Category - Society & Economy
For many decades scientists have believed that people have an ‘irrational optimism bias‘ – a tendency to underestimate their chances of negative experiences, while overestimating their chances of positive events. A new study casts doubt over claims that people are inherently over-optimistic or ‘optimistically biased‘ about the future.
Teratogenicity — the risk of congenital anomaly — is of great importance when making decisions about whether medicines are safe to use during pregnancy. When medicines first become available, however, there is little information to advise women and clinicians about which are safer than others. The EUROmediCAT consortium has been working over the last four years to combine dat sources from around Europe in order to create a permanent and reliable platform for providing this kind of advice.
Writing for the London School of Economics\' Behavioural Science blog, Heather Kappes talks about the implications of the controversial Reproducibility Project
A new exhibition in Karlsruhe, Germany, marries science and art to paint a picture of how Earth’s future species may view fossils left behind after mankind’s extinction