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Bush's budget
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Lowdown on Trickle-Down

Not like the truth will make a difference for the folks who watch Fox News, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has analyzed the short-term effects of extending George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the rich and concluded that doing so would be the least effective way to cut unemployment and spur the economy.

Posted on Sep 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / sirtrentalot (CC-BY-ND)

Heavy Drinkers Live Longer Than Nondrinkers

A study has found that people who drink a lot of alcohol tend to live longer than people who never touch the stuff. So much for not burning the candle at both ends. But don’t go crashing that frat party just yet: People who drink in moderation, as in one to three drinks a day, live longest of all.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE


marijuana
Wikimedia Commons / Bogdan

Chronic Pain? Pot May Do the Trick

This may seem like the results of a study by Professor Obvious, but a research team out of McGill University Health Center in Montreal has determined that smoking marijuana might help chronic pain sufferers manage their symptoms.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE


kindergarten
AP / Jeff Gentner

Schooling Scholars on Classroom Success

There is of course no doubt that our public education system is broken. There is also no doubt that wages are too low. But blaming “bad teachers” is not the answer to either.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / cocoi_m

Shaking Up the San Andreas Fault

While the threat of the Big One in Southern California’s earthquake culture is always present, a new report on the San Andreas fault suggests not only that more quakes have occurred along the fault than previously thought, but that California is “overdue for a huge temblor.”

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Coast Guard / Ensign Michael P. McGrew

The Giant Cloud of Oil Hiding in the Gulf

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is raining on Uncle Sam and BP’s well-capping parade. Researchers at the institute say a 22-mile-long, 1.2-mile-wide oil plume deep under the Gulf’s surface is degrading much slower than the government’s more optimistic claims.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Sonja Pieper (CC-BY-SA)

Drink Up, Ladies

There are three kinds of studies we hear about. (1) Something incredibly obvious turns out to be true. (2) Something you like is good for you. (3) Something you like is bad for you. Obviously we prefer No. 2s, like this study out of Norway that says drinking wine—especially if you’re a woman—might make you smarter.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


beer
Flickr / Bernt Rostad

Alcohol: For the Rheumatoid Arthritis That Ails You

This could be a case in which the cure may cause problems above and beyond the severity of the symptoms, but a study that sounds like more fun than others we’ve heard of has found that alcohol consumption may help ease the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, as well as check the disease itself.

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE


baby
Flickr / Shutter Bunny

Children and Happiness: Discuss

Those goofy social scientists, always trying to quantify life’s seemingly immeasurable phenomena and solve intractable mysteries—such as, for example, whether or not having kids makes people any happier.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Evil Erin (CC-BY)

Tanning Machines Cause Cancer, Study Finds

File this one under the medical science of “duh,” but people who use indoor tanning beds are 74 percent likelier to develop melanoma, a new study has found. According to one researcher, “Our data would suggest that there is no safe tanning device.” Someone alert the cast of “Jersey Shore.”

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / JMRosenfeld (CC-BY)

Whites Are 5 Times Richer Than Blacks, Study Finds

A study out of Brandeis University has determined that white Americans have roughly five times the wealth of black Americans of similar class, owing largely to greater economic opportunity. The results are worse than expected and suggest that America is backsliding in an important indicator of racial equality.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


cell phone graffiti
Flickr / Gastev

Cell Phones, Cancer and You

Here’s some good news for all of us who are tragically glued to our mobile phones: According to a new study, there may be reason to doubt the alarming cell-phones-cause-cancer theory, but it should be noted that this study was funded in part by the mobile industry.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Dodo-Bird (CC-BY)

Forget Polar Bears, We’re Killing Our Food

Scientists once thought all that carbon dioxide that humans have been pumping into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution kicked off might be good for plants (even if it hotboxes the planet in the process), but recent studies show we have a lot to worry about. (continued)

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE


tanning bed
Flickr / Evil Erin

Is Tanning Addictive?

By now, we all ought to be aware that making like Tater Tots and browning ourselves, whether the natural way or on tanning beds, isn’t a recipe for optimal health. So why do some people still do it, sometimes to excess? Turns out aesthetics may not fully explain the tanning phenomenon.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE



Centers for Disease Control

Can Seeing an Illness Protect You From It?

