The Myth of the Freshman 15

As a current or prospective university student, you’ve probably already heard of – and dreaded – the Freshman 15, those supposed 15 or so pounds of excess weight gained within the first year of post-secondary studies. Friends may have cautioned you to watch what you eat as you enter this new stage of your life,…

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The Mutant Butterflies of Fukushima

In the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of March 2011, scientists have discovered genetic mutations affecting three generations of butterflies near the nuclear plant, a finding that raises concerns that other species may also be affected by the ensuing radioactive fallout. Researchers found that 12% of butterflies of the pale grass blue species who were…

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Finding Psychopaths on Twitter

Research conducted by computer scientists at the Online Privacy Foundation at Florida Atlantic University and Kaggl suggests that it is possible to detect psychopathic character traits in Twitter users based on the number, frequency and wording of tweets, among other factors. A combined study by the three institutions examined the accounts of 2,927 regular Twitter users from…