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Game 'pre-bunks' political misinformation by letting players undermine democracy
An online game helps ''inoculate'' players against fake news by showing them how political misinformation is created and circulated. Launched today, Harmony Square has been created by Cambridge University psychologists with support from US Department of Homeland Security. Accompanying study shows that a single play reduces the perceived reliability of misinformation in users. (2020-11-06)

AI implications: Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device
In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer at Washington University in St. Louis has taken steps toward using nanocrystal networks for artificial intelligence applications. (2017-08-17)

The thermodynamics of computing
Information processing requires a lot of energy. Energy-saving computer systems could make computing more efficient, but the efficiency of these systems can't be increased indefinitely, as ETH physicists show. (2018-04-11)

Calorie restriction trial in humans suggests benefits for age-related disease
One of the first studies to explore the effects of calorie restriction on humans showed that cutting caloric intake by 15 percent for two years slowed aging and metabolism and protected against age-related disease. The study, which will appear March 22 in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that calorie restriction decreased systemic oxidative stress, which has been tied to age-related neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, as well as cancer, diabetes, and others. (2018-03-22)

Rockefeller scientist to speak at AAAS on infections as genetic disorders
Rockefeller University's Jean-Laurent Casanova is to present evidence that infectious diseases in the general population are frequently genetic disorders. (2010-02-17)

A star that would not die
UCSB astrophysicists and LCO astronomers study a supernova that challenges known theories of how certain stars end their lives. (2017-11-08)

Big mamma fish give proportionally bigger reproductive outputs
Even accounting for their proportionate size, bigger female fish produce many more offspring than smaller fish, a new study reveals. The results hold implications for fisheries managers, since climate change is expected to reduce the size of fish (and thus the number of their offspring) in many regions around the globe. (2018-05-10)

Impurities enhance polymer LED efficiencies
New research published in EPJ B reveals that the higher-than-expected efficiency of PLEDs can be reached through interactions between triplet excitons, and impurities embedded in their polymer layers. (2020-09-24)

More years to life and life to years through increased motivation for an active life
Regular physical activity is associated with a lower risk of suffering depression in old age. This is shown by one of the largest studies on elderly Europeans to have been carried out, by researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, among others. Research also shows that self-determined motivation and perceived competence are important factors in persuading elderly people to exercise more. (2011-11-01)

The geoengineering of consent: How conspiracists dominate YouTube climate science content
Using YouTube to learn about climate-change-related topics will expose you to video content that mostly opposes worldwide scientific consensus. That's the finding of a new study, which also reveals that conspiracy theorists have 'hijacked' some scientific terms, such as 'geoengineering,' so that searches provide entirely non-scientific content. Scientists could counteract this by forming alliances with influential YouTubers, politicians and those in popular culture, to ensure scientifically accurate video content reaches the widest-possible audience. (2019-07-25)

New insights on animal movement in fire-prone landscapes
A new Biological Reviews article considers how fire histories affect animals' movement and shape the distribution of species. (2018-12-19)

Research finds extreme elitism, social hierarchy among Gab users
Despite its portrayal as a network that 'champions free speech,' users of the social media platform Gab display more extreme social hierarchy and elitism when compared to Twitter users, according to a new study published in the September edition of the online journal First Monday. Researchers found a small number of Gab users hold a large amount of influence, sharing more homogeneous content than Twitter, some of which was associated with state-sponsored propaganda. (2019-09-01)

Smoking abstinence has little impact on the motivation for food
It's sometimes thought that smokers who can't light up are likely to reach for food in lieu of cigarettes. But new research from the University at Buffalo suggests that smoking abstinence doesn't greatly affect the motivation for food. The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, used cues and actual money to learn how much smokers might spend for cigarettes, food and water during abstinence. The results provide new insights for how different systems control motivation and reward. (2019-09-19)

Theory of general relativity proven yet again in new research
In a novel test of Einstein's theory of general relativity, an international group of astronomers has demonstrated that the theory holds up, even for a massive three-star system. (2018-07-04)

New music styles: How the challenger calls the tune
A research team including two members of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna found that fashion cycles in music are driven by outsider groups. These outsiders challenge the dominant music style by strongly contrasting the preferences of the current elite: 'they use counter-signaling.' (2019-02-06)

Long-term success of ACL reconstruction is connected to way you move post-surgery
Researchers from the University of North Carolina and Brigham Young University conducted a study to observe walking biomechanics of 130 subjects who have had ACL reconstruction surgery. They found people who report lingering symptoms post-surgery either underload their injured leg (6-12 months after surgery) or overload the injured leg (after the 24-month mark), as compared to those who have had the surgery but no longer report symptoms. (2018-09-18)

The apparent inner calm of quantum materials
Transitions between phases of matter could result from topological excitations that force the particles to act in unison. Researchers from the UNIGE, CEA, CNRS and UGA have been studying BACOVO -- a one-dimensional quantum material. They have discovered in this material a novel topological phase transition, governed not by a single type of topological excitation, but by two different ones. In addition, they were able to choose which of the two sets would dominate the other. (2018-05-07)

Innuendo and pointing suspicion in news coverage can fuel conspiracy theories
Innuendo and hinting at fake information in news coverage is enough to fuel belief in conspiracy theories, new research shows. (2018-02-20)

Zooming in on dark matter
Cosmologists have zoomed in on the smallest clumps of dark matter in a virtual universe - which could help us to find the real thing in space. (2020-09-02)

