Animal stand-ins like the AIBO robot dogs are popular with elderly patients in nursing homes.
• October 29, 2012 • 12:28 PM
• October 29, 2012 • 12:28 PM
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December 22 • 1:00 PM
New research finds e-readers, like other light-emitting electronic devices, can disrupt normal sleep patterns.
December 22 • 12:25 PM
American cities often try to mimic their more economically successful counterparts. A new study suggests that it’s time to stop.
December 22 • 12:00 PM
Despite warnings about abuse, Medicare covered more prescriptions for potent controlled substances in 2012 than it did in 2011. The program’s top prescribers often have faced disciplinary action or criminal charges related to their medical practices.
December 22 • 10:00 AM
A pair of economists seek to reconcile two conflicting schools of thought in order to predict what sort of environments increase incentives for labor coercion.
December 22 • 8:00 AM
The presence or absence of suitable receptacles for bags is not the whole picture.
December 22 • 6:00 AM
Is there something to the idea that a politician who no longer faces re-election is free to pursue new policy solutions without needing to kowtow to special interests?
December 19 • 4:00 PM
This valuable, newly updated resource for parents is based in the real world.
December 19 • 12:00 PM
Using our knowledge of social systems, all social scientists—black or white, race scholar or not—have an opportunity to challenge white privilege.
December 19 • 10:17 AM
By not taking university press officers and research press releases seriously, scientists are often complicit in the media falsehoods they so often deride.
December 19 • 10:00 AM
How has Ghana stayed Ebola-free despite being at high risk for infection? A look at their American-style Pentecostalism, a religion that threatens to do more harm than good.
December 19 • 8:00 AM
A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.
December 19 • 6:12 AM
But all that solo Call of Duty has.
December 19 • 4:00 AM
New research finds participation in the federal WIC program, which subsidizes healthy foods for young children, is linked with stronger cognitive development and higher test scores.
December 18 • 4:00 PM
Saying “no” to my kids was harder than saying “no” to alcohol. But for their sake and mine, I had to learn to put myself first sometimes.
December 18 • 2:00 PM
Because our interest in realism apparently only goes so far.
December 18 • 12:00 PM
Paul Hiebert talks to psychologist Barry Schwartz about how modern trends—social media, FOMO, customer review sites—fit in with arguments he made a decade ago in his highly influential book, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less.
December 18 • 10:00 AM
Wrestling with thetans, attempting to unlock a memory bank, and a personality test seemingly aimed at people with depression. This is Scientology’s “dissemination drill” for potential new members.
December 18 • 8:00 AM
Black men are stereotyped as violent, while black women are rendered invisible. Here’s why the gendering of black lives matters.
December 18 • 7:06 AM
New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.
December 18 • 6:00 AM
Vanderbilt University’s Jonathan Metzl and Kenneth MacLeish address our anxieties and correct our assumptions.
December 18 • 4:00 AM
A new study finds a link between watching films featuring reckless driving and engaging in similar behavior years later.
December 17 • 4:00 PM
People tend not to hear about the prison drug dealing operations that succeed. Substance.com asks a veteran of the game to explain his system.