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Dim the Lights, Dampen Your Emotions

New research suggests bright lighting intensifies both positive and negative feelings.

 

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Putting Group Fitness Classes in the Proper Light

Or, how simple lighting changes can affect our mood, energy levels, and alertness.

 

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Dim Lighting Sparks Creativity

New German research finds a darkened room encourages freedom of thought and inspires innovation.

 

Compact Fluorescents Not the Only Light of the Future

Response: The editor of Midwest Energy News notes that while CFLs are a common replacement for power-hungry incandescent bulbs, new laws don’t mandate their use and their drawbacks are often overstated.

 

Last Charge of the (Incandescent) Light Brigade

The movement to change your incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescents completed its successful European Union campaign. The United States is next.

 

Store’s Lighting Influences Perceptions of Quality

Researchers report that different lighting schemes at stores influences consumer perceptions of the outlet’s quality and pricing.

 

Hotel Guests Become Pawns in LED Lighting Design

When simple things like turning on the lights become too complex, Philips designers decided it was time for them to make a move.

 

Shining a Light on Better Headlamps

Drivers aren’t singing the blues so much about high-intensity headlights these days, but a smarter version of them might really light up their driving lives.

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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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