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11 ways science confirmed the obvious in 2011

In a scientific society, it isn’t enough to just assume something’s true because all the anecdotal evidence seems to point in one direction, and 2011 was a banner year for confirming the obvious in scientific circles. Stephanie Pappas and LiveScience collected the stories that made us go, “Duh” in the last year for Scientific American and here they are to make us all feel particularly smart in 2012.

1. Unsafe sex is more likely after drinking

2. Men appear confident by suppressing fear, pain and empathy.

3. Smoking pot and driving isn’t safe.

4. Pigs love mud.

5. Fashion magazines glorify youth.

Full story at Scientific American.

Great moments in science.

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