Matt Palmquist has two decades of experience in journalism and has written and edited extensively for consultants, companies, public relations firms, and educational institutions.
The Exploitation of Muggles in Harry Potter's World
In this edition of The Cocktail Napkin, we look academics' fixation on the social and economic problems in the world of Harry Potter, and how music festivals impact the psychological and social well-being.
Bacteria Capable of Standing Up and Moving Vertically
Researchers discover very specific patterns in the movement of bacteria, which has important implications for the treatment of infections.
Ranking States' Citizen Embarrassment Levels
Amid a rush of political scandals and missteps, we figure that some citizens are more embarrassed for their state than others. We look at the shameful headlines and determine where these states would rank on the citizen embarrassment level.
The Cocktail Napkin -- A Scientist and Ewe Walk Into a Bar ...
It's no joke: Researchers give Viagra to pregnant sheep and find that the drug boosts vital nutrients needed for fetal development.
Reasons Why Smoking is Socially Acceptable at Parties
College party-goers share their reasons puffing on the patio ... and other odd studies highlighted in this month's Cocktail Napkin.
Today’s Threat Level: Yellow, With a Chance of Phlegm
Miller-McCune magazine highlights current research that merits a raised eyebrow or a painful grin.
What If There Was a Class War and Nobody Showed Up?
In a new book that questions the concept of 'class war,' two academics argue that income inequality is not a partisan issue but an American problem, and that citizens should 'make a ruckus' about it.