research http://nhpr.org en Has Terrorism Research Become Stagnant? http://nhpr.org/post/has-terrorism-research-become-stagnant <p>“Why did they do it?”&nbsp; That’s one of the first questions on the lips of every reporter and pundit after a tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombing, and often there is no satisfying answer.&nbsp; In cases of domestic terrorism, the motives of the perpetrator leave us with other, equally difficult questions:&nbsp; what separates angry young men, most of whom will never commit acts of mass violence, from those who do?</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 14:17:08 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27807 at http://nhpr.org Has Terrorism Research Become Stagnant? Political Science Under Attack http://nhpr.org/post/political-science-under-attack <p>Two weeks ago, Congress passed a continuing budget resolution that included an amendment to cease all funding of political science research. Currently, Poly-Sci gets about ten million dollars a year in support from the national science foundation. In a recent <a href="http://www.psmag.com/blogs/seth-masket/congress-nsf-political-science-budget-54283/" target="_blank">series of posts</a> on <em>Pacific Standard</em>, <strong>Seth Masket</strong>, political scientist at the University of Denver, says his field has become a new political punching bag. We’ve asked Seth on to tell us why…and why he thinks such research matters.</p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:37:31 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25118 at http://nhpr.org Political Science Under Attack High Heels Are Sexy and Other "No Duh" Research http://nhpr.org/post/high-heels-are-sexy-and-other-no-duh-research <P>The high heel—ever the fashion accessory—has always attracted attention. Turns out (insert astonishment here)&nbsp;that they make the wearer <EM>more </EM>attractive and <EM>more </EM>feminine.&nbsp;</P> <P>In honor of this not quite surprising research, here are our top scientific no-brainers inspired by the <A href="http://www.improbable.com/ig/">Ig Nobel&nbsp;</A>prizes for thoughtful, humorous and sometimes absurd research. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:18:38 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Alison Kuzmickas & alis 19686 at http://nhpr.org High Heels Are Sexy and Other "No Duh" Research Matchmaking for Medical Research http://nhpr.org/post/matchmaking-medical-research <P>Dating sites like E-Harmony and Match.com use complex math to bring people together. Now, a project funded by the Michael J. Fox foundation is leveraging similar matchmaking algorithms to link people with Parkinson’s disease to appropriate clinical trials.&nbsp;</P> <P>Journalist <STRONG>Neal Ungerleider</STRONG> <A href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1681007/using-dating-site-algorithms-to-fight-parkinsons">wrote about the Fox Trial Finder </A>tool for Fast Company.&nbsp;</P> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:54:35 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18253 at http://nhpr.org UNH To Lead Study Of Climate Change's Impact On Roads And Bridges http://nhpr.org/post/unh-lead-study-climate-changes-impact-roads-and-bridges <p>The National Science Foundation has given <a href="http://www.unh.edu/news/releases/2012/oct/bp03nsfgrant.cfm#ixzz28Fa0DCRv">The University of New Hampshire $750,000 </a>to coordinate the study of the impacts of Climate Change on roads and bridges.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11691">grant money </a>will establish a network of Northeast climate scientists and civil engineers led by UNH researchers.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:24:20 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 14100 at http://nhpr.org UNH To Lead Study Of Climate Change's Impact On Roads And Bridges The Downside of Happiness http://nhpr.org/post/downside-happiness <p>There's lots of research about things that make us feel good...but is feeling good really good for us?</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:02:03 +0000 Virginia Prescott 7310 at http://nhpr.org The Downside of Happiness The 'I' in Innovation? http://nhpr.org/post/i-innovation <p>Do individuals really change the world, or is there a team behind the technology?</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 14:16:16 +0000 Virginia Prescott 5891 at http://nhpr.org The 'I' in Innovation? Breaking Down the Brain http://nhpr.org/post/breaking-down-brain <p>A neurologist gets us thinking about what a new map of the brain may mean.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:07:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3216 at http://nhpr.org Breaking Down the Brain Death Penalty Research Flawed, Expert Panel Says http://nhpr.org/post/death-penalty-research-flawed-expert-panel-says Proponents of the death penalty often argue that the threat of being executed acts as a deterrent that prevents people from committing murder. But those who oppose capital punishment challenge that claim. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:17:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 3232 at http://nhpr.org On Fouls and Free Throws: New Basketball Research Hits the Court http://nhpr.org/post/fouls-and-free-throws-new-basketball-research-hits-court <p>A wave of new basketball data digs into why players 'choke' under pressure, how they perform in front of new fans, and whether or not the 'urban phenom' is a myth.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:50:40 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2434 at http://nhpr.org On Fouls and Free Throws: New Basketball Research Hits the Court We needed scientists for THIS? http://nhpr.org/post/we-needed-scientists <p>A blogger picks apart a new study that says unfortunate baby names make lives a little tougher.</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:39:37 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1461 at http://nhpr.org We needed scientists for THIS? Are WE ruining research? http://nhpr.org/post/are-we-ruining-research <p>A journalist questions whether programs like ours are driving researchers to "sex up" their research, or, in extreme cases, commit fraud to get the attention of the press.</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 17:40:32 +0000 Virginia Prescott 705 at http://nhpr.org Are WE ruining research?