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How do Americans view the virus? Anthropology professor examines attitudes of COVID
In her latest study, Northern Arizona University professor Lisa Hardy looks at how Americans' attitudes and responses have changed during the time of the pandemic and how to many people, the virus is not a biological agent but instead a malicious actor. (2020-09-24)

New theory predicts movement of different animals using sensing to search
A Northwestern University research team has developed a new theory that can predict the movement of an animal's sensory organs -- such as eyes, ears and nose -- while searching for something vital to its life. (2020-09-22)

Belief in conspiracy theories is a barrier to controlling spread of COVID-19
Belief in conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic was inversely related to the perceived threat of the pandemic; taking of preventive actions, including wearing a face mask; and the intention to be vaccinated when there is a COVID-19 vaccine. The research is based on two-wave panel study in March and July of 840 U.S. adults. (2020-09-21)

From star to solar system: How protoplanetary rings form in primordial gas clouds
The star HL Tauri is glowing at the center of a system of concentric rings made from gas and dust and producing planets, one for each gap in the ring. Its discovery has shaken solar system origin theories to their core. Mayer Humi, a scientist from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, believes it provides an apt study target for theories about protoplanetary rings around stars. The research is published in the Journal of Mathematical Physics. (2020-09-15)

Vaccine proponents and opponents are vectors of misinformation online
Researchers from the George Washington University, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University assessed content from the most active vaccine-related accounts on Twitter and found that even accounts with pro-vaccination views and higher public health credibility can be vectors of misinformation in the highly uncertain and rapidly changing environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-09-09)

Warning: Epidemics are often followed by unrest
History teaches that social tension accumulated over an epidemic can lead to significant episodes of rebellion, according to a study. (2020-09-07)

Gen Z not ready to eat lab-grown meat
New research by the University of Sydney and Curtin University that will be published on 8 September in Frontiers in Nutrition, found that, despite having a great concern for the environment and animal welfare, 72 percent of Generation Z were not ready to accept cultured meat - defined in the survey as a lab-grown meat alternative produced by in-vitro cell cultures of animal cells, instead of from slaughtered animals. (2020-09-07)

Is consciousness continuous or discrete? Maybe it's both, argue researchers
Two major theories have fueled a now 1,500 year-long debate started by Saint Augustine: Is consciousness continuous, where we are conscious at each single point in time, or is it discrete, where we are conscious only at certain moments of time? In an Opinion published September 3 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, psychophysicists answer this centuries-old question with a new model, one that combines both continuous moments and discrete points of time. (2020-09-03)

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)

Dinosaurs' unique bone structure key to carrying weight
A unique collaboration between paleontologists, mechanical engineers and biomedical engineers revealed that the trabecular bone structure of hadrosaurs and several other dinosaurs is uniquely capable of supporting large weights, and different than that of mammals and birds. (2020-08-20)

How misinformed vaccine beliefs affect policy views
As many as 20% of Americans hold negative views about vaccination. Such misinformed vaccine beliefs are by far the strongest driver of opposition to pro-vaccination public policies - more than political partisanship, education, religiosity or other sociodemographic factors, new research shows. (2020-08-20)

People who feel their lives are threatened are more likely to experience miracles
People who experience threats to their existence -- including economic and political instability -- are more likely to experience miracles, according to a Baylor University study. (2020-08-18)

USU mathematicians unravel a thread of string theory
Thomas Hill and Andreas Malmendier of Utah State University, and Adrian Clingher of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, explore a string duality between F-theory and heterotic string theory in eight dimensions in paper published in 'Letters in Mathematical Physics.' (2020-08-17)

COVID-19 a perfect storm for conspiracy theories
As COVID-19 spreads rapidly around the globe, the pandemic has given conspiracy groups a bigger platform than ever before. Researchers from QUT's Digital Media Research Centre in Australia have taken a deep dive into their world to trace wild rumours on Facebook claiming the coronavirus was caused by 5G technology. They found what was once being preached to the already converted was quickly fanned further afield by social media and celebrities spreading the message. (2020-08-05)

