Every day, people share a dizzying amount of information about local communities online. They talk about whether their neighbors are friendly, how well the buses run, what kinds of restaurants are in an area, and much, much more. A new study shows how we can sort through this vast trove of digital data to improve cities and people's quality of life.
Black and Hispanic Americans bear a disproportionate burden from air pollution caused mainly by non-Hispanic white Americans, according to a study to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research, led by researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington, quantifies for the first time the racial gap between who causes air pollution and who breathes it.
The teeth of a new fossil monkey, unearthed in the badlands of northwest Kenya, help fill a 6-million-year void in Old World monkey evolution, according to a study by US and Kenyan scientists published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
A study led by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has used eye-tracking techniques to analyze the processes of selective attention that determine the way in which we explore and interact with our environment. Researchers studied the movements of the eyes when observing different decorative patterns represented in prehistoric ceramic objects. The results indicate that there is a parallel evolution between the cognitive processes, the development of material culture, and social complexity.
A new study of animal populations inside and outside a protected area in Senegal, Niokolo-Koba National Park, shows that protecting such an area from human interaction and development preserves not only chimps but many other mammal species.
Gay and lesbian spaces in cities are dispersing and diversifying rather than disappearing, new University of British Columbia research has found. A common perception is that major urban centers have just one, singular gay neighborhood -- or 'gayborhood' -- where all gay people live, but the UBC research shows that LGBTQ people are increasingly living in 'cultural archipelagos' beyond the gayborhood.
Simple, inexpensive urban design interventions can increase well-being and social connections among city residents, finds a new case study from the Urban Realities Lab at the University of Waterloo.
The impact human activities have on the cultural behaviors and traditions of our closest relative, the chimpanzee, is drastic, reports a new study -- one based on an unprecedented data set of nearly 150 African chimpanzee communities.
Ph.D. candidate Tomas Mathews finds that the sensation that makes people want to move when they listen to music -- the groove -- is more enjoyable with moderate rhythm and harmony complexity.
A mass sacrifice at a 15th century archaeological site in Peru saw the ritual killing of over 140 children and over 200 llamas, according to a study released March 6, 2019 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gabriel Prieto of the National University of Trujillo, Peru and colleagues. This is the largest known mass sacrifice of children -- and of llamas -- in the New World.