Michael Jourdan

Reuters reports that an adult emu was stolen this week from Featherdale Wildlife Park near Sydney, Australia. A pile of feathers was all that was left at the crime scene. Investigators are puzzled as to motive, considering that emus–flightless birds that can grow up to 6.6 feet tall and weigh more than 80 pounds–have little...

It’s a battle of the surveys, as a German study finds that Facebook and email are more irresistible than sex, while an Australian one argues that sex offers far more pleasure and meaning than online pursuits. According to a smartphone-based German survey released in October, while the sex drive is stronger overall than the desire...

In a groundbreaking study from 1972, researchers found that people tend to believe that “what is beautiful is good.” That study demonstrated that attractive people were viewed by others as better parents, better spouses, more successful employees, and happier people overall than their less attractive counterparts. However, recent research from the University of Grenada suggests...

  Despite years of anti-smoking campaigns featuring everything from catchy slogans to graphic photos of diseased lungs, public health officials have been unable dispel the notion that lighting up is something the cool kids do. A new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health confirms that popular high schoolers are more likely to smoke than...

  I’m thinking of a number between one and ten… Up until now, the best you could do is guess my thoughts. But today, with inexpensive headsets commonly used for video games and hands-free keyboards, it may be possible to hack my brain to get to that number, or to find out my address, or...

  Birds do it, bees do it, and flies do it too. However, when flies have sex, they may end up on the menu of a hungry bat. Researchers at the Max Plank Institute for Ornithology observed bats and flies living in a cowshed in Germany. Typically, the flies were nearly invisible to the bats’...

  Have you ever wondered how your days stack up to those of the average American? Here’s your chance to find out. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released the American Time Use Survey, which looks at the amount of time per day people spend working, taking care of their kids, and letting off...

  “Where’s the beef?” you ask. The answer seems to be both on a man’s plate and in his sense of self. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that consumers link eating meat with their concept of masculinity. The researchers found that people rated meat as having a more masculine quality...

According to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, people really, really like talking about themselves. Thirty to forty percent of the things people say are focused on themselves. What’s more, 80% of posts on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are also self-centered. To determine why, researchers at...

  In news certain to raise the insecurities of men everywhere, scientists have determined that size does, in fact, matter to females–at least among gorillas.  Conservationists with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology found that male western lowland gorillas with larger body lengths, head crests and gluteal (backside) muscles...

As strange as it sounds, there may be nothing so good as a sad movie to lift your spirits. Researchers at Ohio State University screened an abridged version of the 2007 tearjerker Atonement for a group of 361 college students and noted an increased level of happiness from many viewers after the closing credits. “People...

  Spend enough time with children and you’re sure to hear them blurt out a tearful, “That’s not fair!” And, as it turns out, children develop a sense of fairness before they can even speak in complete sentences. “We found that 19- and 21-month-old infants have a general expectation of fairness, and they can apply...

Do cellphones make people selfish?  If you’ve ever had to shush a garrulous iPhone user in the seat next to you at the movie theater, the answer may seem obvious.   And now, a new study confirms our phone fears. According to researchers at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, people are less likely to exhibit...