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Defining generations: Where Millennials end and Generation Z begins

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The advantages of cohort researches

For decades, Pew Research Center has been committed to measuring public attitudes on key issues and documenting differences in those attitudes across demographic groups. One lens often employed by researchers at the Center to understand these differences is that of generation.

Generations provide the opportunity to look at Americans both by their place in the life cycle – whether a young adult, a middle-aged parent or a retiree – and by their membership in a cohort of individuals who were born at a similar time.

As Pew Research Center examined in past work, generational cohorts give researchers a tool to analyze changes in views over time. They can provide a way to understand how different formative experiences (such as world events and technological, economic and social shifts) interact with the life-cycle and aging process to shape people's views of the world. While younger and older adults may differ in their views at a given moment, generational cohorts allow researchers to examine how today's older adults felt about a given issue when they themselves were young, as well as to describe how the trajectory of views might differ across generations.


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Florida is... Nature: An art project by Xavier Cortada

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Florida's 200th anniversary 

On February 22, 1821, the Adams–Onís Treaty was signed, formally transferring Florida from Spain to the United States.

Three centuries earlier, Spanish conquistadores landed on our peninsula, claiming it for Spain and naming it La Florida – from flor, the Spanish word for flower. That 1513 encounter initiated a series of actions that, in recent years, has forever changed our state and its ecosystems.

To commemorate this year's 200th anniversary, Cortada is continuing his ongoing project Florida is... Nature, which encourages participants to depict Florida's natural beauty as they find better ways to coexist with nature.

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Many publics around the world doubt the safety of genetically modified foods

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The increasing demand for food production

Concern about genetically modified foods is widespread globally, with about half of people in 20 publics around the world saying these foods are unsafe to eat, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted between October 2019 and March 2020.

As growth in the world's population increases demand on the global food supply, nations have debated the role of genetically engineered or genetically modified foods. Advocates see such foods as one route to meeting food production demands.


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Sunday Inspirational Quote: Kahlil Gibran

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Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.

- Kahlil Gibran

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Scientific Abstract - Where Each Word Counts

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Few Words - Much Content

Writing a good abstract is the key to earning credibility for your research. The abstract is the face of your paper. With few words, it tells the reader about the content and the importance of the research. Having a good abstract means that your paper and you as a scientist will get the deserved attention.  Below we will take a brief look at how to master the art of writing a scientific abstract and will give you some useful tips.

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