Societies evolve slowly, just like biological species
US students need new way of learning science
American students need a dramatically new approach to improve how they learn science, says a noted group of scientists and educators led by Michigan State University professor William Schmidt.
Are gifted children getting lost in the shuffle? 30-year study reveals clues to the exceptional child's journey
(Phys.org) —Gifted children are likely to be the next generation's innovators and leaders—yet the exceptionally smart are often invisible in the classroom, lacking the curricula, teacher input and external ...
Inequality, 'silver spoon' effect found in ancient societies
The so-called "silver spoon" effect -- in which wealth is passed down from one generation to another -- is well established in some of the world's most ancient economies, according to an international study coordinated by ...
Millionaire migration following tax hikes a myth, study finds
(Phys.org)—Anti-tax advocates argue that millionaires will flee from states that raise taxes on their highest earners. But a study by Stanford and Princeton researchers shows no evidence of millionaire ...
Death anxiety prompts people to believe in intelligent design, reject evolution: research
Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.) have found that people's death anxiety can influence them to support theories of intelligent design and reject evolutionary theory.
Today's parents 'not to blame' for teenage problem behaviour
(PhysOrg.com) -- Poor parenting is not the reason for an increase in problem behaviour amongst teenagers, according to research led by Oxford University.
Three of a kind: Revealing language’s universal essence
(PhysOrg.com) -- On the surface, English, Japanese, and Kinande, a member of the Bantu family of languages spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have little in common. It is not just that the vocabularies ...
Endangered language opens window on to past (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- An endangered Greek dialect which is spoken in north-eastern Turkey has been identified by researchers as a "linguistic goldmine" because of its startling closeness to previous forms ...
Press release reveals journalists believe everything they see on the Internet
The biology of politics: Liberals roll with the good, conservatives confront the bad
From cable TV news pundits to red-meat speeches in Iowa and New Hampshire, our nation's deep political stereotypes are on full display: Conservatives paint self-indulgent liberals as insufferably absent on urgent national ...
Study posits a theory of moral behavior
(PhysOrg.com) -- Why do some people behave morally while others do not? Sociologists at the University of California, Riverside and California State University, Northridge have developed a theory of the moral ...
Professors claim the English language derives from Scandinavia
Two leading Professors have rejected the idea that English descends from Anglo-Saxon, and instead claim they have proof that its origin derives from Scandinavia.
Economic growth does not produce well-being
Over the last three decades global society has grown richer, but not better off.