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Newsfocus: Understanding the (Rio 2016) Olympics - Campaign for Social Science

Newsfocus: Understanding the (Rio 2016) Olympics - Campaign for Social Science | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
With the Rio Olympics kicking off this Friday, Professor John Horne FAcSS, Professor of Sport Sociology at the University of Central Lancashire, and author of Understanding the Olympics, looks at the challenges facing the Olympic brand and discusses some of the underlying criticisms exposed by the 2016 edition.
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The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio feature some innovative developments. Golf and rugby sevens have been added to the list of sports, in the case of the former after an absence of over 100 years. A group of 10 refugee athletes will compete under the Olympic flag. And of most significance for the host city, it will be the first time the Olympic sports mega-event has been staged in South Americ
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Institutional bias deters interdisciplinary research

Institutional bias deters interdisciplinary research | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
We must remove the barriers stopping scientists from straying outside their discipline, summit hears.
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Interdisciplinarity is in vogue right now. From policymakers and funders to anthropologists and biologists — everyone seems united in the view that interdisciplinary research will guide the search for solutions to the ‘grand problems’ of our time.
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The soup revolution: changing cities over dinner, from Detroit to Liverpool

The soup revolution: changing cities over dinner, from Detroit to Liverpool | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
Soups are a growing worldwide experiment in crowdfunding local projects over community dinners. Starting in Detroit, there are now over 60 Soups across the UK. What impact is the initiative having on urban transformation?
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In Liverpool, the Soup is run by Social Enterprise Network (Sen), a support organisation for the city’s social economy, and has so far funded a dozen projects where the only commonality is that they promise to make some kind of social impact.
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How universities became stigmatised as arrogant experts

How universities became stigmatised as arrogant experts | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
Higher education no longer believes in widening participation. Instead the chatter is of ‘world class universities’ – for the few
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The consequences of Brexit are depressing and universities are only beginning to see the many ways in which this moment of madness may damage them.
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Entrepreneurs Need To Embrace Futurism

Entrepreneurs Need To Embrace Futurism | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
Looking into the future isn’t just for psychics and sci-fi — it’s also for smart entrepreneurs.
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Entrepreneurs often struggle to capture lightning in a bottle by trying to create a product today that anticipates tomorrow’s trends. But are the bulk of these entrepreneurs not looking far enough ahead?
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What do the Olympic medal tables say about your nation's sporting priorities?

What do the Olympic medal tables say about your nation's sporting priorities? | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
Results from the games can tell us a lot about how different nations approach elite women and disabled athletes.
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Each time the Olympic and Paralympic Games come around, a small minority of nations tend to do well. On average, only 25% of competing nations at the Olympics will win a gold medal – and they’re pretty much the same ones year in, year out.
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Nice now has a reputation as a breeding ground for terrorists

Nice now has a reputation as a breeding ground for terrorists | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
And the region is a heartland for the far-right National Front.
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We still don’t know much about why Tunisian-born French resident Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck through Bastille Day crowds in Nice on July 14, killing 84 people and injuring many more.
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No religion steadily becoming norm in UK society, says academic - Campaign for Social Science

No religion steadily becoming norm in UK society, says academic - Campaign for Social Science | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
Professor Linda Woodhead rounded out the Academy and Campaign’s Summer Programme with a lunchtime talk on “The Rise of ‘No Religion'”.
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“No religion” is steadily becoming the norm, Linda Woodhead MBE FAcSS, Professor of Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University and Director of the Institute of Social Futures, told an Academy event on Wednesday (July 20).
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As a Heat Wave Builds, Obama Wisely Presses for Community Cohesion

As a Heat Wave Builds, Obama Wisely Presses for Community Cohesion | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
With a heat wave building, President Obama uses Twitter to press communities to check for vulnerable neighbors.
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Along with commander in chief, President Obama could justify adding “chief resilience officer” as a new title, given how he smartly used Twitter on Wednesday to amplify government warnings about a dangerous heat wave spreading from the heartland to the East Coast in the next few days.
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Is social media messing with children's morals?

Is social media messing with children's morals? | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
The majority of parents in the UK believe social media harms their children's moral development.
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We have all heard complaints that young people are spending too much time online and not enough time in the “real world” – with studies showing that nearly three quarters of 12 to 15-year-olds in the UK have a social media profile and spend an average of 19 hours a week online.
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Bristol University | News | July: gender gap

Bristol University | News | July: gender gap | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
A report published today by Save the Children highlights the scale of the gender gap in literacy and language development before children begin school, and the consequences for subsequent literacy attainment.
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Researchers from the University of Bristol's Graduate School of Education found that: two thirds of the gender gap in achieving Key Stage Level Four in Reading at age 11 is attributable to the fact that boys, on average, have poorer language skills than girls at age five. Boys are also recorded as having lower average levels of attention than girls at age five. These gender gaps are found among children from advantaged, as well as disadvantaged, social backgrounds.
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How bad policies institutionalise economic dependency in couples

How bad policies institutionalise economic dependency in couples | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it

How would you feel if, by living with your partner, you lost your financial independence and were obliged to ask him (or her) for money? What if you had children but your partner was not your children's father?

