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Kevin Charles Redmon

Kevin Charles Redmon
Kevin Charles Redmon is a journalist and critic. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Soap Operas Can Save the World

Melodramas promoting literacy and family planning? Tune in next week.



Just Breathe

Can mindfulness help heal our wounded soldiers?



Big Data, Big Money

Can a simple Google Trends algorithm beat Wall Street?



Building a Better Smartphone Keyboard

Can KALQ succeed where QWERTY fails?



Is Summer the Sanest Season?

What Google searches tell us about the seasonality of mental illness.



A Painkiller for Human Angst?

Forget backaches and scraped knees—Tylenol can dull the existential pain of living.



The Weight-Loss Incentive That Works Better Than Cash

A little intra-office competition can go a long way.



You Gonna Eat That?

The best way to reduce food waste in cafeterias? Take away diners’ plastic trays.



Help Others to Help Yourself: High School Students Benefit From Volunteer Work

Getting teenagers off of the couch can be difficult, but the benefits are undeniable.



Hey, Come Try This Organic Corn Dog

If you tell us something’s organic, we’ll believe you—and we’ll pay more for it.



Pitfalls of the Teen Dating Scene

High school students who date around spend more time partying and less time hitting the books


Callers to Canadian clinics had a significantly smaller chance of getting an appointment if they posed as a homeless person or welfare recipient. (PHOTO: BRIAN EICHHORN/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Health Care Bias Even in Canada

Canada may have universal health care, but to get an appointment, it still helps to be upper crust.



Rebates Aim to Foster Healthier Eating in South Africa

Can rebates on fruits and vegetables encourage us to shop more healthfully?


Footballer-turned-snack-spokesman Gary Lineker (PHOTO: INGENIE)

Snack Food, Star Appeal

When it comes to advertising, celebrity endorsements mean more than you think.



Doulas Do It Better

Providing doulas to low-income mothers-to-be could save Medicaid millions.



Bloodthirsty Charities

When it comes to blood donation, nothing matters more than message.


Facebook Like

Big Data, Big Brother and the ‘Like’ Button

When you add them all up, what do your Facebook Likes reveal about you? More than you might think



Wanna Save the Rhino? Legalize Horn Farming

Black-market rhino horns are more valuable than gold or cocaine. Could legalized “horn farming” save the endangered species?



Organic Food Fight, Part Two

Whole Foods shoppers, take heart: organic produce isn’t a total scam.



How Speed Bumps Help Predict Appendicitis

British physicians discover a slow-speed approach to diagnosing a life-threatening condition.



Milk a Genius Makes

It’s not just an affinity for chocolate that seems to produce Nobel prizewinners.



Who’s Happier on Valentine’s Day? The Single or the Hitched?

How we feel about romance has everything to do with the relationship we’re currently in (or not in).



Men: Want More Sex? Don’t Do the Laundry!

Sociologists refute the idea that husbands who help out around the house are repaid with sex.



Marijuana: the Gateway Drug (to Nicotine)

New research suggests that smoking pot promotes an even more dangerous addiction.


A screenshot from the SkinVision app

Killer Apps

Smartphones are useful for many things. Diagnosing melanoma is not one of them.

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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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