Month: December 2016

2016 Year in Review

Dear reader, Another year has rolled by, and what a dismal year it’s been – not just on account of the advent of The Confounding Variable, but with the company’s stock prices dipping into the negative, a Pulitzer Prize as elusive as ever despite weeks of the most profound online journalism the world has ever seen, and nary an SPJ Award to crown the efforts of our all-star lineup of (lightly) seasoned journalists. But first, after that, a big thank you to all our regular readers: Paul, Matt, Geoff, and Kim Jong-un—we would still exist without you, but it...

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“Car of Silence” Promises Quiet Drive

BOUVET ISLAND—In the busy streets of downtown Bouvet there is the all too common commotion of family sedans ferrying squabbling children. But Bouvet is not the only host to the phenomenon. Reports of the disquieting clash of siblings in confined spaces, forced together in unnatural circumstances to re-enact the Normandy landings, have surfaced from such corners of the world as Brisbane, Logan (in Brisbane’s south), and Lost Springs, Wyoming. An exciting innovation from the engineering department of Bouvet Island Institute of Technology (BIIT) may yet prove the answer frazzled parents have been looking for. The system, inspired by the...

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Virtual Playground Prevents Trauma

CARACAS, VENEZUELA—On the east and west hills of Caracas children play happily and seemingly safely in the bright, clean and safe playgrounds that scatter these well-to-do neighbourhoods. You would not think, in such idyllic circumstances, that the children of Caracas would be in any danger—but you would be wrong. In 2016 alone there were dozens of reports of children with scraped knees, several sprained fingers, and a broken wrist because of the play equipment in these playgrounds. “It’s just not good enough,” said Daniela Delgado, local counsellor and mother of 5. “Our children are in great danger of being hurt every...

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New Therapy For Walking on Eggshells

MARE CRISIUM, MOON—A new therapy for couples having to walk on eggshells offers renewed hope.   This has been the central theme most often brought up in therapy—”The tension in the house is like walking on eggshells,” “I feel that I’m walking on eggshells all the time!”—and the focal point of a new study from the Edinburgh of the Seven Seas University (ESSU) psychology department. “Here at Tristan da Cunha we have 29 couples who are trying to walk on eggshells—that’s 10% of the population. This is a real problem and there needs to be a radically new approach to create transformative...

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Consuming apples leads to death, new study finds

BARLOW, AK—A new longitudinal study on the health benefits of eating apples has been completed, with unexpected results. The popular saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” helped put the apple on the map as a health food, but now science has revealed a dark side to the fruit. The study, undertaken by a small team at the University of Barlow (UOB), Alaska, has just collated 30 years of data from 7 subjects within Barlow and surrounding areas.”We’ve followed these mature-age subjects now for 30 years, and the findings are both conclusive and alarming,” said lead researcher Professor Cassandra Casablanca....

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