Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 10, 2013
Study: Loan debt can shape students' college years, experiences
An Indiana University study found that college students' experiences are largely shaped by the debt they accrue, with debt-free students more likely to live the

Cultural mythologies strongly influence women's expectations about being pregnant
Morning sickness, shiny hair, and bizarre and intense cravings for pickles and ice cream -- what expectations do pregnant women impose on their bodies, and how are those expectations influenced by cultural perspectives on pregnancy?

Children who overestimate their popularity less likely to be bullies
Children who overestimate their popularity are less likely to be bullies than those who underestimate or hold more accurate assessments of their social standing, finds new research to be presented at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

People have more empathy for battered dogs than human adult, but not child, victims
People have more empathy for battered puppies and full grown dogs than they do for some humans -- adults, but not children, finds new research to be presented at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Professor: Immigration reform should consider families, social ties
Immigration judges should be allowed to consider a person's family and social ties to the United States before ordering the deportation of legal permanent residents for minor offenses, says a professor at the University of California, Merced.
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