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SHSU study examines death penalty support in Mexico

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HUNTSVILLE, TX (3/28/17) — In sharp contrast to previous studies of public support for the death penalty conducted in the U.S., Catholics in Mexico were found to be more likely to support capital punishment, while older… Sam Houston State University Eurek Alert The study, “State- and Individual-level Predictors of Mexican Death Penalty Support,” by Ph.D. Student Alexander H. Updegrove and Erin A. Orrick, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at… SHSU study examines… Read More »

Multicultural Australia – united, strong, successful

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Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world. Department of Social Services (Australia) Australian Policy Online We are as old as our First Australians, the oldest continuing human culture on earth, who have cared for this country for more than 50,000 years. And we are… Multicultural Australia – united… Read More »

Industry by Design?

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Industrial policies come in many shapes and sizes, but some strategies to nurture domestic firms and industries have clearly worked better than… Project Syndicate Understanding why may hold the key to creating the conditions for contemporary growth and… CAMBRIDGE – A quarter-century ago, in the wake of the Thatcher and… Industry by… Read More »

Depressed by politics? Just let go

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When is politics like a tree? Arthur C. Brooks AEI If you study and write about happiness as I do, you become attuned to patterns. For instance, when… Depressed by politics… Read More »

Current regulations unable to control trade in products from slave labor, expert says.

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Leading expert on modern-day slavery Kevin Bales talks about the lack of tools available to stop the flow of money from consumers to networks facilitating human rights abuse and environmental destruction. Ana Aranha and João Diaz Mongbay Miners in Ghana, fishers in Bangladesh and loggers in Brazil have two things in common: many are vulnerable workers often submitted to slave-like conditions while engaging in an activity destructive to forests, rivers and… Current regulations unable… Read More »

Gum disease link to Alzheimer’s, research suggests

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Gum disease has been linked to a greater rate of cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease, early stage research has… Dominic Howell BBC The small study, published in PLOS ONE, looked at 59 people who were all deemed to have mild to moderate… It is thought the body’s response to gum inflammation may be hastening the… Gum disease link… Read More »

Study: LGBTQ+ individuals at high risk to be victims of violence

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are at high risk for being victims of physical and sexual assault, harassment, bullying, and hate crimes, according to a new study by RTI International. RTI International Eurek Alert In a newly published report, funded by RTI, RTI researchers analyzed 20 years’ worth of published studies on violence and the LGBTQ+ community, which included 102 peer-reviewed papers as well as a few unpublished… Study: LGBTQ+ individuals… Read More »

Why economists can’t forecast

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You knew it all along: Economists can’t forecast the economy worth a hoot. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post And now we have a scholarly study that confirms it. Better yet, the… Why economists can’t… Read More »

Life may actually be getting better at evolving

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The networks of genes in each animal is a bit like the network of neurons in our brains, which suggests they might be “learning” as they go Chris Baraniuk BBC News In 1996, a young graduate student called Richard Watson sat down to read a paper on evolution. The article was… Life may actually… Read More »

Protein Challenge 2040: How can we feed 9 billion people?

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(CNN) – How can we feed nine billion people enough protein in a way which is affordable, healthy and good for the environment? Mark Driscoll CNN That’s a tough question and the answers are not simple, but a unique coalition of businesses, academics, civil society organizations and government bodies have come together to try to find them through the Protein Challenge 2040… Protein Challenge 2040… Read More »

A guide to humanity’s greatest challenges

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Over the next month, BBC Future Now will explore the biggest issues of our age – informed by a panel of 50 experts. Douglas Heaven BBC News What’s the biggest challenge facing the world today? In many ways… A guide to… Read More »

How your brain makes articles go viral

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Activity in the self-related, mentalizing, and positive valuation regions of the brain combine unconsciously in our thoughts to determine what we want to read and share, such that brain scans from a small group of people can predict large-scale virality University of Pennsylvania Eurek Alert It is a question that has mystified countless people: Why does one article spread like wildfire through social media and another — seemingly similar — doesn’t? How does your… How your brain… Read More »

A Diabetes Drug Has Shut Down Cancer’s Primary Way of Making Energy

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A WELCOMED SIDE EFFECT While the typical side effects noted along with medications include upset stomach, headache, and difficulty operating heavy machinery, one medication used to treat diabetes has shown a… Author: Dom Galeon Editor: Kristin Houser Futurism Researchers have observed that diabetic patients whose diabetes was being treated with the… A Diabetes Drug… Read More »

Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as adults

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Teenagers who self-report feeling drowsy mid-afternoon also tend to exhibit more anti-social behavior such as lying, cheating, stealing and fighting. University of Pennsylvania Eurek Alert Now, research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of York, in the United Kingdom, shows that those same teens are 4.5 times more likely to commit violent crimes a decade and a half later. “It’s the first… Tired teens 4.5 times… Read More »

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

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New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason. Elizabeth Kolbert The New Yorker In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a… Why Facts Don’t… Read More »

‘I realised I never was able to help one child’: where the justice system fails

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Cathy McLennan, who represented Indigenous young offenders as a barrister for two decades, says real solutions can only be found outside the courtroom Joshua Robertson The Guardian • Jacob’s story: a second chance or a path to prison? – interactive case study Cathy McLennan threw… ‘I realised I never… Read More »