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Monthly Archives: January 2014

This article was originally posted on RealClearScience.

Perhaps thanks to President Bill Clinton, oral sex has been a subject of intense fascination among Americans for the past 15 years. It has long been suspected, and some evidence has suggested, that there was something of an oral sex “epidemic” among younger people a few years ago. Now, a study reported in PLoS ONE helps confirm that the long-standing rumors are probably true. Read More »

This article was originally posted on RealClearScience.

One of the problems with success is that it encourages two counterproductive feelings: Complacency and entitlement. And it’s quite obvious to most cultural and political observers that Americans have a large and unhealthy dose of both. Read More »

This article was originally posted on RealClearScience.

Let’s pretend that you’re a cyberterrorist, or if you prefer, a rogue agent working for a super-secret government intelligence program that develops cyberweapons. And let’s further imagine that you’ve developed a pretty cool computer virus that steals money from people’s bank accounts, and you’re really itching to try it out against somebody, say, Mr. Wonderful from Shark Tank. When’s the best time to deploy your little bundle of digital joy? Read More »

The latest international exams — which show that students from the U.S. rank 21st and 26th in science and math, respectively — once again confirm a pattern that emerged in 1964 with the First International Mathematics Study: Compared with their counterparts abroad, American kids are decidedly mediocre. Read the rest at USA Today.