Just in case you don't have enough to worry about see this eight-minute video.
Five years ago a 9.0 mag earthquake and tsunami devastated eastern Japan in 2011, and scientists say it's a question of when, not If, it happens here in the Pacific Northwest; research shows the region is overdue for a major quake.
Related but further south: "Earthquake threat to California may be greater than thought, warn scientists".
"An influential psychological theory, borne out in hundreds of experiments, may have just been debunked. How can so many scientists have been so wrong?"
People in several academic disciplines have argued this for decades but change is very sloooooow.
Well, of course.
Laughter and smiles transcend barriers of age, language and culture, and babies know this better than anyone. They don’t speak our language. They don’t share our culture; and they are at least a generation younger than us. All the same, we can easily share a laugh.
Researchers have previously confirmed that canines do in fact dream.
Now, they say that in fact, they dream in a similar way to humans - and may even dream about their day as we do.
Despite the recent judgment against Johnson & Johnson, the evidence against talcum powder is, at best, unclear.
The paper that famously concluded that a lot of papers in psychology can't be replicated is itself, apparently, severely flawed.
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In short: don't wear too much makeup, particularly eye makeup.
Calls to mind an article I once read. According to a research study, men were asked to rank pictures of women for attractiveness, from which the investigators compiled a list of features that men preferred. Women were then asked to rank the same set of pictures according to what they thought the men preferred. According to the investigators there were two striking differences in the lists. Women thought that men preferred more makeup than they did and they thought men preferred much skinnier women they did.
The investigators said that given the stakes involved the discrepancies deserved explanation. I agree. Theirs was the influence of "women's magazines," which I think quite doubtful.