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The Face That Launched a Thousand False Positives

May 27, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston What bothered the woman sitting next to him wasn’t just that the guy was writing in what might have been Arabic (it turned out to be math). But he also looked like a terrorist. (WaPo story here.) We know what terrorists look like. Show More Summary

Local Council By-Elections May 2016

Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- April Average/ contest +/- April +/- Seats Conservative 77 58,936 29.7% -9.3% 765 +93 -7 Labour 73 74,407 37.5% +22.5% 1,019 +747 +4 LibDem 51 18,944 9.5% -5.7% 371 +39 +1 UKIP 48 19,399 9.8%...Show More Summary

Building blocks of life spotted around comet for the first time

The Rosetta spacecraft has detected biological components glycine and phosphorus emerging from its comet - suggesting life on Earth could have arrived on a ball of ice

When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland

Assigned: Life with Gender is a new anthology featuring blog posts by a wide range of sociologists writing at The Society Pages and elsewhere. To celebrate, we’re re-posting four of the essays as this month’s “flashback Fridays.” Enjoy! And to learn more about this anthology, a companion to Wade and Ferree’s Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, please […]

Family or science: women shouldn't have to choose

Things have changed for women in science since the times of 18th century physicist Emilie du Chatelet, but barriers to progress remain

Not all surgeons follow checklists that prevent bad mistakes

Surgical checklists prevent avoidable mistakes, but one audit in a UK hospital found they were completed only 50 per cent of the time – empowering nurses could improve this

Far from recovering, tigers may be in worst decline in a century

We all crave a good news conservation story, but claims of a global tiger recovery look wide of the mark, says Elizabeth Kemf

Schrödinger’s cat alive and dead even after you saw it in half

A clever experiment preserves the quantum nature of a set of electromagnetic waves even when they're split apart, a stunt that could help make working quantum computers

Blogging cells tell their stories using CRISPR gene editing

Engineered cells can use gene editing to monitor your health - a potentially revolutionary technique that could allow us to spy on infections and cancer

A New Study Questions Whether Bright Street Lights Reduce Crime

Americans, and even the sociologists among us, tend to think about crime as a problem related to people and their economic characteristics. Crime, we theorize, is caused by poverty or relative poverty (larger differences between the haves and have nots), joblessness, more lucrative underground occupations, or an insufficient safety net. Show More Summary

sociology and the open syllabus project

Kristin Thomson has an interesting medium post on sociology syllabi at the open syllabus project (she’s created some great workbooks as well).  She’s got a lot of really interesting insights about gender, age of author, age of text, all sorts of stuff.  Check it out! And here’s one bit of many I thought was interesting: Sociology […]

Suicide Rates: Percentages and Rates, Age and Gender

By Karen Sternheimer The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report on suicide rates, finding that suicides in the United States had increased by 24 percent between 1999 and 2014. Like most people, I learned of...

Secret Life of the Human Pups

Ah, the rich tapestry of human existence. Channel 4 has previously leered at dogging, and taken a voyeuristic peek behind the doors of exclusive sex parties. Polyamory, elderly sex workers, German brothels are also recent topics of late night tabloid telly. Show More Summary

Paul Mason Vs Peter Taaffe

I missed this when it appeared on The Daily Politics back in April. What's interesting (or not) about the discussion between Paul and the eternal general secretary is how they talk past one another. Peter puts forward the arguments he's...Show More Summary

factory of the dolls

If you’re like me, you enjoy the rare behind-the-scenes view of how everyday products and services are made.  The Spanish manufacturer of the Paola Reina dolls has a mesmerizing video that starts with design of a doll and ends with the packaging of a completed doll.  The only way this video could improve is to […]

Airplane News: Having to Shuffle through 1st Class to Get to Your Seat is Officially Annoying

Does it irritate you to walk through first class on your way to the economy seats? Do those smug faces, sipping complimentary champagne, annoy you? Do you wonder, perhaps involuntarily and against your better self, what makes those passenger so special? So much better than you? Does it make you want to break stuff? If so, […]

Exclusive: Effect of CO2 on warming is worse than we thought

Recent record-breaking temperatures mean estimates of how much warming will result from CO2 emissions will have to be revised upwards, New Scientist can reveal

Compare the meerkat: Animals size each other up in race to top

In the competitive world of meerkats a bit of extra weight goes a long way - they compare their own size to that of rivals and try to match it by eating more

Neanderthals built mystery underground circles 175,000 years ago

Rings of stalagmites on a cave floor were arranged by our extinct human relatives, hinting at their sophistication and intelligence

A Time for Cliches

May 25, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston You can imagine what the reaction on the right would be if students heckled their graduation speaker with shouts of “Trash” and “Get off the stage.” Actually, you don’t have to imagine. You can find...Show More Summary

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