Researchers in Canada showed young adults photos of obviously diseased people and found that the subjects’ immune systems were significantly more aggressive when later exposed to a glop of bacteria. Test subjects got a negligible boost from similarly upsetting, but not disease-y, images.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


junk food
flickr / mauricesvay

Junk Food Is the New Crack

Those who have ever suspected, after apparently taking leave of their reason in the face of their favorite junk food, that their guilt-inducing pleasure contained some highly addictive substance may not be too far off the mark, according to a new study.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr user George Lu

China Is Beating the Pants Off the U.S. in Clean Energy

China invested nearly twice as much money—$34.6 billion—in clean energy projects in 2009 as the United States. The ecological impact of China’s economic boom could be a factor, but so could ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


Last Supper
Wikimedia Commons / The Yorck Project

‘Portion Distortion’ Creeps Into Last Supper Paintings

Imagining and depicting Jesus’ final meal with his apostles has been an artistic obsession since the dawning of the Common Era, and thus it’s only fitting that the holy vittles on their plates might reflect the attitude about food prevalent in the cultures that produced the artists.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


espresso beans
Flickr / nate steiner

News Flash: Dark Coffee May Not Be Super-Terrible for You

So, we get that there might be some “tummy-friendly” benefits to drinking dark-roasted coffee. However, this Science News article extolling the virtues of the duskier blends lays it on a bit thick on the pro-coffee front, mentioning little in the way of possible side effects. (continued)

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Climate Change: The Evidence Piles Up

The evidence that human activities are responsible for global warming is stronger than ever, according to a review of 110 research papers on climate change by the U.K. Met Office, Britain’s national weather service.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / mor10am

Science Diet: It’s in the Genes

Low carb or low fat? Diet trends have led to diet debate. Luckily, some actual scientists are weighing in. The preliminary results of a small study suggest that some of us just process food differently, and picking the right diet based on a gene test could shed two to three times more weight.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE



Illustration from sanctumsolitude and Marc Mongenet

God Save the Queen ... and Room for Dessert

America isn’t the only country trying to eat its way to happiness. A new study predicts that by the year 2020, 81 percent of adult British men and 68 percent of women will be obese or overweight. (continued)

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE


aciclovir
Wikimedia Commons / Ragesoss

Study: Herpes Drug Can Slow HIV Progression

A study published in The Lancet has found that aciclovir, a drug frequently used to treat genital herpes, could “help people with HIV infection stay healthy for longer,” according to Dr. Jairam Lingappa, leader of the research team out of the University of Washington in Seattle.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE


fish oil
Flickr / TheTruthAbout

Study Suggests Fish Oil Can Ward Off Psychotic Episodes

Schizophrenia is one of the most baffling of mental illnesses, but a group of scientists studying the phenomenon in Austria may have hit upon a significant discovery that could help young potential schizophrenics prevent the onset of full-blown psychosis, and the treatment comes in a familiar form: fish oil supplements.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE


sleeping man
Flickr / Scott McLeod

Study: Older People Need Fewer Zzzs

Here’s another reason why baby boomers are still running various sectors of society: They need less sleep. According to a new study published, fittingly, in the journal Sleep, people in their 60s don’t need to snooze for quite as long as their younger counterparts. This may partly explain why Jay Leno is still on the air.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / joey.parsons

High Blood Pressure Linked to Dementia

Before we scare you, keep in mind that if everyone in America who experienced high blood pressure—that’s about a third of us—got dementia, you would know about it. However, new research suggests that the relationship between hypertension and dementia is more pronounced and alarming than doctors previously understood ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / jwillier2 (CC-BY-ND)

That Weekend Rest Isn’t Helping

Our culture tends to reward multitasking, sleep-deprived go-getters, but a new study confirms that catching up on sleep over the weekend just doesn’t work. After weeks of less than seven to nine hours a night, “banking” a long stretch on your days off isn’t going to repair your memory, immune system or ability to drive a car. (Continued)

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


dog watching television
Flickr / abardwell

Couch Potatoes Beware: Too Much Sitting Could Be Deadly

An excessively sedentary lifestyle could spell heart disease or even cause premature death, according to a new study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, which gauged health (or issues therewith) according to the amount of time subjects spent sitting and watching television. However, TV isn’t the decisive factor in the mix—sitting for long stretches of time at work can also be hazardous to your health, the study found.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


Still from Brazil
tumblr.com

‘The Peter Principle’: Studies in the Key of Managerial Incompetence

Could “The Peter Principle” at least partially explain what’s happened to our country in recent months? We’re not naming names, but, as New Scientist magazine points out, the idea that managerial incompetence is not only common but potentially inevitable has repeatedly been referenced in academic research since its initial advancement in 1969.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Afghan Surge Edition

All eyes are on the president and his planned escalation of the war in Afghanistan, but there’s plenty else worth clicking on, such as Uganda’s “execute gays” law, zombie Reagan and more. Update

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE



awkwardfamilyphotos.com

They Never Call, They Never Write, They Never Move Out

Nests across America are getting less and less empty as adult children take shelter from a lousy economy. According to Pew, 11 percent of adults now live with their parents and 10 percent of adults between 18 and 34 say the recession ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Rosser321

Uninsured Twice as Likely to Die in ER

A new Harvard study has uncovered another disturbing reality of America’s broken health care system: Trauma patients without insurance are almost twice as likely to die in the emergency room. Researchers were unable to determine why, but hospitals’ eagerness to transfer the uninsured could be to blame.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Shazari

Lousy Sex Life? Blame Plastic

A study has found that workers exposed to high levels of bisphenol A, a chemical widely used in the manufacture of plastics and other consumer goods, were at least four times likelier to report sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction. (continued)

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


money handshake
ericjohnolson.com

Lobbyists Decamp From D.C.

