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Study: Turmoil in the Middle East Threatens Global Food Security

A new study shows that continued conflict in the Middle East poses extreme risks to the world’s essential food supplies. This indirect consequence of ongoing turmoil has the potential to cause mass starvation in the future.

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Students Who Take Notes With Laptops Learn Less, and the Reason May Surprise You

A few months ago, research published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that students who handwrite their notes learn better than those who use laptops, and the reason is not because the latter are busy checking Facebook.

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Study: American Democracy ‘Seriously Threatened’

A pair of researchers have a handy tip for those Americans still attached to the notion that we live in a representative democracy: Get ready to kiss that notion goodbye.

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Study: Educational Segregation Plays a Role in Tea Party Allegiance

A study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame teased out a positive correlation between educational segregation, which can relate to other divisive factors but isn’t always interchangeable with them, and alignment with tea party ideology.

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USC Study Links Animal Protein Consumption to Cancer

Could consuming a diet rich in animal protein be just as bad for you as smoking cigarettes?

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Must the Obamacare Debate Be Stupid?

By broadening access to health insurance, the Affordable Care Act ends the tyranny of “job lock,” which is what the much-misrepresented Congressional Budget Office study of the law released on Tuesday shows.

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The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods

Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods are not getting treatment for PTSD. They’re not even getting diagnosed.

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Study Claims Existence of ‘Caffeine Use Disorder’

A study out of American University is unleashing upon the unsuspecting public yet another type of disorder to acquire—and this one seems pretty easy to get.

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The Economic Case for Paid Leave Laws

For all the pro-family rhetoric that dominates America’s political discourse, U.S. law remains decidedly anti-family.

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New Record: Richest Americans Took Half of All Income in 2012

A new study has concluded that the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans have never in the last century taken a larger slice of the income pie.

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Newspapers Are Disappointingly Partisan When It Comes to Scandal

A study has found bias where there isn’t supposed to be any.

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Popular Monsanto Product Linked to Major Health Problems, Study Says

Cancer, Parkinson’s and infertility—these are just some of the diseases and health problems that a new study says may be linked to heavy use of the world’s most popular herbicide.

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Global Warming Is a Domestic Crisis

It is vital for the president and his allies in Congress to remember that those Americans most defenseless against extreme weather and natural disasters form the backbone of the Democratic Party.

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Atheists Face Discrimination, Persecution Around the World

According to the study, “ ‘unbelievers’ in Islamic countries face the most severe—sometimes brutal—treatment at the hands of the state and adherents of the official religion.”

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So Romney Lies—So What? Who Cares?

The man is a serial liar in a society that increasingly tolerates lying and cheating.

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NYPD vs. Occupy: Cops Out of Control

After eight months of study, legal researchers at NYU and Fordham University this week turned out a damning review of the NYPD’s behavior in policing the Occupy Wall Street protests.

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Diet, Not Exercise, Key to Obesity, Scientists Find

Using a Tanzanian tribe as a stand-in for ancient humans, an international group of scientists determined that the hunter-gatherers burned calories no better than we fat, slobby Westerners, when corrected for size. This suggests that overeating is more to blame for obesity than the modern sedentary lifestyle.

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Fatter and Dumber

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The Logic of Willful Ignorance

A recent study from Xavier University tells us what many already know: that many Americans have wholly tuned out of politics to the point where they can’t even correctly answer the most basic questions about our government.

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Don’t Fall for Corporate Blackmail

They may balk at regulation, but unlike textile or electronics firms, fossil fuel companies are extracting a resource that is relatively rare, altogether finite and—most important—tied to specific geographies.

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We’re Fatter Than We Thought

New study, new round of bad news. Researchers have determined that the level of obesity in the U.S. is being dramatically underreported. The current, too-conservative estimate already says that one in three Americans is obese, so this may be one time you don’t want to click “Read more.”

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Even More Good News About Chocolate

This could be a particularly rich example of how scientific study results can be read in seemingly contradictory ways, as what we have here is research that purports to find a possible link between consuming chocolate and staying thin.

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And Now, This Neanderthal News Update

Take this one to the Creation Museum: A team of researchers has advanced the idea, in a new journal article published in Molecular Biology and Evolution, that our Neanderthal cousins had mostly died out by the time we Homo sapiens entered the evolutionary scene in full force.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Indiana University Poverty Researchers

Here’s a sobering dose of reality: Poverty in America has risen to the 27 percent mark in the last half-decade and, perhaps worse, the prospects for our nation’s poorest won’t necessarily get better as the economy picks up. It’s not news many want to hear, but we’re glad a group of researchers at Indiana University were gutsy enough to release it.

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Study Says Moderate Marijuana Smoking Doesn’t Hurt Lungs

Before you rush out and follow Snoop Dogg’s lead, you might read the fine print about a new NIH-funded study about moderate long-term marijuana use and its effects (or lack thereof) on lung function. On the other hand, the study makes a strong case for giving up cigarettes and rolling a joint.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE


1 in 5 American Women Has Been Raped

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes from a nationwide study that 18.3 percent of American women have been raped and, of that group, more than half were victimized by an intimate partner.

