E-cigarettes and Your Heart
Week of July 21

Man using an e-cigarette Seventy percent of smokers say they want to quit, but just five percent actually do. Over the last few years, e-cigarettes have emerged as a "safe" alternative, even though studies now place doubt on that claim. The newest research links e-cigarettes to an increased risk of heart disease.

E-cigarettes came out just a decade ago. Users inhale vapor from a hand held device that heats a liquid solvent containing nicotine, flavorings and other substances. Concerned about its health effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now monitors their manufacturing, distribution and marketing... More »

Your Eyes Got Rhythm
Week of July 14

Human eyeOf all the things we could say about music, here’s an unexpected one: Even if you can’t follow a beat, your pupils do! That’s pretty remarkable! A recent study shows that your pupils dilate more or less in response to changes in musical beats. This suggests people have an innate sense of meter which is the pattern of stronger and weaker beats in music.

Perception of a musical beat is a fundamental human ability and by age four we can detect meter. But we don’t understand exactly how we do it... More »

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