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Political affiliation can predict how people will react to false information about threats

Studies show that conservatives believe untrue warnings more than liberals do University of California – Los Angeles Eurek Alert How liberal or conservative a person is predicts how likely they are to believe information about potential hazards, a new UCLA-led study has found. The study, which will… Political affiliation can… Read More »

Study suggests polling is still best predictor of election outcomes

UH-led research found use of polling data effective even in developing countries University of Houston Eurek Alert Donald Trump’s surprising election as president of the United States was viewed by some people as evidence that electoral polling no longer works, but researchers report they have developed models using global polling data that… Study suggests polling… Read More »

Science doesn’t care if you believe in it or not

Whether you believe in climate change or not, the laws of physics will continue to work and ice will continue to melt. Mark McCaughrean Al Jazeera News On October 31 last year, a large crack opened in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica and a huge iceberg, 5,000 square kilometres in size, will likely soon calve into the Southern Ocean. Although visible at… Science doesn’t care… Read More »

What you need to know about the Israeli settlements

(CNN) – Four issues have dominated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the most difficult to solve and the most complex to handle: the status of Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees (and their right of return), borders, and settlements. Oren Liebermann CNN Recent announcements by the Israeli government of the expansion of West Bank settlements, made in the period since Donald Trump became US President, have put settlements back in the spotlight. The announcements come… What you need to… Read More »

Australia cannot be complacent with ‘evil’ of xenophobia on the rise, says Tim Soutphommasane

Australia cannot afford to be complacent in a growing climate of xenophobia around the world, according to the Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane. Caroline Winter ABC As the parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech continues this week, Dr Soutphommasane said Australia needed strong leadership to maintain cultural harmony. “What I’m hearing from… Australia cannot be… Read More »

Democrats are in real danger of overplaying their hand right now

President Trump’s first 12 days in office have been marked by controversy, division (even among Republicans) and uncertainty. Aaron Blake The Washington Post His nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday night was the antithesis of all that. In the 49-year-old Gorsuch, Trump picked a man who by… Democrats are in… Read More »

2017 isn’t ‘1984’ – it’s stranger than Orwell imagined

The best selling book on Amazon is ‘1984’ – which was originally published in… John Broich Independent A historian from Case Western Reserve University considers how the novel resonates with today’s… A week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s “1984” is the best-selling book on… 2017 isn’t ‘1984… Read More »