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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.

 

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Just Breathe

Can mindfulness help heal our wounded soldiers?

 

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Big Data, Big Money

Can a simple Google Trends algorithm beat Wall Street?

 

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Building a Better Smartphone Keyboard

Can KALQ succeed where QWERTY fails?

 

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Is Summer the Sanest Season?

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

 

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A Painkiller for Human Angst?

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

 

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The Weight-Loss Incentive That Works Better Than Cash

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

 

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You Gonna Eat That?

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Doulas Do It Better

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

 

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Bloodthirsty Charities

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

 

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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

 

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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?

 

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Organic Food Fight, Part Two

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

 

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How Speed Bumps Help Predict Appendicitis

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

 

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Milk a Genius Makes

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

 

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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).

 

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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.

 

(PHOTO: ALESKEY KLINTS/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Marijuana: the Gateway Drug (to Nicotine)

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

 

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Killer Apps

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

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Mysterious Resting State Networks Might Be What Allow Different Brain Therapies to Work

Deep brain stimulation and similar treatments target the hubs of larger resting-state networks in the brain, researchers find.

Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be to Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

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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