Why Our Brains See the World as “Us” Versus “Them”

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Anti-immigrant policies, race-related demonstrations, Title IX disputes, affirmative action court cases, same-sex marriage litigation. These issues are continually in the headlines. But even thoughtful articles on these subjects More...

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By SLPundit On Friday, June 22nd, 2018
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How to Fix Recommendation Bias and Evaluation Inflation

Recommendation letters are essential to landing a career in research or higher education. Like most people though, recommenders and hiring committees have biases—often unintentional—which can put More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, June 21st, 2018
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The Healthy Addiction? Coffee Study Finds More Health Benefits

It’s enough to make a tea drinker buy an espresso machine. In a new study scientists in Germany report they were able to modify a common age-related defect in the hearts of mice with doses of caffeine equivalent More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, June 21st, 2018
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Scientists Pinpoint Brain Region That May Be Center of Alcohol Addiction

You can lead a lab rat to sugar water, but you can’t make him drink—especially if there’s booze around. New research published Thursday in Science may offer insights into why some humans who More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, June 21st, 2018
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Massive Dust Storm Engulfs Mars

On Mars, the sky is dust. A massive dust storm on Mars that covered one-fourth of the planet just a week ago has grown into a global weather event, NASA officials said Wednesday (June 20). The dust More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, June 21st, 2018
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Introducing the National Science Policy Network

Leaders of the scientific community have criticized the myopic actions of this administration to stifle the voice and input of scientific knowledge. For example, President Trump has yet to nominate a scientific More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
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Separating Families May Cause Lifelong Health Damage

The presidents of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issued a statement Wednesday advocating for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to stop separating migrant families. The statement More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
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End the War on Weed

Editor’s Note (06/20/18): Scientific American is re-posting the following article, originally published May 1, 2018, in light of Canada’s Senate passing legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. Cannabis—marijuana—is More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
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Adapting to Climate Change Will Take More than Just Sea Walls and Levees

I started to care about climate change on a warm October night in 2015. I’d been studying the Earth and its climate for years, and my work sometimes gave me a vague sense of unease. But it felt abstract, More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
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Why We Procrastinate and 5 Ways to Stop

Procrastination isn’t just universal among humans; the entire universe procrastinates: Newton’s First Law of Motion says a body at rest will stay at rest unless compelled to change state. But More...