Gun show suicide prevention chats get owners to lock guns up

Talking with people at gun shows about suicide prevention and the risks of unsecured firearms can nudge them to lock up their weapons, a new study shows.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
yesterday ~9 min

Tags: suicide united-states safety society-and-culture guns

Mask vs. muzzle: Even words are now polarized

Americans are essentially speaking separate, polarized languages, an analysis of words in cable news video comments indicates.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence politics journalism television united-states society-and-culture rhetoric languages

Brain scans show partisan response to key words

Brain scans of liberals and conservatives indicate "a neural basis to partisan biases, and some language especially drives polarization."

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: politics immigration brains bias united-states society-and-culture rhetoric

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

Tags: covid-19 religion mobile-devices featured society-and-culture social-lives

What’s behind evangelical support for Trump?

How does religion factor into the presidential election for evangelical voters? An expert digs into faith and politics in the US.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
Oct. 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: politics religion society-and-culture identity elections

STEM TV for kids leaves out women, Latinx characters

Characters in children's television shows can shape kids' opinions and preferences, but STEM programming largely leave Latinx and female characters out.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Oct. 19, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: gender television stem society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity

6 tips for a safe Halloween this year

Is trick-or-treating okay this year? Can you safely leave candy out for any costumed kids? Experts break down what's safe for your Halloween.

Lisa Intrabartola-Rutgers • futurity
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 food halloween childrens-health featured society-and-culture

Elections are odd in 2020. Political scientists explain

Elections are strange in 2020. Political scientists offer guidance on conspiracy theories, democratic backsliding, and voting by mail.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Oct. 19, 2020 ~14 min

Tags: united-states democracy featured society-and-culture elections voters race-and-ethnicity

Wives try to earn less? Not according to the data

A closer look at the data says no, women don't sabotage their own earnings to align with the "male breadwinner norm."

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: economics gender jobs money relationships stereotypes society-and-culture

Fewer young adults drink than 20 years ago

While the number of college-age young adults drinking has fallen, the number using marijuana, or both marijuana and alcohol, is up, researchers say.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: alcohol marijuana united-states society-and-culture health-and-medicine college-students trends substance-abuse

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