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Study: Countering hate on social media

The rise of online hate speech is a disturbing, growing trend in countries around the world, with serious psychological consequences and the potential to impact, and even contribute to, real-world violence. A new paper offers a framework for...
20-Nov-2020 1:10 PM EST Add to Favorites

The Rhythm of Change: What a Drum-Beat Experiment Reveals About Cultural Evolution

Living organisms aren’t the only things that evolve over time. Cultural practices change, too, and in recent years social scientists have taken a keen interest in understanding this cultural evolution. A new experiment used drum-beats to...
27-Oct-2020 3:15 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Tiny worlds reveal fundamental drivers of abundance, diversity

Ecology is traditionally a data-poor discipline, but tiny microbial worlds offer the quantity of data needed to solve universal questions about abundance and diversity. New research in Nature Communications reveals the fundamental relationship...
23-Sep-2020 11:25 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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New model shows how voting behavior can drive political parties apart

If voters gravitate toward the center of the political spectrum, why are the parties drifting farther apart? A new model reveals a mechanism for increased polarization in U.S. politics, guided by the idea of "satisficing"-- that people will settle...
10-Aug-2020 4:10 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Leaving money on the table to stay in the game: New paper squares economic choice with evolutionary survival

Unlike businesses or governments, organisms can't go into evolutionary debt -- there is no borrowing one's way back from extinction. This can lead to seemingly irrational economic choices that suddenly make sense when viewed as a multiplicative,...
27-Jul-2020 12:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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More ecosystem engineers create stability, preventing extinctions

Biological builders like beavers, elephants, and shipworms re-engineer their environments. How this affects their ecological network is the subject of new research, which finds that increasing the number of "ecosystem engineers" stabilizes the...
2-Jul-2020 1:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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New model predicts the peaks of the COVID-19 pandemic

This week in the journal Frontiers, researchers describe a single function that accurately describes all existing available data on active COVID-19 cases and deaths—and predicts forthcoming peaks.
29-May-2020 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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COVID-19 U.S. Employment Shocks Likely Larger Than Great Depression

The U.S. is likely to see a near-term 24% drop in employment, 17% percent drop in wages, and 22% drop in economic activity as a result of the COVID-19 crisis according to a new study. These impacts will be very unevenly distributed, with the bottom...
20-Apr-2020 12:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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