That was the question asked in a study co-authored by Dutch economist Bart Bronnenberg and three researchers from the University of Chicago. Their conclusion? Yes. The more informed you are, the less likely you are to buy national brands.
Mosquitoes trapped in East Haven are the first this year to test positive for West Nile Virus. With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to check in on the different types of diseases mosquitoes can carry in Connecticut.
What if you could plug your brain into a device that instantly made learning a language easier? Or helped you to quit smoking or battle depression? That’s the idea behind “transcranial direct-current stimulation,” which uses a simple 9-volt battery to kick your brain into overdrive.
"The most profound lesson I’ve learned from the Lego story is that things that go to the bottom of the sea don’t always stay there," Ebbesmeyer adds. The incident is a perfect example of how even when inside a steel container, sunken items don’t stay sunken. They can be carried around the world, seemingly randomly, but subject to the planet’s currents and tides.
Tracking polar bears is hard work. The animals live in remote spots, are dangerous to approach, and finding a white bear against a background of white snow can be difficult. Now, the Alaska Dispatch News reports researchers are turning to satellites to track polar bear populations.
The Beaker has been around for a few months now and I’d like to thank you for making it part of your daily reading. Here’s a look back at some popular stories from the past few months, including a stud bull I discussed today on WNPR’s Where We Live:
Above, astronaut Alexander Gerst’s picture of Supertyphoon Neoguri. The photograph, taken on July 7, from the International Space Station, was posted to Flickr with the caption, “Watch out Japan!”
And in case you’re wondering what makes a typhoon “super,” NOAA says that’s a title conferred upon storms that reach maximum sustained 1-minute surface winds of at least 65 m/s (130 kt, 150 mph). The equivalent of a category 4 or category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin.
Check out this incredible slow motion footage of the Saturn V rocket launching into space. It’s amazing how ice mixes with fire and this controlled explosion. ICYMI: today marks the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first human mission to land on the moon. And if slo-mo ain’t your thing, here’s the entire mission recapped in 100 seconds.
A new report says nitrogen pollution discharged into Long Island Sound continues an overall decline. Nitrogen can fuel the growth of algae, which dies, settles on the ocean floor, and decays, using up oxygen in the process.