There’s more to it than political beliefs.
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Social scientists investigate when and why liberals and conservatives mistrust science. The apparent split may be more about cultural and personal beliefs than feelings about science itself.
Of 1082 Indigenous specific.
programs identified in the report,
92% have never been evaluated to see if they are achieving their objectives.
A new report highlights how little we know about what works and what doesn't when it comes to publicly-funded Indigenous programs. It's a similar story in other policy areas – but we can do better.
Partially demolished houses in the Vila Autodromo favela, with the Olympic Park in the background.
An architect rides through the streets of Rio amidst a cacophony of drills and jackhammers. He wonders: Is it worth it? What will the legacy of all this construction be?
Lost in the fog? How the fraudsters got their morals.
Corporate wrongdoing is underpinned by a morality that many of us have voted for.
Open public spaces are good for mind and body – we shouldn't have to pay to use them.
High impact usage. Lightning strikes Toronto.
A place for everyone, and everyone in their place. A guide for how you can help build a sustainable energy future.
Lorde performs at the Austin City Limits music festival.
Wikimedia Commons/Ralph Aversen
Unlike museums and stadiums, weekend music and arts festivals can promote culture without gouging taxpayers.
Police tap into social media to do their job.
Government agencies are turning to social media as a new way to engage with their constituencies. Practitioners in the trenches are excited about the possibilities – while some academics are less so.
Jumping to conclusions. Does GDP mislead us?
Our feelings of self-worth and contentment are no longer the preserve of writers and artists. Science has made measurement of our well-being a viable alternative to the banalities of economic output.
A political police force?
Many of us will be able to vote for police chiefs next month, but has the system managed to soothe the concerns of its critics?
Sometimes science needs to look at the bigger picture in order to best influence public policy.
Science is about more than protons, genes and neurons. Sometimes a bigger picture can help us make better decisions when it comes to public policy.
Research shows that elevated rail, like this design for Moreland station, has many advantages.
Evelyn Hartojo, Melbourne School of Design
Elevated rail to remove level crossings, done properly, has many benefits – and the alternatives are more disruptive and costly. But announcing projects with little consultation is asking for trouble.
Feral cat with galah, mounted specimen.
Australia wants to kill off two million feral cats and momentum for similar plans is growing in the US. Is there a good case for killing or neutering outdoor cats to protect biodiversity?
Dover is taking more than its fair share.
How FOI requests revealed the massive burden on two local authorities, and how to end the damaging effects on children.
Common Core is being debated on social media on an unprecedented scale.
The #Commoncore Project.
Social media is being actively used in the public debate on Common Core, with an unprecedented 35,000 to 40,000 tweets each month.
Safe injection facilities (SIFs) offer clean syringes, bandages and antiseptics to drug users. SIFs reduce overdose deaths and limit the spread of disease.
Not only can they improve public health and decrease treatment costs, but they can also address one of the root causes of addiction: loneliness.
Diseases linked to smoking tobacco, a lack of exercise, drinking alcohol and eating unhealthily are on the rise, even though we have more information than ever before on the risks involved. All indications…
Having a ball: How politicians can make smiley happy people.
The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems – the problems of…
Taking the fight to Ebola.
European Commission DG ECHO
The Ebola crisis brings into sharp contrast the importance of appropriate regulation for trials of new drugs. The “gold standard” in clinical research is the randomised trial, but the reliance on one particular…
Subjecting job seekers to bogus personality tests, as the UK did, was a misuse of behavioural insights.
Do you consider yourself a rational person? For the most part, you probably are. If something hurts, you’ll stop doing it. If you like something, you’ll buy more of it, but you’ll rethink your decision…