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01.19.15 Rhett Jones

It seems like every day another cause of cancer is discovered, so it may come as a surprise that a new report is estimating that almost no one will be dying from the insidious disease by the year 2050. According to a study by University College London,”it is realistic to expect that by 2050 nearly all […]

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12.29.14 Rhett Jones

When a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the officer who was videotaped choking Eric Garner, many outlets (including ANIMAL) saw it as a potential sign that body cameras on police wouldn’t make a difference in the occurrences of police brutality. Now the full contents of a police body cam study in Rialto, California have […]

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11.28.14 Rhett Jones

It has long been thought that dogs respond to the way humans say things rather than what they say, but a new study indicates that canines understand both forms of communication — with separate parts of their brain. Current Biology published a report on Wednesday that concludes dogs process the meaning of words in the left […]

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11.25.14 Rhett Jones

In a new study, scientists believe that they may have unlocked the ability to teach people to experience synesthesia, the condition in which a person experiences overlaps between their senses. In its most extreme form, those effected by synesthesia report hearing tastes or experiencing sounds as colors. For their landmark study, researchers conducted a nine-week course […]

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11.12.14 Rhett Jones

Henry S. Farber, an economist at Princeton, has performed an exhaustive study of NYC’s taxi data and weather patterns over the last four years and he thinks the research has produced a pretty good explanation for why it’s so hard to get a cab in the rain. Using a small subset of the enormous amount […]

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10.30.14 Rhett Jones

Sometimes it seems like cab drivers are the last remnant of surly, rude, angry New York. They’ll argue about anything, they don’t want to go to Brooklyn and they’re the only tip-based service workers for whom the customer is never right. A new study by three NYU doctors has found that all of that attitude […]

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10.06.14 Rhett Jones

On Friday, the New York State Comptroller released a report detailing the repairs needed on the city’s subway stations. There wasn’t a lot of good news. The report is based on a year-long survey that was completed in 2012. As of two years ago, only a quarter of stations were found to have at least 90% […]

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10.03.14 Rhett Jones

In the wake of hysteria over bicyclists being dangerous for pedestrians, a new study finds that injuries are actually declining steadily. The study was done jointly by professors from NYU and Hunter, using hospital data from the past ten years. Between 2004 and 2008, the rate of cyclist-caused pedestrian injuries in New York State went […]

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09.05.14 Rhett Jones

According to a new study by the Americans’ Use Of Time (AUOT) project, though people believe they are too busy and have less free time, we actually have been gradually getting less busy over the last 40 years. It’s taken as common wisdom that we’re getting busier as a society. With Americans scrambling to acquire jobs, trying […]

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08.28.14 Marina Galperina

With people abusing opioid-based drugs cross the country, a new study published by the Jama Internal Medicine suggests a safer alternative. In surveying death certificate data from every state between 1999 and 2010, research shows that states where weed can be legally prescribed to treat chronic pain have a 24.8% lower opioid overdose mortality rate. Three states (California, Oregon, and Washington) […]

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