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Paper examines links between parents' earnings, gender roles, mental health

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) New research out of the University of Illinois suggests that some mothers' and fathers' psychological well-being may suffer when their work and family identities - and the amount of financial support they provide - conflict with conventional gender roles.

Rallies Work

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Rallies in politics matter, and you needn't take my word for it any more as Alia Middleton at the LSE has crunched the numbers. She found that where Theresa May set down during the election campaign, her visits had little appreciable effect on the outcome in those seats. Show More Summary

Separate but Diverse?

“White flight” describes the uncomfortably common phenomenon in the mid-to-late 20th century wherein whites would quickly move out of a neighborhood once blacks started moving in. This would often lead to neighborhoods that were mostly-white, but quickly ended up mostly-black. Today, American neighborhoods are not as mono-ethnic as they once were, and the picture has […]

Five Reasons Why a New Centre Party is a Stupid Idea

It's truly silly season if talk of a new centre party is abroad yet again. James Chapman, ex-Daily Mail and former office boss in David Davis's Department for Exiting the European Union sparked off the latest chittery-chattery in a series of pointed posts on yours and mine's favourite social media outlet. Show More Summary

Archaeologists uncover 3,000-year-old female statue at citadel gate complex in Turkey

(University of Toronto) The remains of a majestic female statue uncovered at an archaeological site in southeast Turkey may challenge our understanding of the public role of women in the ancient world. Excavations led by University of...Show More Summary

Academic biomedical research community should take action to build resilience to disasters

(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) The academic biomedical research community should improve its ability to mitigate and recover from the impacts of disasters, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Show More Summary

What algae can tell us about political strategy

(Santa Fe Institute) Cells compete for nutrients. Political campaigns compete for voters. According to new research published in Nature Scientific Reports, general principles may begin to explain how differing strategies play out where groups compete for resources.

AI, crowdsourcing combine to close 'analogy gap'

(Carnegie Mellon University) Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem devised a method enabling computers to mine databases of patents, inventions and research papers, identifying ideas that can be repurposed to solve new problems or create new products.

Feeling bad about feeling bad can make you feel worse

(University of California - Berkeley) Pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat, while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to new UC Berkeley research.

Breakthrough method yields trove of neuron subtypes, gene regulators

(NIH/National Institute of Mental Health) With funding from the NIH BRAIN Initiative, researchers have discovered a trove of neuronal subtypes and gene regulators, using a new method they developed. It allows for the discovery of subtypes based on their unique profiles of molecular switches that regulate gene expression within the cell. Show More Summary

Aedes aegypti mosquitos introduced to California multiple times

(PLOS) Aedes aegypti mosquitos can carry the pathogens that cause dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, and yellow fever, among other diseases. In 2013, scientists first reported that A. aegypti had been found in California. Now, researchers...Show More Summary

Side effects kill thousands but our data on them is flawed

As many as 40,000 people in the US die from drug side effects a year. The FDA’s database helps researchers understand why – but it has many problems

Lung cancer clinical trial elig criteria & requirements increased in number and complexity

(International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer) Eligibility criteria continue to increase in number and complexity for lung cancer clinical trials.

Unstable housing to cost health care system estimated $111 billion over 10 years, study finds

(Boston University Medical Center) Unstable housing among families with children will cost the United States an estimated $111 billion in health and education expenditures over the next ten years, according to new research published by Children's HealthWatch based at Boston Medical Center.

Opioid users 50 percent more likely to get treatment under Obamacare

(Drexel University) People with opioid use disorder are 50 percent more likely to get treatment and their insurance is twice as likely to pay for it since the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented, a Drexel University researcher found.

In terms of health, having any job is not necessarily better than not having a job

(Oxford University Press USA) A new paper published in the International Journal of Epidemiology finds that people employed in low paying or highly stressful jobs may not actually enjoy better health than those who remain unemployed...

Out-of-pocket costs exceed what many insured cancer patients expect to pay

(Duke University Medical Center) A third of insured people with cancer end up paying more out-of-pocket than they expected, despite having health coverage, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute have found. The data showed that costs...Show More Summary

the role of polemics (and emotions) in academic work

I’m here in Montreal at various pre-ASA conferences, and people are still talking about “Talk is Cheap,” Colin Jerolmack and Shamus Khan’s provocative article about the problems with interviews and the superiority of participant-observation. I don’t want to get into the argument of “Talk is Cheap” in this post (I wrote about it a bit […]

Taboo words' impact mediated by context, listeners' likelihood of being offended

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A new paper by University of Illinois educational psychology professor Kiel Christianson suggests that the physiological and psychological effects of profanity and other taboo words on people who read or hear them may be due largely -- but not entirely -- to the context and individual audience members' likelihood of being offended.

USB connections make snooping easy

(University of Adelaide) USB connections, the most common interface used globally to connect external devices to computers, are vulnerable to information 'leakage,' making them even less secure than has been thought, Australian research has shown.

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