Eric Jaffe

All Stories by Eric Jaffe

  1. Health & Medicine

    Obesity correlates with psychiatric disorders

    Obese adults are 25 percent more likely than normal-weight adults to develop one of four mood or anxiety disorders.

  2. Deadly Disorder: Imagined-ugliness illness yields high suicide rate

    The suicide rate among people with a psychiatric disorder that causes them to perceive themselves as ugly is higher than that among people with major depression.

  3. Why people punish

    When punishing criminals, people tend to seek retribution, not deterrence.

  4. Smoke Screen: Light cigarettes reduce odds of quitting

    People who smoke light cigarettes are much less likely to quit smoking than people who smoke regulars.

  5. Paleontology

    Sight for ‘Saur Eyes: T. rex vision was among nature’s best

    A study of dinosaur eyes finds that Tyrannosaurus rex had very sophisticated vision that may have helped its predatory abilities.

  6. Astronomy

    Magnetic Thrust: Fields force matter into black holes

    New observations confirm that magnetic fields provide matter with the last push to plunge into a black hole.

  7. Earth

    Mineral Deposit: Asbestos linked to lupus, arthritis

    Already known to cause lung cancer, asbestos has now been associated with three autoimmune diseases.

  8. Animals

    Walking on Water: Tree frog’s foot uses dual method to stick

    The tree frog can cling to both wet and dry terrains, despite its permanently lubricated foot.

  9. Health & Medicine

    For women, weight gain spells heartburn

    A study of more than 10,000 women suggests that weight gain is associated with heartburn.

  10. Chimps lead way to HIV birthplace

    A viral analysis confirms that the global AIDS epidemic originated in chimpanzees living in southeastern Cameroon.