Scientists discover secret behind Earth's biodiversity hotspots
Researchers have discovered why the tropics and a handful of other areas across the globe have become the most biodiverse places on the planet. (2020-08-03)

Owe the IRS? No problem, some Americans say
A new study shows the surprising way that many American taxpayers adjust their standard of living when they owe money to the IRS versus when they receive tax refunds. Researchers found that when households received tax refunds, they immediately started spending that new money. But those same households didn't cut their spending in years when they owed taxes to the IRS. (2020-07-28)

Men are more likely than women to endorse COVID-19 conspiracy theories
A new study found men are more likely than women to endorse conspiracy theories connected to COVID-19. The study included a national survey that showed belief in these theories had more to do with gender than political affiliation. The research will help debunk potentially dangerous falsehoods regarding the pandemic and enhance public health practices. (2020-07-27)

Novel theory of climate dynamics: Three-pattern decomposition of global atmospheric circulation
Due to the lack of a complete theoretical system for climate prediction, the forecasting of drought and flood in summer of China has always been a major scientific problem for meteorologists. A recent study has made up for this very shortage and has offered new opportunities in improving the prediction accuracy of major climate events in China and even in the world. This work was published in SCIENCE CHINA: Earth Sciences. (2020-07-23)

Visual working memory is hierarchically structured
Researchers from HSE University and the University of California San Diego, Igor Utochkin and Timothy Brady, have found new evidence of hierarchical encoding of images in visual working memory. It turns out that the precision of remembering and recalling individual objects in a group is affected by ensemble representations--the mean and standard deviation of all objects in the group. The study has been published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. (2020-07-22)

Collectivism drives efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19
Research from the University of Kent has found that people who adopt a collectivist mindset are more likely to comply with social distancing and hygiene practices to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. People who are more individualist are less likely to engage, partly due to beliefs in COVID-19 conspiracy theories, and feelings of powerlessness surrounding the pandemic. (2020-06-29)

COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed unique worldwide wave of anti-semitism
The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University has published a special report, a summary of worldwide anti-Semitic phenomena associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-06-25)

How conspiracy theories emerge -- and how their storylines fall apart
A new study in the journal PLOS One, by UCLA professors of engineering and folklore, uses machine learning to visualize how unrelated facts and false information can connect into a narrative framework that would quickly fall apart if some of elements are taken out of the mix. One of the characteristics of a conspiracy theory narrative framework-- like what built up around Pizzagate online -- is that it is easily disconnected, they found. (2020-06-25)

Experimentally identifying effective theories in many-body systems
One goal of science is to find physical descriptions of nature by studying how basic system components interact with one another. For complex many-body systems, effective theories are frequently used to this end. They allow describing the interactions without having to observe a system on the smallest of scales. Physicists at Heidelberg University have developed a new method that makes it possible to identify such theories experimentally with the aid of quantum simulators. (2020-06-22)

UConn, Army Research lab collaborate on new portable, renewable energy technology
For decades, scientists have been experimenting with pyroelectric power, a method to generate energy from heat that would otherwise be wasted in a catalytic chemical reaction. The technology proposed in this publication is portable, has an extended lifetime, and can provide more power with less weight, which is important for soldiers. (2020-06-17)

CUNY SPH weekly COVID-19 survey update week 12 -- Vaccines
Slightly less than half (48%) of New Yorkers know how vaccines actually work, but those who do are about 7% more likely to say they will take a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available. Knowledge apart, however, 81% of those New Yorkers who have seen the symptoms of COVID-19 in their own households say they are likely to accept a vaccine. (2020-06-17)

From clickbait to transparency: Reimagining the online world
Behavioral science perspectives on an alternative Internet. (2020-06-15)

Fluid mechanics mystery solved
An environmental engineering professor has solved a decades-old mystery regarding the behavior of fluids, a field of study with widespread medical, industrial and environmental applications. (2020-06-10)

