Social science

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New center to address immigration policy debates in real time

U.S. Immigration Policy Center at UC San Diego aims to bring data-driven research to decision makers, media and the public.

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How to engage in difficult but respectful dialogue

‘3 Practices’ work especially well. A two-day workshop explored the technique.

Ochan Otim and sachets

Researcher finds dangerous levels of metals in liquor sold in Uganda

UCLA Extension’s Ochan Otim found traces of arsenic, chromium and lead in the spirits.

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Teens who seek solitude may be on the right track

While loneliness is often correlated with depression, choosing to be alone can actually be good for you.

UCSF stress meditation group

Can short-term stress make the body and mind more resilient?

A new UCSF study is testing a theory about how much stress is good for us.

UC Merced professors sitting together

New project aims to predict people likely to use firearms in suicides

Shocking stats about suicide by firearm (the most common method in the U.S.) move professors to action.

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An easy life hack to make weekends more refreshing

Does treating your weekend like a vacation make you happier? A working paper says yes.

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Why cities should stop playing Amazon’s game and quit offering companies tax incentives

Economic research suggests tax incentives and other corporate subsidies don't have the positive impact they're supposed to.

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The science of work

Are innovators born or are they created? Elizabeth Lyons sets out to answer questions just like this.

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Adolescents have a fundamental need to contribute

Teens get a bad rap as selfish, dangerous risk-takers, but neuroscience and psychology are revising that image.

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