Bwoglines: Cause and Effect Edition

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Food Chain?Effect: The Columbia University Medical Center will award three Columbia biologists the prestigious Horwitz Prize.
Cause: The scientists were the first researchers to demonstrate the molecular mechanisms behind circadian rhythm, which can be used to cure sleep disorders. (CUMC)

Effect: The number of military veterans enrolling in the General Studies school is predicted to decline next year.
Cause: The new GI bill will reduce veteran financial aid. (Spec)

Effect: A new play, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs“, will open at the Public Theater next week.
Cause: The playwright took a trip to Apple factories in China and discovered the “dehumanizing” working conditions. (NY Times)

Effect: You will soon be able to drink as much alcohol as you want and not get drunk.
Cause: Scientists have developed a “stay sober” pill, which greatly limits the effects of alcohol on the brain. (ABC News)

Effect:  Capitol Police investigated what they thought to be a hostage crisis on Thursday.
Cause: The Onion tweeted “witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building” as a joke, and then later tweeted, “Capitol building being evacuated. 12 children held hostage by group of armed congressmen.” ¬†(Slate)

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  1. Anonymous

    "In the study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, instead of scouring the local bar scene for experimental subjects, the researchers conducted their tests on mice.

    Yes, mice.

    Some of these were garden variety lab mice, while others were genetically tweaked in a way that the researchers believed might make them better able to handle their booze.


    Some of the mice got an injection of the drug, while others did not."

    Reading this, I don't think it's a mistake that ABC news isn't known for their scientific reporting. It kind of sounds like the writer read her first scientific study and wrote about it. I mean, it's not like people fluff their articles to fill inches anymore, right...? (RIP print media... soon)

  2. Alum

    "The Columbia University Medical Center will award three Columbia biologists the prestigious Horwitz Prize."

    The winners are not Columbia biologists. Two of them are based at Brandeis and the third is at Rockefeller.

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