Are Blonds More Fun? Scientists Want to Know

Michael Giberson Are blonds more fun? Researchers at the University of Cordoba in Spain have concluded that blonds “exhibit the most dominant and aggressive behavior.” The tests looked at how quickly a person could capture a puppy’s attention, how well puppies followed the individual, how the dogs behaved while restrained, how they exerted their social … More Are Blonds More Fun? Scientists Want to KnowMore Are Blonds More Fun? Scientists Want to Know

Landfill Gas and Bovine Flatulence: New Energy Supplies

Lynne Kiesling Landfills, mines, and livestock give off methane, a form of natural gas that could be used as fuel if it were captured and recycled in some useful way. Methane is also a potent greenhouse gas, and some research shows that controlling methane may actually lead to larger effects than controlling carbon dioxide emissions. … More Landfill Gas and Bovine Flatulence: New Energy SuppliesMore Landfill Gas and Bovine Flatulence: New Energy Supplies

“Trade Deficit”, Oil Prices, and Other Items of Interest

Lynne Kiesling When I read today that October’s US trade deficit dropped to a 14-month low, I had my usual reaction to news items about the trade deficit: so what? Why should (exports-imports) be an indicator of anything of substance in a world of relatively free trade with flexible exchange rates? Sure, there are complex … More “Trade Deficit”, Oil Prices, and Other Items of InterestMore “Trade Deficit”, Oil Prices, and Other Items of Interest

Are You In the Holiday Spirit Yet?

Lynne Kiesling If not, then I recommend adding these seasonal music streams to your rotation: WOXY holiday mixer SOMAfm’s Xmas in Frisko SOMAfm’s Christmas Lounge I have not listened to the Christmas Lounge, but SOMA says it’s kid safe. SOMA’s Xmas in Frisko is a regular feature of our holiday schedule, and I’m glad that … More Are You In the Holiday Spirit Yet?More Are You In the Holiday Spirit Yet?

Romancing the Supply Chain

Michael Giberson Worthy of note for the film-going economists out there, Ann Hornaday sees “A Spike in Supply-Chain Muckraking”: An unlikely star has emerged of late on the Hollywood firmament, one buried for years under a bushel of white papers, think tank policy recommendations, IT memos and unread op-eds. Ladies and gentlemen, for your consideration: … More Romancing the Supply ChainMore Romancing the Supply Chain

Are Texans Better Off Because of Power Industry Restructuring?

Michael Giberson The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: Deregulation has resulted in higher electric rates for North Texans, according to a new report. Conducted on behalf of Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington and about 100 other municipalities, the study concludes that rates offered to customers in deregulated areas of North Texas are higher, on average, than rates … More Are Texans Better Off Because of Power Industry Restructuring?More Are Texans Better Off Because of Power Industry Restructuring?

Keepin’ It Real: Realistic Football Videogame Wins Fans for NFL

Michael Giberson A game for fans is finding new fans for the game of football. A Washington Post story reports that the realism packed into EA Sports’ Madden NFL games has helped recruit a new wave of fans. I was going to make some observation about unintended consequences, but the article beat me to it: … More Keepin’ It Real: Realistic Football Videogame Wins Fans for NFLMore Keepin’ It Real: Realistic Football Videogame Wins Fans for NFL

Are Texans Better Off Because of Power Industry Restructuring?

Michael Giberson The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: Deregulation has resulted in higher electric rates for North Texans, according to a new report. Conducted on behalf of Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington and about 100 other municipalities, the study concludes that rates offered to customers in deregulated areas of North Texas are higher, on average, than rates … More Are Texans Better Off Because of Power Industry Restructuring?More Are Texans Better Off Because of Power Industry Restructuring?

Keepin’ It Real: Realistic Football Videogame Wins Fans for NFL

Michael Giberson A game for fans is finding new fans for the game of football. A Washington Post story reports that the realism packed into EA Sports’ Madden NFL games has helped recruit a new wave of fans. I was going to make some observation about unintended consequences, but the article beat me to it: … More Keepin’ It Real: Realistic Football Videogame Wins Fans for NFLMore Keepin’ It Real: Realistic Football Videogame Wins Fans for NFL