The Study

Is the Masters Golf Tournament Dangerous?
April 04, 2011

Later this week, the world’s top golfers will tee off at the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National in Georgia. Like other golf tournaments, the Masters is a stately, respectful affair. Players dress well, the fans keep their distance, and there seem to be few chances for players to get hurt. But does the game’s high-class, non-contact image mask a hidden danger? According to a couple studies, golf is a surprisingly dangerous game.

Is Now The Right Time for A Ceasefire in Libya?
April 04, 2011

On Friday, rebels fighting Colonel Moammar Gaddafi announced that they would accept a United Nations-requested ceasefire, if Gaddafi ends sieges of rebel-held cities and allows peaceful protests. Libyan opposition leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil made the proposal at a joint press conference with United Nations envoy Abdelilah Al-Khatib, who spent two days meeting separately with representatives from both sides in hopes of reaching a ceasefire. Gaddafi's government rejected the offer, but UN diplomats have continued to seek a ceasefire.

Comic Sans is for Children
April 01, 2011

Thanks to a Google April Fools’ Day prank, the font Comic Sans is one of the day’s most popular search term. Unlike the more staid Helvetica, which found itself roped into the prank, Comic Sans is despised by typography aficionados and designers.

Will Our Computer Overlords Celebrate April Fools' Day?
April 01, 2011

Today is April Fools’ Day, a day where people across the world engage in time-honored traditions like finding salt in their sugar bowls, their offices filled with balloons, or a crazy, new feature from Google. But could the end of April Fools’ Day be nigh? Thanks to Watson’s dominating performance on Jeopardy a couple months ago, some people fear the age of computer dominion may not be too far in the future.

The Bronx Zoo Cobra Is Lonely
March 31, 2011

Six days and one Twitter account after escaping from its cage, the Bronx Zoo's Egyptian cobra has been found. Zoo staff found the cobra by itself in a dark corner of the reptile house, putting to rest local parents' fears that the cobra was roaming the area.

The College Board's AP Program Doesn't Make Better College Students
March 31, 2011

College Board President Gaston Caperton recently announced that he would be stepping down in 2012. The College Board is a non-profit organization that claims nearly six thousand schools and educational organizations as members. It’s most famous for two programs it runs: the SAT college-admissions exam and the Advanced Placement (AP) program, which allows high school students to earn college credit by taking rigorous classes and exams.

Can Baseball Lower Your Blood Pressure?
March 31, 2011

Today marks the start of a new season for (with apologies to football fans) America's "national pastime," as the 2011 MLB season gets underway. Between now and the end of the regular season, 30 teams will play 2430 games in front of over 72 million attendees. But with research suggesting that fans of other popular spectator sports, such as football and soccer, suffer increased heart rate and blood pressure during close games, are baseball viewers also at risk? No, says a study published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension: in fact, baseball may lower your blood pressure.

We Aren't Going to Stop Buying Gas
March 30, 2011

Speaking at Georgetown University today, President Obama warned that thanks to rising demand from developing countries like India and China, the long-term trend of gas prices would be upward. “This is something that everybody is affected by,” he warned. But America has faced energy crises before, and by one important measure, it appears we are less willing or able to respond to higher gas prices. According to research by UC Davis's Jonathan Hughes, Christopher Knittel and Daniel Sperling, Americans are now less responsive to increases in gas prices.

Why Aren't Americans Watching the Cricket World Cup?
March 30, 2011

One of the biggest television events of the year occurred today: a semi-final match in the Cricket World Cup, which saw India defeat arch-rival Pakistan. Some estimates hold that over a billion people watched the game, and Pakistan’s government even declared a half-day holiday so people could watch it. But it’s a safe bet that Cricket World Cup viewership rates in the United States were much, much lower. The United States was, like India and Pakistan, once a British colony.

Introducing ‘The Study’
March 29, 2011

A few weeks ago, TNR published an editorial about aggregation. Most of our peer publications are devoting significant space on their websites to aggregation these days, and we wanted to sound a cautionary note about the practice. Aggregating stories—especially stories on topics that people are likely to be searching for at that very moment—is by far the cheapest way for publications to drive traffic to their websites, which is why everyone is doing it.