Social Sciences

  • Cosmos Pi-ku 2021 competition

    It’s Pi Approximation Day already? Really? We need to do a little judge whippin’…

    Only occasionally does a journalist get to write a ‘gosh, sorry’ story and have a genuinely reasonable hope of gettin...

    News July 22, 2021
  • Pill testing not a drug use driver

    People say they’re not more likely to take ecstasy if they can get it tested.

    New research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has found that access to pill testing would not give people an incenti...

    Social Sciences March 9, 2021
  • Research

    Why are reports of sexual assault delayed?

    Machine learning reveals trends in under-reporting of sexual assault.

    Reporting sexual assault is a very sensitive and nuanced matter, and identifying at-risk groups may illuminate areas ...

    Social Sciences February 16, 2021
  • Raising the dead

    Planning a séance? Read this first.

    Research into spiritualism – a belief system based on the idea that human souls endure beyond death and communicate w...

    Social Sciences January 20, 2021
  • You may have missed…

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Big, BIG night sky mapAn international research collaboration has just released a map of more than 690 million ce...

    Astrophysics January 18, 2021
  • Football shock! Referees turn out to be clever people

    Study finds soccer officials look at the big picture rather than the details. Andrew Patterson re...

    From the grandest stadia to the shabbiest park pitches, the job of soccer referees is a difficult and often thankless...

    Social Sciences September 30, 2018
  • You are what you meat

    Two studies find links between social status, psychological make-up, and food choices. Andrew Mas...

    Personality and social status are more influential than hunger or nutrition when it comes to eating meat, two studies...

    Social Sciences September 11, 2018
  • Even scientists jump to conclusions – and that’s a problem

    The latest in a raft of experiments suggests a predicted “train wreck” in social sciences is unde...

    “Fully rational man is a mythical hero,” wrote the late German economist Reinhard Selten, not long after he snared th...

    Social Sciences September 5, 2018
  • Group loyalty is inherent, not learned

    The simple status of belonging is enough to trigger defence and aggression. Andrew Patterson repo...

    Today’s fractious social climate is painted by the collective mainstream media as snowflakes to the left of you, extr...

    Social Sciences August 15, 2018
  • Dateless and dreaming

    People on online romance sites try to punch above their weight.

    People searching for love using a popular online dating website tend to target potential mates who are more desirable...

    Social Sciences August 8, 2018
  • Extremism and curdled milk are more similar than you might imagine

    Physicists find that internet hate groups can be described using a theory that predicts the forma...

    The same theory that explains milk going off can be used to model the rise of extremism and hate on the internet, phy...

    Social Sciences July 30, 2018
  • Science alone can’t save us, say scientists

    Researchers find that understanding human behaviour is the key to using science to solve real-wor...

    Physical scientists need the social sciences if they’re going to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, accordin...

    Social Sciences July 25, 2018
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