Crash-Landing Survivor Wins Sweepstakes Prize

Good morning. I’m Steve Inskeep with the story of a very lucky man, Mohammed Basheer, who works in Dubai. This month, he made a lucky escape. He was on a plane that crash-landed in Dubai, and he got out of that burning plane and then got lucky again. He bought a ticket in a sweepstakes sponsored by the duty-free shops at Dubai’s famous airport and won $1 million. Says he’ll use that money to support his family back home in India while he keeps working in an auto body shop. 

NPR, August 11, 2016

Self-Service Checkouts Can Turn Customers Into Shoplifters, Study Says

Self-service checkout technology may offer convenience and speed, but it also helps turn law-abiding shoppers into petty thieves by giving them “ready-made excuses” to take merchandise without paying, two criminologists say.

Time-Delayed Eating Leads to Better Food Choices

A study of online grocery orders found that people who order several days before delivery make better food choices than those who seek last-minute deliveries.

Want to improve your diet? Try time-delayed eating — ordering (or at least choosing) your food long before you plan to eat it.

A series of experiments at Carnegie Mellon University found that when there was a significant delay between the time a person ordered their food and the time they planned on eating it, they chose lower-calorie meals.

What was interesting, researchers said, was that the participants were not making a conscious choice to order less. Most didn’t even realize they were choosing lower-calorie options.

Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, August 9, 2016

Are You Getting the Best Health care? Evidence Says: Maybe Not

Another reason not to binge-drink: It can give you a heart attack or stroke

Binge-drinking at least six cocktails in one night may raise the risk of cardiovascular events including heart attacks and strokes over the following week, a research review suggests.

Even one drink was associated with higher odds of cardiovascular problems over the next 24 hours, the analysis also found.

After that, however, people who have two to four alcoholic beverages may actually experience a lower risk of heart attack and stroke over the next week than those who have no such drinks.

“The impact of alcohol on your risk of heart attacks and strokes depends on how much and how often you drink,” said lead study author Elizabeth Mostofsky of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

Lisa Rapaport, Washington Post, March 7, 2016

More Than Ever, Americans Are Dying By Accident

The National Safety Council says more Americans are dying by accident, and opioid abuse is one of the leading causes.

A record number of Americans are dying by accident and increasingly because of fatal overdoses and falls, and not so much in car crashes.

A new report from the National Safety Council shows more than 136,000 people in the U.S. died accidentally in 2014, the highest number ever recorded. That’s an increase of 4.2 percent from the year before and 15.5 percent more than a decade ago.

The higher accidental death rate is being fueled in large part by the opioid and heroin epidemic.

David Schaper, NPR, June 11, 2016

Nearly six in 10 Americans have leftover narcotics at home

Nearly 60 percent of Americans have leftover narcotics in their homes, and 20 percent have shared those with another person, according to a survey published Monday that provides more evidence of how opiates find their way into the hands of people other than patients with doctors’ prescriptions.

The survey of 1,032 people, which was published online in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, shows that nearly three-quarters said they provided the opiates to someone else to help that individual manage pain. Another 17 percent said they did it because the other person could not afford medication or didn’t have insurance.

Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post, June 13, 2016

Make Your Memory Work Harder for You: Four Easy Tricks

Studies show that everything from doodling to running barefoot can have positive effects on your ability to recall important information.

Thankfully, there’s no shortage of research on the topic of memory, and recent studies have shed light on some surprisingly simple ways for ramping up your recall.

Hit the drawing board

If you were one of those students who was more likely to doodle in the margins of your notebooks than write words in them, you may have been onto something.

Roll out the yoga mat

Run barefoot—or at least look at your feet while you do it

Get outside

In a 2008 study published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers at the University of Michigan found that subjects who stepped outside into a natural or park-like environment showed improvement across a host of cognitive functions—including memory—compared with those who were stuck in a city.

Seth Porges,, June 1, 2016

Salary by Education Level Statistics


verage Salary by Highest Education Level Achieved Data
Average High School Degree Salary $32,552
Average Associate Degree Salary $39,884
Average Bachelor’s Degree Salary $53,976
Unemployment Rate for someone with less than a High School Diploma 14.9%
Unemployment Rate for a high school graduate 10.3%
Unemployment Rate for an Associates Degree holder 7.0%
Unemployment Rate for a Bachelor’s Degree holder 4.7%
Average yearly tuition cost of a 2-Year Public College $9,139
Average yearly tuition cost of a 4-Year Public College $16,482
Average yearly tuition cost of a 4-Year Private College $32,1933
Percent of tuition loans that become delinquent within five years 41%
Average student loan debt for graduates $34,400
Total outstanding student loan debt in 2015 $1.1 Trillion
Total outstanding student loan debt in 2010 $840 Billion, August 27, 2015

The Science of Getting Through a Checkout Line Faster

Choosing a line at the grocery store can be surprisingly daunting. You can pick the shortest queue and avoid customers with large orders or coupons, yet still feel like your cashier is the slowest. But new research suggests that you may still be on the fast track, provided that line is dedicated to just one cashier.

Previous researchers suspected that a single line leading up to multiple cashiers—the system many ticket sellers and big box stores use—could be maximally efficient. But a forthcoming study in Management Science challenges that assumption. A better system is not a single queue at all—it is many of them. When workers have their own dedicated set of customers, called parallel queues, they work faster.

Sarah Chodosh, Scientific American, June 10, 2016