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how much dumber can america get?

Disturbing, even to someone as jaded as I am about our education system: only 14% of US adults think that evolution is “definitely true,” while about 33% of adults believe the idea is false compared to an 80% evolution is “definitely true” rate in European countries. In addition, 21% of US adults today are uncertain about evolution compared to 7% 20 years ago. For more on why Americans don’t believe in evolution, see this article.

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diamond or tech toy?

According to this article, 77% of women now prefer a plasma TV over a diamond necklace. Really? Maybe I’m just not into TV, but I would still prefer a diamond. Now a digital camera over shoes? Sure! What I really want right now is a Nintendo DS Lite. Donations, anyone?

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surf at work!

Wow.  What will they think of next?  This really nifty website allows you to hide your internet surfing as a Word document.  Just enter the website address into the prompt, hit enter, and your website will load in Word, making it look like you’re oh-so-hard-at-work!  Perfect!

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an apple a day…

An apple (or two) a day helps keep your memory sharp. According to this study, consuming apple products helps increase production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which magically leads to memory improvement. Now there’s something I can live with since I am quite fond of apples and apple juice.

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badminton & bird flu

An unexpected (at least to me) casualty of the bird flu problem: badminton shuttlecocks.

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thank you!

Thanks to Kevin, MD for mentioning humble lil me in his blog.  Check it out here.

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» The 10 dirtiest jobs in science.  Hey, they forgot to include being your major professor’s bitch.  Okay, I guess that isn’t quite as literally dirty as those on the list, but it sure feels like it is. # 0

» Yum!  Now that’s something I can live with: eating curry to stave off cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.  Researchers in Singapore found that people (aged 60-93) who ate curry even only occasionally scored higher on the Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) than those who never ate curry.  The curry spice, turmeric, contains curcumin, which has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  And the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly in India is fourfold less than that in the United States. # 0

» There’s a great article today about how the MIT Dean of Admissions wants to reduce admissions anxiety in teenagers.  How about parents getting off of their kids’ backs?  That would help.  But I do admire her for trying to create a friendlier system that might just ease the pressure enough to not give parents such reason to push their kids so hard.  Too bad it probably won’t happen any time soon.  And go ahead and try to tell Asian parents to stop pushing their kids to the point of insanity.  I dare you. # 0

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