Latest Research and Reviews

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    The impacts of technological development on social sphere lack strong empirical foundation. Here the authors presented quantitative analysis of the phenomenon of social acceleration across a range of digital datasets and found that interest appears in bursts that dissipate on decreasing timescales and occur with increasing frequency.

    • Philipp Lorenz-Spreen
    • , Bjarke Mørch Mønsted
    • , Philipp Hövel
    •  & Sune Lehmann
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    Social groups form collective memories, but the temporal dynamics of this process are unclear. Here, the authors show that when early conversations involve individuals that bridge across clusters of a social network, the network reaches higher mnemonic convergence compared to when early conversations occur within clusters.

    • Ida Momennejad
    • , Ajua Duker
    •  & Alin Coman
  • Research |

    Analysing the results from four major sports leagues and a multiplayer online game reveals that prior shared success as a team significantly improves the odds of winning beyond what is explained by the skill of individual players.

    • Satyam Mukherjee
    • , Yun Huang
    • , Julia Neidhardt
    • , Brian Uzzi
    •  & Noshir Contractor
  • Research | | open

    Online misinformation is a threat to a well-informed electorate and undermines democracy. Here, the authors analyse the spread of articles on Twitter, find that bots play a major role in the spread of low-credibility content and suggest control measures for limiting the spread of misinformation.

    • Chengcheng Shao
    • , Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia
    • , Onur Varol
    • , Kai-Cheng Yang
    • , Alessandro Flammini
    •  & Filippo Menczer

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Populist politicians—a diverse bunch that include business tycoons, academics and even comedians—are winning elections in Europe and beyond. Jan Zielonka discusses the reasons underlying the rise of populism and how liberals must appeal to the younger generation and regain voters’ trust.

    • Jan Zielonka
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Nature asked nine leading Europeans to pick their top priority for science at this pivotal point. Love, money, and trust got most votes.

    • Carlos Moedas
    • , Isabelle Vernos
    • , Stephan Kuster
    • , Helga Nowotny
    • , Andrea Saltelli
    • , Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
    • , Jan Wouter Vasbinder
    • , Daniel R. Brooks
    •  & Patrick Cunningham
    Nature 569, 481-484
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Proactive, cosmopolitan and open, the European Union is filling a leadership void on the global stage, argue James Wilsdon and Sarah de Rijcke.

    • James Wilsdon
    •  & Sarah de Rijcke
    Nature 569, 479-481