Scott McKenzie: 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the One-Hit Wonder

If you were an adolescent would-be hippie stuck in Pittsburgh or Peoria during the 1967 Summer of Love, you probably remember the siren call of  “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair).” You probably have a harder time remembering who sang it. The iconic ode was recorded by singer Scott McKenzie, and amazingly, it was the only hit he ever had. McKenzie, who passed away in Los Angeles on Aug. 18 at age 73, remains one of …

Sugar: Should Feds Make It A Controlled Substance?

It’s addictive and can lead to serious chronic disease, so why shouldn’t sugar be regulated by the government just like those other addictive, unhealthy substances, tobacco and alcohol? That’s the argument a team of health researchers from University of California, San Francisco, put forth in a report in the February issue of the journal Nature. Robert Lustig, M.D., and professors Laura Schmidt and Claire Brindis, contend that it’s simplistic to dismiss sugar as merely “empty calories” that make people fat. …

Can Watching Viral Videos Make You Smarter?

Can watching viral videos make you smarter or more productive? In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers from the University of Western Ontario found that people who watched happy videos increased their problem-solving abilities over those who watched neutral or sad videos. Woo hoo! According to researcher Ruby Nadler, “If you have a project where you want to think innovatively, or you have a problem to carefully consider, being in a positive mood can help you do …