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Quarter Four Local By-Election Results 2017

Overall, 116,787 votes were cast over 79 local authority (tier one and tier two) contests. All percentages are rounded to the nearest single decimal place. For comparison see Quarter T hree 's results here. Party Number of Candidates...Show More Summary

Screening could catch a quarter of hip fractures before they happen

(University of East Anglia) Screening for osteoporosis could catch a quarter of hip fractures before they happen.A new study in The Lancet reveals that a simple questionnaire, combined with bone mineral density measurements for some,...Show More Summary

Local Council By-Elections December 2017

This month saw 15,448 votes cast over 1 2 local authority (tier one and tier two) contests. All percentages are rounded to the nearest single decimal place. Four council seats changed hands in total. For comparison with November's results, see here. Show More Summary

cfp ‘Alternatives to Capitalism’ SASE Research Network Conference, due Jan. 8, 2018

As you may remember the cfp I posted almost a year ago, Joyce Rothschild and I co-organized a mini-conference “Seeking a More Just and Egalitarian Economy: Realizing the Future via Co-operatives, Communes, and Other Collectives” at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) 2017 annual meeting in Lyon, France.  We had a great turn-out from […]

Effortless thinking: It pays to resist revenge’s sweet taste

When people get their just deserts, it lights up our brain’s pleasure centres. But sweeter still is learning to combine this with our natural taste for forgiving

Effortless thinking: The fake news that takes us all in

Conspiracy theory? Fake news? It’s not just the naive who are prone to delusional beliefs, and the only answer is to question, question, question

TWAS honours high-level science

(TWAS) As 2017 comes to a close, TWAS has named the winners of some its most prestigious prizes. One is a geoscientist whose works supports awareness of geological hazards in the Andes. Others focus on health, medicinal plants and novel theories of human economic behavior.

The hazards of antibiotic resistances remain high

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) According to a survey among researchers, it is difficult to quantify the true extent of the hazards of antibiotic resistances to humankind. The survey conducted by Freie Universität Berlin...Show More Summary

Effortless thinking: The god-shaped hole in your brain

Is that rustle in the dark a predator, or just the wind? It pays to think something causes everything – a survival trait that makes us all hard-wired to believe

Top 100 Tweeting Politics Commentators 2017

The end of the year just isn't the end of the year without huge lists taking stock of all and sundry. And as per tradition, well, since 2009 anyway, here's the list no one pines for nor cares about: the most popular commentators on UK...Show More Summary

Venice may be almost 200 years older than anyone thought

Two peach stones found in sediment beneath Saint Mark’s Basilica could extend the history of Venice by 180 years

Wiley and The British Psychological Society partner to improve the replicability and transparency of

(Wiley) John Wiley and Sons Inc., (NYSE:JW-A) (NYSE:JW-B)., and the British Psychological Society (BPS), a registered charity responsible for the development, promotion and application of psychology for the public good, have partnered to enable researchers to publish Registered Reports.

Intervention offered in school readiness program boosts children's self-regulation skills

(Oregon State University) Adding a daily 20 to 30 minute self-regulation intervention to a kindergarten readiness program significantly boosted children's self-regulation and early academic skills, an Oregon State University researcher has found.

Sovereign debt in the twentieth century

(University of Konstanz) A scientific network involving the economic historian Junior Professor Julia Rischbieter from the University of Konstanz examines the significance and effects of sovereign debt by investigating the actions of individual agents.

Study suggests social workers lack tools to identify potential chronic child neglect

(University at Buffalo) Neglect accounts for the majority of all child protection cases in the United States, yet child welfare workers lack effective assessment tools for identifying the associated risk and protective factors of chronic neglect. Show More Summary

Two groups that want to save elephants need to find common ground

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) In this Perspective, Duan Biggs et al. discuss ways in which two groups of people who want to help protect elephants from poaching -- but disagree on the means -- can achieve their common goal.

Forty years after first Ebola outbreak, survivors show signs they can stave off new infection

(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) Survivors of the first known Ebola outbreak, which occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976, may be key to development of vaccines and therapeutic drugs to treat future outbreaks. Show More Summary

Student drug use in Ontario, Canada, at historic lows but new concerns over fentanyl emerge

(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) By almost every measure, students in grades 7 through 12 in Ontario, Canada are drinking, smoking, and using drugs at the lowest rates since the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) began in 1977. Show More Summary

Effortless thinking: We’re all suckers for a celebrity

What makes Her Maj majestic? Or gives someone the X factor? The answer lies in our nomadic past, and it is leading us badly astray today

The Problem with Student Course Evaluations

By Jonathan Wynn It’s the time of year when we start filling out student evaluations. Instructors pass around pencils and leave the room. Some are done online. You might fill out the 1 through 5 quantitative evaluations and write ou...

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