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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Pacific Ocean Actually Absorbs Smog

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Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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Oh boy, Fox News is going to have a field day with this one.

It turns out that at least some of the pollution that causes global warming (allegedly!) is actually soaked up by the very ocean beloved by the only folks who can afford to live anywhere close to it anymore - liberal Hollywood celebrities who are always yapping about global warming.

See also: Stay Away From Toxic Pacific Ocean, Experts Warn

A conspiracy theory involving Al Gore and Ed Begley, Jr. could probably help explain this. For now, the science: According to brand new research out of UC San Diego ...

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

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Twitter Can Show Where You Go for Sex & Drugs, UCLA Study Says

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Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 8:03 AM
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It's bad enough that your mom is on Facebook. A new UCLA study says academics can track things like where people are going for sex and to "get high."

The researchers' intentions are good, however.

Because once they can figure out where all the "risky behavior" is happening, they can compare that to areas with high incidences of sexually transmitted diseases, specifically ... 

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Your Name Tells the Truth, SoCal Study Says

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Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 7:03 AM
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If your name is Joe, you're a lucky guy. Because people will tend to believe you much more often than if your name was Remington.

That, at least, is according to a new study out of UC Irvine.

Researchers gave possibly factual statements to subjects and attributed them to different names that had a variety of ethnic roots. Whatever the background of those names, the results were consistent:

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

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Self-Driving Cars Will Crash Less, Reduce Traffic & Cut Pollution

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Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 9:10 AM

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Self-driving cars will be good for us.

So concludes a new study from the Santa Monica-based RAND Corporation, which says the cars will actually be safer, more environmentally friendly and better for traffic.

Plus, you won't have to call a taxi when you can't drive. Maybe. Of course, self-driving cars are years away. But RAND says we should start planning for them now:

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

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If You Value Your Job, Put That iPhone Away

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Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM

If you whip out your phone at a meeting to tap out a text, shoot off an email or just check the weather, you might be losing points with your boss, shutting the door on a job opportunity or hindering your climb to the top at work.

Especially if the person with the power to help your career is a woman. A new study by USC and Howard University found that women are especially offended by discourteous smartphone use:

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

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Men Think They Can Text & Drive Safely

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Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM

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Quick, come up with a stereotypical image of a bad driver texting.

Is it of a man? Maybe it should be. A new study suggests guys who text while driving could be a worse menace because they think they can get away with it. That's right, men believe that they are able to handle their smartphones while driving without the side effects of crashing and death:

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Are Party People Really Happier? Apparently Not, Says UCLA Study

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Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

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Can your happiness be passed along to your offspring? Maybe so. If it's the right kind of happiness.

UCLA researchers found that people with a sense of "hedonic" well being -- celebrities, rock stars, partiers and the like -- didn't have the same, lasting impact on their genes as those with a long-term, "eudaimonic" sense of purpose:

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

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Successful People Cope With Rejection Better, Says California Study

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Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM

TYLER PERRY
  • Tyler Perry
Successful people didn't get where they are by sittin' on ass.

A new study suggests that folks in positions of power are far less fazed by rejection. In fact, UC Berkeley researchers found, these kinds of folks are more likely to come back for more -- to seek out "social bonding opportunities" despite previous rejection.

The research looked at ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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Cialis Boner Pills Might Help With ... Muscular Dystrophy?

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Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 8:01 AM

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It's always wonderful when you find out that a previously devious drug has benevolent uses. Like marijuana.

Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have come up with a doozy involving a miraculous flip-side for some boner pills.

Really:

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

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Daydreamers Could be The Smart Kids, Says USC Study

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Fri, May 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM

TANYA LITTLE
  • Tanya Little
Daydreamers used to get in trouble. They were the underachievers. They were the kids who ended up hanging out under the bleachers and smoking stuff that smelled funny. Right?

Wrong.

New research co-authored by USC assistant professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang suggests that daydreamers ...

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