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February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others: New Study Shows Some Animal Welfare Issues Get More Media

Feb. 8, 2017 — Researchers have published the first review of how wild animal welfare is reported in the UK media. The research suggests that an animal welfare issue is more likely to attract media coverage if it ... read more

Media Research: For Readers, Print Has Priority

Feb. 8, 2017 — Readers of newspapers prefer ... paper. In relation to the time they devote to their favorite papers, the digital editions play only a marginal role, according to a recent study of British ... read more

Who Needs a Flu Shot? Not Me

Feb. 8, 2017 — What impact do public health messages actually have on us? Are we going to race out and get our flu shot? According to a communication researcher, probably not. And it's not because we think ... read more

Restrictions to Clothing and Freedom Clash

Feb. 7, 2017 — When governments tell their citizens what they can and cannot wear, they are sending a signal about their own lack of confidence, outlines a new ... read more

Psychology Explains How to Win an Oscar

Feb. 5, 2017 — If you want to win an Oscar it is best to be an American actor in a film that portrays American ... read more

Where Are the EU Twitter Communities?

Feb. 1, 2017 — Governments and politicians have attempted to exploit social media for their own ends. However, a study now reveals that governmental Twitter accounts across the European Union have almost totally ... read more

Shootings in US Schools are Linked to Increased Unemployment

Jan. 30, 2017 — Economic insecurity is related to the rate of gun violence at K-12 and postsecondary schools in the United States, new research has found. When it becomes more difficult for people coming out of ... read more

Jan. 26, 2017 — In a preliminary study, engineers found that as subway use swells during events that draw big crowds, so too does the number of tweets at these events. The results suggest that data from Twitter, and ... read more

How Does Noise During Games Affect Players and Fans?

Jan. 24, 2017 — One expert focuses his studies on noise at football games, and a new report outlines what he has ... read more

Your (Social Media) Votes Matter

Jan. 24, 2017 — Two large-scale experiments were conducted on Reddit and the results provide insight into how a single up/down vote can influence what content users see on the ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — A study of viewing audiences shows that the television programs most effective at imparting an educational message about social behaviors are the ones that keep people watching engaged and coming ... read more

European Soccer Increasingly Popular in the USA

Jan. 17, 2017 — European professional soccer has a growing fan base also in the USA. Among the most popular clubs in the USA are the two English clubs Manchester United and Chelsea FC as well as the two Spanish ... read more

Smoking Related Imagery Absent from Only One James Bond Movie to Date

Jan. 16, 2017 — Smoking related imagery is conspicuous by its absence from only one Bond movie since 007 first graced cinema screens in 1962, finds a new ... read more

Criminology Study Links NFL Players' Misbehavior On, Off Field

Jan. 10, 2017 — New research has found NFL players who drew the most penalties also had more criminal arrests than their ... read more

What Did Big Data Find When It Analysed 150 Years of British History?

Jan. 9, 2017 — What could be learned about the world if you could read the news from over 100 local newspapers for a period of 150 years? This is what a team of Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers have done, ... read more

Women as Decorative Accessories: Keep Silent or Take a Stance?

Jan. 4, 2017 — How do Italian women react once they are made aware that using bikini-clad models draped over sports cars or scantily dressed actresses on television actually degrades and objectifies the female sex ... read more

Corporal Punishment Viewed as More Acceptable and Effective When Referred to as Spanking

Jan. 4, 2017 — Corporal punishment is viewed as more acceptable and effective when called spanking, according to a new study. Parents and nonparents alike judged identical acts of a child's misbehavior and the ... read more

Gun Violence Research Dramatically Underfunded, Understudied Compared to Other Leading Causes of Death

Jan. 3, 2017 — Funding and publication of gun violence research are disproportionately low compared to other leading causes of death in the United States, according to new ... read more

A Social Reboot for Illegal Downloaders

Jan. 3, 2017 — Unauthorized downloading of digital goods, including copyright music, videos, computer games, and images has become an increasing problem for content providers and those who hold the copyright on ... read more

Dec. 21, 2016 — The Observatory on Social Media at Indiana University has launched a powerful new tool in the fight against fake news. The tool, called Hoaxy, visualizes how claims in the news -- and fact checks of ... read more

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