articles tagged: research
why tech billionaires can’t “disruptively” vote their way to digital immortality
# tech

why tech billionaires can’t “disruptively” vote their way to digital immortality

What happens when voters make decisions based on the belief that someday soon, scientists and engineers will turn them into immortal robots or web-enabled software?

why studies claiming that smartphone addiction is real don’t hold up
# science

why studies claiming that smartphone addiction is real don’t hold up

Far too many of us tend to accept the idea that smartphones are addictive and actively ruining the brains of heavy users. But studies into the idea find little to prove this notion.

researchers ask how to find happiness when you’re being tied up
# sex

researchers ask how to find happiness when you’re being tied up

A new study about BDSM practitioners confirms they’re generally happier with their sex lives and relationships. But there’s a twist. Not all of them are equally satisfied.

despite rampant internet fear mongering, artificial sweeteners are safe
# health

despite rampant internet fear mongering, artificial sweeteners are safe

Alt med cranks have been scaring millions about the supposed harm of artificial sweeteners. A systematic review of 13,000 studies shows they’re either lying or ignorant.

why putting science above politics today is a suicide pact
# science

why putting science above politics today is a suicide pact

If scientists don't get aggressively involved in policy and soon, there might not be much science left for them to do...

does tough love really subdue real world conspiracy theories?
# oddities

does tough love really subdue real world conspiracy theories?

A new experiment shows that ridicule as almost as effective as debunking when it comes to dissuading people from falling for conspiracy theories.

does evolution slack off in the bedroom?
# sex

does evolution slack off in the bedroom?

A widely covered study alleges that humans lost the penile bone and a certain measure of endurance in mating. But that finding seems to be at odds with other studies.

when academia is behind the real world
# tech

when academia is behind the real world

In most fields, bleeding edge research is conducted in academic labs, not corporate bullpens. In computer science, that's often not the case.

why it’s not what you quantify, but why
# science

why it’s not what you quantify, but why

Quantification and tracking gets people to do more of what you want them to do, but makes doing it a lot less fun.

what happens when you study a hot button problem
# sex

what happens when you study a hot button problem

AAU's survey of inappropriate sexual behavior did not go smoothly and its results raise a lot of questions about both their methodology and college culture.

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