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Scientists prove that Mom was right

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Science marches on. Every day, a torrent of research pours out of universities, science labs, and corporate R&D departments worldwide. Scientists hypothesize, experiment, log the results, conclude, and publish. Some science news is wowza – new dinosaurs, comets, lasers, nanotech breakthroughs. Some is prosaic – garden moles, chemical reactions, fluid dynamics.

And a surprising amount of it is common sense. When you go to the heart of it, it often just confirms what Mom always said.

Here, for instance, are three Mom-could-have-told-you items extracted from a day’s worth of reports published on the website:

Item 1: “People are unconsciously fairer and more generous when they are in clean-smelling environments, according to a soon-to-be published study led by a Brigham Young University professor. The research found a dramatic improvement in ethical behavior with just a few spritzes of citrus-scented Windex.”

(It turned out that all Osama bin Laden needed was an afternoon of vigorous window cleaning of his Tora Bora bungalow. The whole world suddenly looked brighter. And that lemony fresh smell! OBL shook his head and chuckled: “Gosh, I guess somebody has some apologizing to do.”)


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