Declining trust in facts, institutions imposes real-world costs on US society, RAND report finds

Public Release: 16-Jan-2018   RAND Corporation Americans’ reliance on facts to discuss public issues has declined significantly in the past two decades, leading to political paralysis and collapse of civil discourse, according to a RAND Corporation report. This phenomenon, referred to as “Truth Decay,” is defined by increasing disagreement about facts, a blurring between opinion…

One in 5 materials chemistry papers may be wrong, study suggests

Public Release: 14-Dec-2017   Georgia Institute of Technology   Caption A new study that compared the results reported in thousands of papers published about the properties of metal organic framework (MOF) materials — which are prominent candidates for carbon dioxide adsorption and other separations — suggests the replicability problem should be a concern for materials…

Dark side of the moon: Motorcycle deaths linked to full moons

Public Release: 11-Dec-2017   Findings show how small distractions can have outsized effects Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs   PRINCETON, N.J.–Distracted drivers, like those who text behind the wheel, are a danger to themselves and to others. Even a brief, momentary glance away from the road can result in life-threatening…

Left-brained: Study suggests conservative Democrats don’t compute for liberal voters

Public Release: 13-Nov-2017   Progressives more likely to scrutinize inconsistency, new research finds University of Nebraska-Lincoln   Caption A new MRI study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln indicates self-identified liberals give more scrutiny to Democrats who deviate from the party line — and are more likely to evaluate them as “bad.” Credit: Craig Chandler|University Communication|University…

Sheep are able to recognize human faces from photographs

Public Release: 7-Nov-2017 University of Cambridge Sheep can be trained to recognise human faces from photographic portraits – and can even identify the picture of their handler without prior training – according to new research from scientists at the University of Cambridge. The study, published today in the journal Royal Society: Open Science, is part…