Words of Praise For Microfilm, An Overlooked But Essential Library Tool

There are some great research-minded tumblrs out there — I highly recommend JSTOR's — the Muncie, Indiana Public Library is celebrating technology month in February. They asked their local history librarians what they thought the best technology was. They were big fans of microfilm. » 2/23/15 11:00pm 2/23/15 11:00pm

Canada's Highest Court Affirms The Right To Doctor-Assisted Suicide

In a historic decision, the Canadian Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that adults who are mentally competent and suffering intolerably and permanently have the right to seek a doctor's help in dying — and it doesn't matter if that suffering is physical or psychological. » 2/06/15 9:30am 2/06/15 9:30am

Russia May Slap Germany With A $4.5 Trillion Lawsuit For Nazi Atrocities

A workgroup is being set up by deputies of Russia's parliament to calculate the damage that Nazi Germany inflicted upon the Soviet Union during the Second World War. Initial estimates place the figure between $3.43 to $4.56 trillion dollars — but good luck getting Germany to pay. » 2/03/15 11:40am 2/03/15 11:40am

Obama's 2015 State Of The Union Address Peaked At A Grade 10 Level

Last night's State of the Union address by President Barack Obama was tailored around a tenth-grade comprehension level, which is actually higher than his previous speeches. » 1/21/15 6:30am 1/21/15 6:30am

Why The Dalai Lama Is Hinting That He Could Be The Very Last One

In a recent interview, the exiled leader of Tibetan Buddhism conceded that he may be the very last to hold the title. The reason, it would appear, has as much to do with metaphysics as it does with Chinese meddling. » 12/22/14 9:32am 12/22/14 9:32am

Pope Francis Says Dogs (Probably) Go To Heaven

Recently, when consoling a boy whose dog had died, Pope Francis publicly stated that "paradise is open to all of God's creatures." Despite the ambiguousness of the statement, many animal lovers and rights groups have interpreted it as a repudiation of Catholic theology stating animals don't have souls. » 12/12/14 9:20am 12/12/14 9:20am

How Millennials Stack Up To The Generations Before Them

Are Millennials really so different than the generations of young adults that came before them? Some data forensics reveals what has — and hasn't — actually changed about being a young adult in America. » 12/04/14 12:47pm 12/04/14 12:47pm

A new study suggests that Americans live in a "culture of miserliness." Why do Americans give away so little of their money and time, compared to people in other cultures? And is it making people in the U.S. more unhappy? The authors of an analysis of the study say it is. » 11/03/14 3:30pm 11/03/14 3:30pm

Is Influencing an Election "Political Science Malpractice"?

So here's an important question: How badly designed and how many obvious laws do you have to break in your study before you stop and re-design it? And is the resulting effect on elections malpractice? » 10/29/14 3:30am 10/29/14 3:30am

Why Are So Many People Living Underground in Beijing?

With a population of 23 million and growing, Beijing is dealing with a major housing shortage. That's why thousands of immigrants looking for affordable homes in the city are going underground — literally and figuratively. A thriving gray market exists for windowless apartments buried deep below the streets. » 10/10/14 4:30pm 10/10/14 4:30pm

Societies Where Women Outnumber Men Are Just As Violent

There's long been a common-sense idea — largely untested by science — that having a surplus of men in a society causes more violence. But now we have evidence that this isn't true. Societies where the population is dominated by women are just as violent as ones dominated by men. » 10/09/14 6:00pm 10/09/14 6:00pm

Maps of City Growth Over the Past Century Are Actually Shocking

It's one thing to know that cities are growing larger, and that over half the human population lives in a city. But when you see these maps charting the growth of megacities since the early 1900s ... well, it's stunning. It's especially incredible when you realize most cities exploded in size over the past 50 years. » 10/07/14 11:46am 10/07/14 11:46am

Pew Research Center invites you to take an online quiz to test how your knowledge of religion compares with the average American. Atheists and agnostics are among those with the highest scores. » 9/22/14 10:30am 9/22/14 10:30am

A Baby in Brazil Now Has Three Legal Parents

A judge this week granted two women and a man the right to claim legal parent status of a baby born in late August. All three parents have their name on the baby's birth certificate, thus laying claim to being the family in the world with three legally-recognized parents. But maybe they're not the last. » 9/18/14 3:47pm 9/18/14 3:47pm

Study Reveals that Harassers Prefer Facebook Over Other Networks

Preliminary results from a study of online harassment reveal that the most popular venue for harassment, stalking and other abuse is Facebook. And it's fairly common for online harassers to target their victims for over a year. » 9/18/14 1:01pm 9/18/14 1:01pm

The Greatest Advocates of Trade Aren't the Rich, But the Poor Countries

A Pew Research poll defies major economic models and social standards by finding that poorer countries were more likely to approve of trade than rich ones. Find out what the world is defying below. » 9/17/14 10:11pm 9/17/14 10:11pm

How The West Has Fallen Behind In The New Propaganda Wars

As Russian troops advance into Ukraine, and as ISIS forces ravage parts of the Middle East, the world is being forced to confront an uncomfortable fact: these belligerents aren't just winning battles on the ground, they're also winning over minds. Here's what propaganda looks like in the 21st century — and how the… » 9/04/14 11:00am 9/04/14 11:00am

What Happens When Scientists Study "Black Twitter"?

A study at USC sponsored by IBM will study "Black Twitter," trying to figure out what it means for people to form "neighborhoods" online. But has this study become a form of racial profiling, rather than just a sociological investigation? » 9/04/14 10:20am 9/04/14 10:20am

Here's What Happens When White People Move Into Your Neighborhood

We used to have white flight. Now, in city centers, we have something that one policy researcher calls white infill. So what happens when a bunch of white people start moving in? The changes are a lot more profound than getting a new Starbucks on the corner. » 8/28/14 2:44pm 8/28/14 2:44pm

Chinese Government Tries to Quell Unrest with an Animated Princess

Uighers are an ethnic minority in western China, largely Muslim, who have been protesting the Chinese government for its discriminatory policies against them over the past several years. Now the Chinese government hopes to appease the protesters with a bizarre princess story. » 8/27/14 4:11pm 8/27/14 4:11pm