Michael Jourdan

The Great Emu Caper

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 ...

Is Facebook Better Than Sex? Opinions Differ.

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 ...

Innocent Until Proven Pretty

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 ...

Smokers Have More Friends…and They’ll Need Them

  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 ...

Your Brain Has Been Hacked!

  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 ...

The Hazards of Fly Sex

  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 ...

It’s About Time: How Americans While Away the Hours

  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 ...

Apparently “Real Men” Don’t Eat Veggies Either

  “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 ...

Newsflash! People Like Talking About Themselves

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 ...

Bigger Is Better–Except When It Isn’t

  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 ...

Why Tearjerkers Cheer Us up

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 ...

Selfishness? There’s an App for That

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. ...