How much do traditional practices contribute to the protection of local biodiversity? Why and how are sacred groves locally valued and protected, and how can this be promoted and harnessed for environmental protection? Working together with the University of Kurdistan, researchers of the University of Göttingen and the University of Kassel have examined the backgrounds of this form of local environmental protection in Baneh County, Iran.
Anti-science attitudes and political ideology often go hand in hand, a new USC study finds, which means machine-analyzed data on platforms such as Twitter could offer clues as to where diseases like COVID-19 might spread.
International survey by Cluster of Excellence reveals division of European societies into two entrenched camps of substantial size. In Germany, one third hold opposing positions on national belonging, threat, disadvantage. 'Politics should not take one side: positions should be traced back to their respective functional core, compromises sought, polarization stopped.' Most comprehensive survey on identity conflicts in Europe to date.
New research shows the UK's COVID-19 management decisions were based on an outdated pandemic modelling structure and suggests a more resilient approach would have been more effective.
Many countries are already looking to adopt clean heating solutions more widely, with the International Energy Agency projecting that by 2045 nearly half of global heating will be done with heat pumps. A new study from Aalto University assesses the impact of heat pumps on energy consumption as well as how they should be subsidized.
New research sheds light on how - and in what context - peacekeepers can contain the spread of violence in fragile post-conflict areas.
Malicious COVID-19 online content -- including racist content, disinformation and misinformation -- thrives and spreads online by bypassing the moderation efforts of individual social media platforms, according to a new study by researchers at the George Washington University.
A new article analyzes Chile's transition in 1990 from dictatorship to democracy, the nature of democracy between 1990 and 2019, and the appearance of several social movements geared to expanding this democracy.
People who are more prone to boredom and who are socially conservative are more likely to break public-health rules, according to new psychology research.
In a recent study, University of Rochester and University of Michigan political scientist examined two common policy interventions--economic and psychological--designed to counter the growing radicalization in the US. They found that improving economic conditions reduces both radicalization efforts and dissent. However, trying to render people psychologically less susceptible to radicalization can backfire and instead increase radical leaders' efforts to influence and radicalize more followers.