Finally, Twitter Unlocks The Secret To Happiness
September 30, 2011

My own longstanding skepticism about Twitter (an aversion not shared by other Study bloggers) was shaken today when I read that researchers used the site to try to answer an age-old question: How do we attain happiness? A new analysis of over 500 million tweets says we tend to be happier in the mornings and on the weekends. Well, ok, maybe that’s not a groundbreaking discovery. But can studies of social media tell us anything about ourselves? A 2006 study of the once-popular blogging site Livejournal (yes, Livejournal) went deeper than the recent Twitter research.

Silicon Implant
January 27, 2011

When Dmitri Medvedev became Russia’s president in 2008, he projected a very different image from that of his predecessor. Vladimir Putin is a buff former KGB agent who is fond of rugged pursuits, such as hunting and fishing, and is frequently photographed engaged in them without his shirt on. Medvedev is an elfin St. Petersburg-trained lawyer who enjoys chess and photography, practices yoga daily, and is the proud owner of the complete recordings of Deep Purple on vinyl.