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Are complex voting systems worth the effort?

ALEX SZORKOVSZKY 1 DAY AGO

The End and the Future of Occupy Central

VIKTORIA SPAISER 4 DAYS AGO

The Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP) protest in Hong Kong lasted for more than 20 days and it seems the protests now come to an end with police clearing the protest camps. Or is there still a chance for the protests to resume? In mid-September, the Chinese University of Hong Kong conducted a ...

The most exceptional democracy in the world

DAVID SUMPTER 1 WEEK AGO

The last 30 years have seen a global trend towards greater democracy. In particular, Eastern Europe, South America and parts of South East Asia have all become more democratic. These changes have been documented by Freedom House, who measure civil liberties and political rights. They provide a number ...

Models for realistic Sustainable Development Goals

DAVID SUMPTER 1 WEEK AGO

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) have led to actions that have reduced poverty and disease, increased access to education and produced other positive effects around the world. But much more needs to be done to share the world’s prosperity and build for a sustainable future. As part of setting ...

A Fish Turing Test

MAKSYM ROMENSKY 1 WEEK AGO

A good test of how well we understand something is how well we can reproduce it on a computer.   This type of 'computer simulation' test was proposed by mathematician Alan Turing as a way of determining whether scientists had created Artificial Intelligence. He suggested that if we can succ...

The Sound of Cicadas: 'Audiolising' Data

JAMES HERBERT-READ 4 WEEKS AGO

Data are beautiful. They describe the state of the world around us without us having to rely on subjective feelings or judgements about it. But data can also be tricky – especially when there is lots of it. How do we cope with masses of data and how do we make sense of it all?   We encoun...

Fun Fridays

DAVID SUMPTER 4 WEEKS AGO

The new collective-behavior website is possible because we are having fun. Our research group has decided to spend Fridays each week both communicating what we do to a wider audience and to use our skills on problems we don't normally deal with. This approach makes us think more widely and sharpen up ...

Creating gender bias without statistical significance

DAVID SUMPTER 1 MONTH AGO

There have been a number of online discussions about the statistical significance of the low recruitment of women in this year's Royal Society fellowships. Here I take a slightly different perspective. I show that gender bias in academia can easily be created even when each career stage appears to be ...

Changing the balance of males and females in biology

DAVID SUMPTER 1 MONTH AGO

In most universities, undergraduate biology is a female dominated subject. At graduate school, roughly half of PhD students are men and half are women. But further on in the academic career the proportion of females starts to drop off. In biology-related fields, 38% of postdocs are women, dropping to ...

How do we become emancipated?

VIKTORIA SPAISER 1 MONTH AGO

The World Value Survey (WVS) is a remarkable project. Since 1981, the WVS has collected data on the attitudes, beliefs and values of almost 100 countries. The power of the survey is that the same questions are asked in all countries, allowing the attitudes of citizens across the world to be compared. ...

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