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Study: Insights from two reopened schools during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the 2020-2021 fall semester, school districts around the United States navigated their reopening plans with little data on how SARS-CoV-2 spreads among children or how in-person learning would impact transmission in the schools’...
30-Mar-2021 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Animal aggression depends on rank within social hierarchies

New research shows that the more animals know about each other, the more they may be able to optimize their aggression.
4-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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To find the right network model, compare all possible histories

Scientists rarely have the historical data they need to see exactly how nodes in a network became connected. But a new paper in Physical Review Letters offers hope for reconstructing the missing information, using a new method to evaluate the rules...
25-Jan-2021 5:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Accounting for the gaps in ancient food webs

Studying ancient food webs can help scientists reconstruct communities of species, many long extinct, and even use those insights to figure out how modern-day communities might change in the future. There’s just one problem: only some species left...
12-Jan-2021 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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An Avalanche of Violence: New Analysis Reveals Predictable Patterns in Armed Conflicts

New work by the Collective Computation Group (C4) at the Santa Fe Institute finds that human conflict exhibits remarkable regularity despite substantial geographic and cultural differences.
7-Jan-2021 12:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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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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