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Content: Volume 8, Issue 3

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The Dark Side of Nudges

How can you get someone to change their behavior in a socially desirable way? One method employed by governments and policy experts worldwide is the use of behavioral interventions or “nudges”: if you can provide a useful piece of information (e.g., benefits of washing hands,... click to read more

  • Jonathan Hall | Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at University of Toronto
  • Joshua Madsen | Assistant Professor of Accounting at University of Minnesota
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Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 30, 2022
The mechanisms behind synchronized hunts in spiders

In nature, entities like cells or organisms like spiders and humans, can interact to generate collective behavior. Among these fascinating behaviors, synchronization is found at all scales of life, from heart tissue where cells beat regularly to assemblies of fireflies that flash in rhythm. Within... click to read more

  • Violette Chiara | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale (UMR5169), Centre de Biologie Intégrative, Université de Toulouse; Université Paul Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse, France; Centro de Investigación Mariña, Universidade de Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
  • Raphaël Jeanson | Senior Researcher at Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale (UMR5169), Centre de Biologie Intégrative, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Views 1685
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 28, 2022
Using ants to sniff out cancer?

According to the WHO, cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Efficient screening programs exist but detect only a select number of cancers and are invasive and expensive. What if a team of scientists told you they had found a new original method... click to read more

Views 2129
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 21, 2022
Network resuscitation – pumping life into a failed complex system

We have seen this many times in movies: an unconscious protagonist is jolted back to life through abrupt electrical shocks from a defibrillator. But how is that possible? A functioning body is, after all, an intricate machinery of extremely complex organs, all having to perform... click to read more

Views 1879
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 15, 2022
When One Disaster Follows Another

In September 2017 Hurricane Irma passed close to Puerto Rico, and its torrential rainfall and high winds led to widespread power outages, saturated ground, blocked roads, and damaged water systems. Just two weeks later, Hurricane Maria moved directly across the island with sustained winds of... click to read more

  • Gary Machlis | Professor at Clemson University, USA
  • Steward Pickett | Distinguished Senior Scientist at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 14, 2022