Social Science in the News

Phys.org

Children can be left confused and unable to write accurate sentences because of "uncertain" grammar teaching, experts have warned.

The Conversation

If kids spend hours a day speaking to digital personal assistant Alexa, how will this affect the way they connect to real people?

The Times

England has one of the biggest gaps in the developed world between high and low achievers in maths, analysis shows.

The Telegraph

Questions about value for money for university students and the heated debate about Vice-Chancellors’ pay challenges the reputation of our world-leading university sector.

The Conversation

A critical part of reaching the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in 13 years’ time is to ensure that everyone can access equitable and affordable healthcare – more commonly known as universal health coverage.

The Chronicle Live

Is going to university a waste of money?

Huffington Post

Britons should “embrace an android” and welcome the rise of robots in the workplace, deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has declared.

The Guardian

It’s also important that the government does not neglect the social sciences, humanities, arts and education in favour of its apparent emphasis on Stem subjects.

The Times

The NHS could end shoulder surgery, hormone tests and other procedures which have been listed among poor-value treatments by health chiefs.

The Times

These are sobering times to mark the Beveridge report, which was published 75 years ago today.

The Conversation

Before World War II, there was no welfare state as we know it today.

UK Fundraising

Earlier this month fundraisers met researchers at the University of Sussex to find out how neuroscience techniques could help them to understand better how and why people give to charity.

The Times

Next week the government will finally publish its long-awaited white paper on industrial strategy.

Civic Hall

Why not manage public data like water — a public resource required for all life?

The Wire

Modern day science and research thrives on national and international collaborations.

Times Higher Education

The world is witnessing a series of extraordinary revolutions in how thought happens.

Business Insider

Around the world, Americans have a reputation for working longer hours than almost anyone else.

University of Cambridge

Whether you like it or not, almost every step you take online is recorded: the websites you visit, the purchases you make, the songs you listen to, the messages you post or read on social sites, and the pages you follow on Facebook.

The Conversation

STEM programs are critical components of universities’ curricular and research missions, but so, too, are the liberal arts.

The Guardian

Two studies – the first of their kind – conducted by YouGov in collaboration with the University of Cambridge Conspiracy and Democracy project, one in February 2015 and the other in March 2016, show that Brits are just as likely to believe in conspiracy theories as Americans.

Pacific Standard

Over the last year, many companies have ended their liberal work-from-home policies.

NPR

Today on Hidden Brain, we'll go inside the operating room with Gawande — and hear about a 1930s plane crash that inspired his obsession with checklists — as we explore the subtle biases that cause very smart and very skilled people to become their own worst enemies.

TES

Ofsted's report Getting Ready for work provides a bleak prediction: "The nation's economic prosperity is at risk because the majority of schools are failing to prepare pupils for the world of work."

GP Online

Healthcare staff who regularly share the emotional, social or ethical challenges they face at work experience less anxiety and depression, improved teamwork and increased empathy for patients and colleagues, a study has found.

Smithsonian

Mamie Phipps Clark would go on to study psychology and develop valuable research methodology that combined the study of child development and racial prejudice— helping her field incorporate the felt experience of childhood racism.

Business Grapevine

The office orchestra around this point of Autumn is the same year-on-year:

The Financial Times

Productivity is no higher now than it was just before the 2008 financial crisis, in stark contrast to the average annual growth of 2.1 per cent recorded during the decade before the crash.

Bloomberg

Researchers in the fields of social science and medicine are debating how to fix an increasingly recognized problem: A lot of their findings are either outright wrong or can't be replicated.

Aberdeen Evening Express

Men using the smartphone dating app tend to select “hot” candidates, while women are more likely to prize intelligence and stability.

Times Higher Education

UK universities generate £95 billion for the country’s economy and support more than 940,000 jobs across the nation, according to an analysis from Universities UK.

Scientific American

When Hillary Clinton’s new book What Happened debuted on Amazon’s Web site last month, the response was incredible.

Financial Times

In the early 1990s, Amartya Sen, the Indian economist, raised concerns over “missing women”, most notably in Asia.

