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June 26, 2013

Does it matter whether something was created in the U.S.? Survey says…

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August 8, 2012

Study: Cats are the brutal killing machines you always knew they were

  • 2.1 animals per week killed by cats wearing KittyCams source

» The secret world of cats: A test of the National Geographic Society’s Crittercam program, run by the University of Georgia, showed a couple of interesting things about kitties that we didn’t already know about — that, given the opportunity to go outside, they will kill, but they may not bring their prey back with them (something that happens only 23 percent of the time). “The results were certainly surprising, if not startling,” said the University of Georgia’s Kerrie Anne Loyd, in the understatement of the year. The study has prompted American Bird Conservancy president Dr. George Fenwick to estimate four billion animals per year — and 500 million birds alone — are killed by cats, whether domestic or feral. “Cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American bird species are in decline,” Fenwick claims. That’s right, it’s Kitty’s fault.

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April 6, 2012
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April 1, 2012
We use the term ‘comfort food’ for a reason. It can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. So it may be that people with depression are turning to [fast food] for relief.
Dr. David Katz, the director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center • Discussing how fast food might be a sign of depression among people who eat eat. Researchers in Spain recently found that people who ate lots of fast food were 51 percent more likely to be depressed. Anyone else surprised by that finding?
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March 18, 2012
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March 11, 2012
So we basically have no idea what to think about this. Note that the sample size of this study is fairly small. Despite this, researchers are intrigued and plan to look into this more. Notable comment on this story: "That is a bunch of hooey. I live in the south with a lot of people taking propanalol for their blood pressure and they are as much a racist as they were before they took it. Case closed."

So we basically have no idea what to think about this. Note that the sample size of this study is fairly small. Despite this, researchers are intrigued and plan to look into this more. Notable comment on this story: "That is a bunch of hooey. I live in the south with a lot of people taking propanalol for their blood pressure and they are as much a racist as they were before they took it. Case closed."

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February 27, 2012
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February 14, 2012

Researchers gradually deprive children of sleep over a century

  • 70 minutes of sleep taken away from children over 100 years source

» Between 1897 and 2009, 32 separate sets of sleeping guidelines for kids gradually suggested that children get less and less sleep — at a rate of about 0.71 fewer minutes each year. Despite this, parents over the year managed to fail at these declining expectations, with children getting on average of 37 fewer minutes of sleep each year. Why’s that? Depends on the era — at the turn of the 20th century, it was artificial light, radio and cinema; in the ’90s, it was video games, cell phones and the Internet. Let’s update these standards slightly: We blame Twitter and the iPad.

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20:18 // 2 years ago