Holiday Gift Guide for Science Lovers!

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Scream Off the Thanksgiving Pounds!

A recent study from the University of Westminster found that watching scary movies may help people burn calories and in turn, lose weight. 

The study suggests that watching scary movies may cause the viewer’s pulse to quicken and the body to experience a surge of adrenaline; two factors that are often seen in intensely stressful situations. Both are known to increase the viewer’s metabolic rate and decrease appetite, which could ultimately lead to calories being burned at a faster rate. 

In an unrelated study, the American Council on Fitness found that the average American enjoys around 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving. That is 1,000 more calories than the suggested 2,000 calorie per day diet, not even considering the amount of fat we consume during that deliciously decadent meal! 

So, after all the turkey, gravy and stuffing have been enjoyed, it seems like the perfect time to take part in a scare-a-thon of epic proportions! 

When the far-fetched is no longer fantasy

Back to the Future Part II crashed into our lives almost 23 years ago, complete with hoverboards, facial recognition software, and a baseball team based in Miami.       Back to the Future, Part II Movie Poster

With 2015 not far off on the proverbial horizon, we thought we’d take a look at what Back to the Future Part II got right, and what has not quite made its way into our cultural lexicon.

The Polls Are Closed, So Are Statistics The Real Winner?

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Barack Obama may have been officially announced as the winner of Tuesday night’s presidential election, but a statistical model could be crowned the victor in certain circles. 

Nate Silver, a political blogger for The New York Times, runs the website fivethirtyeight.com, which accurately predicted 100 percent of the 50 state results on Tuesday night. His site is aptly named for the 538 electoral votes up for grabs to win the presidential election. 

What sets Silver apart from most political junkies is that he does not just look at one poll and make projections, he looks at all of the polls.