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April 05, 2011

How Materialistic Advertising Messages Negatively Shape the Female Body Image

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.

April 01, 2011

Oil’s Endless Bid

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.

April 01, 2011

Philosophy on Tap: Pint-Sized Puzzles for the Pub Philosopher

“Drink in moderation. Think in excess.”

March 30, 2011

Educational Development Stunted by Teenage Fatherhood

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.

March 29, 2011

Mad Men and Philosophy: Nothing Is as It Seems

Answers to the philosophical underpinnings behind AMC's Emmy Award-winning, sexy, hit TV show, Mad Men

March 14, 2011

Statistics Can Help Us Avoid Counterfeit Goods on the Internet, Study Shows

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.

March 07, 2011

Less than One Third of Children Aged Five to 15 Will Wake Up To Home Smoke Alarms

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.

March 03, 2011

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan Speaks Out on the Costs of Government Activism

Dr. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, issues a major analysis of the U.S. government's economic recovery

March 01, 2011

“Dummies Month” Celebrates 20 Years of “Making Everything Easier”

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.

February 25, 2011

An Actor and a Gentleman

Award-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr. takes an unvarnished look at the daunting challenges and incredible triumphs of his fifty-five year career.

February 16, 2011

Coffee: Grounds for Debate (Philosophy for Everyone)

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. 

February 11, 2011

Farmville For Dummies

With over 80 million active users, FarmVille is a real-time farm simulation game developed by Zynga

February 10, 2011

The Asian Dilemma: Asia’s path of economic growth could rewrite our planet’s future

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.

February 01, 2011

Wiley, AOL, Mark Burnett, and Coalition Films Announce Web Programming Production Agreement

Digital Series Based on CliffsNotes® Literature Guides Set for 2011

January 03, 2011

The New Financial Deal

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.  

December 16, 2010

CAPITAL OFFENSE: How Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future Over To Wall Street

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.

December 14, 2010

Name That Movie!

Can students really learn the high-level vocabulary words affable and pariah from the Family Guy movie?

December 13, 2010

The Global Debt Trap

The great debt crisis of recent years, prematurely declared “dead and buried” by government leaders on both sides of the Atlantic, has suddenly returned to haunt those same leaders where it hurts them the most—in their own sovereign debts. Thus, Claus Vogt and Ronald Leuchel’s book, The Global Debt Trap: How to Escape Danger and Build A Fortune, with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Martin D. Weiss, could not be more timely. In it, the authors explain what’s most likely to happen next and what the average investor-citizen can do—not only to survive the debt crisis but to actually use it to grow wealth.