New Zealanders' attitudes changed after pandemic lockdown
In the first few weeks of the lockdown of New Zealand in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents reported a slight increase in mental distress but higher levels of confidence in the government, science and the police, as well as greater patriotism, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (2020-06-04)

Black holes? They are like a hologram
Spherical, smooth and simple according to the theory of relativity, or extremely complex and full of information as, according to quantum laws, Stephen Hawking used to say? There is no single answer on how to describe these mysterious cosmic objects. New research now proposes a surprising solution to the dilemma: black holes 'appear' as three dimensional, just like holograms. The study which demonstrates it, and which unites two discordant theories, is by SISSA, ICTP and INFN. (2020-06-03)

COVID-19, fake science, and conspiracy theories
What past scientific fraud is at the heart of some current anti-vaccine and anti-COVID-19 conspiracy theories? (2020-06-02)

Quantum simulators for gauge theories
To simulate in a laboratory what happens in particle accelerators has been an ambitious goal in the study of the fundamental forces of nature pursued by high-energy physicists for many years. Now, thanks to research conducted by the groups of statistical physics of SISSA - Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati and the ''Abdus Salam'' International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), that goal is closer to reach. (2020-05-26)

Researchers uncover the arks of genetic diversity in terrestrial mammals
Mapping the distribution of life on Earth, from genes to species to ecosystems, is essential in informing conservation policies and protecting biodiversity. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the University of Adelaide developed models based on long-standing evolutionary and ecological theories to explain and map genetic diversity globally, a basal, but up-to-now hidden dimension of biodiversity. (2020-05-22)

Next generation of soft robots inspired by a children's toy
Buckling, the sudden loss of structural stability, is usually the stuff of engineering nightmares. But, as anyone who has ever played with a toy popper knows, buckling also releases a lot of energy. When the structure of a popper buckles, the energy released by the instability sends the toy flying through the air. Harvard researchers have harnessed that energy and used buckling to their advantage to build a fast-moving, inflatable soft actuator. (2020-05-20)

COVID-19 and terrorism: Assessing the short and long-term impacts of terrorism
A new report authored by Pool Re and Cranfield University's Andrew Silke, Professor of Terrorism, Risk and Resilience, reveals how the COVID-19 pandemic is already having a significant impact on terrorism around the world. (2020-05-14)

New map reveals distrust in health expertise is winning hearts and minds online
Communities on Facebook that distrust establishment health guidance are more effective than government health agencies and other reliable health groups at reaching and engaging 'undecided' individuals, according to a study published today in the journal Nature. (2020-05-13)

Misleading information in 1 in 4 most viewed YouTube COVID-19 videos in English
More than one in four of the most viewed COVID-19 videos on YouTube in spoken English contains misleading or inaccurate information, reveals the first study of its kind, published online in BMJ Global Health. (2020-05-13)

Cultivating cooperation through kinship
Extensive cooperation among biologically unrelated individuals is uniquely human. It would be surprising if this uniqueness were not related to other uniquely human characteristics, yet current theories of human cooperation tend to ignore the human aspects of human behavior. This paper presents a theory of cooperation that draws on social, cultural, and psychological aspects of human uniqueness for which current theories have little or no explanation. (2020-04-30)

Researchers offer ways to address life under COVID-19
An international team of researchers has outlined ways to manage different facets of life under the spread of the COVID-19 virus, ranging from how we can combat racially driven bias and fake news to how we can increase cooperation and better manage stress. (2020-04-30)

New insight into bacterial structure to help fight against superbugs
Scientists from the University of Sheffield have produced the first high-resolution images of the structure of the cell wall of bacteria, in a study that could further understanding of antimicrobial resistance. (2020-04-29)

Conservative and social media usage associated with misinformation about COVID-19
A study based on a survey of more than 1,000 US adults examines the association between media consumption and misinformation about COVID-19. Conservative and social media use correlated with belief in conspiracy theories, including believing that some in the CDC were exaggerating the threat to damage Donald Trump's presidency. (2020-04-24)

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