Could the current climate in Washington, D.C., be discouraging lobbyists from practicing their persuasive trade in and around the White House? Or does the downsizing of their ranks have more to do with the economy than the political zeitgeist on Capitol Hill?

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Mills Baker

Half of America’s Children Will Get Food Stamps

About half of all American children will receive food stamps by the age of 20. Among black children, the figure is a stunning 90 percent. A new study drew those conclusions from data spanning 1968 to 1997. (Continued)

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


In Pursuit of Happiness

Women are now less likely than men to report that they are “very happy,” despite the achievements of the women’s movement. Let the predictable debates begin.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / ThisParticularGreg

A Cruel and Unusual Waste of Money

Executing people is expensive. A new report by the Death Penalty Information Center says California is spending more than 10 times as much on capital punishment—$137 million a year—as it would on an alternative life-without-parole system. New York and New Jersey repealed ...

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Hellgasms!

Condoms, Not Laws, Help Cut Abortions

This isn’t going to sound all that shocking, but remember that this country is still wrapping its head around evolution: Criminalizing abortion does not reduce the number of abortions; it reduces the number of safe abortions. Contraception, however, does reduce abortions, according to an epic study of 197 countries.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / sarniebill1

We’ll Need 70 Percent More Food

Global population is expected to hit 9.1 billion in the next 40 years, causing demand for food to double. The U.N. says we will need to produce 70 percent more food by 2050 or risk starving hundreds of millions of people.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde

Migration Is a Win-Win-Win

An independent report commissioned by the U.N. has found that migration is simply good economics for everyone involved. The world’s billion migrants actually boost employment in their destination communities while improving conditions back home.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


Now, Where Was I?

It turns out watching TV while Twittering and surfing the Web may make one focus poorly, remember less and distract easily.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Ollie Crafoord

Good News and Bad News About Swine Flu

Researchers at the University of Maryland say not to worry about the dreaded swine flu mutating into an even more dreaded super bug. That’s the good news. The bad news: Swine flu doesn’t mutate, based on their tests, because it doesn’t have to. It’s stronger than other flu strains and spreads like wildfire. At least among ferrets.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


David Bowie
hotpot.se

Study: Girlie Girls Prefer Girlie Boys

Here’s an oddball out of the empire: A new British study suggests that a girl’s “visual diet” affects attraction. Girls who attended same-sex schools were found to prefer more-feminine boys. (For boys in all-male schools, there was little or no indication they preferred more-masculine girls.) Maybe it’s a British thing?

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Polargeo

Say Goodbye to Florida

One of Antarctica’s largest glaciers is melting much faster than it was a few years ago, potentially adding anywhere from an inch to a foot to global sea levels. According to one of the scientists who broke the bad news: “This is unprecedented ... nothing in the natural world is lost at an accelerating exponential rate like this glacier.”

Posted on Aug 13, 2009 READ MORE


prozac
winmentalhealth.com

Americans Double Down on Antidepressants

The number of Americans who are exploring the concept of better living through antidepressant chemistry nearly doubled in the decade from 1996 to 2005, according to a study published in Archives of General Psychiatry—and that was well before the economic meltdown.

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 READ MORE


texting
phonedog.com

Texting and Driving Spell Trouble on the Road

Despite any illusions some of us may still harbor about our manual dexterity and multitasking prowess behind the wheel, a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has found that text messaging and driving really don’t mix. Surprise.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 READ MORE



Original: Flickr / be_khe

Coffee Cure for Alzheimer’s?

Tell this to the next nudnik who gives you a hard time for sucking down a cup of joe: A study of mice suggests that coffee could reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s and prevent the onset of dementia. Old mice that consumed the equivalent of five cups of coffee a day showed improved cognitive function, and some young mice, when properly juiced, managed to avoid the disease altogether.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / VirtualErn

Here’s the Skinny on Soup

With news that American health remains in general decline and more than one-third of adults are obese, consider this a public service announcement: Soup is the secret weapon against fat. Scientists have confirmed that soup keeps you fuller longer than other food.

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / leafbug

Childhood Diabetes on the Rise in Europe

A new study suggests that the number of children in Europe diagnosed with diabetes will double by 2020. After examining tens of thousands of cases, researchers said the cause of the increase remains largely unknown.

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE


Red Bull Cola
cemp.ac.uk

Study: Red Bull Cola Gives You ... Cocaine

Turns out that Red Bull Cola gives you more than just “wings,” according to scientists at The Health Institute in Germany’s North Rhine Westphalia who recently discovered that the fizzy drink contains small amounts of cocaine—very, very small amounts, in fact, but enough to cause a handful of German states to ban the beverage.

Posted on May 26, 2009 READ MORE


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