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California lawmakers vote to block Trump's environmental rollbacks, defying Newsom  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
California lawmakers, over Gov. Gavin Newsom's objections, passed sweeping legislation early Saturday allowing the state to impose strict endangered species protections and water pumping restrictions for the Sacramento-San... more
Study: Children are interested in politics but need better education from parents and schools  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The 2020 election is approaching—how should we talk with children about this election and about politics more broadly? The findings... more
Avanti shareholders approve stock’s delisting  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Shareholders in British satellite operator Avanti voted overwhelmingly to remove the company from the London Stock Exchange, agreeing with management that the company is better off... more
Avanti shareholders approve to stock’s delisting  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Shareholders in British satellite operator Avanti voted overwhelmingly to remove the company from the London Stock Exchange, agreeing with management that the company is... more
How “information gerrymandering” influences voters  MIT · 2 weeks
Study analyzes how networks can distort voters’ perceptions and change election results. more
How 'information gerrymandering' influences voters  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Many voters today seem to live in partisan bubbles, where they receive only partial information about how others feel regarding political issues. Now, an experiment developed in part by MIT researchers sheds light on how this phenomenon influences... more
Parents can benefit as much as their kids from Ontario's new sex ed  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In time for back-to-school 2019, the Ontario government released a revised health and physical education curriculum. Commentators have noted that despite Premier... more
New MIT paper outlines plan to fight election interference  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
One of the most urgent threats facing our democracy and other democracies abroad is the ability to detect and thwart foreign election interference. But, research on election interference is scarce,... more
Right-wing WhatsApp users in Brazil are more effective at spreading disinformation  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
After Brazil's 2018 presidential election, international political pundits and journalists wondered if social media platform WhatsApp enabled far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro's rise to power. Northwestern University... more
Paying people to vote could backfire  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Last week, voter enrollment for the 2019 local government elections closed in New Zealand and concerns about low voter turnout resurfaced. During a panel discussion run by Auckland Council, the idea was raised to pay people... more
Social media in a repressive society  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Social media is affecting all our lives in ways we are only just beginning to recognize, whether it is the simple, but constant preoccupation many people have with sharing their digital lives or connecting with friends... more
What if we ran society not based on the market but on evidence?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Following the successful Brexit campaign, Dominic Cummings—the then campaign director of Vote Leave—published a series of blog posts describing how the campaign... more
CITES agrees on near-total ban on sending wild elephants to zoos  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The regulator of global wildlife trade will impose a near-total ban on sending African elephants captured from the wild to zoos after a final vote on... more
Spikes in handgun purchases after high-profile events linked to more firearm injuries  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A recent study assessed the sharp rise in handgun purchasing in 2012 after Sandy Hook and the re-election of President Obama, across 499 Californian... more
CITES votes to ban trade in endangered otters  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Over 100 countries voted Sunday to ban the trade in the smooth-coated otter and placed it on the CITES most endangered list. more
CITES votes to protect endangered mako sharks  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A proposal to strengthen protection for mako sharks, hunted for their meat and fins, was adopted Sunday by 102 countries at the CITES global wildlife trade summit. more
AsiaSat shareholders accept privatization offer  SPACE NEWS · 4 weeks
Shareholders of Hong Kong satellite operator AsiaSat voted overwhelmingly in favor of privatization, setting the company on a course to delist from the Hong Kong stock... more
Young Eastern Europeans in UK: Experiencing more racism, xenophobia since Brexit vote  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Young Eastern Europeans living in England and Scotland have experienced more racism and xenophobia since the Brexit vote, with some saying that teachers were... more
Improving dialog across the political divide  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The last presidential election was one of the most heated in recent history. With 2020 rapidly approaching and political divisions running even deeper—if that's even possible—you might find yourself wondering, "What good does a political discussion... more
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