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 | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

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

Trash talk from a robot dings human performance

Even mild trash talk from a robot is enough to throw people off their game, research finds. It's a test of how people react when robots aren't cooperative.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon | Nov. 19, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology communication competition robots

What makes older people stick with fitness trackers?

Activity trackers can be a great motivator for older folks moving, but connection, rather than competition, is key for them to stick with it.

Kristen Parker-Michigan State | Nov. 19, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine competition exercise older-adults wearable-devices

New ecology theory describes ‘frenemy’ networks

"There's mounting evidence that different species pay attention to each other in the wild, especially if they share predators."

Andy Fell-UC Davis | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biodiversity competition ecosystems predators

Buzz about opponents throws us off our game

Lots of hype about your opponent, and their "status momentum," can affect how well you compete, research finds. Here's how to approach the mental game.

Samiha Khanna-Duke | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology competition sports

Sorry, Darwin, but bacteria don’t compete to survive

Bacteria buck Charles Darwin's theory of "survival of the fittest" and instead work together to lift up the weakest in their group to boost survival.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen | Oct. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria biofilms charles-darwin competition cooperation

To boost your daily steps, add a little competition

Want to boost your daily step count? A little competition may do more to achieve your goal than support or collaboration.

Frank Otto-Penn | Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine competition exercise motivation walking wearable-devices

Charter schools don’t always push publics to improve

Charter schools don't necessarily spark improvements in the larger district or system, research suggests.

Peter Iglinski-Rochester | Aug. 12, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture competition education

Family fights drive evolutionary ‘arms race’ in seeds

Conflict over the amount of resources an offspring receives from its parent may lead to speedy evolution.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | May 1, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology competition evolution plants seeds

Primate guys get to look snazzy or have big testicles

"In a nutshell, the showiest males have the smallest testes."

Beat Müller-U. Zurich | April 10, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology competition evolution mating sexes testicles

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