Science

"Only a matter of time: The disaster awaiting Pacific Northwest"

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: "After The Big One: An immersive, reported science fiction saga about surviving the coming mega-quake."

Related but further south: "Earthquake threat to California may be greater than thought, warn scientists".


"First-Date Makeup Mistakes (According to Men)"

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.