Learning! Roundup: Last Chance for Global Warming, Income Inequality, Charitable Giving, Cool Offices, and More!

A roundup of research from the past week, including global warming, income inequality, charitable giving, and more!
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Last Chance

This may be our last chance to fight global warming. Are we going to do it, or what?

Income Inequality

What is the best predictor of murder rates (that we know of)? Income inequality. Not just poverty, to be clear, but the gap between the rich and the poor. As we all know, correlation does not equal causation, so the inequality isn't necessarily the cause of the murder, but it does predict it. Which is great, as the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow.

Charitable Giving

Here's another correlation for you: people who live in countries with greater political division give less money to charity. One possible explanation is that greater unity leads people to want to work together towards shared values.

Cool Offices

Cool offices with ping pong tables and other such non-wage amenities make working more pleasant for one specific group of people: white, college-educated workers. So basically, the people with the most earning power also appreciate the non-monetary perks an office might provide the most.

Changes

If you want to change your personality you can definitely do it. You just need to take actual, concrete steps towards the change you want to make, otherwise not only will it not happen, but could backfire and cause you to drift in the opposite direction.

Paternal Biological Clocks

Men have biological clocks too! Sort of. Babies born to dads who are 45 years or older have increased health risk factors like low birth weight, premature birth, and are generally more likely to be admitted to neonatal intensive care.


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