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America’s Mood Map

Ever felt like your personality was better suited for another state? Maybe it is! In the following study which took 13 years to complete, figured out which personality types each of America’s 50 states fell into. Now you can take a 10 question test to find out which of those states suit you best. So if you feel like you’re just too creative and friendly to live in NY, take the test and find out where you truly belong.

>> America’s Mood Map <<

-Monisha

Power and Pronouns

Have you heard that the frequent use of ‘I’ indicates narcissism?  It’s a common misconception rebuffed in recent studies conducted at the University of Texas at Austin by James W. Pennebaker.  Pennebaker found through behavioral experiments and Twitter analysis that the use of ‘I’ can denote duplicity and a sense of inferiority.  Those who used ‘we’ more often in the experiments tended to have the power in the relationships.

>> What Saying ‘I’ Says About You <<

 

– Sandra

Password please?

In the wake of news of the latest iPhone comes this article about passwords and security online. Those who followed the IPhone frenzy heard that the latest device comes with a fingerprint scanner that you can use instead of a key-lock to protect your phone. Personally I think its a great idea considering we store everything from our bank account information to our most coveted pictures on our phones and having a unique identifier such as a fingerprint would make everything more secure.  

But if this new development isn’t CSI enough for you, there are way more upcoming innovations in the field of non-password protection, one of which includes a headset that scans your brain waves to verify the password you are thinking of is correct.

>> Machines Made to Know You, by Touch, Voice, Even by Heart <<

-Monisha

 

Pop Plagiarism

This article on pop plagiarism made me flash back to something I recently read in a book about habits. Apparently listeners prefer hearing familiar songs, and are more likely to listen to a song on the radio if it sounds like something they have already heard before. So how do radio stations get people to listen to a new song and make it sound familiar? By sandwiching the new song in between two already popular and well-known songs. 

So if a song needs to sound familiar in order to gain popularity is it any surprise that many of today’s pop songs “borrow” bits and pieces from other songs?

>> You Didn’t Write That: A Brief Guide to (Alleged) Pop Plagiarism <<

P.S. The book is an excellent read too!

>> The Power of Habit <<

-Monisha

Happy End of Summer

Obviously the title above is meant to be sarcastic because summer ending is not a happy occasion in the slightest. Unless you really love fall. In which case I would wish you a happy return of the pumpkin spice latte.

In any case, here’s an article about the origin of the fashion principle which bans wearing white after labor day. While the conclusion they offer in this article says if the queen of England thinks it’s OK to do it then we can all do it, I personally have never based my fashion choices on those the queen makes.So take a look and decide for yourself if this rule is made to be broken.

>> Why We Can’t Wear White After Labor Day <<

-Monisha

Post-College SAT

My thoughts after reading this article went something like this:

1. This is insanity

2. Thank goodness I’m old

3. This makes a lot of sense…or does it?

I think most of my fellow college grads would agree that this topic is a double edged sword. While it’s plain to see that GPA’s are not the best measure of an individual’s ability to succeed in the workplace, having a standardized test measure that may also not be the greatest measure. After all, many who have taken the SAT’s can agree that they are a better measure of  how good someone is at taking a standardized test than of that person’s ability to success in a college environment. On the other hand with the rise of problems like cheating on college exams and having curved exams some may like the idea of having a standard measure across schools with which to display their ability to succeed.

>> Are You Ready for the Post-College SAT <<

-Monisha

Those were the Days

What is it about an old song that brings a smile to your face? Maybe it brings with it memories of good time, an old friend or a younger age. Whatever it may be no one can deny feeling nostalgic from time to time after hearing an old song, seeing a photograph or even just looking at the date. While nostalgia was touted for a long time as a negative feeling which brought about depression, studies have recently found that feeling nostalgic a few times a week can actually benefit your overall emotional health and actually make you feel warmer from the inside out. Have a look at this article and then maybe even indulge in some reminiscing yourself!

>> What is Nostalgia Good For? <<

-Monisha

A Storm is Brewing

I recently read Dan Brown’s Inferno which revolves around the theme of over-population and the threat it presents to future generations. This article  talks about another future threat–global warming and the increasing number of natural disasters. The facts presented in this article about the increase in natural disasters in the  future are not surprising but it is interesting to see how unprepared we are to face the impending doom.

I think the increase in natural disasters may just be nature’s way of posing its own solution to the aforementioned problem of overpopulation. Take a look at the article to see if you agree, and read Inferno to see how Dan Brown’s characters find a solution to this problem in the novel.

>>Climate Change Could Make Hurricanes Stronger—and More Frequent <<

-Monisha