It’s a crucial cog in the your ability to perform a variety of mental tasks.
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Both psychologists and neuroscientists are interested in how working memory holds on to items over brief intervals – and are investigating from different angles.
No rest for the weary in a 24/7 economy.
Ever more people are stuck with shift work in a globalised economy that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Solar energy is now powering much of the world.
New research shows it only takes a few countries to kick-start the kind of global transformation required to meet the Paris Agreement’s long-term goals.
A woman participates in a community mapping exercise in Malawi’s Chikwawa and Nsanje districts.
As climate change increases the frequency and severity of disasters in the near future, leveraging social media data, crowd-sourcing and other means of discovering the unknown will become crucial.
Young people expect that older adults actively make way for younger generations, such as by retiring.
Research demonstrates the younger generation do see the older generation as competitors but we can change this adversarial relationship in the workplace.
Children around the world are susceptible to stereotypes.
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For young children, how we speak is often more important than what we say. Even 'positive' generalizations can lead children to adopt negative stereotypes.
When scientists stand up, do they lose standing?
In the wake of the Flint water crisis and with a new notably anti-science president, U.S. scientists are reevaluating how to navigate the tension between speaking out and a fear of losing research funding.
Depending on old technology.
Where problems arose, voting was generally able to keep going smoothly. But those failures serve as a warning of how bad things could get if we don't replace our voting machines soon.
Data can be used to limit damage from natural disasters and to improve our lives.
Trump supporters at a rally in Grand Junction, Colorado.
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A survey of voters shows white racial identity is on the rise. Psychologists explain how it's affecting the presidential election and how it will change American politics of the future.
A still image captured from a video from the Tulsa Police Department shows Terence Crutcher with his hands in the air.
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A scholar of visual culture sees a transition happening online as the alt-right reinterprets images of police shootings to push back against the gains made by Black Lives Matter.
Teams collaborate to attack each other’s systems, and simultaneously defend their own.
By 2020, the cybersecurity industry will need 1.5 million more workers than will be qualified for jobs. What's the solution? Getting high school and college students excited about the industry.
A Halloween gathering in Los Angeles for children who live on the street, in shelters or in cars.
On the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton's promise to "end welfare as we know it," a social work scholar asks why child poverty is still such a problem in the U.S. and what race has to do with it.
Hex code from the Blaster worm reveals the potential motivations of the worm’s creator.
How can archivists properly preserve computer programs often written specifically to destroy data?
Good investment? What do your friends think?
Research suggests how your online friends experienced the housing collapse affected how you perceived your local real estate market.
What makes your brain go all-in on what it thinks you’re seeing?
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How does your brain deal with the ambiguous and variable visual information your eyes collect? Neuroscientists think it bets on what's the most likely version of reality.
Ford, Brezhnev and their aides smile for the cameras as they sign the Helsinki Accords.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership departs from a half-century of diplomatic progress tying environmental and human rights issues to trade and security pacts.
The Lincoln Brigade Memorial in San Francisco.
For many contemporary observers, the Spanish Civil War was seen as very much of a piece with the war against Hitler and Mussolini. But then things changed. Why?
The rays of hope are there, if you look for them.
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Amid the gloom, here are some hopeful signs that we can meet our climate obligations.
How hard is it to find what people would prefer was forgotten?
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How hard is it to find out what information has been removed from search engine results? What about identifying who asked for it to be removed?