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Social solutions to antibiotic resistance

July 8, 2019

Julia Szymczak of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine likes to head off the obvious question from the outset. When she gives…
Gang-associated youth avoid violence by acting tough online

May 3, 2019

The menacing photos that Tevin, a young man affiliated with a Chicago street gang, posted on social media…
Violence by protesters can lead the public to support them less

October 17, 2018

Protestors are not helping their cause when they turn violent toward their opposition. In fact, their aggressions could…
Acute stress in utero has negative effects later in life among poor children

August 27, 2018

Exposure to an acute stress in utero can have long-term consequences extending into childhood – but only among…
Perceived threat to racial status leads to opposition of welfare among white Americans, Stanford sociologist finds

June 7, 2018

White Americans’ attitudes toward welfare are influenced by information about demographic standing, says Stanford sociologist Robb Willer in…
Coming home to document a rapidly changing China

March 5, 2018

Sociologist Yu Xie is the director of Princeton’s Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China, which aims to conduct research on…
Prison Can Have Far-Reaching Effects on How Black Women Parent

February 22, 2018

Formerly incarcerated black women face a multitude of challengesupon their release from prison. Given that black women are twice…
Canadians are most active women entrepreneurs in the world

January 22, 2018

Canadian women are starting businesses at a higher rate than their counterparts in all other G20 countries, according…
The Dynamics of Opinion

October 25, 2017

We see it in politics time and time again: A powerful individual convinces a group of people to…
As metro areas grow, whites move farther from the city center

July 3, 2017

In the middle of the 20th century, cities began to change. The popularity of the automobile and the…
Studies of vulnerable populations get a ‘bootstrapped’ boost from statisticians

December 14, 2016

A hallmark of good government is policies which lift up vulnerable or neglected populations. But crafting effective policy…
What kind of hero do we need?

April 4, 2016

When you count this year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Hollywood has produced 10 movies featuring DC…
The narcissism of modern love

February 23, 2016

In some ways, love is a concept many of us take for granted, especially the “romantic” variety. We…
Can you imagine a ‘Cashless Society’? Sweden is nearly there

November 9, 2015

A new study out of Sweden says the tiny country is on course to become the world’s first…
Contact with people from other states plays a minor role in identification with Europe

October 30, 2015

There is no denial that integration policies of European Union were leaping forward in the past few decades.…
Highly religious Americans are less likely to see conflict between faith and science

October 23, 2015

A majority of the public (59%) says science and religion often conflict, while 38% says science and religion…
Social structure of hunter-gatherers explained through sex equality

May 21, 2015

New study at University College London explained unique social structure of hunter-gatherers through sex equality in residential decision-making.…
Science vs. religion… or science and religion?

March 27, 2015

Many of America’s cultural battles in recent decades seem to be face-offs between science and faith: over the…
The Oldest Old are changing Canada

March 23, 2015

In 1971 there were 139,000 Canadians aged 85 and over.  By 2013 their numbers had risen to 702,000.…
Social circles: linking urban movement to social activity

February 27, 2015

If you live in a city, you know that a fair amount of your movement around town is…
Study: Identifying population of mentally ill ‘frequent fliers’ first step to reducing police contact

February 16, 2015

Identifying the population of people with mental illness who have frequent contact with police could help law enforcement…
Neither here nor there: helping to map the crisis of displaced peoples

November 17, 2014

Population displacement is a global problem, one that historically has been insufficiently quantified and analyzed, especially given its…
Does education cause decline in fertility rates?

October 21, 2014

Evolutionary theory forecasts that increasing wealth should boost pregnancy rates. However, this relationship is negative in contemporary societies.…
How markets influence social responsibility?

October 20, 2014

It is frequently argued that markets erode social responsibility. Bad working conditions, environmental pollution and inequality are often…
Why Arab cities declined and European cities emerged?

October 8, 2014

Baghdad was one of the most important and prosperous world cities one thousand year ago. Now it is…
Race and the interest in the hard sciences: is there a link?

