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August 18, 2014

Did an Exceptional Iceberg Sink the Titanic?

While the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 is typically blamed on human, design and construction errors, a new Significance paper points to 2 other unfavorable factors outside human control: there were a greater number of icebergs than normal that year, and weather conditions had driven them further south, and earlier in the year, than was usual.

August 18, 2014

Ebola Has Profound Effects on Wildlife Population Dynamics

New research in gorillas that were affected by an Ebola virus outbreak shows that disease can influence reproductive potential, immigration and social dynamics, and it highlights the need to develop complex models that integrate all the different impacts of a disease.

August 18, 2014

Educating College Kids to Be Smart about their Money

Prior financial knowledge—both objective and subjective—in the first year of college may play a role in reducing young adults’ later risky paying behaviors and buying behaviors, according to new research published in the International Journal of Consumer Studies.

August 18, 2014

Ocean warming could drive heavy rain bands toward the poles

In a world warmed by rising atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, precipitation patterns are going to change because of two factors: one, warmer air can hold more water; and two, changing atmospheric circulation patterns will shift where rain falls.

August 04, 2014

How should flood risk assessments be done in a changing climate?

Growing consensus on climate and land use change means that it is reasonable to assume, at the very least, that flood levels in a region may change. Then why, ask Rosner et al. in a new study, do the dominant risk assessment techniques used to decide whether to build new flood protection infrastructure nearly always start with an assumption of “no trend” in flood behavior?

August 04, 2014

Humane Strategy Reduces Shark Attacks

A simple and humane technique may be an effective strategy to reduce human encounters with sharks without harming populations of threatened shark species.

August 04, 2014

Study Examines Viewers’ Role in American Death Penalty Films

Over the course of the last 100 years or more, many scenes of execution in American film have offered intimate knowledge of executions, giving viewers a privileged ‘backstage’ gaze of an execution not available outside film, the chance to see what executioners see, and a chance to understand the condemned’s experience as he awaits death.

July 29, 2014

The Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of All Business is Small

The Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of All Business is Small

July 29, 2014

Understanding Y: #andYyoushould

Understanding Y: #andYyoushould 

July 21, 2014

Mental Health Issues Uncovered in Children with Relatives Who Participated in Manhunt after Boston Marathon Attack

Children with relatives who were called upon to participate in the interagency manhunt following the Boston Marathon attack carried a particularly heavy mental health burden, according to a Depression and Anxiety study that included surveys of Boston-area parents and other caretakers.

12:00 AM EDT April 10, 2014

Politics of Suspicion: How Distrustful Activists Call for and then Block Reforms

Political Psychology reports that while distrust can manifest in protests and demands for reform, the desired change can also be derailed by distrust in the people who are demanded to carry them through

April 07, 2014

Primatologists Defend use of Primates as Models for Medical Research

Writing in the American Journal of Primatology, medical researchers argue that continued research with primates is needed

March 17, 2014

Entrepreneurial Survival: Study Explores How Local Initiatives Emerge During Natural Disasters

New research in the Journal of Management Studies investigates these under-studied groups, using Australian bushfires to discover the role these local ventures

March 17, 2014

You’re Only Lying to Yourself ... and the Voters: The Politics of Self-Deception

New research in Political Studies argues that the self-deception of politicians, who in turn mislead the public, may be a more common factor in political life than we realize.

March 03, 2014

Tears and Fears: How Do Emotions Change our Political Attitudes?

Political Psychology explores how emotions such as anxiety, even if their cause has nothing to do with politics, can result in a hardening of our views

February 06, 2014

Intervention in First 1000 Days Vital to Fulfilling Childhood Potential

Freely Available Special Issue published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

February 03, 2014

Walk-in access to high quality academic research available in UK public libraries

Students, independent researchers and small businesses can now access many of the world’s best academic papers across science, technology, medicine and other disciplines through their local libraries. This is the result of a unique collaboration between librarians and publishers, who have made their journal content available for free to UK libraries under a new initiative, Access to Research.

February 03, 2014

Economic Crisis Has Made Europeans and Americans Less Likely to Visit the Doctor

Research in Social Science Quarterly suggests the recession has made North Americans and Europeans more reluctant to seek out medical care.

January 21, 2014

Anti-Swine Flu Vaccination Linked to Increased Risk of Narcolepsy in Young Adults

Swedish study finds Swine Flu vaccine linked to increased risk of narcolepsy in young adults.

January 20, 2014

Increasingly complex trade-offs predicted in upcoming management of bushfires in Australia

The management of future bushfires will become increasingly complex, with trade-offs that demand astute recognition and knowledge of current and future trends, as well as how these trends interact with each other in a dynamic and intricate world. Deploying empirical data, embedding experiential insights and involving stakeholder communities will also play a key role in how bushfires can be managed effectively.

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