City Crime Part 2: Size-Adjusted City Ratings

Science Fact: In Part 1 of this post we reviewed the underlying factors affecting city crime, especially violent crime. This Part 2 analyzes published crime data to derive safety ratings for U.S. cities. The FBI publishes crime data for each … Continue reading

City Crime Part 1: Factors Affecting Violent Crime

Science Fact: City crime is something you’d like to know about before visiting or moving to a new place. Today’s post describes the factors underlying city crime, especially violent crime. On Thursday we’ll continue by actually rating cities on their … Continue reading

Travel Fatalities by Car, Air & Ship

Science Fact: Travel fatalities are a concern to many of us who want to reduce our risk of serious accident when we travel by car, aircraft or cruise ship. This post looks at the data and the science, then gives … Continue reading

Your Kitchen Design is Making You Fat

Science Fact:  Your kitchen design is making you fat! OK, maybe with diligent effort we could make ourselves fat anyway.  But scientists find that kitchen design strongly affects our eating habits.  This is true even if we conscientiously try to … Continue reading

Resurrection of the Pizza & Fries, Part 2

Science Fact: In yesterday’s post we stored a delicious bit of leftovers, but we did not reheat pizza. Today, we’re going to bring out the pizza, reheat it and eat it! Pizza is healthy food, and a flexible food. Some people eat … Continue reading

Resurrection of the Pizza & Fries, Part 1

Science Fact:  Pizza always ranks near the top, both in popularity and appeal. In addition, in moderation it’s a good healthy food. The hot question for today and tomorrow is: can you bring leftover pizza back to life?  And there’s good … Continue reading

Dress to INform, Dress to PERform

Science Fact:  “Dress for success!” they used to say. “Clothes make the man.”  “Follow the dress code.” When you choose how to dress, whether it’s at the store buying clothes or making a selection after you shower, you’re communicating both … Continue reading

Predicting (& Creating) Happiness, in Marriage & Life

Science Fact:  Happiness is something that we all want, almost by definition.  It is even enshrined in the U.S. Declaration of Independence as something that we are not guaranteed but that we have the right to pursue. Happiness is so … Continue reading

Sleep Deprivation Makes You ***Happy!***

Science Fact:  Sleep deprivation is generally thought to be a bad thing, but it can actually make you happier!  This surprising fact has been known for years by physicians who treat Major Depressive Disorder, commonly known as clinical depression. In … Continue reading

“Just Tuning”: Dolly Parton, Barbershop & Arvo Pärt

Science Fact:  Just tuning refers to music that is not “just” in the sense of “only” or “simply”, but “just” as the opposite of “unjust”. It’s risky for science to analyze the Arts because they are so — well, Artistic. … Continue reading