New research tool tracks political advertising on Facebook

Transparency in political ads is vital to ensuring safe and fair elections, but transparency is difficult if advertisers are not required to disclose details about targeting and sources of funding. While TV broadcasters must ...

Why the Great Plains has such epic weather

From 78 degrees on Tuesday to snow on Wednesday? Swings like this aren't unusual in the central United States, where weather can quickly shift from one extreme to another. That's especially true in the springtime, when conditions ...

Can data on TV watching predict presidential election outcomes?

A provocative new study shows that big data-derived models developed and trained based on people's television viewing behavior in "safe" U.S. states can be used to forecast the presidential election outcomes in "swing" states. ...

Mood-tracking app paves way for pocket therapy

(Phys.org) —An Android app which keeps tabs on users' mood swings and works out what might be causing them has been developed by researchers, with implications for psychological therapy and improving well-being.

3Qs: Town hall added drama to high-stakes debate

After a lack­luster per­for­mance by Pres­i­dent Obama in the first of the elec­tion season's three pres­i­den­tial debates, national polls showed an uptick in sup­port for Repub­lican chal­lenger Mitt Romney. ...

Security flaws could taint 2012 US election: report

Security flaws in voting technology in a number of US states could taint the outcome of the 2012 election, a study concluded Wednesday, saying it was "highly likely" some systems will fail.

College students vote smarter than expected

College students make strategic choices about where to vote, most prefer absentee ballots, and they are especially likely to vote absentee if their homes are in swing states, according to a new Northwestern University study ...