Most vaccine-related posts on Pinterest are anti-vaccine, reveals research
75 percent of the vaccine-related posts on Pinterest are negative towards vaccination, according to research published in Vaccine. The authors of the study, from Virginia Commonwealth University in the US, are calling for better communication about vaccination. (2016-02-01)

Crystallization made crystal clear
Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science have, for the first time, directly observed the process of crystallization on the molecular level, validating some recent theories about crystallization, as well as showing that if one knows how the crystal starts growing, one can predict the end structure. (2017-04-09)

Scale-invariant resistivity in cuprates
A new intriguing property of cuprate superconductors has been identified, says a new study, which shows that in very high magnetic fields, the resistivity of a thin-film lanthanum-based cuprate scales linearly with the field. (2018-08-02)

Belief in conspiracy theories associated with vaccine skepticism
People who believe Princess Diana was murdered or that John F. Kennedy's assassination was an elaborate plot are more likely to think that vaccines are unsafe, despite scientific evidence to the contrary, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (2018-02-01)

New particles are formed also in the polluted air of major cities
Researchers from the University of Helsinki's Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) have discovered a mechanism that leads to atmospheric new particle formation in megacities. (2018-07-19)

Nuclear puzzle may be clue to fifth force
In a new paper, University of California, Riverside theoretical physicist Flip Tanedo and his collaborators have made new progress towards unraveling a mystery in the beryllium nucleus that may be evidence for a fifth force of nature. (2016-08-17)

A new study examines use of twitter to spread or debunk conspiracy theories
Researchers investigating the use of Twitter to propagate or debunk conspiracy theories related to the 2015-2016 Zika virus outbreak analyzed the content of more than 25,000 Tweets and the characteristics of the social networks used to disseminate them. (2018-09-11)

Peers, student attitudes, and student deviance in Japan and the United States
This study presents evidence on the cross-cultural generalizability of differential association/social learning theory. It does so by testing whether the causal processes of learning attitudes toward deviance, as posited by the theory, are equally applicable, and the causal links, as specified by the theory, are equally strong in Japan and the US. Analyses of comparable survey data from students in Japan and the US provide generally supportive, but somewhat mixed, evidence regarding our predictions. (2018-11-05)

Turbulences theory closer high-energy physics than previously thought
A new research paper finds the high-energy physics concept of 'un-naturalness' may be applicable to the study of turbulence or that of strongly correlated systems of elementary particles. (2019-04-02)

Understanding the spread of infectious diseases
Physicists at Münster University (Germany) have shown in model simulations that the COVID-19 infection rates decrease significantly through social distancing. For this, they combined the dynamical density functional theory to describe interacting particles and the SIR model, a theory to describe the spread of infectious diseases. (2020-11-04)

Scientists narrow down the search for dark photons using decade-old particle collider data
A fresh analysis of particle-collider data, co-led by Berkeley Lab physicists, limits some of the hiding places for one type of theorized particle -- the dark photon, also known as the heavy photon -- that was proposed to help explain the mystery of dark matter. (2017-11-08)

Surprise: Satellite galaxies of Centaurus A are on a coordinated dance
The satellite dwarf galaxies orbiting around the much larger galaxy Centaurus A are rotating in synchrony around their host, to researchers' surprise. (2018-02-01)

The unpopular truth about biases toward people with disabilities
Needing to ride in a wheelchair can put the brakes on myriad opportunities -- some less obvious than one might think. New research from Michigan State University sheds light on the bias people have toward people with disabilities, known as 'ableism,' and how it shifts over time. (2019-07-18)

New theory may explain cause of depression and improve treatments
Researchers suggest dysfunction in mitochondria -- the main source of energy for cells -- may be the root cause of depression. The finding brings new insight to long-held theories of the causes of depression and could lead to the development of novel and more effective antidepressant drugs. (2018-08-09)

Unifying the theories of neural information encoding
Our eyes are flooded with visual information, but the neurons in our eyes have certain constraints. Thus, how do neurons select what to extract and send on to the brain? Until now neuroscientists have used several different theories to predict what neurons will do. Now, scientists have developed a framework that unites the previous theories as special cases, and enables them to make predictions about types of neurons not previously described by any theory. (2017-12-20)

Social media contributes to increased perception of food technology as risky business
Nowhere is this more evident than consumers' mistrust of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), despite assurances from the scientific community and food experts. Several studies covering this widespread risk perception of food technologies will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the 2019 Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. (2019-12-11)

Is our personality affected by the way we look? (Or the way we think we look?)
To what extent is our personality an adaptation to our appearance or even our physique? A team of scien-tists at the University of Göttingen has investigated this question. Their results: it depends - on our gender and on which behaviour. The study was published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. (2019-02-11)

Equal earnings help couples say 'I do' and stay together
Recent work by Patrick Ishizuka, a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University's Cornell Population Center, is the first to offer empirical evidence that cohabitating couples are likely to get married only when they earn as much as their married peers. (2018-04-12)

Government corruption tops 5th annual Chapman University survey of American fears
More Americans are afraid than ever, according to the 5th annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears, released today. The 2018 survey revealed that government corruption remains Americans' primary concern, and the state of the environment, which for the first time represents fully half of Americans' top 10 fears. (2018-10-18)

What's trending in fake news? IU tool show what stories go viral, and if bots are to blame
Researchers at the Indiana University Observatory on Social Media have launched upgrades to two tools playing a major role in the fight against the spread of misinformation online. (2018-05-17)

Yale-led team finds missing-in-action MS genes
An international collaboration led by scientists at Yale has cracked a tough nut in multiple sclerosis: where are all the genes? (2018-10-18)

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