Monthly Archives: March 2010

Sex ain’t what it used to be

How do you define sex? You might be surprised at what people say.

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Man, Russia Is Screwed up

On Ikea: From the start the company announced that even in Russia it would be adhering to its clearly-formulated Swedish rules, based on the Protestant work ethic and unanswerable logic. As a result, Khimki officials turned off the electricity just … Continue reading

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Nature or Nurture? Answer: “Yes”

We still don’t know exactly how much genes contribute to intelligence, with various studies coming up with estimates ranging from 40 to 80 per cent. Yet: This wide range of estimates might have arisen because genes contribute more to IQ … Continue reading

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Wow, there’s a lot here

Ok, so one of my favourite data sources has come up with another stunner: Time and again in American politics, Republicans have voted as a unit to frustrate our disorganized Democratic majority. Today, we’re going to perform a data-driven investigation … Continue reading

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Brooks on Happiness

David Brooks has an interesting column with a Faustian bent: Two things happened to Sandra Bullock this month. First, she won an Academy Award for best actress. Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk. … Continue reading

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On Dogs

The most impressive beggars, however, get their own title: ‘metro dogs’. They rely on scraps of food from the daily commuters who travel the public transportation system. To do so, the dogs have learned to navigate the subway. They know … Continue reading

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Is Health Related to Health Spending?

There was a study done once which suggested it does not. This is potentially one of those facts that terrifies the polity. If we can’t spend out way out of it, what on earth do we do? Sounds like we’ve … Continue reading

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