[–] Dsonophorus 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Crap article. Nowhere does it provide quantification of the amount. So the article is equivalent to saying air pollution prolly isn't a vitamin.

[–] Dial_Indicator 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

its guardian, what else you expect

[–] GapingAnus 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Jftr, the study cited states:

This paper examines the effect of both cumulative and transitory exposures to air pollution for the same individuals over time on cognitive performance by matching a nationally representative longitudinal survey and air quality data in China according to the exact time and geographic locations of the cognitive tests. We find that long-term exposure to air pollution impedes cognitive performance in verbal and math tests. We provide evidence that the effect of air pollution on verbal tests becomes more pronounced as people age, especially for men and the less educated. The damage on the aging brain by air pollution likely imposes substantial health and economic costs, considering that cognitive functioning is critical for the elderly for both running daily errands and making high-stake decisions.

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1809474115

[–] fluhthreeex 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It's a news article written by a science journalist. Got a link to the study?

[–] fluhthreeex 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

One of my favorite clips was of Hillary during the election seated with a coal miner who was there to ask her a question about the prospects of his job and what she was going to do to keep him mining coal. The man was literally crying over wanting to get black lung and feed coal-fired power plants. He was expecting her to pander to him--and by extension the coal industry--and say "I stand by the American coal industry!" but she just say there with a stoic look on her face while he baww'd and haww'd. A grown-ass man bringing his wife and kids up in a massively controversial conversation because he's too much of a front-hole to learn a new trade. Jesus. That was the one thing I liked about her. The only one I recall. There were probably one or two, but the filth covers the few spots that shone. Trump pandering to "clean coal!" made me die inside. Thank god he seems to have flip flopped on that--no huge push into building "clean" coal-fired power plants that I've heard of. What a debacle that'd be. I hope I'm not just uninformed on that one.

[–] Merlynn 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Is it air pollution or is it communism? I think it's communism.

[–] NSAiswatching 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

East Asian IQ is pretty high despite years of communism. If we put nootropics in our water we'd be much smarter, but that's government intervention. The only way it's good is when it hurts us - like lead, atrazine, aluminum, or fluoride.

[–] Merlynn 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Uh-huh. Cause there's no way to cheat on those tests,right?

[–] Apathy 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Explains why California is so retarded.

[–] Kannibal [S] 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

well air pollution in California was really high back in the 70s and 80s

back when California was voting Republican

:-)

[–] Kannibal [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The new work, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, analysed language and arithmetic tests conducted as part of the China Family Panel Studies on 20,000 people across the nation between 2010 and 2014. The scientists compared the test results with records of nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide pollution.

They found the longer people were exposed to dirty air, the bigger the damage to intelligence, with language ability more harmed than mathematical ability and men more harmed than women. The researchers said this may result from differences in how male and female brains work.

Derrick Ho, at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said the impact of air pollution on cognition was important and his group had similar preliminary findings in their work. “It is because high air pollution can potentially be associated with oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration of humans,” he said.

Chen said air pollution was most likely to be the cause of the loss of intelligence, rather than simply being a correlation. The study followed the same individuals as air pollution varied from one year to the next, meaning that many other possible causal factors such as genetic differences are automatically accounted for.

The scientists also accounted for the gradual decline in cognition seen as people age and ruled out people being more impatient or uncooperative during tests when pollution was high.

Air pollution was seen to have a short-term impact on intelligence as well and Chen said this could have important consequences, for example for students who have to take crucial entrance exams on polluted days.

[–] voatusernamevoat 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

weed dudes do so voluntarily. woah.

[–] GasChamber 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Maybe rice niggers that live in an urban environment are stupid. Correlation does not imply causation.

[–] a_fucking_dude 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Just pondering the implications of this ....

[–] fluhthreeex 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Definitely more coal-fired power plants.

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