Science Confirms that Smoking Weed in High School Makes People Stupid

Smoking a lot of weed in adolescence turns burgeoning human people into shiftless idiots, in so many words, according to the findings from a 20-year study of 1,000 people in New Zealand. Researchers gathered from every corner of the globe to figure out how cannabis use — that's science for "smoking a bowl" — affected… » 8/27/12 11:15pm 8/27/12 11:15pm

Ladies Don't Speak Up in Meetings Because Smart People Make Us Feel Dumb

The news that feeling insecure about speaking up in a meeting is "all in your head" is supposed to be "good" news, according to the jerks at the Today show. See, a recent study from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute found that when people work in small groups, their IQ can lower if the folks around them… » 2/23/12 11:45am 2/23/12 11:45am

Working in Groups Makes Women Feel Dumb

A depressing new study has found that when they solve problems in groups, women tend to do worse than their IQ would suggest. The researchers aren't sure why this is, but we have some theories. » 1/23/12 2:30pm 1/23/12 2:30pm

Smart Women Smoke More Weed — It's Science!

A new study supports what that kid slouching in the back of math class with the black clothes and the copy of Das Kapital always claimed: smart people are more likely to do drugs. » 11/15/11 1:35pm 11/15/11 1:35pm

IQ Can Rise And Fall Throughout Teen Years

There's still hope for all the stupid teenagers out there: according to a new study, IQ isn't set in stone like scientists thought; it can fluctuate more dramatically than the out-of-control hormones coursing through teen veins. » 10/19/11 6:15pm 10/19/11 6:15pm

Beautiful People Smarter, Better Than Everyone Else

A London School of Economics study of 52,000 people found attractive people are more likely to have higher IQs. Researchers felt it necessary to warn this is "not a prescription for how to treat or judge others." Right. » 1/17/11 9:54am 1/17/11 9:54am

3 Problems With The "Women In Science" Debate

The Times's John Tierney is the latest of several to take the Larry Summers tack of questioning women's natural aptitude for science. Here's what's wrong with this argument, in three easy points that even the simplest ladybrain can understand. » 6/08/10 12:00pm 6/08/10 12:00pm

Let's Have A Moratorium On "Geek Chic" Trend Pieces, Okay?

Today, another piece on "geeks getting the girls," nerds being "hot" and general nonsense that equates "intelligence" to "nerd" and acts like a dame giving a man in specs a tumble is some new trend. And it's infuriating: » 8/19/09 2:20pm 8/19/09 2:20pm

You know all that hullabaloo always going on regarding the merits of breastfeeding? It seems that breast milk is only going to make your kid smarter if they are genetically predisposed to, uh, be smarter. A gene that influences how we process nutrients has been identified. And when it's present in a child who has been… » 11/06/07 10:45am 11/06/07 10:45am