How pigs and manure helped bring down East Germany

The author of a new book argues that pig farming and manure pollution played a significant role in the end of Communism in East Germany.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~13 min

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Does cognitive dissonance account for rising xenophobia?

Research finds that people "living near concentration camps... were more likely to conform to the beliefs system of the regime. And we think this was because of cognitive dissonance."

Amy McCaig-Rice University • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~4 min

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Why German parents are happier than 20 years ago

Social changes and more family-friendly policies have transformed German parents' roles. Those changes are for the best, researchers say.

U. Zurich • futurity
Oct. 8, 2019 ~4 min

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