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Homes are surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Spring, Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Why some conservatives are blind to climate change

Despite strong evidence that human activities have altered the climate, not everyone sees the risks. New research explains why some people seem blind to the signs of climate change.

The dark side of daydreaming

Daydreaming may seem like a fun, harmless way to pass time, but evidence suggests that it could be bad for your mental health.
The 2014 film Ex Machina explored a dystopian vision of what could happen in a world where humans empathise with robots. Lionsgate Home Entertainment

How we decide who and what we care about – and whether robots stand a chance

When we include someone (or something) in our moral circle we feel a sense of moral obligation for their treatment. But the factors determining who is in or out are more complicated than you may think.
Heavy metal concert fans: there are striking differences in the emotional responses of fans and non-fans of death metal. Parth Joshi/flickr

Death metal is often violent and misogynist yet it brings joy and empowerment to fans

For non-fans, listening to death metal is a negative experience. But research has found the music has the opposite effect on fans, giving rise to positive experiences such as power, joy and peace.
Eating a delicious doughnut now seems more rewarding than the nebulous concept of “better future health”. from

Why telling people they could get sick in the future won’t persuade them to be healthy now

People tend to value potential future rewards less than similar immediate rewards when they must choose between them. Psychologists and economists call this “delay discounting”.

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