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Cardiorespiratory fitness reduces disease risk among smokers

Cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with reduced metabolic syndrome risk among smokers, according to researchers. Smoking is estimated to cause 443,000 deaths each year in the United States, primarily from cancer, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Women on Facebook self-objectify more than those who watch TV, say psychologists

Though it is widely believed that the media objectifies women, women further diminish themselves by constantly comparing their bodies to others'. Regardless of how much time young women devote to viewing television, music videos andShow More Summary

Time Trouble

It is troubling that our lives will end. But for some of us it is even more troubling that they are constantly ending. It is not as if we are fully real now and later will not be; it is...

Epilepsy drug may preserve eyesight for people with multiple sclerosis

A drug commonly taken to prevent seizures in epilepsy may surprisingly protect the eyesight of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study.

John Goddard Carts Supplies to Concord

On 24 Febr 1775, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress’s Committee of Safety and Committee on Supplies voted to procure these items and store them in Concord: 1000 candles; 100 hhds. [hogsheads] salt; a suitable supply of wooden spoons;...Show More Summary

Expectations and Investment

That is the Gennaioli, Ma, and Shleifer paper being presented at the NBER macro conference, pdf here.  There are two key points to this paper.  First, actual data on the expectations of corporate CFOs have predictive power for investment, even when Tobin’s Q is measured.  Second, expectations about future earnings are not rational in the […]

Absurd Creature of the Week: Chubby Little ‘Sea Pig’ Tastes More Like Poison Than Bacon

These are the little-studied sea pigs, which do indeed look a bit like swine, if swine had way too many legs. The post Absurd Creature of the Week: Chubby Little ‘Sea Pig’ Tastes More Like Poison Than Bacon appeared first on WIRED.

Nothing beats a good night's sleep for helping people absorb new information, new research reveals

Researchers have found that successful long-term learning happens after classroom teaching, after the learners have slept on the new material.  

A blueprint for clearing the skies of space debris

Scientists have put forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of space debris. The proposal will be used to detect objects, and a recently developed high-efficiency laser system will be used to track space debris and remove it from orbit.

Evolution puts checks on virgin births

It seems unnatural that a species could survive without having sex. Yet over the ages, evolution has endowed females of certain species of amphibians, reptiles and fish with the ability to clone themselves, and perpetuate offspring without males. Show More Summary

Comparing climate models to real world shows differences in precipitation intensity

Precipitation is difficult to represent in global climate models. Although most single-column models can reproduce the observed average precipitation reasonably well, there are significant differences in their details. Scientists evaluated...Show More Summary

Beautiful and terrible

18 hours agoAcademics : Pharyngula

This is one of the loveliest fossils I’ve ever seen. They are the bones of a Neanderthal, found in a cave in southern Italy, and although they’ve been calcified by mineral-rich water trickling through the cave where they were found, it’s an almost complete skeleton, with the bones all intact. That’s the grisly part of…

The Southern Ocean ecosystem under multiple climate change stresses – an integrated circumpolar assessment

A quantitative assessment of observed and projected environmental changes in the Southern Ocean (SO) with a potential impact on the marine ecosystem shows: (i) large proportions of the SO are and will be affected by one or more climate change processes; areas projected to be affected in the future are larger than areas that are […]

Effect of climate change on crustose coralline algae at a temperate vent site, White Island, New Zealand

Natural CO2 vents allow study of the effects of climate change on marine organisms on a different scale from laboratory-based studies. This study outlines a preliminary investigation into the suitability of natural CO2 vents near White Island, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand (37°31.19?S, 117°10.85?E) for climate change research by characterising water chemistry from two vent […]

Subaqueous soils and coastal acidification: a hydropedology perspective with implications for calcifying organisms

In the coastal zone, biological and biogeochemical processes, influenced by anthropogenic inputs, drive pH variability and contribute to coastal acidification. Spatial patterns of these processes across coastal estuaries are unknown....Show More Summary

North pole of spinning dwarf planet Ceres glows in the sunlight

The first high-resolution images of a dwarf planet have captured the sun-lit north pole of Ceres

Star Wars isn’t nerd culture alone. It’s mainstream, even establishment, culture. cc: every commentator

Star Wars isn’t nerd culture alone. It’s mainstream, even establishment, culture. cc: every commentator

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

The countdown to fieldwork has begun in earnest, I’m trying my best to keep my priorities in order despite a trip to Boston (which will be fun), unseasonably warm weather (which has been great), and a few pressing deadlines (which I’m working through). These pressures, however, come with the territory and won’t keep me from… Read More ?

The Weirdest Way People Communicate Their Happiness

18 hours agoAcademics / Psychology : PsyBlog

One more reason why happiness is so infectious. » Continue reading: The Weirdest Way People Communicate Their Happiness » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: The Reason Overwhelming Happiness...Show More Summary

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