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Apr. 28, 2015 — Scientists analyzed five years of NFL draft data and discovered that the performance of NFL players who had an arrest record but no charges was better than those without an arrest and those arrested ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Researchers have rated the leadership skills of more than 120 characters featured in 'The Transformers' cartoon in 1984-85 and 'The Transformers: The Movie' in 1986. Their ... read more

Social Shaming and the Search for Validation

Apr. 16, 2015 — A sociologist professor outlines the social conditions that breed online complaining and hashtag ... read more

Zombie Family Values: The Walking Dead TV Program Analyzed

Apr. 15, 2015 — Researchers studying the first three seasons of the AMC hit show The Walking Dead found the show and its characters push family as the best hope for the end times, rather than government, science or ... read more

Apr. 1, 2015 — This is the 18th year that a mathematician has published his model's projections of how the standings should look at the end of the regular ... read more

Why Are There No Celebrity Accountants? Does It Matter?

Apr. 1, 2015 — The media is littered with celebrity trainers, bakers, nutritionists, even gardeners. But, one profession is always missing from the roster -- the celebrity accountant. The reason is most likely due ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research. A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, ... read more

Mar. 19, 2015 — Across much of the Western world, 25 years of expansion of the medical system has actually led to people feeling less healthy over time, a new study has ... read more

Fast-Food Ban in L.A. Fails to Improve Diets or Cut Obesity, Study Finds

Mar. 19, 2015 — In 2008, the city of Los Angeles passed a law restricting the opening or expansion of any 'stand-alone fast-food restaurant' in low-income neighborhoods where obesity was a problem. A new ... read more

Buyer's Remorse: Model Shows People Demand All That Bad News

Mar. 18, 2015 — Bad news in the media got you down? News consumers have only themselves to blame, says new research showing that it's actually buying habits that drive negative ... read more

Mar. 16, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a dramatic decline in genetic diversity in male lineages four to eight thousand years ago -- likely the result of the accumulation of material wealth, while in contrast, ... read more

Nearly 70 Percent of Evangelicals Do Not View Religion, Science as Being in Conflict

Mar. 13, 2015 — Media and popular culture might portray religion and science as being at odds, but new research suggests just the ... read more

March Madness Brackets: Flipping a Coin Is Your Best Bet

Mar. 10, 2015 — Each year, millions of people lose billions of dollars in NCAA March Madness basketball pools. Still, most return the following year for another ... read more

Mar. 6, 2015 — The Array of Things, The Internet of Things, ultimately, “smart” cities have to feature hundreds, maybe thousands, of strategically placed sensors. These devices would record everything from air ... read more

Mar. 5, 2015 — Our smartphones help us find a phone number quickly, provide us with instant directions and recommend restaurants, but new research indicates that this convenience at our fingertips is making it easy ... read more

Deciding on a Purchase: Does It Matter If You Look Up or Down While Shopping?

Mar. 4, 2015 — Next time you look up at a higher shelf in a store or down at your phone when making a purchase, think about how the direction you are looking could influence your decision. According to a new study, ... read more

Taking Madness out of March Madness

Mar. 4, 2015 — A business professor takes the madness out of the month with his "Dance Card" Method for determining NCAA March Madness brackets, also known as ... read more

Mar. 4, 2015 — With three decades of data from more than 475,000 participants, a new study on narcissism reveals that men, on average, are more narcissistic than ... read more

Mar. 3, 2015 — Why do people shake hands? A new study suggests one of the reasons for this ancient custom may be to check out each other's odors. Even if we are not consciously aware of this, handshaking may ... read more

Mar. 2, 2015 — The odds of picking a perfect bracket for the NCAA men's basketball March Madness championship tournament are a staggering less than one in 9.2 quintillion (that's ... read more

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