September 24, 2014

Hard sciences are usually dominated by men. However, a recent study carried out by American psychologists reveals that…
Have badly constructed surveys deceived sociologists?

September 15, 2014

Are we living in the age of dissent? Many scholars working in the field of social movements would…
Scientists explore history of women’s wages

September 11, 2014

Was the road to industrialization paved by working women? This question has been discussed by economic historians for…
Why do languages disappear?

September 5, 2014

Rare languages are dying out faster than species. However, causes driving these processes are still poorly understood. According…
Question of controversy: Is ethnic diversity harmful for social cohesion?

September 1, 2014

Understanding of the relationship between ethnic diversity and social cohesion is on demand. This buzz was created seven…
Crime seems to evade legislative efforts to combat it, scientists say

August 18, 2014

„In the long run, crime seems to persistently evade the manifold legislative efforts to ‘combat’ it,“ authors of…
Sociologists explain success of communist revolutions

June 23, 2014

Communist upheavals in Russia and China were enormously important historical events. But why were they successful? Scientists Pavel…
Disorder related to diminished sense of control, psychologist says

June 18, 2014

Significant part of research on human effects of perceived disorder is sociological. The leading theory in sociological research…
Social services are economically efficient, study shows

June 17, 2014

What is the influence of various social services on our economy? Unfortunately, consensus on this difficult question is…
Human societies and insect colonies evolved similarly, scientists claim

June 13, 2014

When scientists want to find out something about our evolutionary history, they often explore the behavior of other…
Natural generosity is rewarded, study shows

May 19, 2014

How do previous decisions and available information influence trustful behavior? World-famous analytical sociologist Diego Gambetta and his colleague…
Recipe for children’s success spelled out by expert panelists

April 15, 2014

Pathways exist for children to succeed in life, confirmed a group of researchers, policymakers, lawyers, and educators gathered…
Stanford scholar studies ancient Greek dance performances from the viewers’ perspective

April 11, 2014

Stanford classics Professor Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi calls herself “an enthralled dance spectator.” A scholar of ancient aesthetics, Peponi’s passion for dance…
What keeps the peace among Democracies?

April 1, 2014

Politicians and scholars have long accepted the notion that democracies are less likely to go to war against…
Cornell Panelists: A new Cold War over Ukraine is unlikely

March 18, 2014

As tensions between the West and Russia escalate over Ukraine, some fear that the struggle for control may…
Social physics: a new book about theory of information propagation in communities large and small

March 5, 2014

Since 2001, the Human Dynamics Laboratory at the MIT Media Lab has used digital technologies — from home-brewed…
Mein Kampf worries fuel debate

February 11, 2014

More needs to be done to understand Hitler’s infamous autobiographical manifesto “Mein Kampf” to avoid a resurgence of…
Should we make a film that audiences enjoy or nab an Oscar nomination?

January 15, 2014

What do Hollywood moguls holding their breath this week for an Oscar nomination have in common with the…
‘Lazy’ social scientists? Just what your business needs

October 31, 2013

A report by the Campaign for Social Science is challenging some tired stereotypes about social scientists. As The i reported,…
America is increasingly diverse, but challenges remain

October 3, 2013

America’s communities are becoming increasingly diverse, but there are still important concerns about racial and ethnic integration in…
NSF and NEH support efforts to preserve languages threatened by extinction

September 11, 2013

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today $3.7 million…
Mathematicians Analyze Social Divisions Using Cell Phone Data

June 4, 2013

 Differences divide us. Human society fractures along lines defined by politics, religion, ethnicity, and perhaps most fundamentally, language.…
Social networking: Gen Xers connect online as often as they socialize in person

February 4, 2013

Young adults in Generation X are as likely to connect with friends, family and co-workers online as they…
Only five out of ten people are satisfied with innovations currently available

January 25, 2013

Philips released its “Meaningful Innovation Index ” this week, during its participation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Meaningful Innovation…
Who Likes Bling? The Answer Relates To Social Status

December 18, 2012

A desire for expensive, high-status goods is related to feelings of social status – which helps explain why…
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