Posted on June 30, 2012
Teenagers who smoke, drink alcohol and eat junk food are significantly more likely to be unhappy than their clean- living counterparts, a study has found. About 5,000 children were questioned on their appearance, family, friends, school and life as a whole, and had their happiness levels rated.
Researchers discovered that those who never drank alcohol were between four and six times more likely to have higher levels of happiness than those who did
While those who shunned cigarettes were about five times more likely to have high happiness scores than young smokers.
The authors of the study, based at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Essex University, used data from Understanding Society, a long-term study of 40,000 UK households, to analyze the home life and health-related behavior of about 5,000 ten to 15-year-olds.
Their results found that unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol and not taking exercise were closely linked to substantially lower happiness scores, even when factors such as family income and parents’ education were taken into account.
Higher consumption of fruit and vegetables, and less eating of crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks, was associated with high happiness levels. Also, the children who played a lot of sport were deemed happier.Cara Booker, co-author of the research, said that children could be turning to damaging vices to cope with their unhappiness. She said: ‘Another explanation could be that youths who smoke and drink first fit themselves into certain groups that tend to be unhappier, and then they find themselves unhappy. It becomes a vicious cycle.
‘It’s probably a combination of both. Some will take up smoking because they want to feel more adult, but then find themselves hanging out with people who are less happy and then they become less happy. But if you’re participating in sports and have a social group who are also interested in the same things, you’re happier versus not doing much of anything.’
The study found that between the ages of 13 and 15, teenagers’ food consumption became unhealthier – only 11 per cent reported eating five or more portions of fruit and vegetables every day – and their participation in exercise fell. And the figures for alcohol consumption revealed 8 per cent of ten to 12-year-olds admitted having had an alcoholic drink within the last month, rising to 41 per cent among 13 to 15-year-olds.
Dr Booker added: ‘The message [to teenagers] is that you need to be as healthy as possible, and participating in more adult behaviour such as smoking and drinking is not necessarily going to make you happier.
Posted on June 15, 2012
Dear Nice Guys,
I feel your pain, I really do. You just lost the girl of your dreams to some asshole, because well….you were nice and apparently being nice is not what girls want.
Yeah, my head just exploded too
But now it’s been revealed there is a science behind that idea. During a discussion this week on America’s NPR (formerly National Public Radio), human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar was surprised that
Rihanna still reportedly likes Chris Brown, who ‘didn’t only hit Rihanna, he made her look like Buster Douglas’.
National Review writer Kevin D Williamson pointed out, however, that she may not be able to help it – because it’s in her genes to like men like Chris Brown.
Writing in a blog following the show this week Mr. Iftikhar stated that
bad guys combine the self-obsession of narcissism, the impulsive, thrill-seeking and callous behavior of the psychopath and the deceitful and exploitative nature of Machiavellianism.
Unattractive as the combination might appear, women often equate it with masculinity - and the ability to father healthy children.
As a result, those looking for the thrill of an affair, or hoping to become pregnant, are drawn to ‘bad boys’. Scientist Peter Jonason said James Bond is the perfect example of a ladykiller with a rather questionable personality. ‘He’s clearly disagreeable, very extroverted and likes trying new things - killing people, new women,’ the researcher told New Scientist.
Mr Jonason, of New Mexico State University in the U.S., subjected 200 college students to personality tests designed to rank them for each of their dark triad traits.
They were also asked about their attitudes to sexual relationships and about their sex lives, including how many partners they had and whether they sought out flings. The results showed that men who scored higher on the trio of traits tended to have more partners and more interest in short-term relationships.
Nice guys need not lose all hope though
Dr Gayle Brewer, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Central Lancashire, said that while women tend to like cads for flings, they usually settle down with more caring types.
Full Article at Elite Daily.com
Leon Langford| Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on May 3, 2012
The female mind has always been a complete mystery to most men and their enigmatic thoughts and actions almost impossible to decode – until now. Finally the closely-held secret of whether a woman fancies someone has been exposed and experts have found it is all in the eyes.
A new study looked at how and where women glance after a man makes initial eye contact and found this shows him all he needs to know about his chances of romance.
What happens in the 45 seconds after meeting makes it crystal clear if love is in the air or whether the hapless male suitor will get the cold shoulder, experts have said.
Life coach Ali Campbell says in his book ‘More than Just Sex’ that the look men want to see is her looking down and then moving her eyes in a sweeping motion across the floor because it almost certainly means that she is attracted to you.
This glance means that she is checking her internal emotions, in short, she likes you but is working out how much.
‘This is the one you are after, it’s the holy grail of looks. It is a great indication that the female is interested,’ he told The Sun.
And in a complete reversal the disinterested, shy or bashful look sideways a woman often gives is not the brush-off most men thought it was.
It is in fact the opposite.
If a woman looks away for up to 45 seconds and then stares you straight in the eye it is another sure sign that she is interested because she is thinking hard about whether you are a suitable partner.
But of course with good news there is bad and this book has also given men the clearest indications yet about whether they have no chance of love with someone they like.
