Political scientists say concerns about this year’s electoral process — conspiracy theories, democratic backsliding, the integrity of mail ballots — are challenging some fundamental ideas about the United States.
COVID-19 has upended many aspects of normal life, including this fall’s election season. The pandemic has cast its long shadow over the process of voting by mail. At the same time, the nation’s social and political climate — fraught with protests for racial justice, an erosion of shared democratic principles, and an increase in political conspiracy theories — has culminated in a November election like few others.
“If enough Americans stop believing that elections can represent the will of the people, our political system is truly broken.” …
Children’s television programming not only shapes opinions and preferences, its characters can have positive or negative impacts on childhood aspiration, according to a new study.
The study is the first large-scale analysis of characters featured in science, technology, engineering, and math-related educational programming.
The study in the Journal of Children and Media reveals that of the characters appearing in STEM television programming for kids ages 3 to 6, Latinx and females are left behind.
“Children soak up subtleties and are learning and taking cues from everything; by age 5, you can see that they understand implicit biases,” says lead author Fashina Aladé, assistant professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. …
Honey bees rely on chemical cues related to their shared gut microbial communities, not genetic relatedness, to identify members of their colony, new research shows.
For a honey bee, few things are more important than recognizing your nestmates. Being able to tell a nestmate from an invader could mean the difference between a honey-stocked hive and a long, lean winter.