Tag Archives: Research

Facebook Just Manipulated the Emotions of 700,000 Users Without Informing Them

When you sign up for Facebook, you have to agree to a whole laundry list of fine-print terms and conditions (which almost nobody ever reads). One of the things you consent to is Facebook’s Data Use Policy, which gives Facebook the right to use your info for, “…troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.” Well, it seems that Facebook has taken full advantage of the “research” portion of that agreement. A study published two weeks ago in the Proceedings of the National Academy of

New Discovery: The Black Death Was Not Spread By Rats, Must Have Been Airborne

In the autumn of 1348, The Black Death came to Britain from east Asia. By the next spring, it had killed 6 out of every 10 people in London. It has long been thought that the plague spread via flea-infested rats, but a new discovery has prompted scientists to revise this theory. Amidst pre-construction excavations for a train line in Charterhouse Square (to the north of the City of London) about a year ago, workers discovered 25 skeletons which were found

Breaking Down Cancer’s Defenses So Your Body Can Destroy It

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Researchers from the University’s Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute recently discovered how the protective barrier around pancreatic cancer cells functions. The researchers then used a drug to break down this barrier, allowing the body’s own T-cells (which attack harmful cells in the body) to destroy the cancer. Initial tests of this method yielded almost total elimination of the pancreatic cancer cells within a week. The researchers are hopeful that the method will be able to be used for other forms of

Liberals Have a False Sense of Uniqueness; Conservatives Have a False Sense of Consensus

New research published in the scientific journal Psychological Science has found that people who identify themselves as liberals tend to underestimate the amount of actual agreement among those who share their political views, while people who are conservative tend to overestimate agreement among those who share their views. To test this, 300 different participants were given a series of political (ex: “I support unionization”) and non-political (ex: “I like juice”) statements, and were told to respond with either agreement or non-agreement. They