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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Feb. 2, 2016 — Conservation efforts are designed to restrict activities in protected areas, but the restrictions can have unintended consequences. A researcher examined the results of a multi-million dollar ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — The world remains perilously close to a nuclear disaster or catastrophic climate change that could devastate humanity, according to Stanford experts and California Governor Jerry Brown, who were on ... read more

UK's Political Center Ground Could Be Further to the Left Than Thought, Research Suggests

Jan. 14, 2016 — The center ground of British politics could be further to the left than we think, according to new research. For example, diehard Conservative supporters locate their party at 7.82 on the left-right ... read more

Government Instability Prompts Support for Lighter-Skinned Candidates

Jan. 11, 2016 — Government instability prompts both Black and White Americans to show a preference for lighter-skinned over darker-skinned political candidates, researchers have ... read more

We Trust in Those Who Believe in God, Study Finds

Jan. 5, 2016 — It's political season and there's one thing you're sure to hear a lot about from candidates vying for support -- religion. Talking directly or subtly about religion has become part of ... read more

Public Still Against Life in the Internet 'Fast Lanes', National US Survey Finds

Dec. 17, 2015 — As a federal court considers new rules on Internet service, a study shows most people still oppose Internet “fast lanes.” The study also shows Americans are reluctant to give the federal ... read more

Terrorism May Make Liberals Think Like Conservatives

Dec. 17, 2015 — Liberals' attitudes toward Muslims and immigrants became more like those of conservatives following the July 7, 2005 bombings in London, new research shows. Data from two nationally ... read more

People in States That Rely Heavily on Ballot Initiatives Are Happier

Dec. 10, 2015 — Ballot initiatives, those petition-driven public votes on contested issues, are often disparaged by liberals and conservatives alike for their avoidance of conventional representative democratic ... read more

New Survey on Americans' Views on the Influence of Campaign Donations on Political System

Dec. 8, 2015 — A majority of Americans believe that money influences decisions made by elected officials and favor full disclosure of the source of campaign donations, according to a new national survey. Despite ... read more

Study of Environmental Attitudes Finds Nine Distinct Segments of American Population

Dec. 7, 2015 — Americans' attitudes about environmental issues aren't simply polarized into pro- and anti-environment, but rather are spread across a diverse spectrum. A new study finds that attitudes ... read more

Climate-Change Foes Winning Public Opinion War

Dec. 2, 2015 — As world leaders meet this week and next at a historic climate change summit in Paris, a new study by environmental scientists suggests opponents of climate change appear to be winning the war of ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — A new study by political scientists shows for the first time the modern political trajectory of all 50 U.S. states, since 1936, by examining their laws in relation to nearly 150 policy ... read more

Not All Canadians Feeling the Heat of Climate Change

Nov. 30, 2015 — While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Paris hammering out the details of the global fight against climate change, a new study shows that Canadian attitudes are somewhat ambivalent. The ... read more

Past Performance Plays Minor Role in CEO Selection

Nov. 24, 2015 — An individual's past performance plays a minor role in headhunters' decisions concerning which candidates to put forward for CEO positions in major non-financial firms, according to new ... read more

Independent Panel of Global Experts Calls for Critical Reforms to Prevent Future Pandemics

Nov. 23, 2015 — A hard-hitting analysis of the global response to the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been issued by an independent group of 20 experts from around the ... read more

What Leads to the Local Adoption and Implementation of Recreational Marijuana Policies?

Nov. 17, 2015 — When states move to legalize marijuana, local governments are faced with enacting -- or in some cases restricting -- the policy change in their jurisdictions. Using Colorado as a case study, a new ... read more

Empathy Is Key to Political Persuasion, Shows New Research

Nov. 16, 2015 — It's not news that liberals and conservatives are lousy at winning each other over. But if they really care about making even modest in-roads with each other, they'll pay attention to ... read more

How Voters Would Accept Higher Gas Tax

Nov. 10, 2015 — Americans would be more likely to accept a gas tax increase if they knew the extra revenue would improve energy efficiency, repair roads and bridges or be refunded to taxpayers equally, indicates a ... read more

Polling Station Environments Matter: Physical Layout Can Impact the Voting Experience

Nov. 10, 2015 — Human factors/ergonomics researchers examined the relationship between U.S. voting system usability and the polling station environment because these systems are so diverse and little is understood ... read more

Sexism Rules in the Voting Booth Unless Voters Have More Information

Nov. 9, 2015 — Female candidates have to be more qualified than their male opponents to prevail in an election because many people don’t see women as leaders, according to research that reveals hidden bias that ... read more

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