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Variety in exports can have benefits for the exporting country. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

  The complexity of a country’s economy and the mix of goods a nation produces can have a positive influence on its population’s health, according to recent research. The analysis, published in the November edition of Social Science & Medicine, found Read more…


Celebs who decide to run for office usually win. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

  American celebrities win an “astounding” share of elections they enter at all levels of government, according to new research, even though they don’t often run, highlighting that their status can be a potent political force and enable them to Read more…


Women legislators face workplace aggression, and it hampers their ability to do their jobs. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  Female state senators in influential posts such as committee chairs are more likely to experience harassment and other forms of aggression from their colleagues than their male counterparts, a recent study shows, potentially hindering their ability to build coalitions Read more…


Racist groups are getting better organized. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

  White supremacists behind the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, exhibited a greater level of planning and coordination than in any previous violent shows of strength by hate groups, a first-of-its-kind study found — an event Read more…


Senators are tweeting their achievements nationwide instead of talking to folks at home. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  U.S. senators are using Twitter increasingly as a forum to talk about national policy and project “legislative prowess,” pivoting away from local issues faced by their constituents as they build their political brands with the social media platform’s global Read more…


A gender-balanced workplace is a happier workplace. (Pixabay/David Mark)

  Workers in gender-balanced workplaces are more fulfilled than those who work with predominantly men or women, and the gender of one’s immediate boss has no significant effect on job satisfaction, according to a new paper using data from 35 Read more…


Watching both sides can soften political attitudes. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  Partisan audiences are less hostile toward online news sources associated with a rival political party after reading articles from them, according to new research, suggesting that some opposition to a rival’s ideas may come from a lack of exposure. Read more…


Bitcoin should be regulated as technology, researchers say. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies should be classified as technology and be regulated primarily by private sector tech firms in order to best prevent the digital currency from being used for money laundering and terrorist financing, three researchers have argued Read more…

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