Politics
California lawmakers vote to block Trump's environmental rollbacks, defying Newsom  PHYS.ORG · 7 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
Five climate change science misconceptions debunked  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The science of climate change is more than 150 years old and it is probably the most tested area of modern science. However the energy industry, political lobbyists and others have spent the last 30 years... more
Five climate change science misconceptions - debunked  nanowerk · 2 days
The science of climate change is more than 150 years old and it is probably the most tested area of modern science. However the energy industry, political lobbyists and others have spent the last... more
No questions about reproductive rights at Democratic debate  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Prominent Democratic women say the lack of discussion of reproductive rights, and other women's issues, at Thursday's debate was a mistake more
Women also competed for status superiority in mid-Republican Rome  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Purple clothing, gold trimmings, earrings and two- or four-wheeled carriages. Among the elite, competition for status superiority was just as vital to women as it was to men in Rome... more
Green with rage: Women climate change leaders face online attacks  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Women leaders who support climate action are being attacked online with increasing regularity. These attacks should be viewed as a problem not only for the planet, but also... more
Do 50 million people really lose health coverage each year because of their jobs?  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
The moderators kicked off the third Democratic debate with the topic of health care, teeing up another round of the... more
Despite repeated calls for unity, Democrats throw some debate punches on health plans  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
Unity was in the air on Thursday, as a trimmed-down cast of 10 Democratic presidential candidates met on the debate stage again... more
Why a high-profile climate science opponent quit Trump’s White House  Science Magazine · 5 days
Physicist William Happer failed to win backing for high-level critique of climate findings more
Multiple flood events erode neighborhood spirit, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A Rice University study examining the social and political reactions of people in post-Hurricane Harvey Houston found that while first-time flood victims may still feel strong ties to their neighborhoods, this emotional... more
How TV cameras influence candidates' debate success  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
As the Democratic Party continues to winnow its field of candidates to challenge President Donald Trump, it's important to remember that the way candidates are covered on TV can influence public opinion. That's become... more
Government plans to ban flavors used in e-cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 6 days
The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes, a move by President Donald Trump in response to a recent surge in underage vaping that's alarmed parents, politicians... more
EU research commissioner named, but lacks ‘research’ in her title  Science Magazine · 6 days
Bulgarian politician Mariya Gabriel would oversee hefty EU research and education budgets 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
Experts say adapting to climate change can pay off manifold  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A group of leaders from business, politics and science called Monday for a massive investment in adapting to climate change over the next decade, arguing it would reap... more
US political sanctions on Iran curtailing global scientific progress: analysis  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The political sanctions imposed on Iran by the US are curtailing global scientific progress, suggests an analysis published in the online journal BMJ Global Health. more
White House sends Air Force secretary pick Barrett’s nomination to the Senate  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The Senate Armed Services Committee scheduled a joint confirmation hearing on Thursday Sept. 12 for Barrett and for Ryan McCarthy, Army secretary nominee. SpaceNews.com more
Lack of reporting on phosphorus supply chain dangerous for global food security  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study shows that while Phosphorus is a key element to global food security, its supply chain is a black box. This can... 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
Study shows the social benefits of political incorrectness  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refers to immigrant detention centers as "concentration camps," or President Trump calls immigrants "illegals," they may take some heat for being politically incorrect. But using politically incorrect speech... more
KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Waiting for the Trump health plan  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
President Donald Trump has been promising to reveal a new health plan since early this year. That hasn't happened yet. Now, there is a debate about whether having... more
Americans prefer gun control, but few prioritise it  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As the US Congress returns from its August recess, Republican leaders have promised to work with Democrats to place gun control front and centre. Possible items on the agenda include enacting stronger... more
Analysis: How your beloved hospital helps to drive up health care costs  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
As voters fume about the high cost of health care, politicians have been targeting two well-deserved villains: pharmaceutical companies, whose prices have risen more... more
Here's what happens when political bubbles collide  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Social media has transformed how people talk to each other. But social media platforms are not shaping up to be the utopian spaces for human connection their founders hoped. more
Hunter-gatherers agree on what is moral, but not who is moral  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Morality plays a role in everyday lives, from interactions with friends and strangers, to political views and social influences. Social psychologists from the University of Pennsylvania... 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
It's best not to fly to conferences  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Several times a year, researchers from all over the world travel long distances in order to share their latest findings and establish contacts at conferences. Dr. Sebastian Jäckle from the Department of Political Science... more
Climte concerns: It is best not to fly to conferences  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A political scientist has developed a climate-friendly concept for international conference tourism. 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
