We need hard science, not software, to power our post-pandemic recovery

The Fourth Industrial Revolution failed to deliver; it's time that we put our faith once again in hard science.

Wim Naudé, Professor of Economics, University College Cork • conversation
today ~8 min

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Connections to Trump paid off for companies

Companies with connections to President Trump experienced some better business and less regulation, new research finds.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~4 min

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What will convince people to get COVID-19 vaccines?

The best way to convince people to get COVID-19 vaccines may be communication rooted in consumer behavior, researchers say.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Jan. 8, 2021 ~6 min

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Research labs score perfect COVID safety records

Six months after reopening, Harvard’s labs report an unblemished safety record, important contributions to the state’s economy, and an array of scientific findings, albeit with the requisite frustration of operating during a pandemic.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Dec. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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To boost emissions reductions from electric vehicles, know when to charge

MIT researchers develop novel EV emissions model to quantify importance of vehicle charging patterns and impact of ambient temperature on EV emissions levels.

Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Dec. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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To put focus on inequality, talk disadvantages

To get Americans to care about economic inequality, research suggests focusing on the disadvantages of having less, rather than the perks of having more.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~4 min

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Can mammogram screening be more effective?

Study: Healthier women are more likely to follow age-based guidelines, leaving room for better-targeted testing.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 17, 2020 ~9 min

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A better kind of cybersecurity strategy

New model shows why countries that retaliate too much against online attacks make things worse for themselves.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Infant health inequality has been rising since 2010

Between 1989 and 2010, infant health inequality gradually lessened. New research documents the opposite trend since then.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~11 min

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When playing favorites can hurt growth

Study finds China’s industrial-park policy is better for productivity when political connections are not a factor.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 7, 2020 ~7 min

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