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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

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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Upside of Personal Tragedy

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


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.


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.


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.


Your Unconscious Mind Is Better Than You Are at Detecting Lies

New research suggests that if we could push aside the biases of our conscious minds, we’d be better at spotting dishonesty.


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In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

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.

The Big One

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