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How the EU’s antitrust lawsuit against tech giant Apple could affect U

It’ll likely take years before the U.S. government’s massive antitrust lawsuit against Apple is resolved—but the iPhone maker’s troubles with European regulators offer a glimpse of what changes American customers may see down the line.The U.S. lawsuit seeks to stop Apple from undermining technologies that compete with its own apps in areas such as streaming, messaging, and digital payments. The Department of Justice also wants to prevent the tech giant from building language into its contracts with developers, accessory…

How comparison options affect stock buys

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Should I invest my money with a small chance of big returns? Or is it better to pick investments that promise a series of modest returns? A psychologist from the University of Basel conducted a scientific experiment to study when people prefer certain types of investments. When a company first goes public on the

How will generative artificial intelligence affect political advertising in 2024?

Illinois advertising professor Michelle Nelson says voters should expect to see a lot more generative AI in political ads during the 2024 election cycle, warning that it might be difficult-to-impossible to tell what's real and what's fake. Credit: L. Brian Stauffer It's estimated that $12 billion will be spent on political ads this election cycle—30% more than in 2020. The sheer volume of ads is remarkable, and there is vast…

Religion and science beliefs affect attitudes toward mental illness, study finds

(a and b) Predicted probabilities of explanations of the cause mental health by views of science-religion and race-ethnicity. Credit: Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World (2024). DOI: 10.1177/23780231231225543 Beliefs about the relationship between religion and science may be a key factor in people's views on mental health conditions like anxiety and depression, especially in minority racial communities, according…

New model evaluates how reputation and indirect reciprocity affect cooperative behaviors

Monitoring systems for individual and stereotyped reputations. Credit: PLOS Computational Biology (2024). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1011862 In the complicated world of human interactions, helping others can come back around, a concept known as indirect reciprocity. It's like a societal credit score, where one's good deeds build up a good reputation, prompting others to return the favor in the future. But what if this credit…

Study analyzes how lies affect economic decisions

Frequency of even reports. Credit: Economics Letters (2023). DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2023.111496 Psychology and Economics come together in a recent line of research, led by Ismael Rodríguez-Lara, Professor at the University of Malaga, who studies how lies affect economic decisions. It is a study, developed together with the Professor at the University of

How public awareness campaigns can affect our thoughts

Many climate campaigns draw connections to marine life. Niamh O'Dowd studies what impact such campaigns have on us. Credit: Surfers Against Sewage "The war against climate change." The expression is so ingrained in our language that we forget it contains a metaphor, but it does: it makes a connection between climate change and war, a war we must win. The expression is therefore figurative.

Tesla’s union fight in Sweden may now affect Superchargers

Tesla’s decision to not sign a collective agreement with its service workers in Sweden may now affect Superchargers as another union joins the fight. For the past four months, Tesla service workers in Sweden have been on strike in order to get included in a collective agreement. The automaker has always had a hard stance against unions, and it has thus far been able to fend off unionization efforts at its manufacturing facilities. This one in Sweden seemed manageable. It’s only affecting a few…

Meteorologist explains how climate change will affect the back-and-forth La Niña, El Niño weather patterns

Credit: CC0 Public Domain This is a simple question with perhaps not so simple an answer. Scientists do expect rising global temperatures to influence the weather patterns known as La Niña and El Niño—but just how strong that influence will be remains unclear. Much will depend on the many other variables that play a part in our daily weather and