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Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs
Staff writer Tom Jacobs is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years experience at daily newspapers. He has served as a staff writer for The Los Angeles Daily News and the Santa Barbara News-Press. His work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Ventura County Star.

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Leisure-Time Creative Endeavors Make for Better Employees

New research finds a link between off-hours creative activity and several measures of job performance.

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When Things Look Dark, Country Music Gets Sunnier

New research finds socioeconomic conditions impact the type of songs that become hits, but in opposite ways for pop and country music.

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Americans Intuitively Judge Atheists as Immoral

New research finds a link between disbelief and unethical behavior is strongly lodged in Americans’ minds.

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The Value of a Lucky Home Address

In greater Vancouver, how much you can get for a house depends in part on whether the street address ends with a “4″ or an “8.”

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Be Suspicious of Sexy Text Messages

New research suggests they often contain lies.

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The Not So Horrible Consequences of Reading Banned Books

A new study of Texas teens found no connection between reading edgy books and mental health issues or delinquent behavior.

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Half of Americans Believe at Least 1 Conspiracy Theory

New research suggests the belief in unseen plots is surprisingly widespread.

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Enjoy Life More: Use Facebook Less

Contrary to our expectations, using Facebook dampens our spirits, leaving us feeling like we’ve wasted time, according to new research.

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Study Casts Doubt on Superiority of Stradivarius Violins

Researchers find top-ranked musicians can’t distinguish the sound of a Strad—and often prefer newer instruments.

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Does That Restaurant Rate 4 Stars? Sure—on a Sunny Day

New research finds online restaurant reviews are influenced by the weather.

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Quick Studies

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014