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Golden Age of Newscasts is Now — on NPR

New research compares coverage of overseas news on Edward R. Murrow’s CBS and modern-day NPR, and finds public radio superior in numerous ways.

 

Fedflix Popularizes Uncle Sam’s Video Collection

Even with rocket ships and cuddly critters on the screen no one comes to federal movie night. But a privately run effort is flicking open the door to the movie trove.

 

Information Superhighway Just Vapid Transit?

Suggestions that the Internet is making mankind dumb (or smarter) founder on logical pitfalls and historical predecessors.

 

Sex Appeal, Exotic Setting Equal Satisfied Moviegoers

A new study of factors that contribute to a film’s popularity suggests the sex appeal of stars outweighs identification with the lead character.

 

It Turns Out There Is Accounting for Taste

New research finds people’s taste in entertainment remains remarkably consistent, regardless of whether they’re reading, watching or listening.

 

The Scientist and the Journalist Can Be Friends

Nancy Baron’s new book is an excellent guide for academic researchers on how to effectively communicate with the press, public and policymakers.

 

Across the Science Gap

A small sample of the overwhelming and varied response to a story on the labor market for scientists.

 

Battleground Cyberspace

A stealthy flash drive attack emphasizes that hackers are toying with cyber warfare between sovereign states.

 

World Press Photos in Focus

Ready for a close-up: The year in award-winning photojournalism presented by the World Press Photo Exhibition.

 

Get Plenty of Sleep Before Imitating Rock Gods

Paper reveals that players of a popular video game increase their performance when they’ve had a full night of rest.

 

‘A Film Unfinished’ Focuses on Nazi Documentary

“A Film Unfinished” shows the pains that Nazi documentarians took to ensure that their take on the “Jewish problem” came through.

 

Apparently Not a Journalistic Terrorist After All

After initially being denied an American visa due to journalistic ties to rebel fighters, Colombian journalist Hollman Morris is allowed entry into the U.S. to study at Harvard.

 

The Government, Google and Lady Gaga

In Googling “search” and “gross national product,” the government intervention homepage doesn’t show up — so far.

 

In Truth, ‘Lie to Me’ Breeds Misconceptions

New research suggests viewing the television drama ‘Lie to Me’ increases suspicion of others, but lessens one’s ability to detect lies.

 

Too Much Testosterone?

Our readers wonder whether the primary blame for warfare rests with one hormone.

 

‘House,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Violate Codes of Conduct?

Researchers analyzing episodes of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and Fox’s “House” determine the hospital dramas are “rife” with incidents that violate professional codes of conduct.

 

Sebastian Junger Brings AfPak to Big Screen

Author and now documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger brings AfPak to the big screen with polish and pathos in “Restrepo.”

 

Don’t Mistake the Messenger for the News Media

One observer suggests that efforts to rescue American journalism are generally more efforts to rescue American journalism companies.

 

Studies That Stretch to Infinity, and Beyond

As Pixar launches “Toy Story 3,” we look at research the innovative animation studio has inspired.

 

Counterinsurgency Training by ‘Virtual Human’

Using artificial intelligence and the graphics techniques behind “Avatar,” a USC institute creates “virtual humans” and interactive immersions that train American soldiers to win hearts and minds in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Video Games and Aggression: Context Matters

Assuming the role of a violent policeman in a video game softens one’s judgment of police brutality in real life.

 

The Changing Face of Network Television News

Network news anchors and correspondents are a far more diverse group than they were two decades ago.

 

The Right Notes

Letters to the Editor: From Beethoven to Zappa, new technology hasn’t been out of tune with beautiful music.

 

The Sociology of Avatar, The X Files and The Simpsons

Scouring “Avatar,” “The X Files” and, yes, even “The Simpsons” for sociological subtext.

 

Celebrating Earth Day with ‘DIRT! The Movie’

“DIRT! The Movie” links hope for the future with the earth beneath our feet. The documentary makes its national debut on PBS as an Earth Day special.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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