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Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Hallucinations Happen, and That Can Be OK

Their prevalence shows how blurry the line is between "normal" and "mentally ill," researchers say.

High in Sky, a Refrain: ‘Squawk, Data’

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have created software that crafts narratives out of GPS data from tagged birds. Is it time, in science, for the data to speak?

As Brain Research Expands, It May Not Need Major Ethical Overhaul

Traditional research ethics may suffice while studies of the brain are still in their early days, said members of a presidential commission that met on Tuesday.

Study Casts Skeptical Light on Campus ‘Hookup Culture’

Contrary to what some headlines suggest, today's young people are not having more no-strings-attached sex than their predecessors, a scholar says.

The Hidden Biases That Shape Inequality

At the American Sociological Association’s meeting, scholars shared research on how "micro mechanisms" perpetuate inequality.

The Magic Ratio That Wasn’t

Top psychologists have trumpeted the ideal ratio of positive to negative emotions. Now critics, including Alan Sokal, say they didn’t do the math.

As Sharing of Clinical-Trial Data Gains Acceptance, Methods Get Scrutiny

Now that the need for transparency is better acknowledged, the next challenge is figuring out how best to share.

The ‘Secret’ Milgram Experiments

The author of a new book on Stanley Milgram's famous obedience study unearthed some experiments he left out. Do they undermine his gloomy conclusions about human nature?

Congress’s Oversight of Domestic Spying Fails for Many Reasons, Scholars Say

The same pattern—inactivity, then scandal, then reform—has characterized Congressional activity on intelligence gathering since the 1970s.

Claims of Detection Confuse Hunt for Football’s Brain-Trauma Disease

Earlier this year, just before the Super Bowl, UCLA researchers claimed to have detected football’s notorious brain disease, CTE, for the first time in living patients. A media swarm ensued. But what exactly did they find?

The Practical Politics of Turning Problems Into International Causes

A political scientist examines the decision-making process of advocacy groups in choosing which battles to fight, and which to ignore.

There Is No Gene for Finishing College

2 years agoAcademics : Percolator

But a group of genoeconomists, who seek to tie human genetics to traits relevant to the social sciences, shows in a new study that there are still useful links to be found.

Bending the Curve on a Long War’s Mental Toll

2 years agoAcademics : Percolator

The director of a military research center calls on fellow psychological scientists to better test programs that help veterans cope with mental-health issues.

Geologists Chip Away at Mystery of Climate’s Influence on Volcanoes

2 years agoAcademics : Percolator

Global warming lightens icy loads of glacier, which may make it easier for magma to surge out. That's the theory, and researchers are testing its likelihood.

‘The Strangest Conference I Ever Attended’

2 years agoAcademics : Percolator

Why did Bard College hold a weeklong meeting on the self-published work of an amateur philosopher and professional jeweler? Some participants suspect Bard was bestowing academic legitimacy on a wealthy donor.

Do Poor Career Prospects Radicalize Imams?

2 years agoAcademics : Percolator

Muslim clerics hold a lot of power. As interpreters of the Koran, they issue religious rulings, or fatwas, that can sway millions of people. Yet in the study of religious extremism, remarkably little work has been done to determine why some clerics become radical and others do not. Show More Summary

Humans Are Animals: 8-Year-Old vs. Misinformed Teacher

2 years agoAcademics : Percolator

What you believe about the similarity between human beings and animals may reveal more than you thought.

CO2 Level to Reach 400, Soon Enough

2 years agoAcademics : Percolator

Earth's atmospheric CO2 will soon touch, if briefly, a milestone. Are we premature in marking it?

Stanford Researcher Offers a Modest Proposal for Food Relief

2 years agoAcademics : Percolator

Lawrence M. Wein says the best way to save the most lives would be to deliver food only to the children most likely to benefit from it. Other scholars have praised his approach.

Democracy and Terrorism

2 years agoAcademics : Percolator

Beth McMurtrie, at the International Studies Association conference in San Francisco, talks to Erica Chenoweth, whose forthcoming book explores a surprisingly nurturing environment for terrorism.

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