“…an unhappy marriage can increase your chances of getting sick by roughly 35% and even shorten your life by an average of four years.”
“all the various aspects of economic development – industrialization, urbanization, wealth, and education – are … closely interrelated”
Well, it looks like the linkage between urbanization and wealth isn’t as close as we once thought it was [source]
In one scenario, flirtatious women were able to get around 20 per cent more off the price of a car.But in another experiment, women who put too much friendliness and not enough flirting into negotiations paid more for products. Dr Laura Kray, who led the study, said “They are seen as pushovers; as caring solely about satisfying other people’s interest. “We found that flirtation, on the other hand, conveys assertiveness and power, from someone who is also concerned about satisfying their own interests.” “Feminine charm is a strategic behaviour aimed at making the person you are negotiating with feel good in order to get them to agree to your goals,” she added.
Dietary flavonoids, abundant in plant-based foods, have been shown to improve cognitive function. Specifically, a reduction in the risk of dementia, enhanced performance on some cognitive tests, and improved cognitive function in elderly patients with mild impairment have been associated with a regular intake of flavonoids. A subclass of flavonoids called flavanols, which are widely present in cocoa, green tea, red wine, and some fruits, seems to be effective in slowing down or even reversing the reductions in cognitive performance that occur with aging. Dietary flavanols have also been shown to improve endothelial function and to lower blood pressure by causing vasodilation in the peripheral vasculature and in the brain. Improved cognitive performance with the administration of a cocoa polyphenolic extract has even been reported in aged Wistar–Unilever rats.
Since chocolate consumption could hypothetically improve cognitive function not only in individuals but also in whole populations, I wondered whether there would be a correlation between a country's level of chocolate consumption and its population's cognitive function. To my knowledge, no data on overall national cognitive function are publicly available. Conceivably, however, the total number of Nobel laureates per capita could serve as a surrogate end point reflecting the proportion with superior cognitive function and thereby give us some measure of the overall cognitive function of a given country.
These are the counties that went for Obama in the last election. A blue crescent in a sea of red.
These same counties went mostly blue in 2004 and 2000. Why? Well, the best answer, says marine biologist Craig McClain, may be an old one, going back before the Civil War, before 1776, before Columbus, back more than 100 million years to the days when the Deep South was under water. Those counties, as he writeshere, went for Obama because trillions and trillions and trillions of teeny sun-loving creatures died there. He's talking about plankton. That's why the Republicans can't carry those counties. Blame plankton.