Inside Higher Ed

When you come for the social sciences, you’d better come correct.

Financial Times

The study of how networks compete or co-operate with each other and with hierarchies is a hot topic in the social sciences, and it is easy to see why:

Fortune

For students choosing careers, data science presents an opportunity to be in demand.

The Guardian

In recent months, warning voices have grown louder as the digital assets known as cryptocurrencies have attained record valuations.

The Conversation

In 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technological change and productivity improvements would eventually lead to a 15-hour workweek.

New York Times

Much of the argument concerned various statistical tests for identifying extreme gerrymandering.

Science Daily

The significant scale of human impact on our planet has changed the course of Earth history, an international team of scientists led by the University of Leicester has suggested.

The Atlantic

$6.4 billion. That’s how much candidates, political parties, and interest groups spent on federal elections in 2016, according to the Open Secrets project at the Center for Responsive Politics.

The Guardian

This month the world’s first “archaeology coin” launched to fanfare from a small community; however, it might be part of a coming social science data revolution.

Ars Technica

In late 2014 and early 2015, escalating tensions in New York City led to the NYPD staging a slowdown in which the department performed only its most essential duties.

The Times

There is more diversity among the leading universities in social science and management subjects than in other areas of the undergraduate curriculum.

Nature

Wikipedia is one of the world's most popular websites, but scientists rarely cite it in their papers.

Washington Post

Researchers have a great deal of flexibility in determining how to report data, which results to report or whether to report them at all.

Daily Mail

It is a political practice nearly as old as the United States - manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts to help one party tighten its grip on power in a move called partisan gerrymandering - and one the Supreme Court has never curbed.

New Statesman

On 18 September 1997, the Welsh people just about voted to create a National Assembly.

University of Cambridge

Funding cuts and austerity measures are damaging young people’s access to mental health services, with potentially long-term consequences for their mental wellbeing, say researchers at the University of Cambridge.

The Telegraph

For years the number of stay-at-home dads has been rising, as more men take on responsibility for looking after the home and family.

The Lily

People read science fiction and fantasy as a form of escapism.

Times Higher Education

Universities can stem the tide of polarisation between the higher education elite and the wider public by introducing “inclusive internationalisation” strategies that benefit the whole of society, according to a leading international relations scholar.

The Daily Mail

Britain’s parks risk being left empty because of dog mess, broken glass and drugs paraphernalia.

Financial Review

STEM disciplines are a discrete set of methodologies, whereas the humanities and social sciences are a separate set of interpretative skills that are of equal value.

City AM

The great Harvard economist Joseph Schumpeter, writing in the 1940s, predicted the eventual demise of capitalism.

New Statesman

In the last two decades of the 19th century, a new word began to appear in the writings of biologists and zoologists across Europe, inspired by the work of Charles Darwin. “Degeneration” referred to a subset of the evolutionary story by which a species or subspecies began to lose ground in the evolutionary game

The Conversation

As we get older, our thinking skills often deteriorate: we get slower, more forgetful, less good at learning new things.

BBC

Four in five British adults are proud of the work they do, while two thirds enjoy going to work most days, research suggests.

The Conversation

People are astonishingly capable of making sense of language, even though it is often ambiguous.

The Guardian

Chew Jetty in Malaylsia’s George Town attracts tourists by the boatload. Historic homes are now commercial stalls branded with neon signs; one-time fishermen peddle T-shirts, magnets and postcards.

NPR

Cities have always done a pretty good job of keeping track of property sales.

The Independent

Laws prohibiting blasphemy are “astonishingly widespread” worldwide, with many laying down disproportionate punishments ranging from prison sentences to lashings or the death penalty, the lead author of a report on blasphemy said.

The Telegraph

Ah, the last Bank Holiday of the summer:

Financial Times

To most people, an economist is the chap interviewed in newspapers or on the television uttering acronym-laced incantations about 0.3 per cent this or 10 per cent that.

