A new study finds that context determines whether women are more or less likely to succumb to bribery. Commentator Tania Lombrozo looks at the research and wonders what it says about a Mexican experiment aiming to reduce corruption among traffic cops.
Science and Society
As I venture into new fields (like thinking about physics and cities) I become more astonished at Big Data's capacity for revolutionizing the way human beings organize themselves for better or for worse.
Human-machine integration looms on the horizon, with a promise to redefine who we are as people. Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is an apostle of the coming Singularity, a time when it is envisioned that technology will advance to the point that life is redefined as something other than what we know and experience today.
What does one vote matter, your vote? Clearly the election is not going to turn on your individual action. So where does the motivation come from to get up out of your chair and head to the polling station? Commentator Tania Lombrozo digs into the psychology of our decision to vote, or not.
Responding to a published profile of girls ages 12 and 10 who run long distances, commentator Barbara J. King considers the costs and benefits to children of intense participation in athletics. In an age when childhood obesity is a serious issue, can we help our kids find a right balance?
Americans haven't been scared of climate change. At least not until Sandy. How will fear make itself felt as we move forward, seek solutions, and raise our children? Commentator Alva Noë asks if this is a turning point for the United States.
This year, Americans saw a strangely warm winter, a ridiculously hot summer and extreme drought conditions. As Hurricane Sandy advances on the East Coast, folks may be wondering if climate change has come to pass. Let's see what science can tell us.
Can those of us caught in the red-blue divide learn something from political animals? At the 30-year anniversary of primatologist Frans de Waal's Chimpanzee Politics, commentator Barbara J. King looks back at the book and applies its messages to the current election season.
There are lots of lines of evidence telling us our current model for cities is unsustainable. Does that mean cities themselves are the problem and we should all move back to the farm?
The vast web of geometries traced out in light shows you cities as a kind of infestation. They're like living networks spreading across the planet.
Commentator Adam Frank argues that the bottom line on climate change is going to be our own economic bottom line. He says the economy will be the first place we are forced to really wake up to the true impact of climate change on our way of life.
The rise of Big Data means we live in a society that is being monitored on both the individual and collective level in new and truly unimaginable ways.
Scientists and officials from Gibraltar are backing an idea to construct a Neanderthal-themed park.