research en 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 Has Terrorism Research Become Stagnant? 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="" 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 Political Science Under Attack 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="">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 High Heels Are Sexy and Other "No Duh" Research Matchmaking for Medical Research <P>Dating sites like E-Harmony and 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="">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 UNH To Lead Study Of Climate Change's Impact On Roads And Bridges <p>The National Science Foundation has given <a href="">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="">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 UNH To Lead Study Of Climate Change's Impact On Roads And Bridges The Downside of 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 The Downside of Happiness The 'I' in 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 The 'I' in Innovation? Breaking Down the 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 Breaking Down the Brain 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 On Fouls and Free Throws: New Basketball Research Hits the 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 On Fouls and Free Throws: New Basketball Research Hits the Court We needed scientists for THIS? <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 We needed scientists for THIS? 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 Are WE ruining research?