Topic: Economics & Business

August 2, 2018 Religion & Prosperity - Why do secular societies tend to be more prosperous?
April 25, 2018 Greener Biofuels - For biofuel makers, the new tax law makes lowering CO2 emissions profitable.
January 9, 2018 Anti-Poaching Rhino DNA - Matching poached rhino horns to the scene of the crime using DNA to nab wildlife traffickers.
October 3, 2017 Economics of Climate Change - A new report stresses the need for a practical response to climate change.
November 24, 2016 Pricey WIne - The price of a wine arbitrarily influences how pleasurable it is to drink.
April 29, 2016 Email Spam - Email spammers use disorienting techniques to get you to click on their links.
February 22, 2016 Gender Bias & Online Sales - Buyers shell out a lot less in online auctions when the seller is female.
September 16, 2015 Billion Dollar Bats - Busy bats are saving farmers a fortune by devouring crop-eating pests.
June 17, 2015 Wi-Fi Power - New microelectronic devices may get their energy through Wi-Fi signals.
June 4, 2015 Organic Farming Economics - Organic farming can be more profitable than conventional crops.
June 3, 2015 Infidelity & Breadwinning - People who are financially dependent on their spouse may be more likely to cheat on them.
May 4, 2015 Sustainable Seafood - Retailers are looking to the developing world to meet the growing demand for sustainable seafood.
February 5, 2015 Science or Nonsense? - ENCORE PRESENTATION - From the Science Update archives: Science confronts alternative medicine and vaccine myths. Also: Can we learn anything from violent video games?
July 15, 2014 Bubble Brains - In stock trading simulations, people's brains indicate whether or not they'll get out before the bubble bursts.
June 9, 2014 Sustainable Stuff - Manufactured goods today have so many parts from so many places that even the companies that sell them can’t keep track.
March 31, 2014 Fisheries Bycatch - A global perspective is needed to cut down on the unintentional casualties of commercial fishing.
February 25, 2014 Kidney Donation Math - Computer matching can make more donated kidneys available to those who need them.
February 7, 2014 Present-Future Border - Moving the imaginary border between the past and the future may affect how you manage your money.
November 7, 2013 Endangered Whale Detector - Engineers are developing “whale detectors” to help ships avoid striking them.
November 5, 2013 Rat Casinos - Miniature “casinos” built specially for rats are helping researchers understand gambling addiction in humans.
October 30, 2013 Spiders in Cars - Spiders in air conditioners have prompted a recall of over 800,000 Toyota vehicles.
October 16, 2013 Email Spam - Email spammers use disorienting techniques to get you to click on their links.
September 3, 2013 Cooking Sprays - How can companies claim that cooking sprays are “fat-free” if the first ingredient is oil?
August 27, 2013 Seal Bombs - Underwater explosions scare sea lions away from commercial fishing operations. But the noise could be impacting whales and dolphins.
August 9, 2013 Credit Card Fraud - How do cyber criminals steal your credit card information?
July 26, 2013 Self-Sustaining Buildings - The next generation of green buildings may be self-sufficient.
July 1, 2013 Pollution & Drought - Pollution in the Northern Hemisphere was largely responsible for deadly droughts in late 20th century Africa.
June 28, 2013 Podcast for 28 June 2013 - BRAINS & BEHAVIOR - When apes take a gamble. The value of precision in negotiations. And a new approach to targeting drug addiction in the brain. Also: what above-ground nuclear tests in the mid-20th century can tell scientists about the brain.
August 31, 2012 Podcast for 31 August 2012 - WHALES, APES & BIRDS - Chimps don't share our sense of justice. What gibbons on helium can tell us about opera singers. Deciphering the peacock's hidden message. What an endangered whale has in common with songbirds. Also: Did a Central American rodent save a tree species from extinction?
August 30, 2012 Precision Decisions - People trust products more when precise language is used to market them.
August 22, 2012 The Color of Money - The color red may be associated with more aggressive bidding in online auctions.
August 17, 2012 Podcast for 17 August 2012 - PSYCHOLOGY OF CONSUMPTION - Why planning a lifestyle change often backfires, why buying larger quantities doesn't always mean a better deal, and the relationship between speed of consumption and satisfaction, Also: did hunter-gatherers really use more calories than people living today? And an unmanned aircraft maps an archaeological site in Peru in record time.
August 9, 2012 When Planning Backfires - Planning a major lifestyle change can be a good idea, but only if you feel good about yourself to begin with.
August 6, 2012 When More is Less - New research suggests that we’re prone to think a package deal is a better value if quantity is listed before price.
July 26, 2012 Robotic Gait - Engineers have developed a two-legged robot with a more lifelike walking gait.
July 25, 2012 Social Poker - Neuroscientists used poker games and MRI scans to separate social from purely strategic decision making.
May 21, 2012 Money vs. Morals - What would you do if given enough money?
September 7, 2011 Opinion Spam - A computer program can distinguish real hotel reviews from fake ones.
August 31, 2011 Free-Market Fungi - Symbiotic plants and fungi reward generous trade partners and punish stingy ones.
June 29, 2011 Rainbow Polymer - Color-shifting polymers could make money and other documents harder to copy.
May 20, 2011 Podcast for 20 May 2011 – All That Glitters - The soaring price of gold drives deforestation in the Amazon, colonoscopies laced with gold could help detect cancer, and honey protects against antibiotic resistance. Also: a starless starfish, and a jellyfish that navigates without a brain.
May 11, 2011 Gold & Deforestation - Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest increases as gold prices rise.
October 22, 2010 Podcast - PSYCHOLOGY: Why listening to half of a cell phone conversation is so distracting, how we choose which hand to use, why we'll pay more if we can touch a product, and the mechanisms behind a fast-acting antidepressant.
October 19, 2010 Teamwork Roundup - Just because a group has the smartest people doesn't mean it makes the smartest decisions.
October 15, 2010 Beer Science Roundup - Brewing beer is an art, but a new beer analysis project could make it more of a science.
October 7, 2010 Touchy-Feely Buyers - We're willing to shell out more money for items we can touch.
April 2, 2010 Rare Earth Roundup - Rare earth elements make many modern technologies possible, but extracting them results in large amounts of toxic waste.
December 15, 2009 Accounting Fraud Alert - A new algorithm looks for accounting fraud by analyzing non-financial statistics.
October 22, 2009 Corporate Apologies - Dissatisfied customers may respond better to an apology than a cash rebate.
August 25, 2009 Rising Health Costs - Rising health care costs have slowed the growth of companies that subsidize employees' insurance.