Misleading Science Claims: The Case of Baby Einstein

A few years ago Disney announced that it is offering refunds on Baby Einstein DVDs purchased in the past five years. Why? Baby Einstein claimed to make babies “smarter,” but doesn’t. In fact, research suggests that if anything, watching such DVDs slows learning development in young children. Threatened with a class-action lawsuit, Disney began to…

Why Do We Vote?

Tomorrow many of us will head out and hit the polls, if we haven’t already mailed in our absentee ballots. But what drives those of us who vote to do so, when we know our single vote is unlikely to make a difference and it takes time and effort on our part? This New York…

When PMS Strikes- Do You Blame Your Hormones or Your Head?

It’s common wisdom that women become emotionally unhinged when it’s their “time of the month,” right? Supposedly, we get weepy, angry, and just generally difficult whenever our periods come along. Is it true? For some women, sure, at least on occasion. Others aren’t as affected. This emotional instability has long been associated with hormonal changes…