Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cam Newton, RG3 and the sophomore slump

Robert Griffin III, quarterback for the Washington NFL franchise, is having a rough year. Recently fans and sportswriters have started comparing his second season to that of another high profile QB – Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. It is … Continue reading

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How do we assess the harm of yelling at your kids? Part 1

To hear Slate tell it, even fairly normal parent-child interactions (involving a raised voice) can allegedly cause serious mental health problems for kids. The Slate review of an academic study provided the following takeaways: 1) yelling and bratty behavior reinforced each other, 2) … Continue reading

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The Environmental Impact of Meat Eating

Apparently, Norway’s army is going to serve only vegetarian meals once a week in order to cut down on their carbon emissions. Is meat consumption a major factor in carbon emissions? According to this story last year from NPR, red … Continue reading

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Another story on birth-order effects.

Another story on birth-order effects, this time in Slate. The problem with this study can be summarized in one of the authors’ sentences: While the data does not contain complete information on grades, it does include information on mothers’ perceptions of … Continue reading

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How many people starve to death every year?

Too many, of course. We would all prefer that the number be zero, certainly. But what is the correct number? Like many facts, it is hard to pin down. Yes, it changes a little from year to year. More significantly, we must … Continue reading

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The 1985 Chicago Bears and that White House Reception

The story making the rounds is that the White House reception planned for the Super Bowl Champion 1985 Chicago Bears was canceled because the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just two days after their championship win. But there was no White House reception … Continue reading

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Was The Population Bomb really wrong?

Uh, yeah. Paul Ehrlich’s environmental classic The Population Bomb keeps popping up, sparking lively discussion on comment boards. Here’s a typical comment: The population bomb IS materializing every day. It’s not just a matter of resources or space or even pollution. … Continue reading

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