The Majority of Catholic Republicans Believe in Climate Change

by J. WESLEY JUDD from Pacific Standard (Photo: petrmalinak/Shutterstock)   Last week, Pope Francis released his long awaited—and preemptively leaked—encyclical, acknowledging climate change as mostly human-induced and cause for drastic transformation on both individual and nationwide levels. It was an unprecedented move by the leader of the Catholic Church, as religiosity has long been linked to…

‘Do Fathers Matter?’ Explores Dad’s Influence

from SciFriday In his new book Do Fathers Matter? What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked, science writer Paul Raeburn writes of the surprising biological and genetic connections fathers have with their children. A father who’s depressed during his partner’s pregnancy, for instance, boosts the odds that his unborn child will be…

Americans Are Spending Too Much On Rent

from Here and Now A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition finds that rent is not affordable for a growing number of Americans. (amslerpix/Flickr) A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition finds that rent is not affordable for a growing number of Americans. Linda Couch, senior vice president for…

Powerful People Are Sensitive to Unfairness—If They’re the Victims

by TOM JACOBS from Pacific Standard It’s a perplexing phenomenon. Powerful people, such as Wall Street bankers, willreact quickly and loudly to any perceived slights, while less-powerful ones let things slide—at least until the affronts they suffer become so egregious that they spark a riot. Why do instances of unfairness produce such disparate reactions? Newly published…

Political Power and Protest Can Undermine Crime

by Maria B. Velez, Christopher J. Lyons, and Wayne A. Santoro from The Society Pages The full research can be found here: “The Political Context of the Percent Black–Neighborhood Violence Link: A Multilevel Analysis,” Social Problems, 2015 Protestors in Oakland, CA. Photo by Annette Bernhardt, Flickr Creative Commons. Stories like those out of Ferguson and Baltimore show…

The Talent Migration Paradox

by JIM RUSSELL from Pacific Standard Raising a region’s college educational attainment rate has become a holy grail of economic development efforts. Theoretically, instead of the usual people following jobs, employers will move where talent wants to live. Boondoggles abound as real estate developers make their pitch to place fickle Millennials. In Denver, drunk and lazy…