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Sharing election hashtags: Dots are Twitter accounts; lines show retweeting; larger dots are retweeted more. Red dots are likely bots; blue ones are likely humans. Clayton Davis

Misinformation on social media: Can technology save us?

If people can be conned into jeopardizing our children's lives, as they do when they opt out of immunizations, could they also be conned out of democracy?
The grave of women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony is covered with ‘I Voted’ stickers. REUTERS/Adam Fenster

100 years of the ‘gender gap’ in American politics

Clinton won women by 12 points and lost men by 12 -- creating a 24-point 'gender gap.' While that's the largest gender gap in history, the record shows that female voters were always different.
A portrait of US President-elect Donald Trump guards a residential backyard in Iowa, complete with lights and security cameras. Tony Webster/flickr

Trump, the unspeakable and democracy in America

The better-to-do and the established of civil and political society have become complacent and deaf to 'those at the bottom'. The working class has gone over to the right-wing populists.
Signs of satisfaction after Donald Trump was elected. Jeff Karoub/AP

Do conservatives value ‘moral purity’ more than liberals?

While research has long suggested that we like others who are like us, a new study offers insight into how we choose to support those who share our views of 'moral purity.' It may explain how we voted.
EPA personnel collect water samples along the Louisiana coast after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Eric Vance, US EPA/Flickr

Trump may reverse US climate policy but will have trouble dismantling EPA

President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to decimate the Environmental Protection Agency. But a political scientist predicts that while EPA will face budget cuts, the agency isn't going anywhere.
What will polling look like in the future? Person taking survey via shutterstock.com

What will pollsters do after 2016?

Pollsters must be as accurate as possible. How will they address the challenges revealed in the 2016 election, and other changes in the coming years?
What drew white voters to Donald Trump? AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

The real reason Trump won: White fright

Exit polling shows that Hillary Clinton actually won the poor and working class vote. If “Make America Great Again” wasn’t fueled by an angry underclass, what powered it?
A Miami police officer looks at a driver’s license he requested from a motorist at a DUI checkpoint. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

With legal pot comes a problem: How do we weed out impaired drivers?

We have a reliable and easy-to-use test to measure blood alcohol concentration. But right now we don't have a fast, reliable test to gauge whether someone is too doped up to drive.

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