Air Pollution Damages the Brain

In case anyone needed another reason not to drive a gas car: Long-term exposure to air pollution is associated with lower scores on tests of mental acuity, researchers have found. And one reason may be that air pollution causes changes in brain structure that resemble those of Alzheimer’s disease. The New York Times Alzheimer’s Shmalzheimers! […]

Air Pollution Makes You Stupid

Patrick Collison rounds up a handful of different studies documenting the fact that air pollution makes people stupider: Air pollution is a very big deal. Its adverse effects on numerous health outcomes and general mortality are widely documented. However, our understanding of its cognitivecosts is more recent and those costs are almost certainly still significantly under-emphasized. For […]