Today in Research: Fewer People Are Drinking and Driving; More

Today in research: a Nobel phone call, classical music weather patterns, space ship Earth, and sedentary iPad owners.

  • There's less drinking and driving for some reason. Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control released an encouraging report saying that, on the whole, drunk driving is significantly down nationwide. "One possibility is that people are drinking at home more and therefore driving less after drinking," was CDC's director theory given to reporters. It didn't add up for Foreign Policy: "If Americans are getting their drink on at home to save money, shouldn't there be an increase in the sales of inexpensive beers?" [Reuters, Foreign Policy]
  • Newer, sadder excuse for not excersing: it's the iPad's fault. Just like every other flickering screen device before it, the tablet computer has been linked by research to a few depressingly sedentary statistics. As Jeff Bercovici flagged from a survey of 3,000 tablet owners: "19 percent say they are less likely to play sports since buying one, and nine percent say they're less apt to socialize with family or friends." This seems as good time as any to take a nice walk, no? [Forbes]

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