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Muslim women hold signs to express opposition to hate crimes and rhetoric. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Explaining the rise in hate crimes against Muslims in the US

FBI data show that in 2015 anti-Muslim hate crimes spiked to the highest level since 2001. A scholar finds political rhetoric correlates to both sharp increases and decreases in hate crime.
The Supreme Court ruling of Brown v. Board of Education to desegregate U.S. public schools sparked protests across the country. This one took place in Louisville, Kentucky, 1956. AP Photo

Why schools still can’t put segregation behind them

A mostly white community in Alabama is being allowed to secede from its mostly black school district. Parents are claiming school quality is at stake, but is it really just segregation in disguise?
Two people dress up as Gaydar bots during San Francisco’s 2014 gay pride parade. Scott Schiller/flickr

Debunking the ‘gaydar’ myth

The idea of gaydar, the ability to discern who's gay and who isn't, promotes stereotypes. And research purporting to prove its existence is flawed.
People are sometimes very willing to blatantly deny others’ humanity. Wikimedia Commons

Trump and the cycle of dehumanisation

American psychologists Nour Kteily and Emile Bruneaushow how some politicians appeal to those who demonise marginalised groups, and how those groups respond with intensified hostility.
Policy changes and face-to-face conversations are part of the plan. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

LGBT equality doesn’t exist – but here’s how to fight for it

The massacre at an Orlando gay club is a savage reminder that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people still face harsh prejudice in America and lack full equal protections under the law.
The dispute between Philipp Lenard and Albert Einstein sheds considerable light on the power of nonscientific concerns to sway scientists. NASA via Wikimedia Commons

When science gets ugly – the story of Philipp Lenard and Albert Einstein

Scientists are not always as scientific as many suppose. Recent well-publicized cases of scientific fraud prove that scientists can be as susceptible to the allures of wealth, power and fame as politicians…

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