Christian nationalists, who believe God has chosen the U.S. as the promised land, succumb to "fear, misery, confusion and self-reproach," says one writer who investigated the Call 2 Fall movement.
"Scientists have questioned the assumption that a lack of exercise causes fatness in children. The study suggests that physical inactivity appears to be the result of fatness, instead of its cause."
We often treat our future selves they way we would treat others, preferring to help later than sooner, says Scientific American. Think of your future self and you'll save more money.
"We all know that real men don’t eat quiche," says Miller McCune. "New research suggests men opt for foods associated with a masculine identity — even if it means passing up something they prefer"
The online game Blizzard now makes its users submit their real first and last names in order to post comments. True/Slant asks if this is the end of Internet anonymity.
A little financial education can be a dangerous thing, says one MIT professor of management. It gives investors a false sense of confidence in a world where complexity rules.
“Hypocrisy is always a double edged sword; but in the case of anti-colonial struggles both sides of the blade cut the weaker party more deeply,” says history professor Mark LeVine.
Dual use technologies make it especially difficult for countries to negotiate agreements over the weaponization of space. The New Scientists asks what positive steps can be taken.
Robert Wright says that the Internet is scattering our brains, sacrificing individual coherence for a superorganism where people are but single cells of a greater, electronic being.
"Repeal of the estate tax imposes significant costs on the taxpaying public and promotes concentrations of wealth that harm our democracy," says a Boston College law professor.
A recent Supreme Court ruling that denies a Christian college organization access to campus facilities violates the First Amendment, says Dennis Byrne at the Chicago Tribune.
Historically a bedrock of U.S. foreign policy, Israel is losing support from outside and inside the U.S. because of its recent aggressiveness, says Jonathan Freedland for The Guardian.
"Feeling down? Having a stimulating conversation might help." Scientific American looks at a study suggesting that deep conversations are more satisfying that superficial ones.
Cases of human irrationality are manifold, but Wired Science has found a new one: Do the outcomes of local sporting events influence voters during political elections? Yes, two studies say.
After dogs, horses may be man's best friend, new research suggests. Based on their ability to understand subtle eye and body movements, horses can grasp human dispositions relatively well.