential candidate. Trump […]

Trump Is Not Stoking a Crisis in Government’s Legitimacy

Originally posted at Montclair SocioBlog. Is Donald Trump undermining the legitimacy of the office of the presidency? He has been at it a while. His “birther” campaign – begun in 2008 and still alive – was aimed specifically at the legitimacy of the Obama presidency. Most recently, he has been questioning the legitimacy of the […]

The fight against deforestation: Why are Congolese farmers clearing forest?

(KU Leuven) Only a small share of Congolese villagers is the driving force behind most of the deforestation. They're not felling trees to feed their families, but to increase their quality of life. These findings are based on fieldwork by bioscience engineer Pieter Moonen from KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium. Show More Summary

Child death rates from motor vehicle crashes vary widely between states

(American Academy of Pediatrics) Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children in the United States, but a new study highlights how widely pediatric crash-related death rates vary from state to state. ResearchersShow More Summary

Study shows same day return to play after concussion still common among youth athletes

(American Academy of Pediatrics) New research suggests youth athletes often head back into the game the same day after suffering a concussion, despite medical guidelines. An abstract of the study will be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 National Conference & Exhibition.

More time on digital devices means kids less likely to finish homework

(American Academy of Pediatrics) A new study finds that the more time children spend using digital devices, the less likely they are to finish their homework. Children who spent two to four hours a day using digital devices outside of...Show More Summary

Study examines suicides publicized on social media and teens' ER visits

(American Academy of Pediatrics) Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults in Canada and the United States. New research questions whether there is a link between adolescent suicide highly publicized on social media with an increase in emergency departments visits by teens for suicidal thoughts and attempts.

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