It is into this context then that people now might find themselves reading an article online in the press, even reported by the most reputable media outlets, and then clicking a link that brings them to a newly published paper, or recently posted pre-print, and coming face-to-face with research data, potentially for the first time. However, even for scientists that are experts in the topic of a specific research study, the devil is very much in the details. Serving as a peer reviewer for a scientific journal is extremely time consuming and takes countless hours of work going through different drafts of a manuscript in great detail. Furthermore, once a study is published, researchers will often analyze particular papers in what is referred to as a "journal club"—which is a bit like a book club, but usually with less wine. … [Read more...] about How to Best Approach COVID-19 Research
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In a new study, just published in The Journal of Sex Research, Dr. Gore-Gorszewska recruited 30 men and women between the age of 65 and 82 years old (the average age was 71.4 years old) living in Poland. Half the participants reported that they did not have a partner at the time of the study, 11 were in new relationships, and 4 were in long-term relationships. About two-thirds of the sample were retired. All participants identified as heterosexual. … [Read more...] about The Best (Sex) Is Yet to Come?
And these problems don’t just affect big cities. Part of the justification for agglomeration is that wealth generated in city centres will eventually “trickle outwards” as investors look for cheaper opportunities – hence Boris Johnson’s assertion in 2016 that a “pound spent in Croydon is far more valuable to the country than a pound spent in Strathclyde”. But in reality, this model has skewed investment, directing it away from manufacturing and other industries that still make up the bulk of employment in towns and outer city areas. As a result, many areas across the country – despite being ready and hungry for it – remain starved of investment. … [Read more...] about UK cities should work for the people who live in them, not for distant shareholders
This is a map of the US I made last year in response to my experiences there when filming my forthcoming Channel 4 series, Grayson Perry’s Big American Road Trip. I love maps. They have an air of authority, they show us where to go. This map toys with the common delusion that there is a clear and certain route out of our mess of feelings. … [Read more...] about Be it on God, guns or Greta, social media offers neat solutions for our messy feelings
The communications minister, Paul Fletcher, has signalled it is unlikely the code will cover the broadcasters because the ABC and SBS “have secure government funding, and accordingly the ABC and SBS are not the policy focus when it comes to remuneration aspects of the proposed mandatory code”. … [Read more...] about ABC and SBS should also receive fees from Facebook and Google, Labor says