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Social Sciences - 24.12.2018
New global migration estimates show rates proportionally steady since 1990, high rate of return migration
New global migration estimates show rates proportionally steady since 1990, high rate of return migration
On today's increasingly crowded globe, human migration can strain infrastructure and resources. Accurate data on migration flows could help governments plan for and respond to immigrants. Yet these figures, when available, tend to be spotty and error-ridden, even in the developed world. Researchers have developed approaches to estimate migration rates, but even the best of these rely on unrealistic assumptions about the mass movement of people and yield migration rates that can fall far below reality.

Social Sciences - 21.12.2018
Beauty and the grave: Sexism from Anglo-Saxon times
Beauty and the grave: Sexism from Anglo-Saxon times
Research shows how women in Anglo-Saxon England faced the same issue as many women today - age and beauty related sexism. Dr Christine Cave of the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology said her research suggested women of this era were typically valued for their youth and appearance, with their peak social status reached at around age 30.

Environment - Social Sciences - 19.12.2018
Gaming route leads to solid results
Gaming route leads to solid results
Should a wind farm be built in a particular region, or is the integrity of the landscape a more important consideration? How should the wastewater infrastructure be designed in the future? Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) is a recognised tool for weighing up such environmental questions, and an important stage of the methodology is to ascertain the preferences of those involved: What is important to them when making their decision? What g

Health - Social Sciences - 14.12.2018
Pension plan improving mental health in China
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Social Sciences - Health - 12.12.2018
University of Birmingham awards honorary degrees
Community screening for osteoporosis could prevent more than a quarter of hip fractures in older women, according to new research. A new study, published in The Lancet , has shown that a simple questionnaire, combined with bone mineral density measurements for some, would help identify those at risk of hip fracture.

Social Sciences - 04.12.2018
Social marketing campaigns can help threatened wildlife species recover
Social marketing campaigns can help threatened wildlife species recover
Encouraging people to change their behavior through social marketing campaigns can help the recovery of threatened wildlife populations. New research shows that social marketing campaigns play an important role in the recovery of wildlife species, offering evidence that can help conservationists design more cost-effective future campaigns.

Social Sciences - 28.11.2018
When a city feels good, people take more risks
What makes people take risks' Not stunt women or formula 1 drivers. Just ordinary people like you and me. Research published this week in PLOS ONE suggests that unexpected improvements in everyday life (sunshine after many days of rain or a win by a local sports team) are correlated with a change in a city's mood and an increased likelihood that it's citizens will do risky things like gamble.

Social Sciences - 23.11.2018
Brexit and Trump voters more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, survey study shows
Brexit and Trump voters more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, survey study shows
Latest research reveals the extent to which conspiracy theories have become "mainstream rather than marginal beliefs" across much of Europe and the US.

Veterinary - Social Sciences - 22.11.2018
Awareness of 22q
Awareness of 22q
Researchers at Cardiff University are working to understand a relatively common genetic condition that most people haven't heard of. The ECHO study, based at the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, aims to identify the challenges faced by people with 22q11. Deletion Syndrome (22q11.2DS), which is thought to be the second most common genetic condition behind Down's Syndrome.

Social Sciences - 22.11.2018
Photos make people believe: ANU study
Photos make people believe: ANU study
People are more likely to believe a true or false claim if it is paired with a photograph, a researcher from The Australian National University (ANU) has found. Dr Eryn Newman, from the ANU Research School of Psychology, has been finding out how people find truth in a fake-news era. In her research, Dr Newman has found that people make the decision to trust information if it has pictures to illustrate the ideas.

Health - Social Sciences - 21.11.2018
UCLA faculty voice: Neuroscientists identify low-tech fix to sleep-deprived teens
UCLA faculty voice: Neuroscientists identify low-tech fix to sleep-deprived teens
Opinion + Voices Psychology professor Adriana Galván says the right pillow can serve as a relatively inexpensive solution Adriana Galván Adriana Galván a professor of psychology at UCLA and holds the Jeffrey Wenzel Term Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience. She specializes in adolescent brain development.

Career - Social Sciences - 20.11.2018
Is Science In Trouble?
If there's a central tenet that unites all of the sciences, it's probably that scientists should approach discovery without bias and with a healthy dose of skepticism. The idea is that the best way to reach the truth is to allow the facts to lead where they will, even if it's not where you intended to go.

Social Sciences - 19.11.2018
Friendship among young people in Wales
Friendship among young people in Wales
A good sense of humour is the most valued quality in a friend, research of young people in Wales has found. A team of Cardiff University researchers based at the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) found that honesty and kindness were the next most valued traits.

Social Sciences - 12.11.2018
Volunteers needed to help understand and prevent suicide in autistic community
Researchers are looking for people to take part in a new study to better understand why autistic people may be more likely to take their own life, to help shape new ways to prevent future deaths by suicide. The three-year project is being led by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Coventry University , and the University of Cambridge and is the first study of its kind.

Social Sciences - 06.11.2018
Social care research gets up to £20 million boost from NIHR
Social care research in England is set to receive up to £20 million in new funding through the National Institute for Health Research, boosting research to improve adult social care across the country. The investment by the Department of Health and Social Care will fund the next five years of the NIHR School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR), of which researchers from the University of Bristol are members.

Social Sciences - Health - 06.11.2018
Children of the city: tackling violence in the 21st century
Children of the city: tackling violence in the 21st century
Up to one billion children worldwide are estimated to be victims of violence. Now, an intended study of 12,000 children in eight cities worldwide wants to discover what it really means to be a child of the city today - the adversities, the vulnerabilities, the resilience. By comparing a new generation from each city, we can build a scientific backbone for interventions to prevent violence against children Manuel Eisner It's 1960 and two boys are born into cities of different nations about to gain independence from the British.

Social Sciences - 05.11.2018
More Australians affected by gambling and for longer
On the eve of the Melbourne Cup, new research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found more Australians are experiencing gambling harm and suffering life and health hardships for much longer than previously known. In providing one of the first national snapshots of gambling harm in Australia, the Centre for Gambling Research (CGR) has identified more than 1.4 million Australians experiencing gambling harm - six times more than the generally accepted figure of around 200,000 people.

Social Sciences - 01.11.2018
Domestic violence is widely accepted in most developing countries
Societal acceptance of domestic violence against women is widespread in developing countries, with 36 per cent of people believing it is justified in certain situations. Using Demographic and Health Surveys conducted between 2005-2017, researchers at the University of Bristol analysed data from 1.17 million men and women in 49 lowand middle-income countries.

Social Sciences - 30.10.2018
Child welfare inequalities in the UK
Children in Northern Ireland are 80% less likely to be in foster or residential care than children in Wales, according to a study. Professor Jonathan Scourfield and Dr Martin Elliott from Cardiff University contributed to the UK-wide research that analysed the data of 36,000 children in contact with child protection services.

Social Sciences - Religions - 30.10.2018
AI systems shed light on root cause of religious conflict
Artificial intelligence can help us to better understand the causes of religious violence and to potentially control it, according to a new Oxford University collaboration. The study is one of the first to be published that uses psychologically realistic AI - as opposed to machine learning. The research published in The Journal for Artificial Societies and Social Stimulation , combines computer modelling and cognitive psychology to create an AI system able to mimic human religiosity.
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