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Cell Phone Addiction Is Real
2012-11-28 22:11:03

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It might not come as a surprise that one can be addicted to a cell phone. These little devices are never too far from their owner and are often the first thing their owner sees in the morning and the last thing touched just before falling asleep. Smartphones likely have an even stronger effect, keeping users plugged into social pipelines and that other addictive substance, the Internet. Today, one Texas university is...

2011-10-19 14:23:55

A sensible, balanced amount of free time is key to happiness in our consumer society What is more desirable: too little or too much spare time on your hands? To be happy, somewhere in the middle, according to Chris Manolis and James Roberts from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and Baylor University in Waco, TX. Their work shows that materialistic young people with compulsive buying issues need just the right amount of spare time to feel happier. The study is published online in...

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2009-03-27 15:00:00

Astronomers have theorized that the unexplained terrain on one of Saturn's icy moons might have happened when the moon went from a relatively fast-spinning body to one spinning more slowly, BBC News reported. The bulging ridge of Iapetus, which encircles the moon's equator and reaches an altitude of over 12 miles in certain areas, was discussed in detail during a presentation at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas. James Roberts and colleagues at the Johns Hopkins University...

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2008-04-07 06:00:00

Houston's dirty air has long been traced to cars and trucks, ships and oil refineries. But there may be another key ingredient to the foul recipe -- sea salt. An intense chemical interaction of sea salt, sunlight and polluted air may be contributing significantly to the region's often unhealthy levels of lung-scarring ozone, scientists report in today's issue of the journal Nature Geoscience. It's unclear how much their finding might change efforts to clean Houston's air, but the research...

2008-03-03 18:41:52

The stereotypical shopaholic darting from store to store to pick up anything and everything while racking up a hefty credit-card bill is anything but stereotypical. They come in all shapes and sizes. New research reveals while some super-shoppers spend to boost self-esteem and band-aid other perceived internal deficits, others' carts are driven by plain-old materialism. Whatever the motivation, however, researchers mostly agree that buying behaviors can range from frivolous fun...