Today in research: when car ownership is important, new advice on cancer screening (and throat clearing), and over-analyzing the tendencies of the field cricket.

  • Car ownership, as a wealth indicator, is a marriage predictor. This makes sense. But also: who wants to tie the knot while still living at home and without a set of keys to leave whenever necessary? As demographic research informs us, car ownership is one indicator of when people start to finally settle down. Being able to afford marriage, in general, is the other. "In all, I find evidence to support the argument that wealth is an important prerequisite of marriage, especially for men," said the lead author of the study, Princeton University's Daniel Schneider, in a release. [Eurekalert]
  • The FDA is going to be assessing how people react to Tobacco rules. What anti-smoking measure will be touted when the results of the habits of 40,000 smokers are eventually released? More scary ads (that may not be that effective)? "The FDA said the results will help it better tailor regulations to inform people about the risks of tobacco products," Reuters reported. So, yes, probably support for the gruesome cigarette pictures. [Reuters]

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