If after the man makes eye contact she instantly looks over his head or stares straight back at him it is almost certainly curtains.
These two ‘aggressive’ reactions mean the man should back off quickly and turn his attentions elsewhere to avoid further embarrassment.
‘If your date looks over your directly over your head it isn’t because they are imagining pictures of you and her running into the sunset together. A direct stare back is to avoided at all times. If this happens your best bet is to leave that woman alone and move on,’ Mr Campbell told The Sun.
Mr Campbell’s study has also found women give off other signals that men should look out for on a date or when they meet someone for the first time.
Whether she is right or left handed she will use her dominant wrist to point at you if she likes you.
Also if she touches her hair she is attracted to you and if she twirls the ends then she really likes you.
Original Article at Daily Mail
Posted on April 15, 2012
If you’ve ever felt tongue-tied (or mildly brain-dead) in the presence of a woman, you’re not alone. It turns out that interacting with women—or even thinking about interacting with women—makes a man dumber, say researchers from the Netherlands.
The Dutch team recruited 71 university students and asked each to complete a series of simple tasks that measured cognitive ability. During one of the tasks, the students—both male and female—were told they would be observed by someone of the opposite sex.
Although the male students had no idea what the female observer looked or sounded like, their cognitive performance dropped roughly 14 percent. The female students, on the other hand, actually performed slightly better when told they were being watched by a man.
In short men got 14% dumber while in the presence of women
Basically, your attempts at “impression management”—trying to seem cool—take a toll on your intellectual muscles, Nauts says. This happens when you think a woman may potentially be a sexual partner, and
Past studies have shown that you become even dumber if the woman is extremely attractive.
Related: Top 5 Consequences of Sexting
So why don’t women experience this same brain drain around attractive men?
The researchers weren’t sure, but speculate that nature’s age-old mating rituals may be involved. Among almost all animal species, the men are the ones who perform while the woman stand back, judge, and then pick the most impressive suitor. That means the onus is on you to show her why you’re the alpha dog.
Men’s Health asked lead study author Sanne Nauts, M. Sc., why this happens.
“We think that men are preparing for the upcoming interaction—thinking of what to say to the interaction partner, figuring out how they can make a good impression on her—and that this requires cognitive resources,” Nauts explains.
There are a few ways you can combat this biological brain block. Eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provides healthy glucose to fuel your mental muscles, Nauts says. Self-confidence is also your greatest asset when it comes to impressing the opposite sex, explains R. Don Steele, author of Body Language Secrets: A Guide during Courtship and Dating.
Posted on March 27, 2012
It’s not news that sleep is tied to learning—even a 90-minute nap can significantly help boost your brain power—but if you want to cement new knowledge in your brain, recent sleep research demonstrates that a good night’s sleep shortly following your studies has a significant impact on your ability to retain information.
The study in question asked participants to memorize related word pairs (e.g., circus – clown) and unrelated word pairs (e.g., cactus – brick). Some participants learned the words at 9am, some at 9pm. The 9pm crowd went to sleep shortly after learning the words. The 9am crowd did not.
The results: Sleep made no difference when participants were asked to recall the related words, but when participants were asked to recall unrelated word pairs, the 9pm group—the group that slept right after learning—did significantly better. So where your brain already has a strong semantic roadmap for learning (as is the case with the related word pairs), sleep doesn’t have a major effect. Where it’s forming new connections, sleep makes all the difference.
Stick that in your mind pipe next time you need to do some serious cramming. Photo remixed from Muhammad Rehan.
Posted on February 20, 2012
It seems as soon as college began sleep and I went our separate ways. What makes me most sad is when I occasionally see someone else enjoying sleep and think that could be me. Break ups are so hard.
This crazy love hate relationship between hard-working college students like you and I got someone at AeroShot thinking. And thus the pocket-sized breathable caffeine tube was born.
Related: Top 5 Consequences of Sexting
And it is hard as a student to not be curious about a product that has a slogan like this
”Breathable Energy. Anytime. Anyplace.”
AeroShot is a plastic inhaler, roughly the size of a lipstick tube, filled with a powdery, calorie-free mix of caffeine, B vitamins, and citrus flavors. The product went on the market late last month in Massachusetts and New York, and is also available in France. A single unit costs $2.99 at convenience, mom-and-pop, liquor and online stores.
But some aren’t so sure selling caffeine in pocket-sized tubes — and marketing it to young people — is a great idea.
Currently the FDA is reviewing Aeroshot because of officials concerns over consumers safety.
So before you go inhaling any of these bad boys find do your research.
Maximillian Garland | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on January 27, 2012
Let me just get this out of the way upfront: I had an orgasm in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner.
That is, as background research for my book, “Dirty Minds: How our brains influence love, sex and relationships,” I participated in a study at Rutgers University where scientists measured the activity in my brain as I self-stimulated to an orgasm.
I wasn’t the first woman to participate in one of these studies – and I won’t be the last.
