Michael Jourdan

  “If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect.” – Ted Turner A study by researchers at Baylor and the University of Maine has proven something that has been obvious to me for a long time–that humble people are more likely to be helpful to others than egotists. Why is this obvious,…

Human Journey

  Can happiness be measured in 140 characters or less? A new study suggests that it can. Researchers at the University of Vermont had volunteers rate the most popular words in the English language from one to nine on a “happiness scale.” Words associated with happiness had high scores–“laughter,” for example rated 8.50–while negative words…

Human Journey

  Move over Myers Briggs and make room for the nose. Medical Xpress reports that, according to a new study, people can often guess the personality of another person just by smelling them. Researchers at the University of Wroclaw broke their subjects into two groups. Members of the first group were given personality tests, and…

Human Journey

  Forgot to turn off the stove? Can’t figure out why you have that piece of string tied to your finger? Don’t blame yourself; blame the door you just walked through. According to Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky, the simple act of walking through a doorway makes people forgetful. Radvansky conducted numerous experiments in…

Human Journey

    “If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” – George Burns If you’re happy and you know it, you may just live longer than the sad…

Human Journey

  How much would you spend for a 104-year-old biscuit? What if it was all that stood between you and starvation in the heart of the Antarctic? BBC News reports that Christie’s will soon auction a biscuit included in Sir Ernest Shakleton’s provisions when he and his crew explored Antarctica during the Nimrod Expedition of…

Human Journey

  Animals have long played an important role for humans–we have hunted them, been hunted by them, domesticated them, and taken them into our homes as companions. And, a new study suggests, animals also have a special place in our heads. Researchers at Caltech monitored brain activity of 41 neurosurgical patients and found that the…

Human Journey

  While the fence between U.S.-Mexico is intended to stop smuggling, terrorism, and illegal immigration, endangered animals are also being stopped at the border. A recent study finds that the 750 miles of border fence currently in place breaks up animal ranges, restricting their movements and making isolated populations more vulnerable to hurricanes, fires, and…

Human Journey

  “I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.” – Groucho Marx Groucho is not alone. It turns out that pigeons have an impressive ability to remember people’s faces, and aren’t fooled even when we change our clothes. Two researchers from the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre…

Human Journey

  As any biologist will tell you, sex doesn’t seem to make sense. It requires males, which waste resources but don’t directly produce offspring. Why bother with males at all when asexual reproduction–where offspring arise from a single parent through self-fertilization–is so much more efficient? According to a team at Indiana University, it all comes down…

Human Journey

      What was buried in Midas’ tomb? Where did ancient Egyptian pyramid builders turn for nutrition and refreshment? What was first produced in Iran’s Zagros Mountains circa 3400 BC? If you answered “beer” to any of these questions, you’re probably familiar with Dr. Patrick McGovern, the “Indiana Jones of Ancient Ales, Wines, and…

Human Journey