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Seeing You Distorts My Memory: People With Attachment Anxiety More Likely to Create False Memories When They Can See the Person Talking

NeuroScience News– Adults who frequently worry about being rejected or abandoned by those closest to them are more prone to having false memories when they can see who is conveying the information, a new study suggests. The authors, SMU’s Nathan Hudson and Michigan State University’s William J. Chopik, found that adults with attachment anxiety tend to remember details incorrectly […]

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Length of a canoe = wingspan of this new pterosaur species

SMU’s paleontologists Louis Jacobs and Michael Polcyn helped find fossils of this flying reptile of the dinosaur. Learn more is Science Daily

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Why are Californians moving to Texas and how that might change the state

Dallas Morning News: The Bush Institute’s Cullum Clark shares what he’s learned about California-to-Texas migration. “Don’t California my Texas” is a common refrain of Texans who don’t want an influx of Californians to influence the traditional Republican values of the state. The California-to-Texas migration trend is hard to ignore, especially after the pandemic led to […]

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Too much blue light can accelerate aging … at least for flies

NBC News: Although there’s great interest in discussing the potential downsides of blue light, the explosion of the number of personal screens is still outpacing what’s known about its effect on human health. Excessive blue light can cause accelerated aging in flies because this exposure can cause cellular damage, according to a study released Wednesday. […]

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3 Reasons To Leave Your ‘People Never Change’ Philosophy Behind

Forbes: There’s so much literature and discourse in our society suggesting that humans are incapable of change. Platitudes like ‘boys will be boys’ and ‘once a cheater, always a cheater’ speak volumes about the way we perceive human personalities, especially problematic ones. Holding such an absolute notion about something as dynamic as human nature can […]

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NASA’s Artemis I Is a Go for Historic Launch to the Moon

How Stuff Works: Unfortunately, NASA scrubbed today’s Artemis launch due to engine issues. SMU’s Matt Siegler explains why this mission would have been so historic. https://science.howstuffworks.com/artemis-news.htm

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DMN Op-Ed: Fix redistricting bias and the nation might be able to reduce partisan gridlock

Dallas Morning News: As voters, we elect the people who represent us. If only that were completely true. Political gerrymandering, which courts have upheld as legal, allows politicians to pick their voters, in essence seeding districts with voters of like mind and creating safe districts that minimize competition, encourage elected officials to pay less attention […]

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SMU researchers say Texas lawmakers’ redistricting maps show clear bias toward Republicans

WFAA: Math for Unbiased Maps created 1.5 million random redistricting maps and none were as biased as the one lawmakers approved Researchers at Southern Methodist University say new congressional maps passed by Texas lawmakers are significantly biased and engineered to create a Republican advantage. Andrea Barreiro is an associate professor of mathematics at SMU and part of […]

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SMU team generated 1.5M district maps, but none were as gerrymandered as Texas’ pick

Dallas Morning News: A group of SMU mathematicians and one philosopher are using math to measure how biased voting district maps are in Texas. The group, called Math for Unbiased Maps in Texas, uses software that generates millions of maps to compare with proposed district maps, creating an opportunity for greater accountability in redistricting. Every […]

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Jonathan Malesic writes follow-up New York Times essay, “Don’t lose hope”

After English department faculty member  Jonathan Malesic received more than 1,000 responses to his essay, “My College Students Are Not OK,” the New York Times published a follow-up essay with his response to some of the questions he received. “Don’t lose hope,” he urged a college student. “We’re going to need to all the brainpower […]