Will COVID-19 spur new robot ‘friends’ and helpers?

Socially assistive robots interact with people and can do chores, help in health care, and offer emotional support. Will the pandemic make them catch on?

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 robots science-and-technology society-and-culture

Demolishing abandoned houses may nudge neighbors to spruce up

Demolishing abandoned houses may help whole neighborhoods by getting people to do a better job maintaining their own properties, a new study shows.

Chelsea Davis-Iowa State • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cities money housing society-and-culture neighborhoods

6 in 10 likely voters support voting by mail

A new survey finds that 66% of likely voters support voting by mail for all Americans for the November election and just 22% oppose that idea.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 united-states featured society-and-culture elections voters

Social media users are more likely to believe bunk COVID facts

People who get most of their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19, a new study shows.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 internet journalism society-and-culture health-and-medicine

Silent stadiums change sports for fans at home

The regular sounds of sports will be missing when they return after COVID-19 hiatuses. How will silence or artificial crowds change the game for viewers?

Jason Maderer-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sports science-and-technology society-and-culture sounds noise

Grief tweets about Mars rover sound very ‘human’

New research examines how people articulate their sadness when a robot "dies," such as NASA's Opportunity rover.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media robots death emotions science-and-technology society-and-culture

Pandemics have sparked anti-Asian hate crimes before

The US has a long history of anti-Asian hate crimes and "othering," say researchers, including the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese internment camps, and other events.

Chelsea Davis-Iowa State • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: history immigration bias united-states racism society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity pandemics

Almost 50% of teens report stalking or harassment by partner

Two forms of abuse, stalking and harassment, are surprisingly common in teen relationships, according to new research.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: teenagers abuse relationships society-and-culture health-and-medicine

FDA and consumers might go for ‘cell-based seafood’ label

New research identifies a possible terms for food made from the cells of fish or shellfish, rather than whole animals: cell-based seafood.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability food fish marketing meat consumers society-and-culture earth-and-environment

Education’s tie to income gap goes back 100 years

"...longstanding worries about income inequality and its relationship to college opportunity are warranted."

Amy McCaig-Rice University • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: education jobs money featured society-and-culture

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