Trump promises ‘phenomenal’ health plan. What might that mean?  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
While many Capitol Hill Republicans want to avoid a repeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal debate, President Donald Trump keeps promising a health plan that will be "phenomenal" and... more
3 ways to help sex offenders safely reintegrate back into the community  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Few categories of offender invoke as strong a response as sex offenders. There is a public desire to "do something" about sex offenders, which... more
Study finds increase in women giving TED talks but not ethnic minorities  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Women gave more than half of TED talks in the first half of 2017, up from less than one-third in 2006, according to a... more
Too old for president? Health and fitness a better question  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Three Democrats in their 70s are vying to challenge the oldest first-term president in U.S. history but science says health is a more important factor than birthdays 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
Trump formally reestablishes U.S. Space Command at White House ceremony  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
At a White House ceremony Thursday, President Donald Trump officially reestablished U.S. Space Command as the... more
Illegal logging threatens 'ecological disaster': DR Congo bishop  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A Congolese bishop says an "ecological disaster" is unfolding in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo as illegal logging destined for Chinese buyers is threatening the rare mukula tree. 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
Community-based wildlife mortality surveillance program could help prevent Ebola outbreaks  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Human Ebola epidemics, like the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are known to start from a contact with wildlife infected with Ebola virus. In more
'Mental rigidity' at root of intense political partisanship on both left and right  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
People who identify more intensely with a political tribe or ideology share an underlying psychological trait: low levels of cognitive flexibility, according... more
Clues to early social structures may be found in ancient extraordinary graves  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Elaborate burial sites can provide insight to the development of socio-political hierarchies in early human communities, according to a new study. more
Chance, not ideology, drives political polarization  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Ever-widening divisions between Democrats and Republicans are believed to reflect deeply rooted ideological differences, but a new study points to a radically different interpretation: it may be mostly a matter of luck. more
Clues to early social structures may be found in ancient extraordinary graves  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Elaborate burial sites can provide insight to the development of socio-political hierarchies in early human communities, according to a study released August 28, 2019... more
Animal ethics and animal behavioral science—bridging the gap  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The moral status of animals is an important emerging topic for society, one that is leading to significant changes at academic, political, and legal levels in both wealthy and developing nations. However,... 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
Senator seeks change in hosted payload launch policy  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
A Florida senator is asking the White House to revise existing policy regarding the launch of government hosted payloads on... more
How moral obligation drives protest  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Researchers have long studied the motives that inspire people to join in collective action. Three factors have received particular attention: anger caused by apparent social injustice; belief in the efficacy of collective action; and politicised identity. In 2008,... 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
Indonesia picks Borneo island for new capital  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Indonesia will move its capital to the eastern edge of jungle-clad Borneo island, President Joko Widodo said Monday, as the country shifts its political heart away from congested and sinking megalopolis Jakarta. more
New scientific model can predict moral and political development  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
How come today's conservatives are more liberal than yesterday's liberals? Why has public opinion in large parts of the world shifted so rapidly in favour of gay and lesbian rights,... 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
For Democrats, a shift toward the middle on health care  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Democratic voters shift to the middle on health care as 'Medicare for All' loses some of its support 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
Researchers analyze use of social media to influence politics during uprising  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
When the people of Puerto Rico took to the streets after a series of government corruption scandals this past July, a group of researchers took the... more
Democrats take a look at a practical health care approach  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Democratic voters look at pragmatic approaches on health care amid weakening support for 'Medicare for All' more
How to become a great impostor  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Unlike other icons who have appeared on the front of Life magazine, Ferdinand Waldo Demara was not famed as an astronaut, actor, hero or politician. In fact, his 23-year career was rather varied. He was, among... 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
Fake news can lead to false memories  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Voters may form false memories after seeing fabricated news stories, especially if those stories align with their political beliefs, according to a new study. The researchers suggest the findings indicate how voters may be... more
Transgender hate crimes are on the rise in Canada  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Canada has a good reputation for LGBTQ rights. Federal political leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, attend pride parades across the country. But a... more
Book traces rise of 'free enterprise' as cornerstone of conservatism  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Warning of "an attack on the American free enterprise system," Lewis F. Powell Jr.'s 1971 memo is considered a turning point in American politics. 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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