Science News Line

Voter behaviour influenced by hot weather

Scientific American

People further apart on climate views are often the most educated

The Guardian

Doctors can't ignore politics. Our patients' lives are at stake. Our patients depend on us for their care – we must help them get it, whether that comes in the form of pill or policy

Quartz

Suffering from the post-eclipse blues? Psychology explains why you feel sad after a big event

The Wire

Why the ‘March for Science’ was about the social sciences as well

The Washington Post

What led to the violence in Charlottesville? Here’s what social science says.

The Verge

Science doesn't explain tech's diversity problem - history does

The Independent

The internet is enabling scientists to understand how "collective memory" works

Times Higher Education

We must rescue social science research from obscurity

LSE Media Policy Project Blog

The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions

Inside Higher Ed

The unique challenges of making qualitative research more transparent

Daily Mail

Being into the arts improves wellbeing and makes us more generous

The Guardian

The experts strike back! How economists are being proved right on Brexit

University of Birmingham

The way politicians use language has always been of interest to linguists.

International Business Times

A decade on from the collapse of Northern Rock which heralded the financial crisis in the UK, the productivity trends are still alarming.

Vox

There’s a huge debate going on in social science right now.

The Japan Times

Facilitating mobility from non-regular to regular employment is key to sustainable economic growth. This truth was recognized in the revitalization plan announced by the Prime Minister’s Office in 2014, which included specific measures to improve the working conditions of nonregular workers and help them shift into regular employment.

The Guardian

Those working in the education profession, or associated with it, know that teachers have always had to wear many hats.

The Drum

Most social scientists in the ad world work in market and consumer research or strategy and collect and analyze qualitative, quantitative, demographic and psychographic data for their clients to target campaigns or find out what will appeal to certain people.

Times Higher Education

Ensuring that UK-based researchers can continue to work closely with European partners after Brexit has been described as a “very high priority” by the chief executive designate of the country’s new funding body, but he warned that it was “too early to speculate” about what the future framework for collaboration might look like.

The Guardian

In his robust defence of the current fee regime on 20 July, universities minister Jo Johnson returned to the accelerated degrees which he last mentioned in February.

University of Cambridge

Our lives benefit from social networks: the contact and dialogue between family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

Metro

When it comes to health, a new study suggests that marriage no longer gives you much of an advantage.

The Guardian

Pseudo-public spaces – large squares, parks and thoroughfares that appear to be public but are actually owned and controlled by developers and their private backers – are on the rise in London and many other British cities, as local authorities argue they cannot afford to create or maintain such spaces themselves.

The Drum

For the first time ever the BBC has revealed just how much it pays its pool of celebrity talent.

This Is Money

Brits working for firms like Uber and Deliveroo in the so-called gig economy could soon be afforded some key employment benefits following the publication of a Government-ordered review on workers' rights.

The London Economic

British businesses must break their silence on the under-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) in key roles, according to new research from professional management body the CMI and the British Academy of Management.

BBC

Joy might appear to be my counsellor or my life coach, but the conversation I'm having is actually with a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to track emotions and provide mental health support - all through Facebook Messenger.

Daily Mail

Sometimes we look at social change as a grand idea where we visualise change in global categories of climate and class.

Spectrum News

Scientists are increasingly recognizing a moral imperative to collaborate with the communities they study, and the practical benefits that result.

The Economist

Jack Grieve, a linguist at Birmingham University, uses Twitter to study regional patterns in English.

University of Bristol

Imminent developments such as self-driving vehicles, 5G and virtual reality will require a radical shift in the way our networks perform and how they are maintained.

Social Science Space

Britain’s recent general election has been the first step towards a long-overdue public debate on the social consequences of austerity and growing socio-economic inequality.

Financial Times

Previously, most social science was based on little more than informed guesswork given the messiness of the world and the imperfections of underlying data.

Washington Post

Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber are the authors of “The Enigma of Reason,” a new book from Harvard University Press.

The Guardian

The cost of higher education is rising perilously.

The Atlantic

Over the past decade, most researchers have trended away from climate doomsdayism.