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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.

Recent articles

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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Meaningful Work Boosts Happiness, Even for Lawyers

New research finds the lawyers who are most satisfied with their lives are those in public-service jobs.

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The Downside of Bargain Hunting

New research suggests people spend their money on material goods out of the belief that, compared to experiential purchases such as vacations, they provide better value for their money.

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Creating Art as a Second Job

A new NEA report suggests more than a quarter-million Americans have a side job as an artist or musician.

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Looking Smart! Study Suggests Men’s Intelligence Can Be Judged by Sight

New research from the Czech Republic finds people can accurately judge intelligence by looking at faces of men, but not women.

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The Upside of Personal Tragedy

After painful life experiences we’re more likely to appreciate life’s little delights.

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Prediction: The Detroit Tigers Will Get Most Wins This Baseball Season

Mathematician Bruce Bukiet projects most of last year’s division-winning teams will once again be victorious.

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The Effectiveness of Taxing Sugary Sodas

New research from the Netherlands suggests increasing taxes on sodas decreases consumption, without driving shoppers to other unhealthy foods.

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Aerobic Exercise Helps Boost Mindfulness

German researchers report men who took up running got an additional benefit: The ability to better stay focused in the present moment.

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Quick Studies

How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

The Big One

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