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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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Slavery’s Legacy: Race-Based Economic Inequality

Two European researchers find a link between county-level slavery in 1860 and economic inequality today.

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New Evidence of Mental Benefits From Music Training

Harvard-based researchers find a link between early musical training and cognitive capacities that allow for planned, controlled behavior.

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George Washington Trumps Pinocchio When It Comes to Promoting Honesty in Kids

Researchers find the classic tale in which the future president admits to bad behavior encourages at least some kids to confess a lie.

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Are Artists Created in the (Testosterone-Rich) Womb?

New research suggests artists may begin their journey toward creative achievement before they are born.

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Morality Can Trump Tribalism

Encouraging research points to a way to decouple loyalty to one’s own tribe with disdain for outsiders.

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Mindfulness Can Avert Bodily Responses to Emotional Stress

New research finds acceptance of moment-to-moment thoughts and feelings can greatly reduce the impact of stress on your health.

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Literally Touching Greatness Can Increase Your Creativity

New research finds one type of “magical thinking”—the belief that ability can be transferred through touch—can actually work for some people.

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Feeling Impulsive? Head for the Forest

New research finds yet another benefit of viewing images of the natural world.

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Art Museums Foster an Appreciation for Ambiguity

New research from Vienna finds viewing artworks in a museum enhances the aesthetic experience.

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High School Music Classes Remain Popular, but Hispanics Lag Behind

New research finds that, contrary to fears, the No Child Left Behind act had little impact on enrollment in music courses.

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Where Do Latinos Stand on Major Political Issues? Well, It Depends

New research finds the political opinions expressed by Latinos in America can be quite different depending on whether they are polled in English or Spanish.

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Artists Working Solo Create the Finest Work—or So We Believe

New research suggests we consider the amount of effort that goes into making a work of art when we’re evaluating it—and take off points for collaborations.

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How Much Carbon Did You Emit Today?

New research suggests a reminder may inspire more environmentally friendly behavior.

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Hurricanes With Female Names Are More Deadly

Researchers find giving a storm a feminine name inadvertently conveys the impression that it isn’t all that dangerous. The result is inadequate preparation—and a higher death toll.

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Narcissists Are Capable of Empathy After All

New research from the U.K. suggests people with narcissistic tendencies can be moved by others’ suffering.

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Cynics Are at a Higher Risk of Developing Dementia

New research from Finland finds there’s danger in thinking the worst of your fellow man.

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New Insights Into Why Some Men Assault Women

For some, the sense that they are not sufficiently masculine leads to stress, and ultimately to striking out at the women closest to them.

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Books in the Home Are Strongly Linked to Academic Achievement

Test scores from 42 nations provide evidence of the benefits of having a home library.

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The Elusive Link Between Poverty and Obesity

A third factor may be a likely catalyst for both.

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The Design of Gift Cards May Influence Purchasing Behavior

Researchers find a colorfully dotted card puts people in a playful state of mind, which can influence what they buy.

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Alcohol Increases Aggression Before You’ve Taken a Sip

New research confirms that exposure to the idea of alcohol heightens aggressive behavior.

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Liberal Bloggers Are More Likely to Acknowledge Other Points of View

New scholarship finds major differences in the way liberal and conservative bloggers argue their positions.

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First-Born Children Are More Likely to Grow Up Into Conservatives

New research from Italy suggests the effect is independent of the ideology of one’s parents.

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Did Fate Bring Us Together? Or Was It Our DNA?

New research finds genetic similarity between spouses.

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Even Young People Are Skeptical of Information They Learn on Twitter

New research suggests they react to “facts” learned from a Twitter feed with some skepticism.

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The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?

No, Walking on All 4 Limbs Is Not a Sign of Human ‘Devolution’

New quantitative analysis reveals that people with Uner Tan Syndrome don't actually walk like primates at all.

Why Didn’t California’s Handheld Phone Ban Reduce Motor Accidents?

Are handheld cell phones as dangerous as they have been made out to be?

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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