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How would you feel if, by living with your partner, you lost your financial independence and were obliged to ask him (or her) for money? Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-07-bad-policies-institutionalise-economic-couples.html#jCp
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Students are ‘footing the bill’ after Tories ‘maxed out the nation’s credit card’

Students are ‘footing the bill’ after Tories ‘maxed out the nation’s credit card’ | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
The Tories have “maxed out the nation’s credit card” and now students and graduates are being left to foot bill, a parliamentary debate on a retrospective loan hike has heard.
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Labour MP describes how 'a commercial organisation would not be able to do this,' as chamber debates Government's retrospective hike
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Sussex-led research explodes the myth of a “West vs. Rest” cultural divide

Sussex-led research explodes the myth of a “West vs. Rest” cultural divide | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
Cultural psychologists have long argued that people living in Western cultures show a rather distinctive pattern of self-beliefs, compared to those who live in other parts of the world.
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New research, involving 73 researchers working in 35 nations and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), explored how people of different cultures see themselves and their relationships with others. The research involved 10,000 participants from over 50 cultural groups spanning all inhabited continents.
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Academy and Campaign host successful Summer Programme 

Academy and Campaign host successful Summer Programme  | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
In June and July, the Academy and its Campaign held their first-ever Summer Programme series, covering topical and timely issues of social science significance. As we wrap up a successful season, we take a look back at the four headline events.
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Following a successful Summer Programme series, we take a look back at the four headline events
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Data-driven development needs both social and computer scientists

Data-driven development needs both social and computer scientists | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
Social scientists and computer scientists don't always see eye to eye, but to harness all the emerging data for development, they will need to find ways to bridge their differences
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When presented with the same figures, social scientists are likely to caution that the quality of a conclusion is only as good as the quality of the data, whereas computer scientists — often called data scientists — are likely to warn against perfection standing in the way of information.
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Uncertainty reigns in aftermath of the United Kingdom's Brexit vote

Uncertainty reigns in aftermath of the United Kingdom's Brexit vote | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
As U.K. universities counsel their staff from elsewhere in the European Union, researchers see first signs of fallout
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Nothing has changed, yet everything has changed. In the weeks since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the U.K. government has made it clear that foreign residents won’t be kicked out, and their legal rights remain intact—and that might only change after new treaties are forged, a process that could take years. But when the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom held an information session on Brexit this month, the meeting was packed and several hundred scientists and other staff crammed into an overflow room.
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Interactive map of the geography of creativity in the UK | Nesta

Interactive map of the geography of creativity in the UK | Nesta | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
This interactive map of the geography of creativity in the UK shows the economic performance of DCMS creative sub-sectors and creative industries overall across the UK, based on official ONS data from the Business Structure Database.
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This interactive map of the geography of creativity in the UK shows the economic performance of DCMS creative sub-sectors and creative industries overall across the UK, based on official ONS data from the Business Structure Database.
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Opinion: Can genes really predict how well you’ll do academically?

Opinion: Can genes really predict how well you’ll do academically? | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
Researchers at King’s College London say they are able to predict educational achievement from DNA alone. Using a new type of analysis called a “genome-wide polygenic score”, or GPS, they analysed DNA samples from 3,497 people in the ongoing Twins Early Development Study. They found that people whose DNA had the highest GPS score performed substantially better at school.
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When it comes to the subject of intelligence, which today includes behavioural genetics research into “g (a measure of intelligence commonly used as a variable in research in this area) and cognitive ability, the nature-nurture debate becomes that much more heated.
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It doesn't make us independent, but Trident's the steroid we reach for | Ian Jack

It doesn't make us independent, but Trident's the steroid we reach for | Ian Jack | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
We no longer make oil tankers or HP sauce. But we strive to keep our nuclear submarines – at any price
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Railway locomotives, cruise liners, oil tankers, cotton cloth, airliners, container ships, model trains, heavy-lift cranes: these are a few of the items that the United Kingdom used to make in profusion and now doesn’t. Here are a few more: Bendicks Bittermints, machine tools, television sets, nuclear power stations, HP sauce, sewing thread.
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Will Brexit Lead to a Fracking Free-For-All?

Will Brexit Lead to a Fracking Free-For-All? | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it

The last couple weeks has caused quite a stir in British politics. 

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The last couple weeks has caused quite a stir in British politics. Theresa May’s baffling decision to dissolve the Department of Energy and Climate Change has driven environmental groups into a state of panic as they ponder what on earth is going to happen to Britain’s beautiful landscape and fresh clean air.
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These are the questions we should be asking about animal research

These are the questions we should be asking about animal research | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
Debate about research on animals fails to tackle all the issues, says Gail Davies
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The overall scale of animal research matters, but so do these complex questions of care, culture and credibility. These are the kinds of questions that emerge if you put an interdisciplinary group of about 45 life scientists, social scientists, humanities scholars, non-governmental organisations and policymakers in a room to talk about how they can work together to improve laboratory animal research and welfare.
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Saving the environment: why do we say one thing but do another?

Saving the environment: why do we say one thing but do another? | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
When it comes to the environment, it’s hardly unusual for us to say one thing and do another. We may profess, when asked, that we care about recycling, pollution, climate change or wasting energy. We may have access to plenty of information about the environmental consequences of our actions. Yet often we fail to change how we act.
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Social science has for many years been interested in this phenomenon, which researchers have called the “value-action gap”.
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Our nine-point guide to spotting a dodgy statistic

Our nine-point guide to spotting a dodgy statistic | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it

Brexit is just the latest instance of politicians bending figures to match their agenda

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Every statistician is familiar with the tedious “Lies, damned lies, and statistics” gibe.
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What Science Says About Taking A Great Vacation

What Science Says About Taking A Great Vacation | The Campaign for Social Science presents the best of the UK's social science on the web | Scoop.it
Summer vacations often take time, energy and money to plan. Expectations can run unreasonably high. This week, we dive into what social science research says about how to have a better getaway.
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Summer vacations: We wait for them all year. We pour time, energy and money into planning them. Expectations can run unreasonably high.

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