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May 20, 2019

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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 ... read more

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 ... read more

Voter Preference for Trump Linked to Bullying in Middle Schools

Bullying rates among middle school students in the spring of 2017 were 18 percent higher in localities where voters had favored Donald Trump than in those that had supported Hillary Clinton, ... read more

Believing the Future Will Be Favorable May Prevent Action

People tend to believe that others will come around to their point of view over time, according to new findings. The findings show that this 'belief in a favorable future' holds across various ... read more
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For decades, political scientists have measured the public's trust in the federal government consistently, using measures that are largely unchanged since the 1960s -- despite the momentous ... read more

Echo Chambers May Not Be as Dangerous as You Think, New Study Finds

New research shows that collective intelligence -- peer learning within social networks -- can increase belief accuracy even in politically homogeneous ... read more

Logical Reasoning: An Antidote or a Poison for Political Disagreement?

New research exploring American liberals and conservatives shows that regardless of political affiliation, tribal instincts kick in and people's ability to think logically suffers when it comes ... read more

Federal Subsidies for US Commercial Fisheries Should Be Rejected, Analysis Concludes

A pending rule change proposed by the US National Marine Fisheries Service would allow the use of public funds to underwrite low-interest loans for the construction of new commercial fishing vessels. ... read more

Climate Panel Disbanded by Trump, Now Regrouped, Releases Its Report

A federal advisory committee started meeting in 2016 to explore how to make the National Climate Assessment more usable for communities who want to take action. President Trump dismissed the panel in ... read more

The Whisper Room: Moderates on Twitter Are Losing Their Voice

A researcher finds that partisan users form highly partisan social networks on Twitter, moderate users -- or those less politically engaged -- continue to avoid politics, potentially creating an ... read more

Social Media Has Remarkably Small Impact on Americans' Beliefs, Research Finds

Social media had only a small influence on how much people believed falsehoods about candidates and issues in the last two presidential elections, a pair of new national studies found. And Facebook ... read more

How the Global Gag Rule Stifles Free Speech

A new journal article by researchers in the Global Health Justice and Governance program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health argues that the Expanded Global Gag Rule is having ... read more

Democracy Fosters Economic Growth, Study Finds

A new study shows that when it comes to growth, democracy significantly increases development. Indeed, countries switching to democratic rule experience a 20 percent increase in GDP over a 25-year ... read more

Study Calls on Feds to Invest in Local Volunteer Disaster Response, Recovery Groups

Data from 2017 Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California natural disasters highlights key collaboration gaps and better ways to save money, time and lives in future disasters. After 2017's ... read more

Demand for Long-Acting Contraception Rose Sharply After 2016 Election

A new study finds that rates of long-acting, reversible contraception went up by 21.6 percent in the 30 days after the presidential election compared to rates at the same time of year in ... read more

First Study to Find Digital Ads Work -- On Millennials

While millions of dollars are spent every day on digital advertising, no research has found these ads actually work -- until ... read more

Research Reveals Strategies for Combating Science Misinformation

Nowhere has the impact of scientific misinformation been more profound than on the issue of climate change in the US, where a well-funded network has coalesced around the goal of undercutting the ... read more

Gamblers Predicted Brexit Before Financial Traders, Study Finds

Research shows how financial markets should have predicted Brexit hours before they eventually did, and that betting markets beat currency markets to the result by an hour -- producing a 'close ... read more

Fake News Shared by Very Few, but Those Over 65 More Likely to Pass on Such Stories

A small percentage of Americans, less than 9 percent, shared links to so-called 'fake news' sites on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election campaign, but this behavior was ... read more

Fear and Anger Had Different Effects on Conservatives and Liberals, Study Suggests

The emotional underpinnings of political ideology motivated how the electorate sought and processed information about the 2016 presidential election and the major issue of climate change, according ... read more

Americans Are Happier in States That Spend More on Libraries, Parks and Highways

Americans are happier in states where governments spend more on public goods, among them libraries, parks, highways, natural resources and police protection, a new study has ... read more

Drug Use, Religion Explain 'Reverse Gender Gap' on Marijuana

Women tend to be more conservative than men on political questions related to marijuana. A recent study finds that this gender gap appears to be driven by religion and the fact that men are more ... read more

Social Relationships More Important Than Hard Evidence in Partisan Politics

A new study explains how partisan groupings evolve to become extreme, ultimately resulting in the formation of 'echo chambers' in which political beliefs go unchallenged and increase in ... read more

Teachers and Trump: Response to 2016 Election

Teachers felt immense pressure from school leaders and families to respond in a certain way -- or not at all -- in their classrooms following the 2016 presidential election, according to new ... read more

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