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Jul. 27, 2012

Why Science Is a Non-Issue in the Election...Again

How science stacks up against other issues discussed and debated on the campaign trail.

politics, science policy, science advisor, science adviser, political campaigns, government, science debate

Oct. 19, 2012

Making Sense of Presidential Polls

Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the presidential polls? A neuroscientist and statistician talk about how to make sense of the election -- and why not all votes are created equal.

election, polling, polls, data, 538, obama, romney, presidential election, statistics

Oct. 26, 2012

In Twitter We Trust: Can Social Media Sway Voters?

Scientists are examining how social media can influence the opinions of voters.

twitter, facebook, social media, elections, voting, psychology, persuasion, memes, social networks

Aug. 22, 2008

How Undecided Are 'Undecided Voters?'

Just how undecided are 'undecided voters?' New research published this week in the journal Science looks at 'automatic mental associations' and finds that they can be good predictors of the way an 'undecided' voter will likely finally vote.

polling, decisionmaking, unconscious thought, bias, race

May. 11, 2012

Why Race Could Color the Vote Against Obama

A new study shows hidden racial attitudes are playing a role in the 2012 presidential vote.

election, race, psychology, prejudice, racial attitudes

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Every Spring, This Bird Struts its Stuff

\tThe Greater sage-grouse makes its living in sagebrush habitats across the western U.S. and Canada. Every year from late February to May, male sage-grouse perform a striking dance routine each morning at dawn. Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, breaks down the dance and describes challenges the birds face in Utah.

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