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What Real Education Reform Looks Like

As 2011 draws to a close, we can confidently declare that one of the biggest debates over education is—mercifully—resolved.

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Study: Fox Viewers Suffer Separation From Reality

Pollsters asked New Jersey residents questions about the uprisings in the Arab world and found that watchers of Fox News were the most consistently uninformed. By the researchers’ measures, Fox viewers were 18 points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government than those who watched no news at all. (more)

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Anger Sowing Seeds of a New Consumer Movement

A new report shows that after years of rising anger, consumer rage has reached an all-time high.

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America’s Middle-Class Neighborhoods on the Decline

As America’s middle class continues to diminish, it follows that the middle-class neighborhoods they once called home would shrink accordingly. Well, they are, finds a new Stanford University study, which charted changes in Americans’ living quarters since 1970. The results are sobering, if unsurprising.

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Media’s Been Hardest on Candidate Obama, Study Shows

Of all the presidential hopefuls who’ve thus far made their designs on the White House known to the masses, one in particular has been subjected to harsh coverage by the American media, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism—but this special treatment might have something to do with the fact that Barack Obama also happens to be the incumbent.

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A Question of Trust

A recent study from the University of California, Berkeley, reports that people who are more easily embarrassed may also be more trustworthy.

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Study Shows Steep Rise in Health Premiums

A new study shows that the cost of health insurance for many Americans rose sharply this year compared to previous years, exceeding average increases in workers’ wages and giving employers even more hesitation about hiring new people. (more)

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Study: More U.S. Men Than Women Die of Cancer

This is one of those scientific categories in which it’s better to come in second: According to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, men in the U.S. are more likely to die of cancer than their female counterparts.

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Possibly Carcinogenic

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The Grim Beeper

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Study Blames Culture Shift for Catholic Clergy’s Sex Crimes

A study conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice examines the root causes of sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic clergy, debunking celibacy and homosexuality as causes while glossing over the church’s failure to humanely address the crisis. (more)

Posted on May 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Take Two Walnuts, Jog and Call Me in the Morning

Contrary to popular belief, running might actually be good for your knees. In other health news: Walnuts are simply loaded with antioxidants and although all nuts may have healthy properties, walnuts make their cousins look downright schlubby.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Scientists Predict the End of Religion in These 9 Countries

Researchers have adapted to religion a model used to forecast and explain the deaths of languages, and are predicting that in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland, religion is destined for extinction.

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Studies in Self-Compassion

“No pain, no gain” may have its limits as a personal mantra, according to researchers exploring the idea of self-compassion as a motivating attitude for everything from mood regulation to fitness and weight control—in other words, less stick, more carrot.

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Study: Working Moms Making Kids Fatter

Oh good, here’s another sciencey reason for working moms to fret. Researchers from three big U.S. universities teamed up to come to the dispiriting conclusion that there could well be a correlation between the amount of time mothers work and how much their kids weigh.

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Teen Girls Who Play Video Games With Parents Are Less Depressed

According to a new study, girls 11-16 years old who play video games with their parents are less depressed and, in the words of this Bloomberg report, “generally better behaved” than those who don’t. Apparently “Rock Band” creates Stepford children.

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Half of Younger Americans Have Pre-Existing Conditions

A new study by the Department of Health and Human Services has found that 129 million Americans under the age of 65—roughly half of that demographic—have medical conditions that could keep them from getting insurance, reports say.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Aspirin: Cancer-Fighting Wonder Drug?

Aspirin has been touted as a potential heart helper, and Tuesday, the British medical journal The Lancet released some evidence that the humble analgesic might also reduce the risk of dying from various forms of cancer, and by an impressive percentage in some cases.

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Jet Lag Makes You Dumb (If You’re a Hamster)

Scientists gave some hamsters the frequent flier treatment and found that their brains birthed fewer neurons. The sleep-confused rodents also had learning and memory issues almost a month after their simulated travel ordeal.

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Study: Women Can Double Up on the Drinks

There has been some good news regarding women and booze of late. Back in August, a study out of Norway explored the potentially fortuitous link between drinking and intelligence, and now there’s another that ... (continued)

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Study: Zero Child Abuse in Lesbian Households

Someone call Focus on the Family: A newly published set of findings from a long-running study out of UCLA shows a child abuse rate of zero percent in dual-mommy households. A pool of 78 teenage children with lesbian parents was studied.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Study: Alcohol More Harmful Than Crack

Startling but true, according to one of those expert sources that make these kinds of pronouncements: Alcohol is more harmful to both users and those around them than crack cocaine. It’s worse than heroin too.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


It’s the Stupidity, Stupid

What could cause the intensifying politics of free-market fundamentalism at the very historical moment that proves the failure of such an ideology? Two new academic studies suggest all roads lead to ignorance.

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