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Politics - Media - 01.04.2024
An up-close look at pro-democracy conservatives
Report provides up-close look at pro-democracy conservatives In contrast to those who reject the results of the 2020 election, nearly a third of Republicans accept the results, trust institutions, and appreciate diverse political perspectives Pro-democracy conservatives appreciate diverse political ideas, value journalism, and trust institutions including elections, according to a new report that defines this quiet but potentially powerful movement.

Media - 26.03.2024
Do food and drink preferences influence migration flows?
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research used Facebook data to investigate the influence of cultural similarities on migration flows and found that cultural proximity plays as important a role in the choice of destination country as shared language and history. When people migrate, many factors play a role in their choice of destination: How well do you speak the new country's language?

Media - 11.03.2024
News reports that don’t report magnitude of scientific findings could mislead the public
Study: A Practical Significance Bias in Laypeople's Evaluation of Scientific Findings (DOI: 10. When media coverage doesn't include the numerical magnitude of a scientific study's effect, the risk of people having biases increases significantly, according to a new University of Michigan study. People may incorrectly assume that the findings are of greater importance and impact than they are without the numerical information from media outlets, researchers said.

Environment - Media - 19.02.2024
Research explains how depopulation was used to justify wind farms without taking the environment into account
Research explains how depopulation was used to justify wind farms without taking the environment into account
Jaume Pla and Javier Esparcia, researchers from the University of Valencia (UV), have analysed rural depopulation in the Valencian press between 1996 and 2022, and conclude that this factor or job creation has been subordinated to the construction of parks wind farms, often without paying enough attention to environmental issues.

Media - Social Sciences - 08.02.2024
Private television channels use the concept of MENA for unaccompanied minors more than public ones
Private television channels use the concept of MENA for unaccompanied minors more than public ones
A study by María Dolores Bañón, professor at the University of Valencia (UV), concludes that, in the television treatment of information, private channels use the treatment of MENA more than public ones to refer to unaccompanied foreign minors.

Media - Health - 18.01.2024
Young Spaniards trust science less than older people
Research by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) that analyses how Spaniards kept themselves informed during the COVID-19 pandemic and their

Media - 14.12.2023
Playful reading on paper helps understanding more than if it is done through digital media
Playful reading on paper helps understanding more than if it is done through digital media
A study by the Interdisciplinary Reading Research Structure (ERI) of the University of Valencia (UV) concludes that reading for leisure on paper helps comprehension more than if it is done with digital media. The work, published in the Review of Educational Research magazine, the most prestigious in educational policies, and in which more than 450,000 people have participated, also concludes that in primary and secondary schools reading should be encouraged, especially in printed format.

Media - Social Sciences - 01.12.2023
Hidden structure in networks like Twitter
New findings could help explain how social media content appears in our feeds Researchers at the University of Sydney have discovered new structural relationships in complex networks, such as X (formerly Twitter) and political blogs, that could help explain the digital flow of information. Their research published in the latest issue of the journal PNAS Nexus introduces a new method capable of identifying and classifying relationships in networks.

Astronomy / Space - Media - 28.11.2023
'tilted' planets even in pristine solar systems
’tilted’ planets even in pristine solar systems
Understanding that even planets in pristine solar systems have some orbital tilt puts Earth's solar system into a larger perspective, researchers say. Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with LinkedIn Share this with Email Scientists have long puzzled over why all of the planets in Earth's solar system have slightly slanted orbits around the sun.

Media - 02.11.2023
In online news, do mouse clicks speak louder than words?
Partisan media might deepen political polarization, but we should measure people's media habits more carefully before drawing conclusions, researchers say. In a polarized country, how much does the media influence people's political views? A new study co-authored by MIT scholars finds the answer depends on people's media preferences - and, crucially, how these preferences are measured.

Politics - Media - 06.10.2023
Interaction between debates in the Dutch House of Representatives and social media
What is the dynamic between political debate in the Dutch House of Representatives and reactions, commentary and framing on social media? Academics of the Utrecht University Faculty of Humanities and Data School, investigated this question. The researchers analysed data from various public sources: publicly accessible groups and accounts on X (previously Twitter) and Telegram where the Dutch language is used.

Media - 27.09.2023
Problem drinking linked to alcohol on social media
A University of Queensland study highlights a direct link between young people's exposure to alcohol-related social media content and problem drinking. The study led by PhD candidate Brandon (Hsu-Chen) Cheng from UQ's Australian National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research examined results from 30 international studies of more than 19,000 people aged 24 and younger.

Health - Media - 11.09.2023
How our number of sexual partners changes as we age
How our number of sexual partners changes as we age
A new study involving UCL that aims to inform mathematical models of sexually transmitted infections shows how the number of sexual partners we have changes as we age, with some surprising findings. A team from the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and King's College London surveyed more than 5,000 people aged 18 years and older during the 2022 mpox (previously known as "monkeypox") outbreak.

Media - 24.08.2023
Tuning the tension: Negative feedback could moderate extreme views on social media, per U-M research
"Downvotes” and "dislikes” from peers could moderate extreme rhetoric and mitigate echo chambers among social media users, according to new research from the University of Michigan. The study finds such "feedback can serve as the whip that regulates the polarization of opinions by encouraging users to moderate their tone.

Media - Social Sciences - 07.08.2023
Using social media to raise awareness of women’s resources
An experiment in Egypt suggests ways to spread information for women facing domestic violence. The Covid-19 pandemic created a global increase in domestic violence against women. Now, an MIT-led experiment designed with that fact in mind shows that some forms of social media can increase awareness among women about where to find resources and support for addressing domestic violence.

Media - 25.07.2023
International panel studying strategies to address social media misinformation
Researchers with the newly formed International Panel on the Information Environment (IPIE) have found scientific consensus that content labels and corrective information can help people identify and evaluate social media misinformation-but little consensus about strategies to mitigate its negative effects.

Social Sciences - Media - 20.07.2023
#BodyPositivity: More acceptance for different bodies
#BodyPositivity: More acceptance for different bodies
Social media play an important role in users' perception of the ideal body - often leading them in an unhealthy direction. Researchers at the University of Würzburg have investigated how this can be counteracted . How can social media contribute to a more diverse concept of body shapes and physical attractiveness? The answer is: body-positive content.

Media - 20.07.2023
Some people believe scientists threaten their group’s power, values
Increasingly divisive messages about science have led some people to see scientists as a group that is "for” or "against” their political or religious social groups, according to new research. This skepticism is happening despite scientists having diverse backgrounds, expertise and identities, said study co-author Ariel Hasell , assistant professor of communication and media at the University of Michigan.

Media - 11.07.2023
Reviewing evidence improves crowdworkers’ misinformation judgments, reduces partisan bias
Study: Searching for or reviewing evidence improves crowdworkers' misinformation judgments and reduces partisan bias People make better and less biased judgments about misinformation after searching the internet for corroborating evidence, according to a new University of Michigan study. If members of a large panel of people, described as lay raters or crowdworkers, each make independent judgments after conducting online searches, the research indicates they would make better judgments than a small panel of journalists.

Media - Politics - 07.06.2023
Next position Eastern Europe?
Next position Eastern Europe?
Researchers used Linkedin data to track where professionals want to move within the EU For professionals looking for a new job, Eastern European countries have not been very attractive so far. That's the finding of a study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, together with a Dutch colleague.
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