Populism and antivaxxing go hand in hand, new study finds

We all want what’s best for our children, and the science is pretty clear on this one: antivaxxing claims lives.

Music can be used to estimate political ideology to an “accuracy of 70%”, researchers say

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In ancient Rome, political discourse was sometimes like an internet fight

Talk about thick skin!

The rulers of every important European state from 400 BC to present day, in one amazing video map

The rise and fall of empires in one epic animated map.

Political preference doesn’t dictate your views on climate — except if you’re American

In America, every political group comes with its own views on climate change.

Your reaction to smells could say a lot about your political preference, a new study suggests

Easily disgusted? Well… that might say about your ideology.

Knowing more doesn’t change false beliefs about science

People often project their religious and political beliefs onto science.

Laws of mathematics don’t apply here, says Australian PM

“The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia.”

Bound around the axe: what is fascism and why do societies turn to it

It’s never the same everywhere.

Assessing the psychological profile of politicians definitely sounds like a good idea

Big corporations screen their executives for personality disorders. Why aren’t we doing the same for politicians?

When someone challenges your political views, your brain treats them as a threat

So maybe don’t talk politics over Sunday dinner.

Your brain might have a specific circuit for political arguments

Almost all political arguments are futile. Here’s why.

Boredom can lead to more extreme political views, surprising study finds

Many extremists might just be bored — and that just sounds dangerous!

Oddly enough, some Republicans think climate change is real

Of all the major conservative parties in the democratic world, the Republican Party stands alone in its denial of the legitimacy of climate science.

State politics affect greenhouse gas emissions

It seems rather obvious to me, but there was a lot of debate regarding how a country’s politics affect its emissions – for better or for worse. A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that environmental policies in the US have had a significant impact on emissions from 1990 to present days. Despite growing

Grandiose narcissist U.S. Presidents make for more effective leaders, study shows

In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with himself after gazing upon the splendor of his own reflection. Pathological admirer of his beauty, Narcissus eventually died of grief for not being able to reach the beautiful young man in the water. When thinking of Narcissus, whose story birthed the term narcissism to describe inordinate fascination with oneself or vanity, it’s hard to

Appointed judges outperform elected ones

Princeton University political scientists have found as part of a recent study looking to assess the performance of state supreme court justices that appointed justices generally bring a higher quality of information to the decision-making process, are less biased and are generally less prone to error as elected justices. For their study,  Matias Iaryczower, an assistant professor of politics at Princeton, along with

NASA’s 2012 budget – $18.7 Billion

Earlier today Obama’s administration budget plan for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was proposed to $18.7 billion, at the same amount as in 2010, and puts predominance towards science research, exploration and commercial flight development. The $18.7 billion funding layout is $300 million less than the draft budget approved for 2011 in the NASA Authorization Act last year and

NIH Grants drastically rolled back by federal budget cuts

As if it wasn’t enough NIH funded grant applications are at a 20% low, according to a proposed federal discretionary civilian spending cut plan back to 2008 levels, biomedical researcher funds could drop by half, to a historical low of 10%.  National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins spoke in detail about the issue during his keynote speech during

Charles Bolden Reveals Vision for NASA at Senate Confirmation Hearing

NASA’s immediate future will likely have an emphasis on Earth science, using the International Space Station for research and development, and making space exploration more of an entrepreneurial venture. Those were the main themes touched on during the Senate confirmation hearing of Charles Bolden, President Obama’s nominee for NASA chief. When discussing space entrepreneurship, Bolden used the example of a