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People & Society
Out of fascination and need, people have always studied other people. When scientific methods are applied to those observations, the studies help characterize and analyze our behavior, social and political institutions, family and community structures and our economies. Scientific studies of people and society help answer age-old human contemplations.
Researchers Rajan Sekhon and Christopher McMahan of Clemson University have collaborated on an interdisciplinary study that addresses a threat to two of the world's most important cereal crops
In this week's episode, we explore using virtual reality for memory recall; teenage emotion overload; and finally, examine the role dopamine plays in forming episodic memories
Bilingual brains, computing clouds, a life-saving musical sensor and genome sequencing in medieval cemeteries
NSF-funded researchers discovered that adolescents don't distinguish between negative emotions as clearly as younger children and adults
What could make eyewitness testimony more accurate and helpful? Margaret Bull Kovera, presidential scholar and professor of psychology at John Jay College at City University of New York, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist."
What do we know about how people recognize faces? Catherine Stamoulis, assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist."
Electric vehicles may one day be able to recharge while driving down the highway, drawing wireless power directly from plates installed in the road that would make it possible to drive hundreds -- if not thousands -- of miles without having to plug in
What does a sustainable energy future look like? Jack Brouwer of University of California, Irvine, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
With support from the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, psychologist Brad Duchaine and his team are studying the brains of 20 people with acquired prosopagnosia to better understand the computational and neural basis of face processing
Engineers at Purdue University and the University of Virginia have developed a new fabrication method that makes tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface
What is the relationship between food, energy and water? Jack Brouwer of the University of California, Irvine, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
Join John Buettler, a machinist, as he shares the passion he brings to the job of helping to construct the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source
Kansas State University agronomists Krishna Jagadish and Allan Fritz talk about a research project they're conducting, which is testing the impact of high nighttime temperatures on a wheat stand's ability to produce good yields and quality grain
Zombie ants, DNA robots, growing organs and an app for assessing autism
A University of Otago paleontologist's discovery of an ancient fossil of a whale that swam the Antarctic seas 34 million years ago has paved the way for new knowledge about the evolution of baleen whales
Despite decades of indoor smoking bans and restrictions, new research from Drexel University suggests the toxins we've been trying to keep out are still finding their way into the air inside
In this week's episode, we learn about new technology for the blind, a newly engineered yeast and explore the oceans with Mantis cam
With support from the National Science Foundation, computer scientist Shwetak Patel and his team at the University of Washington are developing new sensing systems to empower people to make better-informed decisions for themselves and their homes
University of Washington social and developmental psychologist Kristina R. Olson wins 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award
The National Science Foundation has awarded University of Washington social and developmental psychologist Kristina R. Olson the nation's highest honor for a young scientist or engineer: the Alan T. Waterman Award for 2018