Elections
Study uses physics to explain democratic elections  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
It may seem surprising, but theories and formulas derived from physics turn out to be useful tools for understanding the ways democratic elections work, including how these systems break down and how they could... more
Study uses physics to explain democratic elections  MIT · 4 days
U.S. elections have become more “unstable,” sometimes swinging in the opposite direction from the greater electorate’s preferences. more
German parliament votes against new system for organ donors  ABC NEWS · 1 week
German lawmakers have decided against tackling a shortage of donor organs with a reform that would have made most people potential donors unless they objected more
From election upsets to climate chaos, rolling the dice helps us appreciate the odds  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
"He [God] does not play dice," quipped Albert Einstein, but for mortals chance is part of life. We cannot experience,... more
Irish prime minister seeks new mandate in February election  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has sought a fresh mandate to govern Ireland more
Ireland on track for February general election  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The office of Ireland's president says Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will formally request the dissolution of parliament before a general election next month more
Vote on NJ bill to bar certain vaccine exemptions stalled  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Top New Jersey lawmakers say a bill to end most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren failed to get enough support and was not formally given a vote more
Vote on NJ bill to bar certain vaccine exemptions uncertain  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A lawmaker says the prospects of a vote on legislation to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren in New Jersey looks uncertain more
You're probably more susceptible to misinformation than you think  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Online misinformation works, or so it would seem. One of the more interesting statistics from the 2019 UK general election was that 88% of advertisements posted on social media by... more
Climate at mercy of politics in 2020, experts warn  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
2020 is the most crucial year yet for humanity's plan to dodge the bullet of catastrophic global warming, experts said Saturday, warning that the narrow path to safety was riddled... more
'She' goes missing from presidential language  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have found that although a significant percentage of the American public believed the winner of the November 2016 presidential election would be a woman, people rarely used the pronoun 'she' when referring to the next... more
Pretrial publicity hinders prosecutors' ability to prove guilt  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Media coverage is more likely to influence jurors to vote for acquittal than for conviction. This new finding challenges arguments that pretrial publicity is of greater concern to defendants due to their... more
'She' goes missing from presidential language  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Throughout most of 2016, a significant percentage of the American public believed that the winner of the November 2016 presidential election would be a woman—Hillary Clinton. more
“She” goes missing from presidential language  MIT · 2 weeks
Even when people believed Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election, they did not use “she” to refer to the next president. more
Report builds framework for 'digital political ethics' in 2020  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
With the 2020 elections looming and amid continuing concerns over social media's role in U.S. politics, four top universities have published a comprehensive new report recommending how candidates, tech platforms... more
Expert examines the models of political troll farms before they potentially target western democracies  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A new report published by the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence examines the four models of "fake news" factories... more
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