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Happy Valentine’s Day

So here is a series of articles to celebrate the day of love:

>>A Valentine’s Day Gift to Save a Marriage <<

While most of the people in my life are not married and neither am I, I found this article to be useful and interesting. Conflicts in relationships are probably the most complicated kind of conflict to deal with and it’s interesting to see the kind of homework you can do to potentially save your relationship. While I think it’s hard to quantify things like happiness in a relationship, it is interesting to see how the study performed in this article found that couples who actively worked towards managing their conflict(according to the way outlined in said article) were across the board more satisfied in their relationships. Have a look!

>>Guppies Use Ugly Friends to Seem More Attractive<<

Here’s a tactic that’s not unheard of in the human world as well. But then again who knows how guppie personalities work. Looks may be all they have to go by.

>>The Science of Romance<<

This is probably one of the best articles I’ve ever read. Again I think it’s interesting that these studied try to quantify things like attraction and romance, which are generally idea we don’t think about in a quantitative manner. Here are a few highlights:

– The clash between biology and romance. How our biological instincts drive our attraction and ultimately control the way we fall in love.

-To truly be attracted to someone you must be attracted to their scent

-There are certain hormones found in a partner’s saliva that may help us determine whether we are biologically compatible with a potential mate

-The birth control pill may distort the amount of attraction a woman feels to her partner

-Monisha

The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools

>>The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools<<

Interesting to see how one school district turned themselves around to become one of the top performing schools in their district despite harboring an underprivileged student body. I think the main takeaway from this, which applies to more than just schools, is innovative strategy and continuous improvement. This opinion piece doesn’t exactly say what the school district did to turn themselves around but that’s almost good in a certain sense. Improvements and innovations don’t come one size fits all.

-Monisha

Gaming and Violence

>>Shooting in the Dark<<

This article doesn’t really reach any conclusions, but it’s interesting to see the research out there comparing violent video games to violence in the real world. It’s pretty much a no-brainer that playing a violent game would lead people to act more aggressively but the perspective that playing such a game helps people get out their innate aggression in an acceptable manner is also plausible.

-Monisha

How Alcohol Affects Sleep Quality

>>Sleeping it Off: How Alcohol Affects Sleep Quality<<

This article mentions how heavy drinking can cause the REM stage of sleep to be decreased. So the more you drink, the more restless your sleep is. I’ve also heard that the surge of energy that many feel after waking up post partying, is your body producing adrenaline. This adrenaline is due to the lack of rest your body gets while sleeping after boozing.

-Monisha

Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart?

For our generation, and those younger than us as well, standardized testing has been a fact of life. The thing about standardized tests though (ask anyone who has been through this torture and they will tell you), it’s not really a very good indicator of a person’s intelligence or capability. Rather, standardized tests, test your ability to perform on said tests. This article breaks this down and talks about how those who usually perform better in school, perform worse on these tests due to their incapability of performing under stress and pressure. On the other hand, those who do score well on standardized tests and the ones who are fueled by stress and pressure.

An interesting excerpt:

-Pg 5: Standardized testing is competition that threatens. Since the only real thing anyone cares about in said test is the score( as opposed to the learning process, or the knowledge gained by studying for/taking said test), even those who normally enjoy competition and performing under pressure may get weighed down by the stress these tests pose.

>> Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart? <<

-Monisha

That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think

>>That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think <<

That’s right folks that friendly household cat you see performing cute tricks and playing with yarn is actually a cold blooded killer. I realize this is a real issue and all but I really can’t help chuckle at the mental image of a fluffy kitty sparring with a much larger dog as they claim in the article. Also while this article is interesting, I can’t help but wonder what conclusion they are trying to make. It almost seems like they are trying to prove a point without offending anyone (aka cat lovers).

-Monisha

A Flood of Suits Fights Coverage of Birth Control

While I don’t know if I completely agree with the government and institutions deciding whether or not women should get to be covered by their insurance for contraception, I can’t deny that this is a pretty hot topic. Also in the article you’ll find a statistic that 99% of women use birth control at some point in their lives, which kind of opens your eyes to how wide the scope of this issue is. I think the stigma with birth control, especially in more conservative areas is that it’s used by younger women looking to cover their bases so to speak. But according to this that is far from the truth. Of course, the fact that insurance providers may be asked to cover things like the morning-after pill throws a whole new wrench into the matter. Whatever your side may be, this is worth taking a look at.

>>A Flood of Suits Fights Coverage of Birth Control<<

-Monisha