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New hope for critically endangered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey

(Deutsches Primatenzentrum (DPZ)/German Primate Center) Scientists and conservation teams from Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Dali University and the German Primate Center just published a comprehensive conservation status review...Show More Summary

No evidence to support link between violent video games and behaviour

(University of York) Researchers at the University of York have found no evidence to support the theory that video games make players more violent.

What Becomes of the Broken Norm?

January 16, 2018 Posted by Jay Livingston Norms are fragile things, especially when they apply only in select situations. In the 1970s, Bill Weeden and Dave Finkle worked as a comedy duo in clubs like the Improv in New York City. They billed themselves as “A Couple of Guys With Class,” which was also the title of their opening song. Show More Summary

Imperial College London and CNRS create joint laboratory in mathematics

(CNRS) Imperial College London and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) are creating a joint laboratory to bring together some of the world's best mathematicians. The pioneering venture will integrate leading researchers...Show More Summary

Is it time for a new financial services tribunal?

(Oxford University Press USA) A new article published in Capital Markets Law Journal argues that consumers and banks could benefit from the creation of a quick and inexpensive financial services tribunal, modeled on the Employment Tribunals, to resolve substantial disputes between banks and small and medium sized companies.

European Capitals of Culture: Building bridges or a marketing ploy?

(University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) Can international cultural initiatives such as the EU programme 'European Capitals of Culture' create a counter-balance to the much-cited political crisis in the European Union, giving citizens a shared...Show More Summary

European cities could avoid up to 10,000 premature deaths by expanding cycling networks

(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) A study led by researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) has found that expanding designated cycling networks in cities could provide considerable health and economic benefits.

Study warns of enormous impact of evictions on mental health

(University of Granada) A study led by the University of Granada reveals that among individuals who have been evicted, 88 percent suffer from anxiety and 91 percent from depression.

New study on the impact of relatedness on grandmothers' desire to care for grandchildren

(University of Turku) Historically, grandmothers have been important to their grandchildren, and the help provided by grandmothers has increased grandchild survival during the times of high child mortality. However, there have been signs...Show More Summary

Mapping the social landscape

(Weizmann Institute of Science) Scientists have, in recent decades, pinpointed neurons called 'place cells' in our brains that encode our own location in the environment, but how our brains represent the positions of others has been a mystery. Show More Summary

Who uses phone apps to track sleep habits? Mostly the healthy and wealthy in US

(NYU Langone Health / NYU School of Medicine) The profile of most Americans who use popular mobile phone apps that track sleep habits is that they are relatively affluent, claim to eat well, and say they are in good health, even if some of them tend to smoke.

Lifting barriers to citizenship for low-income immigrants

(Stanford University - Immigration Policy Lab ) Gaining citizenship brings life-changing opportunities, but high application fees make it unaffordable for many immigrants who are ineligible for a federal waiver. When the NaturalizeNY program offered vouchers covering the fee, recipients were twice as likely to apply. Show More Summary

Exploring the neuroscience of behavioral therapy in rats

(Society for Neuroscience) Psychotherapy may improve symptoms of psychiatric disorders by increasing activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, suggests a study of rats exposed to chronic stress. The research, published in JNeurosci, is a step toward understanding how the brain processes influenced by behavioral therapy may be targeted to improve treatment.

One For the Books

January 15, 2018 Posted by Jay Livingston The ending of the Vikings-Saints game was one for the books. By “ending” I don’t mean the fluke 60-yard catch-and-run touchdown as the clock ran out. I mean the actual ending – the final play, the extra point, which didn’t come until eight minutes (it seemed like 20) after the touchdown. Show More Summary

Best of 2017: How College Became Synonymous with Sex

Originally posted Jan. 26, 2017 Prospective college students consider a wide variety of factors when deciding on a university. While academics and career opportunities are often high on the list, colleges known as top party schools have a special appeal. Everyone loves a good time, but as Occidental College sociologist Lisa Wade describes in her […]

The presence of sexual violence in neighborhoods erodes feelings of safety

(Case Western Reserve University) Feelings about the frequency of rape or other forms of sexual assault in a neighborhood are significantly tied to women's -- but not men's -- perceptions of its safety, according to new research.

civil rights and open borders

We no longer live in a society where the government bans African Americans from living in certain neighborhoods or taking certain jobs. The abolition of legalized segregation is one of the enduring achievements of the civil rights movement. It deserves to be praised and commemorated. But a real commitment to civil rights doesn’t end with […]

Punishing the Poor, Again

January 14, 2018 Posted by Jay Livingsto nThe Republican approach to Medicaid seems designed not to improve the health and lives of the poor but to bolster other people’s feelings of righteousness. That’s why these policies focus onShow More Summary

The Problem with Tories and Social Media

After Chris Grayling's trouble-free reign as Tory party chair - a first for him - new boy Brandon Lewis graced the Sunday papers and Andrew Marr with his message of hope. Hope, that is, if you're a Tory activist. Since it was recently...Show More Summary

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