Lack of public appreciation contributes to loneliness in farming, study shows

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A lack of public appreciation for farmers, and an understanding of the work they do and the pressures they’re under contributes to feelings of loneliness, according to a new study. The paper, “It’s a lonely old world”: Developing a multidimensional understanding of loneliness in farming,” is published in the journal Sociologia … Read more

First public global database of fossil fuels launches

A smokestack stands at a coal plant on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in Delta, Utah. On Monday, Sept. 19, the world’s first public database of fossil fuel production, reserves and emissions launches. It shows that the United States and Russia have enough fossil fuel reserves to exhaust the world’s remaining carbon budget to stay under … Read more

Scaling the cost of government programs using a cost-per-person price tag improves comprehension by the general public

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Government policies often are presented with hefty price tags, but people often zone out as more zeros are added to the total cost. A new study from Carnegie Mellon University suggests that rescaling the cost of programs can increase a person’s understanding of funding choices, which may improve how people participate … Read more

Who trusts gene-edited foods? New study gauges public acceptance

Scientists are running outdoor field trials this summer to test a gene-edited tomato variety that could provide a new dietary source of vitamin D. Credit: Amy Juhnke/Iowa State University Through CRISPR and other gene-editing technologies, researchers and developers are poised to bring dozens—if not hundreds—of new products to grocery stores: mushrooms with longer shelf lives, … Read more

Could the precipitous drop in public school enrollment be good for students?

Wendi Williams, dean of Mills College’s School of Education, says there may be some unexpected advantages to the decrease in public school enrollment, which has had concrete impacts on public schools across the country. Credit: Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University Schools in the US resumed in-person learning last year, but enrollment in public schools across the country … Read more

Study finds that public housing residents experience higher levels of air pollution

Residents of public housing throughout the United States experience higher levels of air pollution, according to an inter-institutional study led by a researcher from The University of Texas at El Paso that appeared in Scientific Reports, one of Nature’s portfolio of journals. Credit: Jayajit Chakraborty. Residents of public housing throughout the United States experience higher … Read more

Gun violence is a public health epidemic, experts say. It needs to be treated like one.

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Dr. Michael Rodriguez is tired of “thoughts and prayers.” He is overwhelmed. Wear. Frustrated with inaction. Yet another staggering string of gunfire massacres across the nation has left dozens dead and more reeling. Ten killed at a Buffalo, New York grocery store. Two teachers and 19 elementary school children dead in … Read more

Why gun control laws don’t pass Congress, despite majority public support and repeated outrage over mass shootings

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain With the carnage in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York in May 2022, calls have begun again for Congress to enact gun control. Since the 2012 massacre of 20 children and four staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, legislation introduced in response to mass killings has consistently … Read more