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Louis A. Merlin, Ph.D., (standing) lead author and an assistant professor in FAU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, and collaborators, discovered that most studies of crash risk use ad-hoc and atheoretical models of the relationship between measures of the built environment, traffic collisions, and injuries — an issue that almost certainly contributes to the
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The researchers deposited a total of 800 stamped letters with two different addressees. Credit: Jens Hellmann More In discussions in Germany on immigrants, particularly eastern Germany is often associated with attacks on foreigners and hate crimes against refugees. Research data and surveys also indicate that prejudices against immigrants are often stronger in the east of
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Women and men have similar moral values, but men more strongly perceive their environment as a competition. Credit: Markus Breig, KIT More In competition situations, men invest more resources than women in reducing the performance of competitors. Men overestimate sabotage against them and respond accordingly, while women assess the sabotage efforts of competitors realistically, according
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More For decades, luxury retailers around the world have conveyed the message that cold temperatures are a sign of status with descriptions like “icy steel Swiss watches,” “cool silk scarves” and “icy bling.” But researchers have never studied whether people truly associate cold temperatures with status and luxury. To investigate whether
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Urgent action is needed to restrain greenhouse gas emissions and keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C. Credit: Mika Baumeiste/Unsplash, CC BY More Young climate strikers I spoke to recently are confused and distressed about the things adults are doing. It’s not just inaction during the worsening climate crisis that bothers them, but the increasingly bizarre
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More Millennials desperate to digitally disconnect are being hindered by the fear of missing out (FoMo), social influences and the increasing digitalisation of tourism services, new research reveals. The study, which was carried out by the University of Greenwich, the University of East Anglia (UEA), and the University of Westminster, looked
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Many people who choose to study social work do so because of certain lived experiences. Credit: shutterstock.com More Last year, I received a phone call from a prospective student. She wanted to know if our university would accept her into a Master of Social Work program. Another local university had just knocked her back. The
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In response to a wave of protests following a spate of brutal attacks on women, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has again committed himself to addressing this problem urgently. In a recent speech he emphasised the need for harsher sentences for the perpetrators of gender-based violence and femicide. He also announced an “emergency action plan”
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Unlike some creatures, humans can’t regenerate their limbs – but a new study suggests we do have a hidden ‘salamander-like’ ability to regrow cartilage in the body, a finding which could help treatment for joint injuries and even arthritis. Using mass spectrometry techniques on 18 specimens, researchers were able to identify a mechanism by which
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A coral rubblefield in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, severely damaged by illegal dynamite fishing. Credit: Tim Gordon More Scientists witnessing the destruction of the natural world must be supported and “allowed to cry”, researchers say. In a letter published in the journal Science, three leading researchers say it is “dangerously misguided” to assume scientists are dispassionate
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain More Give me your Christian, your female, your English-speaking with a good education? While not the words on the Statue of Liberty, these seem to be the kinds of refugees that the American public prefers—according to a new study by researchers at the University of California San Diego, the University of
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Dystopian vision. Credit: Jasper Savage/Channel 4 More Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale described the horror of the authoritarian regime of Gilead. In this theocracy, self-preservation was the best people could hope for, being powerless to kick against the system. But her sequel, The Testaments, raises the possibility that individuals, with suitable luck, bravery and
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Far from being an egalitarian melting pot of diverse opinions and worldviews, the Internet has grown to mirror the same social divisions that exist offline. The U.S. is fragmented into physically segregated communities with polarized idealogical differences. That is the conclusion of a new paper by the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) published in
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