Survey: American happiness reaches 50-year low

Just 14% of Americans say they are "very happy" even though 80% say they're feeling OK about their family's finances, a new survey on happiness finds.

U. Chicago • futurity
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 money united-states emotions happiness society-and-culture health-and-medicine trends

The world’s ‘chemical diversity’ tripled in just 20 years

We know alarmingly little about a third of the chemicals produced and sold around the world, a new estimate of "chemical diversity" highlights.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Feb. 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: business global-trade science-and-technology health-and-medicine trends

US political division has outpaced other democracies

Political polarization in the US has gotten worse over the last four decades at a faster rate than in other major democracies, researchers find.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Jan. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: politics journalism religion united-states emotions society-and-culture trends race-and-ethnicity

Human body temp has dropped over time

"Our temperature's not what people think it is. What everybody grew up learning, which is that our normal temperature is 98.6, is wrong."

Stanford • futurity
Jan. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: temperature physiology featured health-and-medicine trends

Phone distraction injuries spiked at Pokémon Go launch

Head and neck injuries related to phone distraction are on the rise, researchers report. They found a couple notable spikes in the last 20 years, too.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 6, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: mobile-devices health-and-medicine injuries trends driving

More Americans aim to lose weight but average BMI is up

More Americans say they're striving to lose weight, but the average body mass index has gone up.

Carolyn Scofield-Tulane • futurity
Nov. 14, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: obesity weight-loss united-states health-and-medicine body-weight trends

The gun death epidemic is getting worse

"What we can see is a worsening epidemic of firearm mortality that is geographically and demographically broad..."

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Oct. 10, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: united-states health-and-medicine trends guns deaths weapons

Brands can get political, say more marketing leaders

Survey results show that marketing leaders are more open to their brands getting political. Here are some other trends in the field, as well.

Duke University • futurity
Sept. 4, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: business politics marketing society-and-culture trends

Preventable heart-related deaths have gone up

"Our findings make it clear that we are losing ground in the battle against cardiovascular disease."

Kristin Samuelson-Northwestern • futurity
Aug. 29, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: heart-disease death blood-pressure health-and-medicine hearts strokes trends

Most straight couples now meet online

"When it comes to single people looking for romantic partners, the online dating technology is only a good thing, in my view."

Alex Shashkevich-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 22, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: internet relationships algorithms mobile-devices featured society-and-culture love trends

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