The urge to punish is not only about revenge – unfairness can unleash it, too

Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.

Paul Deutchman, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Boston College • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: morality psychology inequality competition motivation behavioral-economics evolutionary-psychology psychology-research fairness morals punishment justice deterrence stealing moral-outrage theft inequity social-inequity

As college esports grow, women are left out

With colleges expanding competitive gaming, also known as esports, a new study looks at how women are being left out of the top tier.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: gender competition gaming society-and-culture college-students

Zebra and other grazers share more when lions are near

Grazers like zebra and wildebeest in the African Serengeti are more likely to share space and food with each other if lions hang out nearby.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Aug. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: food competition science-and-technology predators

Nature and nurture both contribute to gender inequality in leadership – but that doesn't mean patriarchy is forever

Recognizing the influence of evolution on behavior and gender norms suggests ways to reduce gender inequality in leadership in the real world.

Christopher von Rueden, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: anthropology gender gender-inequality leadership human-evolutionary-biology social-norms competition gender-roles evolutionary-biology competitiveness patriarchy gender-norms womens-leadership

Third annual Science Slam becomes first virtual Research Slam

Nine biology alumni had just three minutes and one slide to awe the audience and judges.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
May 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry biology research school-of-science alumniae special-events-and-guest-speakers academic-contests-and-competitions

Brothers deploy COVID-19 screening tool for refugee populations

Brothers Hassaan Ebrahim, a student at Harvard Kennedy School, and Senan, a third-year Harvard Medical School student, founded Hikma Health, a nonprofit that builds software for organizations providing health care to refugee populations.

Alex Parks • harvard
May 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus health-medicine harvard-business-school-new-venture-competition-in-2019 hassaan-ebrahim hikma-health senan-ebrahim

Bacteria used CRISPR way before humans did

"We humans have only recently begun to exploit nature's CRISPR-Cas systems, but as it turns out, we are not the first."

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: bacteria antibiotics drug-resistance genetic-engineering competition parasites science-and-technology immune-systems

It's OK to feed wild birds – here are some tips for doing it the right way

Millions of Americans feed wild birds, especially in winter and spring. Studies show that this can influence birds' health and behavior in surprising ways.

Julian Avery, Assistant Research Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
March 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  biodiversity  birds  ecology  citizen-science  wildlife  wildlife-conservation  ornithology  competition  bird-feeding  wildlife-biology

Competition and predators may not make species adapt, after all

Competition between species and predation aren't the drivers behind adaptation that scientists might've thought, new research indicates.

McGill University • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: evolution competition science-and-technology predators

Are big tech monopolies ruining American capitalism?

Listen to this podcast to hear an economist explain how big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon are threatening capitalism.

U. Chicago • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: business economics google facebook united-states competition featured society-and-culture

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