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Feeding the Five Thousand – or was it Three? Researchers Claim Most Crowd Estimations Are Unreliable
The public should view crowd estimation with scepticism, say the authors of a study in Significance.
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A fun, slightly irreverent guide to enjoying, understanding, and joining the festivities.
Blue denim jeans are one of the most popular and iconic fashion items in the world; now a study published in Biotechnology Journal reveals a cheaper, more efficient and eco-friendly method for treating dyed denim. The process of ‘surface activation’ used to wash-down the denim following dyeing could also offer an alternative to the dangerous, and internationally banned, sandblasting technique.
Is beauty found in the whites of the eyes? Study reveals ‘red eyes’ associated with the sad, unhealthy and unattractive
Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, but a new study reveals that the reverse is also true; unattractiveness is in the eye of the beheld. Research published in Ethology finds that people with bloodshot eyes are considered sadder, unhealthier and less attractive than people whose eye whites are untinted, a cue which is uniquely human.
Psychological research has consistently shown that women feel unhappy with their body after looking at images of thin, idealized models, which are typically represented in the media. However, today's consumer culture and media promote not only the ideal of perfect beauty, but also that of the material affluent lifestyle, both of which are commonly depicted together, and highlight the benefits of beauty and of owning material goods to one's personal success and fame. A new study from the British Journal of Social Psychology is the first to examine the impact of materialistic messages and values - the desire for financial success and an affluent lifestyle on women's feelings about their own body.
Oil’s Endless Bid: Taming the Unreliable Price of Oil to Secure Our Economy by veteran oil trader and commentator Dan Dicker is a timely and trenchant analysis of the extreme volatility of oil prices. The book illuminates one of the most important financial stories of the last decade, examining the changes that have taken place in the oil markets in recent years as investment banks have come to dominate energy trading and wreak havoc on consumer prices.
“Drink in moderation. Think in excess.”
Public interest in the issue of teenage childbearing has recently increased, largely due to increases in both the teen pregnancy rate and the teen birth rate. A new study from Economic Inquiry examines the negative educational and economic outcomes of teenage fatherhood, a topic far less researched than teenage motherhood.
Answers to the philosophical underpinnings behind AMC's Emmy Award-winning, sexy, hit TV show, Mad Men
Jeff Kingston, Author of Contemporary Japan: History, Politics, and Social Change since the 1980s Available for Comment
Consumers need to know the true perils of purchasing artwork or luxury goods on the Internet, say statisticians in a paper published today in Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association.
An Australian study to determine the likelihood of school-aged children waking up to their home smoke alarm found that 78% of children slept through a smoke alarm sounding for 30 seconds. The outcomes of the study are published today in the journal Fire and Materials.
Dr. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, issues a major analysis of the U.S. government's economic recovery
Now, beginning March 1, a group of best-selling For Dummies authors will take to BlogTalkRadio’s Internet airwaves on a new “For Dummies” channel.
Award-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr. takes an unvarnished look at the daunting challenges and incredible triumphs of his fifty-five year career.
The world consumes 500 billion cups of coffee per year. Caffeine is one of the most widely taken psychoactive drugs on earth, and coffee is its foremost delivery system. Coffee: Grounds for Debate (March 2011) asks how and why we have come to prefer the infused beverage as one of our most popular drinks and how our chief indulgence and symbol of “the good life” has become a source of full-bodied ethical, aesthetic, and environmental philosophical debate.
With over 80 million active users, FarmVille is a real-time farm simulation game developed by Zynga
A new and provocative approach to capitalism, economics and the way that Asia will shape both its own future and that of the world in the 21 century. Consuptionomics is a timely examination of the need for Asia to challenge the conventional wisdom about markets and economic growth as promoted by the West. It suggest that Asian governments will need to impose constraints on the future of consumption lead growth and that the role of the state will be crucial in this regard.
Digital Series Based on CliffsNotes® Literature Guides Set for 2011
In The New Financial Deal, Skeel analyses each of the main components of the Dodd-Frank Act, explaining how they will work and showing that the new regulatory framework depends on precisely the qualities that Americans found so offensive about the bailouts of 2008: special treatment of the largest financial institutions and ad hoc intervention in the event of trouble.
According to conventional wisdom, if the economy is not in full recovery by the fall, President Obama will sacrifice one of his high-ranking economic advisors, most likely Tim Geithner. However, not only is he more likely to send National Economic Council head Larry Summers on permanent vacation, it's far past time for Obama to abandon the ideology they both represent.