Study finds social pressure drives voter turnout

When people decide whether or not to vote, they probably aren’t expecting to cast the tie-breaking ballot. Instead, a growing body of research suggests voters go to the polls as a result of pressure from others — voting to avoid the social stigma of having shirked their civic duty.
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Physics Professors Margaret Murnane, right, and Henry Kapteyn of JILA pose next to one of their laser apparatuses in their laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder campus on August 25, 2010.  (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

UC Berkeley, UCLA, CU Boulder scientists collaborate to improve real-time functional imaging

The National Science Foundation granted the Science and Technology Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging, or STROBE, $24 million over a five year period. Researchers said that the cooperative efforts of experts in different fields, along with the diversity of resources and technologies accessible to participating institutions will enable more productive research.
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