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Early Research on Police Body Cameras Suggests They Reduce Violence

Police brutality is a problem in US criminal justice. Police-worn body cameras are one potential “remedy” to these violent encounters, but they have both benefits and drawbacks. The cameras may increase transparency and improve police...Show More Summary

SpaceX Mars mission is a chance to hunt for life on the planet

The private space flight firm’s plan to send a lander to Mars in 2018 isn’t just ambitious – it’s our best chance yet of finding life on the planet

Studying Aging Populations

By Karen Sternheimer You might have heard the phrase "aging population" and thought, wait a minute, isn't every living thing aging? What does it mean to say that a population is aging? Demographers study the composition of populations, including its...

a theory of race and racism – more comments on an article by tanya golash-boza

Last week, we discussed an article by Tanya Golash-Boza that discusses the state of race theory. Her points are simple -despite claims to the contrary, sociology has developed a theory of race. Today, we’ll discuss the theory of race as Tanya sees it. You can read the article here. Her argument is that modern theories […]

Ex-felon Employment

As noted by Harvard sociologist Devah Pager, experimental evidence indicates that the presence of a criminal record reduces one’s application callback likelihood by 50% for whites and 64% for African Americans. To potentially mitigate...Show More Summary

Between Francis and Trump, the religious right is going to keep losing

  Neither (President?!) Trump nor Pope Francis is a liberal, despite what they or anyone else might say. Trump might have a quasi-liberal past, but he’s mostly a bigot misogynist racist with all sorts of pasts at this point, of which some, I assume, are good people. Francis is also no liberal, at least not on the social (read: sexual) issues […]

Why is the BBC Silent about Tory Electoral Fraud?

It is the biggest political story of this year in a year of big political stories. Not that you would know if you didn't watch Channel 4 News. The reporting Michael Crick and his team have done uncovering dodgy election expenses suggesting the Conservatives overspent in 26 parliamentary seats at last year's general election is dynamite. Show More Summary

When does life begin? Lab embryo advance reopens a big debate

Human embryos are surviving ever longer in labs. Any review of political limits on culturing them must fit the biological facts, says Jane Maienschein

New exoplanet trio may have been dried out by fiery young star

Three recently discovered nearby exoplanets may not be as habitable as they first looked, as their hot young star could have left them high and dry

Having an overactive immune system may prime you for depression

Blood tests could help doctors identify people who are at risk of severe depressive episodes, and enable them to tailor more effective treatments

Women are less happy than men in marriage, so why does the media insist otherwise?

To Post Secret, a project that collects personal secrets written artistically onto postcards, someone recently sent in the following bombshell: “Ever since we started getting married and buying houses,” she writes, “my girlfriends and I don’t laugh much anymore.” Her personal secret is, in fact, a national one. Show More Summary

Unexplained plume over Mars could be caused by solar outburst

Planetary scientists are struggling to figure out how a massive cloud appeared high above Mars in 2012, but now they may have an answer  

Labradors get fat thanks to gene mutation linked to hunger

Many dogs are obese, and Labradors have the highest rate of obesity – mutations in a gene linked to hunger in humans could be to blame

Syzygy exhibition squeezes cosmic wonders into everyday objects

Katie Paterson's deceptively stark new show in Manchester finds her redefining the sublime

some really bad journal experiences i have had

Rejection is never fun, but I don’t think it’s unfair. Vague and conflicting reviews aren’t fun either, but that’s life. What I do think is unfair is when editors are negligent and incompetent, which leads to enormous wasting of time and, in some cases, can end careers. In this post, I’d like to share a […]

Managing Labour's Electoral Expectations

We looked at this earlier in the year, so let's spend a little more time by the scrying pool. Managing expectations have become a political football in the interminable (and boring) tussle in the Labour Party. With forecasting subject...Show More Summary

The clone that changed my life: 20 years after Dolly the sheep

Ian Wilmut talks about serendipity, shared credit and the messy – and very human – story behind the breakthrough that paved the way for stem cell therapies

The self comes under attack in Nick Payne’s new play, Elegy

Memory and identity are fine subjects for theatre, but if you play fast and loose with the science, says Stewart Pringle, the drama drains away

How Much Do Racial Wealth Gaps Affect the Next Generation?

The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics recently looked at wealth inequality.  The first chart taken from the post shows wealth differences by race and age of head of family. Racial differences (white versus black and Hispanic) dominate whether looking at average or median net worth, and the gap grows as the head of the family […]

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