I know, it’s controversial and perhaps even a bit shocking. And, because of that, I expected readers and commenters to make a few jokes at my expense (and perhaps even question my character) when I wrote about the experience.
But what I didn’t expect was so much outrage about sex research in general. Continue Reading
Posted on January 23, 2012
When sitting down for a interview at a top U.S. company, you’d typically expect the interviewer to slam you with questions about your past history, testing your abilities, and knowledge of the company.
You wouldn’t think it was the time or the place to start asking about your opinion on garden gnomes or to explore solutions to world hunger, but that’s exactly what happens to some candidates looking to join up with some of America’s Top Companies.
25 Oddest Job Interview Questions: According To The Glass Door
1. “How many people are using Facebook in San Francisco at 2:30pm on a Friday?” – Asked at Google.
2. “Just entertain me for five minutes, I’m not going to talk.” – Asked at Acosta.
3. “If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?” – Asked at Hewlett-Packard.
4. “What do you think of garden gnomes?” – Asked at Trader Joe’s.
5. “Is your college GPA reflective of your potential?” – Asked at the Advisory Board.
6. “Would Mahatma Gandhi have made a good software engineer?” –Asked at Deloitte.
7. “If you could be #1 employee but have all your coworkers dislike you or you could be #15 employee and have all your coworkers like you, which would you choose?” – Asked at ADP.
8. “How would you cure world hunger?” – Asked at Amazon.com.
9. “Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?” – Asked at Pinkberry.
10. “Does life fascinate you?” – Asked at Ernst & Young.
11. “Given 20 ‘destructible’ light bulbs (which breaks at certain height), and a building with 100 floors, how do you determine the height that the light bulb breaks?” – Asked at QUALCOMM.
12. “Please spell ‘diverticulitis’.” – Asked at EMSI Engineering.
13. “Name 5 uses of a stapler without staple pins.” – Asked at EvaluServe.
14. “How much money did residents of Dallas/Ft. Worth spend on gasoline in 2008?” – Asked at American Airlines.
15. “How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?” – Asked at Horizon Group Properties.
16. “You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?” – Asked at Epic Systems.
17. “How many planes are currently flying over Kansas?” – Asked at Best Buy.
18. “How many different ways can you get water from a lake at the foot of a mountain, up to the top of the mountain?” – Asked at Disney Parks & Resorts.
19. “What is 37 times 37?” –Asked at Jane Street Capital.
20. “If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?” – Asked at Rain and Hail Insurance.
21. “If you were a Microsoft Office program, which one would you be?” –Asked at Summit Racing Equipment.
22. “Pepsi or Coke?” – Asked at United Health Group.
23. “Are you exhaling warm air?” – Asked at Walker Marketing.
24. “You’re in a row boat, which is in a large tank filled with water. You have an anchor on board, which you throw overboard (the chain is long enough so the anchor rests completely on the bottom of the tank). Does the water level in the tank rise or fall?” – Asked at Tesla Motors.
25. “How do you feel about those jokers at Congress?” – Asked at Consolidated Electrical.
Questions via theglassdoor
Could you answer any of them? What’s the weirdest job interview question you’ve ever gotten? Let us know in the comments below!
Maximillian Garland | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on January 20, 2012
The Gräfenberg Spot is meant to be a concentrated bundle of nerves on the front wall of the vagina, which can cause the Earth to move for some lucky women.
However, even those that believe in it often fail to actually put a finger on it. ; )
A more scientific approach from multiple research teams using a plethora of different techniques in the hunt for the G-spot has, unfortunately, come up short:
“Attempts to characterise vaginal innervation have shown some differences in nerve distribution across the vagina, although the findings have not proven to be universally reproducible.”
“Furthermore, radiographic studies have been unable to demonstrate a unique entity, other than the clitoris, whose direct stimulation leads to vaginal orgasm.”
This latest detailed review of all published evidence from over 60 years, backs up what boffins from our own King’s College London also concluded in 2010 when they said that the G-spot “might be a figment of women’s imagination, encouraged by magazines and sex therapists”.
“might be a figment of women’s imagination, encouraged by magazines and sex therapists”.
“Lots of women feel almost as though it is their fault they can’t find it,” Kilchevsky said.
“The reality is that it is probably not something, historically or evolutionarily, that should even exist,” Kilchevsky added.
The study has been published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
So there you have it.
Don’t worry son, it’s not your fault you can’t find it; it simply doesn’t exist – at least as far as science can tell. And science is good enough for me. [The Journal of Sexual Medicine via The Telegraph]
So Do You Buy It? Are The Brains At Yale Correct? Comment Below
Posted on January 13, 2012
UC Berkeley physicist, and longtime climate skeptic, Richard Muller has finally gone on the offensive, publicly admitting he was wrong to doubt global-warming data in a piece for The Wall Street Journal.
The outspoken professor, who gained notoriety in the climate-denial community for his rants against Al Gore and fueling the fire on Climategate, decided to take matters into his own hands earlier this year by creating an independent study to assess specific objections raised by climate skeptics.