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Why LeBron Can’t Take the Heat

How even an NBA all-star like LeBron James can falter under pressure … and other research insights from the world of basketball.

 

We’re Sorry: Not All Apologies Are Apologies

Politicians take note: Research shows the fine line between claiming regret and taking responsibility.

 

Studying Flags, Pins, Hope From 2008 Election

The Stars and Stripes are subliminal, class cleavages are overrated, and other academic analyses we should consider from the last election.

 

Showing Where Community Colleges Pass, Fail

As the fall semester begins, we look at some of the ways community colleges are meeting — or failing to meet — the needs of their students.

 

Scholars and The Big Lebowski: Deconstructing The Dude

In honor of the 10th annual Lebowski Fest in Louisville, Ky., Miller-McCune looks at the scholarly papers inspired by the Coen brothers’ 1998 film “The Big Lebowski.”

 

Fatherhood Scholars Know Best

For Father’s Day, here’s research on how dads are faring, how they’re portrayed in pop culture and how the increasing frequency of stay-at-home fathers is changing gender roles in society.

 

Dr. Seuss Analyzed for Political, Social Effects

From there to here, from here to there, researchers find that Dr. Seuss is — in political, social, psychological and even business terms — everywhere.

 

The History and Frightening Future of Forests

In the Year of Forests, researchers look to save them, and have them save us.

 

What Would Jesus Buy?

As retailers’ “Black Friday” approaches, research shows that commerce and Christmas have a long history of coexistence, and the psychological effect may be generally positive.

 

How Polling Places Can Affect Your Vote

Researchers argue the physical location of the polls not only affects how many people vote; it may also influence last-minute decisions regarding which box to mark or lever to pull.

 

Studies That Stretch to Infinity, and Beyond

As Pixar launches “Toy Story 3,” we look at research the innovative animation studio has inspired.

 

World Cup Soccer Hooligans Analyzed

After monitoring the behavior of soccer hooligans at the 1998 World Cup, researchers determined that violent behavior was more accepted among the English.

 

World Cup Rarely Meets Lofty Economic Goals

Don’t spend that World Cup money just yet, South Africa. Statistics show that the World Cup isn’t always an economic boon for host countries.

 

Is the World Cup Bad for Your Health?

Researchers find a spike in heart problems among European soccer fans during World Cup matches, while other studies show the players on the pitch are suffering fewer injuries.

 

Oscar Winners Should Thank Their Economist

Research studies differ on the effect of an Oscar on a film’s bottom line.

 

Death and the Academy Award Winner

Oscar winners may live longer lives than their peers. Or perhaps shorter ones.

 

Predicting Oscars for Bigelow, Bridges, Bullock

University of Oregon academic predicts Academy Awards will go to Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock and Kathryn Bigelow.

 

Does an Academy Award Really Denote Quality?

Studies come to conflicting conclusions as to whether Academy Awards are a genuine measure of artistry.

 

The Evolution of Mardi Gras Rituals

In this ‘Wonks Gone Wild,’ researchers say the hierarchical role-playing in Mardi Gras parades gave way to a free marketplace for beads, which included ‘negotiated transactions.’

 

Studying Drunken Promiscuity at Mardi Gras

In this edition of ‘Wonks Gone Wild,’ researchers find that men overrated, and women underrated, the likelihood that they would participate in sexual activities with a new partner at Mardi Gras.

 

Unmasking Mardi Gras Deviants

In this edition of ‘Wonks Gone Wild,’ a researcher spends 500 hours at Mardi Gras celebrations to learn what makes revelers participate in deviant behavior.

 

The History of Mardi Gras Beadwhores

In this edition of ‘Wonks Gone Wild,’ one researcher finds an answer to the Mardi Gras question: How do I get someone to throw me some beads?

 

Academic Research Does Not Take Holidays Off

There is, in fact, a surprising amount of scholarship on the subject of Thanksgiving, a uniquely American celebration marked by rituals that lend themselves to a wide range of interpretations.

 

The Meaning of ‘Boo’

What happens when witches meet wonks? With Halloween approaching, Miller-McCune’s skeleton staff digs up some facts about the haunted holiday.

 

40 Years of Muppetology 101

How to get to Sesame Street? Take Wonk Way and turn left on Research Road.

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NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

The Most Popular Ways to Share Good and Bad Personal News

Researchers rank the popularity of all of the different methods we have for telling people about our lives, from Facebook to face-to-face.

Do Not Tell Your Kids That Eating Vegetables Will Make Them Stronger

Instead, hand them over in silence. Or, market them as the most delicious snack known to mankind.

The West’s Groundwater Is Being Sucked Dry

Scientists were stunned to discover just how much groundwater has been lost from beneath the Colorado River over the past 10 years.

How Wildlife Declines Are Leading to Slavery and Terrorism

As wildlife numbers dwindle, wildlife crimes are rising—and that's fueling a raft of heinous crimes committed against humans.

The Big One

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