Tag: political science

How People Feel About Diversity And ‘Neighborhood Schools’: It’s Complicated

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 | Tags: , ,

Editor’s Note: The Wake County Board of Education has been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent years as it debates issues related to diversity and “neighborhood schools,” and voters are preparing for board elections October 11. But researchers from NC State have found that the issues are more complex than media outlets have made

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Earth Day: Research Challenges

For more than 40 years, Earth Day has been a call to arms to appreciate and protect our natural environment. Improving our understanding of the environment is an essential component of that mission. With that in mind, we have asked researchers in fields ranging from wildlife ecology to meteorology to political science to briefly outline

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Avast! Legal Confusion May Help Pirates Avoid The Plank

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 | Tags: ,

Forget Captain Jack Sparrow. Today’s maritime pirates aren’t swashbuckling antiheroes, they are gun-toting kidnappers, extortionists and murderers. And their numbers are swelling, not diminishing. New research highlights one of the factors contributing to international piracy – the legal system. Fifty years ago, piracy was in decline. But by 2009, the world was dealing with an

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Milk, Bread, Researchers: Stocking Up On Disaster Experts

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 | Tags: , , ,

September 11. The Gulf oil spill. Earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. The 2004 tsunami. Given the stakes involved, you would think that research into hazards and disasters (H&D) would be teeming with hordes of young scholars, trying to improve our understanding of how people prepare for (and respond to) catastrophic events. And you’d be wrong.

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Keep On Playing Those Mind Games

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 | Tags: , , ,

Video games aren’t just kid stuff any more. It is a multibillion dollar industry that has branched out from entertainment into areas such as educational software. Now researchers are working on ways that video games might be used to boost memory and thinking skills in the elderly – and some people aren’t crazy about that.

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