While a new study finds broad support in the US for pro-vaccine public policy, it also shows that misinformed beliefs are the biggest driver of opposition.
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People who're more certain about one opinion are more likely to be steadfast in other opinions, too, researchers say. Even opinions they haven't formed yet.
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Hagia Sophia has been a cathedral, a mosque, a museum, and now again a mosque. But past conquests don't fully explain its legacy, a historian says.
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Even when you know the placebo treatment isn't "real," believing it will make you feel better can ease emotional distress, a new study shows.
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When you ask Americans what the word 'science' brings to mind, a majority respond 'hope.' Using this built-in brand can help communicate important science messages.
July 23, 2020 • ~8 min
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Political polarization is starting to work like an oil spill, according to a new study. Otherwise neutral things, like football or lattes, take on a political valence.
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Political donors like candidates who stick with their party's positions, researchers find. Voters also tend to steer clear of candidates with extreme views.
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People gender robots, but it doesn't affect how we view their competence at different tasks, new research finds. We just think they're bad at most jobs.
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A new survey of experts and average Americans shows a decline in perceptions of the health of US democracy around the time of President Trump's impeachment.
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