LGBTQ people seen as needing more protection online than Christians

Social media platforms take different approaches to moderation Matt Cardy/Getty Images The public appetite for moderating toxic speech on social media depends on the type of person being targeted, researchers have found, with billionaires being seen as in least need of protection. Content moderation is a hot-button issue, with social media platforms taking drastically different … Read more

The Number of People With Persistent Fatigue Could Soon Double. Here’s Why. : ScienceAlert

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also often known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), already affects tens of millions of people worldwide. But according to new research, we could be facing twice as many cases in the near future. A study from a team in Germany, published in Internal Medicine, says that the long-lasting effects of COVID-19 on … Read more

Are left-handed people more liberal? 52 years of data says maybe

On the other hand It is maybe the most politically insightful psychology study published in the past 60 years. And it is maybe not. The study in question is “State resident handedness, ideology, and political party preference: U.S. presidential election outcomes over the past 60 years“. Its author, Stewart J. H. McCann, professor emeritus of … Read more

People with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Have an “Exhausted” Immune System

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a debilitating multisystem disorder from which adults rarely recover. Researchers have struggled to find changes in the body that underlie the illness, which often appears following an infection, partly because it may arise in different forms. Now scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have completed perhaps the … Read more

Virtual Bar Scenes Are a New Tool to Study Why People Commit Crimes in the Heat of the Moment

A young man enters a busy, dimly lit pub in Amsterdam alone to await the arrival of friends. A faint dance beat plays in the background. A drunken man approaches the bar and orders drinks in a loud, obnoxious manner. He proceeds to taunt the newcomer, burp in his face and bark, “What? Am I … Read more

People Value a Single Human Life Over Entire Species, Survey Reveals : ScienceAlert

Australia is in the grip of an escalating extinction crisis. Since colonisation, 100 native plant and animal species have become formally listed as extinct due to human activities. The actual number is undoubtedly far higher. Surveys suggest Australians want to prevent extinctions, regardless of the financial cost. But when it comes to the crunch, how … Read more

Dominatrices Are Showing People How to Have Rough Sex Safely

[CLIP: Lady Harper Chase, speaks in her Intro to Whips class: “For me, my style of dominance…, I call myself, like, a nurturing pervert. This is a two foot signal whip. I call him swishy…. I just go like this on a person: tap, tap, tap, tap, tap.”] [CLIP: Intro music] On supporting science journalism … Read more

Dogs and horses buried with Iron Age people may have been beloved pets

Remains of a dog and a baby girl laid to rest at Seminario Vescovile near Verona, Italy Laffranchi et al. (CC-BY 4.0) Late Iron Age people in northern Italy were sometimes buried with their dogs or horses – possibly just because they loved them. Archaeologists have often suspected that the ancient, worldwide custom of including … Read more

People who are blind can navigate indoors with a phone in their pocket

Now there is no need to hold your phone out when navigating FG Trade/Getty Images A pair of smartphone apps can guide people who are blind through unfamiliar buildings, even if their handset is tucked away in a pocket. The researchers behind the technology say its crucial advantage is that the tools require no costly … Read more