When people who are split on abortion speak directly with each other, various good outcomes – including policy change – can happen.
When ideological enemies talk across their great divides, something good can happen – it reduces stereotypes and inflammatory language directed at people who don’t agree on the abortion rights issue.
It can feel safer to block out contradictory information that challenges a belief.
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Here are some reasons for the natural human tendency to avoid or reject new information that runs counter to what you already know – and some tips on how to do better.
Palm Beach police officers stand near the Florida home of former President Donald Trump on Aug. 8, 2022.
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There’s a high bar for a federal judge to grant a search warrant, indicating there is probable cause that Trump committed a crime by holding classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
Joe Biden and Donald Trump supporters, like these two, are more likely to be polarized by TV news than online echo chambers.
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Studies of online echo chambers don’t paint the full picture of Americans’ political segregation. New research shows that the problem is more Fox News Channel and MSNBC than Facebook and Twitter.
The gate to former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Aug. 8, 2022.
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A presidential scholar sets the history and context for the battle over President Trump’s official records – and says it isn’t the first records battle between the government and a former president.
If you made it past early childhood, your chances got better to see your golden years.
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Nasty, brutish – but not necessarily short. Here’s how archaeologists know plenty of people didn’t die young.
A silicon disc, or ‘wafer,’ yields dozens of semiconductor chips.
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Semiconductor chips are electronic devices that store and process information. Today they can contain billions of microscopic switches on a chip smaller than a fingernail.
Wireless sensors and data systems can help farmers use water much more efficiently by monitoring soil conditions.
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The Agricultural Internet of Things is making farming more efficient. An information technology expert describes some of the challenges of working with sensors and antennas underground.
Sunscreens for sale at a Walgreens drug store.
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Rising concern about possible environmental damage from the active ingredients in sunscreens could have ripple effects on public health if it causes people to use less of them.
Offshore wind farms will assist in the renewable energy transition and offset the effects of climate change.
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While a US transition to renewable energy by 2030 is possible, streamlined policies with clear goals and incentives are necessary to get there, says an industrial engineering professor.
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Welcome to an era of two parallel worlds in global business.
A candlelight vigil in Oak Creek for the victims of a mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in August 2012.
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On the 10th anniversary of the Oak Creek massacre, a Sikh scholar writes that there is little understanding of the Sikh faith in the U.S.
In some countries, cigarettes are prominently displayed at children’s eye level.
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In places around the world that lack restrictions to combat the problem, tobacco companies are using marketing strategies aimed at children, like displaying tobacco products at kids’ eye level.
The full text of a law may not be in this book – nor in its online equivalent.
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It’s a long-standing principle that people should be able to read the laws that govern them. But many technical rules and standards are hard to find and access, even for lawyers or court officials.
President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address in the U.S. Capitol on March 1, 2022, among many lawmakers who may want his job.
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A combination of irrelevancy, powerlessness and derision is in store for a president who chooses not to run for reelection.
Flooding from hurricanes like Irma in Florida can overwhelm sewer systems and spread pathogens in other ways.
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It’s not just mosquitos. Flooding, extreme heat and other climate-related hazards are bringing people into contact with pathogens more often, and affecting people’s ability to fight off disease.
Olivia Newton-John leaves a legacy as a sweet girl-next-door type with a sublime voice, who embraced the country that claimed her as its own.
Many people attribute their coffee drinking to the need to feel more alert, but research shows that habit is just as big a driver behind caffeine consumption.
Understanding and changing the environment in which habits form is a critical step when it comes to breaking unwanted behaviors and forming healthy ones.
Many beaches are short lifeguards this summer. Properly supervising children and weaker swimmers is key to making sure everyone has a safe trip to the pool or beach.
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Many beaches are short on lifeguards this summer. An expert explains how to keep your loved ones safe in the water.
Today’s EVs rely heavily on China and other countries for materials.
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No electric vehicle maker currently meets all the bill’s supply chain requirements, not even Tesla. One big reason: China.