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July 12, 2020

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'Mental Rigidity' at Root of Intense Political Partisanship on Both Left and Right, Study Finds

New research shows that reduced cognitive flexibility is associated with more 'extreme' beliefs and identities at both ends of the political ...

Fake News Can Lead to False Memories

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 ...

When More Women Make Decisions, the Environment Wins

When more women are involved in group decisions about land management, the group conserves more - particularly when offered financial incentives to do so, according to a new ...

Democracy Linked to Global Health Gains in Low-, Middle-Income Countries

A new study suggests that a better way to measure the role of democracy in public health is to examine the causes of adult mortality, such as noncommunicable diseases, HIV, cardiovascular disease and ...
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Coronavirus: Social Distancing Accepted When People Understand Exponential Growth

When people fail to see the need for restrictions on public life, explaining the exponential increase of infections creates greater acceptance for measures taken to slow down the infection rate, ...

Twitter Posts Reveal Polarization in Congress on COVID-19

The rapid politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen in messages members of the US Congress sent about the issue on the social media site Twitter, a new analysis found. Using artificial ...

How Stimulus Dollars Are Spent Will Affect Emissions for Decades

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have led to a record crash in emissions. But it will be emission levels during the ...

How Is COVID-19 Affecting the Global Economic Order?

COVID-19 has triggered a global financial crisis and is forcing states to develop rescue packages on a scale not seen before. The crisis has called into question the US dollar's hegemony and ...

Elections: Early Warning System to Fight Disinformation Online

A new project is an effort to combat the rise of coordinated social media campaigns to incite violence, sew discord and threaten the integrity of democratic ...

Public Health Leaders Call for Coordinated Communication Response to COVID-19

Public health leaders have called for informed and active public policy leadership to employ strategically coordinated health communication and outreach on COVID-19 and other emerging global health ...

Is It Possible to Reduce Political Polarization?

In the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election, an unusual experiment suggested that it might be possible to influence American voters to adopt less polarized ...

Fonts in Campaign Communications Have Liberal or Conservative Leanings

Yard signs for a local politician captured a researchers curiosity. The more people view a font as aligned with their ideology, the more they favor ...

Focus on Food Security and Sustainability

The number of malnourished people is increasing worldwide. More than two billion people suffer from a lack of micronutrients. Infant mortality rates are unacceptably high. Against this background, ...

US Public Views on Climate and Energy

Majorities of Americans say the federal government is doing too little for key aspects of the environment. And most believe the US should focus on development of alternative sources of energy over ...

Applying Biodiversity Conservation Research in Practice

One million species are threatened with extinction, many of them already in the coming decades. This unprecedented loss of biodiversity threatens valuable ecosystems and human well-being. But what is ...

Voters Agree With Polls That Favor Their Candidates

With the presidential election a year away, pollsters will barrage the country with poll questions to get the pulse of the voters about the ...

Targeting Deeply Held Values Crucial for Inspiring Pro-Environmental Behavior

Given the alarming pace of climate change, it is increasingly important to understand what factors motivate people to take action - or not - on environmental issues. A recent study shows that deeply ...

Politics: Being Attractive Helps, but It Isn't Everything

The question may be as old as democracy itself: are physically attractive people elected more often than less attractive opponents? Scientists have found out that looking good can at least partly ...

Stressed Out: Americans Making Themselves Sick Over Politics

Nearly 40% of Americans surveyed for a new study said politics is stressing them out, and 4% -- the equivalent of 10 million US adults -- reported suicidal thoughts related to ...

Bots Might Prove Harder to Detect in 2020 Elections

Bots or fake accounts enabled by artificial intelligence on social media have evolved and are now better able to copy human behaviors in order to avoid ...

'Information Gerrymandering' Poses a Threat to Democratic Decision Making

Concern over fake news and online trolls is widespread and warranted, but researchers have identified another impediment to the free flow of information in social networks. The phenomenon, which they ...

What If We Paid Countries to Protect Biodiversity?

Researchers have developed a financial mechanism to support the protection of the world's natural heritage. In a recent study, they developed three different design options for an ...

Music Charts Are Increasingly Short-Lived

Cultural processes are increasingly short-lived, showing in addition a growing tendency toward self-organization. As a result, success is now governed by a universal law. This was discovered by the ...

How Media Around the World Frame Climate Change News

Researchers analyzed thousands of climate change articles from 45 countries and territories around the world to determine how they frame the issue, and differences were revealed mostly by the wealth ...

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