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Stories by Karen Hopkin

Homebodies Economize on Energy Use

Homebodies Economize on Energy Use

Today’s work-from-home, on-demand culture means more days at home—and translates into greater energy savings, too. Karen Hopkin reports.

February 6, 2018 — Karen Hopkin

Pain and Weather Fail to Connect

A big data analysis involving more than 1.5 million patients could find no relationship between weather and complaints to doctors about joint or back pain.  

December 23, 2017 — Karen Hopkin

Ancient Women Had Awesome Arms

For thousands of years, women in agricultural societies seem to have had arms stronger than members of modern rowing teams.  

December 9, 2017 — Karen Hopkin

Yeti Claims Don't Bear Up

Analysis of alleged yeti samples found them to be from less fantastic beasts, such as bears, but also shed light on the evolution of those local bear populations.

December 3, 2017 — Karen Hopkin

Screams Heard Round the Animal World

Humans appear well equipped to recognize the alarm calls of other animals—perhaps because sounds of distress tend to have higher frequencies. Karen Hopkin reports.

July 31, 2017 — Karen Hopkin

Your Cat Thinks You're Cool

A study of house cats and shelter cats found that the felines actually tended to choose human company over treats or toys.  

March 29, 2017 — Karen Hopkin
Stories by Karen Hopkin

Confronting Common Wisdom