social science

Researchers find AI is bad at predicting GPA, grit, eviction, job training, layoffs, and material hardship

Researchers find AI is bad at predicting GPA, grit, eviction, job training, layoffs, and material hardship

In a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers conclude that AI is a poor predictor of social outcomes like job loss.
Ubiquitous Surveillance Cameras Are Changing Our Understanding of Human Behavior

Ubiquitous Surveillance Cameras Are Changing Our Understanding of Human Behavior

Surveillance footage is providing new insights into how humans interact in public. But should scientists be able to see it?
In the age of burnout, how companies keep their employees coming back

In the age of burnout, how companies keep their employees coming back

As workplaces become more flexible about leaves and sabbaticals, managing the return to the office is becoming a business in its own right.

Cautionary Tales: a new podcast that tells the intriguing stories of historical "mishaps, fiascos and disasters"

Economist, author, podcaster and radio presenter Tim Harford (previously) has a fantastic new podcast: Cautionary Tales, which Tim describes as "Eight stories of mishaps, fiascos and disasters -
Taking a chance on trust is smarter than playing it safe

Taking a chance on trust is smarter than playing it safe

If people and institutions are more trustworthy than we give them credit for, why don’t we get it right? Why don’t we trust more?
Empathy Is Tearing Us Apart

Empathy Is Tearing Us Apart

Americans are as polarized as they've ever been. Could the problem be that we're caring for each other too much?
Cats Really Do Bond With Their Humans, Study Finds

Cats Really Do Bond With Their Humans, Study Finds

It’s a widely held assumption, even by some cat owners, that domestic felines don’t get much socially from being our pets. But a new study out Monday is the latest to suggest that many cats form
Politically incorrect speech can be good politics

Politically incorrect speech can be good politics

Both conservatives and liberals can react positively to politically incorrect speech.
Legendary Haight Street Gets a New, Legal King of Weed

Legendary Haight Street Gets a New, Legal King of Weed

Equity programs can help get those affected by the War on Drugs into the cannabis business. That's helped Shawn Richard win approval for the first legal weed shop in the famed Upper Haight.
Researchers Want to Link Your Genes and Income—Should They?

Researchers Want to Link Your Genes and Income—Should They?

A push to calculate a 'genetic income score' using giant DNA databases raises a raft of ethical questions.
An experimental soccer league in post-ISIS Iraq put a major theory on prejudice to the test

An experimental soccer league in post-ISIS Iraq put a major theory on prejudice to the test

These experiments are on-the-ground field studies embedded in daily life, rather than secluded in the laboratory.
Scientists Reveal Ancient Social Networks Using AI—and X-Rays

Scientists Reveal Ancient Social Networks Using AI—and X-Rays

Historians are using data science to unearth overlooked female power brokers, imperial influencers, and other figures hidden in ancient texts.
Humans Built Complex Societies Before They Invented Moral Gods

Humans Built Complex Societies Before They Invented Moral Gods

The appearance of moralizing gods in religion occurred after—and not before—the emergence of large, complex societies, according to new research. This finding upturns conventional thinking on the
Your Weather Tweets Are Showing Your Climate Amnesia

Your Weather Tweets Are Showing Your Climate Amnesia

A database of 2 billion tweets shows people get so used to weather extremes they might stop noticing them. That's bad for action on climate change.
How a Harry Potter Quiz Gave Back to Science

How a Harry Potter Quiz Gave Back to Science

Behind the scenes of a novel data journalism partnership
Darpa Wants to Solve Science’s Reproducibility Crisis With AI

Darpa Wants to Solve Science’s Reproducibility Crisis With AI

Social science has an image problem—too many findings don't hold up. A new project will crank through 30,000 studies to try to identify red flags.
There are ways to combat racism that don’t rely on implicit bias

There are ways to combat racism that don’t rely on implicit bias

Implicit bias isn't the best way to create a more diverse workforce, but there are others ways to tackle prejudice
Trump's Immigration Speech Won't Change Minds, Science Says

Trump's Immigration Speech Won't Change Minds, Science Says

Research shows that direct appeals from the president don't sway people, and neither do fact-checks from the media. But they do keep us talking.
'Book Now!' Nudges Are the Paradox of Vacation Planning

'Book Now!' Nudges Are the Paradox of Vacation Planning

I needed a getaway. But I couldn't get away from Airbnb's stress-inducing pop-ups.
The cult of creativity is making us less creative

The cult of creativity is making us less creative

You may have noticed that creativity is all the rage—and not just among artists. American culture, and indeed the world, has become obsessed with manufacturing…