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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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Engineers find tell-tale signs in speech patterns of the depressed.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

Neuroscientists find less—but potentially stronger—white matter in the brains of patients with CFS.

Incumbents, Pray for Rain

Come next Tuesday, rain could push voters toward safer, more predictable candidates.

Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

The Big One

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