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DUD: The Nightmarish Dangers of Drowsy Driving

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Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is known to increase the chances of causing an accident. For instance, marijuana can impair drivers’ reaction time. But what about drowsiness? As many as a third of all fatal car crashes might involve fatigued drivers, according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And [...]

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Observations

Poor Design Can Be Bad—for Your Health

I have always been impressed by the design of the coffee grinder. Here you’ve got a supersharp metal blade spinning around in a buzzing blur and chopping the living bejesus out of those coffee beans. But you never—never!—have to worry about the same thing happening to your fingers. The only time a coffee grinder works [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

Multitask at Your Own Risk

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        // Editor’s note: Brain Basics from Scientific American Mind is a series of short video primers on the brain and how we feel, think and act. Below is a synopsis of the eighth video in the series written by a guest on this blog, Roni Jacobson, a science journalist based in [...]

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