Secret voting should be mandatory, book argues

The authors of a new book argue the rise of ways to make voting more convenient can undermine the privacy of the ballot. They say secret ballots are a must.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~12 min

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Quarantines and other non-medical tactics cut COVID deaths

Non-pharmaceutical interventions can reduce the peak number of COVID infections, daily infection rates, cumulative infections, and overall deaths.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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Chimps focus on positive relationships in old age

Just like people, chimpanzees seek out and value companionship in increasingly positive ways as they grow older, a new study shows.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~4 min

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Stress shows up in your spit after work interruptions

Lots of interruptions at work can raise the level of stress hormones our bodies produce, researchers report. But not all interupptions are the same.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

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Religious life was converting to tech before COVID

The pandemic has made livestreamed worship services the new normal, but research finds an existing and growing role for technology in religious life.

Eric Ferreri-Duke • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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Ideas from others may prevent ‘fixation’ on your first solutions

When solving problems, we tend to rely on things that have worked in the past, which psycholgists call "fixation." Other ideas may get you out of the rut.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~5 min

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Social sameness can raise or lower suicide risk

The relationship between social sameness and individual suicide risk is complex, new research indicates.

April Toler-Indiana • futurity
Oct. 6, 2020 ~5 min

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More popular teens report fewer signs of depression later

Teens with more friends may be less likely to face depression later in their lives, researchers report. The finding is particularly true for women.

Michigan State • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~5 min

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Family experience shapes diabetes management

Watching a family member or neighbor go through type 2 diabetes shapes the way people with diabetes manage their condition, a new study finds.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~5 min

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Male baboons with female pals live longer

Having a female bestie gives male baboons a better chance of survival, a new study shows.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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