Half of the World’s Marine Life is Gone

A recent study conducted by the World Wildlife Fund and Zoological Society of London has revealed that—between 1970 and 2012—nearly half of the ocean’s fish population was wiped out. The combined effects of overfishing and climate change have been especially damaging to tuna, mackerels and bonitos—reducing their populations by nearly 75%. Facing the stark reality of our dwindling marine life, the WWF is urging governments …

Sarcastic Speakers May be More Creative

In a new study published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Process, researchers from Harvard Business School attribute creativity to an advanced understanding of sarcasm. They found that after participating in a sarcastic conversation, both the quick-witted speaker and the listener performed better in creative tasks. According to the researchers, the increase in cognitive function is due to the critical thinking necessary to …

Why We Love Watching Cat Videos

While dogs may be man’s best friend, cats undoubtedly rule the internet. To investigate why we love sharing cat vids, GIFs and pics so much, Indiana University’s Jessica Gall Myrick surveyed nearly 7,000 people and published her findings online in “Computers in Human Behavior.” While there’s much to learn here about our inner feline fandom, one point especially stood out: frequent cat video viewers tended …