Culture Beaker

Where science and culture mix

  1. deflated football
    Science & Society

    Deflategate favored foul play over science

    Science didn’t get center stage in the rulings on whether the New England Patriots underinflated footballs during championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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  2. dark chocolate
    Science & Society

    Attempt to shame journalists with chocolate study is shameful

    Journalist John Bohannon set out to expose poor media coverage of nutrition studies. In the process, he lied to his own profession and the public.

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  3. The dress, and how people interpreted the colors of it
    Science & Society

    The Dress divided the Internet, but it’s really about subtraction

    People really do see different colors in the same photo of a dress, suggesting that our internal models shape color perception far more than has been recognized.

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  4. people working around a table
    Science & Society

    Working together doesn’t always work

    Working as a team is a great way to gather information, but innovative solutions come best from small groups or individuals, a new study suggests.

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  5. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri
    Science & Society

    Sometimes it’s best to feed the trolls

    There are people behind malicious comments on the Internet, and sometimes engaging with them can change their behavior, data suggest.

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  6. Hillary Clinton
    Science & Society

    Unbiased computer confirms media bias

    A computer algorithm can identify a media outlet’s bias just by the quotes it chooses from political speeches, surrounding context aside.

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  7. Angelina Jolie
    Science & Society

    The Angelina effect should be about knowing your cancer risk

    Angelina Jolie’s public message about her medical decisions related to cancer is about knowing your risks for disease, not hers.

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  8. Temple University mascot and other Philadelphia mascots
    Science & Society

    NCAA tournament puts prediction strategies to the test

    When it comes to strategies for building the most winning bracket during March Madness, all bets are off.

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  9. Robin Thicke
    Science & Society

    Forensic analysis finds ‘Blurred Lines’ case not so clear

    In March, courts ruled that the song “Blurred Lines” borrowed from Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.” But a closer look finds the songs aren’t all that alike.

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