Today in Research: Texting While Driving Slows Reaction Time; More

Today in research: a wild time texting, monkey mind control, quibbling with Nobel, and the world's best university for researchers.

  • The top research university in the world is not named Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc. The U.K.'s Times Higher Education magazine had shocking news for people who go to school "in Cambridge": for the first year since 2004, it's been dethroned. By Cal Tech. Even the editor in charge of the rankings seemed sheepish: "It's not that Harvard has declined. It's that Caltech has just slightly edged across the line in the indicators," reported The Los Angeles Times. It's not you Harvard, it's them -- plus you'll always have U.S. News & World Report. [Times Higher Education, The Los Angeles Times]   
  • Texting while driving makes people twice as slow to react to things. Like say, a yellow light. In a study that involved researchers patiently monitoring 42 participants as they barreled around on a 11-mile test course while texting, drivers reaction times were very delayed when they were typing on their phone. Even more so than in previous studies, as the Reuters headline goes. Apparently things got a little wild on that test track too, said the lead author to the news outlet: "Even though we had participants drive at 30 miles an hour with very wide lanes on the test track, we still had many close calls." [Reuters]

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