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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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Attitudes About Race Affect Actions, Even When They Don’t

Tiny effects of attitudes on individuals' actions pile up quickly.

Geography, Race, and LOLs

The online lexicon spreads through racial and ethnic groups as much as it does through geography and other traditional linguistic measures.

Feeling—Not Being—Wealthy Cuts Support for Economic Redistribution

A new study suggests it's relative wealth that leads people to oppose taxing the rich and giving to the poor.

Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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