Regular readers of the Weekender Science Desk’s output might have noticed that we tend to be prone to a little cynicism on occasion. Seriously.
Hence why we’re hardly surprised by a study at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky that concluded 5-Hour Energy is basically a scam that just delivers the equivalent buzz of two cups of coffee all at once. Researchers didn’t find any difference between reaction times in groups that had or did not have caffeinated drinks, but they also conceded that the test, at 20 minutes, may not have been long enough.
And whilst there was a difference in brain activity between those who drank caffeinated drinks and those that drank water, there was none between the people that drank caffeinated drinks and those who snarfed 5-Hour Energy.
So save your dollars and chomp down on some coffee beans instead.
Adam and Steve
Gay parents have healthier kids, folks, according to the Aussies. The University of Melbourne studied 500 nippers between age 1 and 17 and found that those 5 to 17 who live with gay parents had “significantly better” general health than those with hetero set-ups. There were no other differences in health measures, emotional of self-esteem issues. Simon Crouch, lead researcher, told the Sydney Morning Herald that there were a few theories as to why this was the case.
“Because of the situation that same-sex families find themselves in, they are generally more willing to communicate and approach the issues that any child may face at school, like teasing or bullying,” said the researcher.
“This fosters openness and means children tend to be more resilient. That would be our hypothesis.”
Talking of couples and coupling, we noted this week that a study by John Cacioppo found that marriages which began online were less likely to break up and were also associated with higher satisfaction.
Now we ought to also say at this point that John-boy is a scientific advisor for eHarmony. But he and his team did actually survey nearly 20,000 Americans who married between 2005 and 2012, a statistically significant sample by anyone’s standards. Apparently a third of all marriages began with an online relationship.
The divorce figures weren’t that different between online and offline, though – 5.96 per cent broke up who had met online compared to 7.67 per cent who’d met in meatspace. And the satisfaction scores of 5.64 (out of 10) online and 5.48 offline is as close as to be irrelevant statistically.