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Blog Post Archive

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

9 months agoAcademics : Percolator

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

The ‘Secret’ Milgram Experiments

9 months agoAcademics : Percolator

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

9 months agoAcademics : Percolator

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

9 months agoAcademics : Percolator

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

10 months agoAcademics : Percolator

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

11 months 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

11 months 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

11 months 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’

11 months 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?

11 months 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

12 months 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

12 months 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

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

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.

Historians, Dabbling in Science Fiction, Evoke a Climate Collapse

Neglect of the threat of global warming today leads to "a second Dark Age" in the West by 2041. But oddly the authors seem to suggest that there's little we can do to avoid that fate.

Adding Insult to Plagiary?

Colin Purrington says his work was plagiarized. So why is he the one getting sued?

Wolves Teach Scientists Their Limitations

Researchers thought they knew why wolves on Michigan's Isle Royale were in decline. It was predator-prey dynamics. Or was it climate change? Or genetic inbreeding? And should steps be taken to save them?

Lab Equipment Made With 3-D Printers Could Cut Costs by 97%

Using three-dimensional printing technology to fabricate parts promises to revolutionize the expense of some research, according to a new study from Michigan Technological University.

Maybe You Should Have a Baby

A philosopher's new paper concludes that would-be parents cannot possibly predict what a child will mean to their lives. But social-science research tells a different story.

Do Atheists Really Believe in God?

A forthcoming study suggests that there is a gap between what atheists say they believe about God and what they really believe. And a related question: What are atheists for, anyway?

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