Ariane Lange

Ariane Lange

Reporter, Social Sciences and Business & Economics

Ariane Lange, based in Oakland, California, covers Social Sciences and Business & Economics for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Ariane worked at BuzzFeed News covering gender issues. She is particularly interested in law and structural inequality. She has a bachelor's degree in German from the University of California, Berkeley.

Major medical organizations may have little or nothing in the way of policies to prevent conflicts of interest. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Major medical organizations may have little or nothing in the way of policies to prevent conflicts of interest. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)The medical organizations that produce widely followed guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions have largely failed to create adequate policies addressing conflicts of interest in how those guidelines are produced, an analysis found, creating a risk for biased medical advice.

Proximity to Superfund sites affects life expectancy of millions of Americans. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
Proximity to Superfund sites affects life expectancy of millions of Americans. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)A hazardous waste site shaves up to 1.22 years off a neighboring community's life expectancy, a new study shows, with the worst effects occurring in poorer neighborhoods with more people of color.

A new study has generated a better risk profile for children and young adults hurt with firearms.(Pixabay/Brett Hondow)
A new study has generated a better risk profile for children and young adults hurt with firearms.(Pixabay/Brett Hondow)A comprehensive national study of firearm injuries in people 21 and younger identified clear risk profiles for young patients in the U.S., paving the way for more targeted interventions in emergency rooms.

This centuries-old slave room is linked with modern-day sub-Saharan violence. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
This centuries-old slave room is linked with modern-day sub-Saharan violence. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The slave trade in sub-Saharan Africa between 1400 and 1900 contributes to political violence to this day, particularly in areas with less economic development and those with a weaker national identity resulting from colonial rule, a new study has shown.

Biofuels' bad reputation may be undeserved. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
Biofuels' bad reputation may be undeserved. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)A group of economists is contesting the flurry of research on biofuels' supposed dire unintended consequences: Evidence shows that modeling assumptions were off, they argue in a new paper with potential implications for U.S. energy policy.

U.S. banks' influence over the IMF leads to high profits. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
U.S. banks' influence over the IMF leads to high profits. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)The United States' outsize influence on the International Monetary Fund compels loan recipients to give special treatment to American financial institutions, which creates a feedback loop that encourages bankers to pressure politicians to shape IMF policy — and compromises the legitimacy of international finance, a researcher behind a new study argues.

Climate change is hurting how much food comes from our fields. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Climate change is hurting how much food comes from our fields. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Human-induced climate change has stunted global agricultural productivity by 20.8% since 1961, a new study found, and with rapidly increasing temperature rises and a growing population, researchers say the ripple effects will only intensify.

Invasive species such as mosquitoes cost the world a huge amount yearly. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
Invasive species such as mosquitoes cost the world a huge amount yearly. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)Invasive species have cost the world $1.288 trillion at the absolute minimum since 1970, a new analysis has found, and the costs of damages are vastly outstripping the amount of money humans have spent on addressing the problem.

Counter to standard economics, competition seems to drive the price of insulin higher. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Counter to standard economics, competition seems to drive the price of insulin higher. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)Drug companies raised the price of insulin about 10% each time a new type of insulin cleared the third and the final stages toward Food and Drug Administration approval, according to new research that sheds light on a flawed health system.

The weather, not the farmers, is responsible for a bump in agricultural production. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
The weather, not the farmers, is responsible for a bump in agricultural production. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)A team of economists found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been underestimating the role that unusual weather plays in agricultural productivity, thus overestimating the effectiveness of some agricultural policies.

Passion for a hobby might kill your interest in it. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
Passion for a hobby might kill your interest in it. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)As people gain expertise in a subject, they may find themselves becoming more emotionally numb to it, according to a new study of movie, beer and wine reviews and four supporting experiments that has implications for advertisers and aspiring film buffs.

California's emissions regulations are paying dividends. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
California's emissions regulations are paying dividends. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)A study using 24 years of emissions data confirms that California is leading the nation in reducing diesel particulate matter emissions — and the researchers are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to look west for a policy model.