• Just Explain It: Finding The Probability Of Love

    Love. It’s something we all want, but when you consider that there are over 300 million people in the country and 7 billion people on the planet, it’s amazing that two people in love would have had the chance to meet, let alone connect.

    Finding someone - the right someone - can seem daunting with so many people out there, but what if you could crunch the numbers to figure the odds of finding that perfect someone for you? And then what if you could maximize the chances of meeting him or her?

    Well, it’s all been done and we’ll show you how, on today’s Just Explain It.

    After considering things like looks and personality, age and location, and intangibles like chemistry, the chances of finding Mister or Miss Right can seem statistically impossible.

    [Related: Dating Dealbreakers: 8 Danger Signs We All Overlook]

    Well, hopefully you will find some measure of comfort in the story of Peter Backus.

    In 2008, after three years of not having a girlfriend, Peter Backus, then- a London graduate student,

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  • Study: Stress Isn't Hot

    Stress makes its mark on the female face, according to a new study that finds men judge women with high levels of a stress hormone less attractive.

    The finding is a gender turnaround on previous research that has found that women go for low-stress guys, too. Stress can suppress fertility, said study researcher Markus Rantala, a professor of biology at the University of Turku in Finland. Thus, Rantala told LiveScience, it's no surprise that both men and women might have evolved to prefer chilled-out faces.

    But the new study does suggest one intriguing gender difference: Men weren't more attracted to women with stronger immune systems, another factor that can show up in facial features. Even so, previous research on men's judgments of beauty has found that women prefer guys with strong immune responses.

    "Our major finding is a little bit of a disappointment for us, because we didn't find that immunology is linked to attractiveness in women," Rantala said. [Busted! 6 Gender Myths in the

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  • Just Explain It: Six Degrees of Separation

    How many people are really six introductions away from someone like Brad Pitt, Oprah or someone they have yet to meet? The idea of six degrees of separation has been around for over 80 years. And, with social networking sites booming, more people are connecting across the globe than ever before.  The world is shrinking…figuratively speaking. 

    We’ll take a look at whether six degrees of separation is fact or fiction, and give it a test-run ourselves. That's the topic of today's "Just Explain It." 

    First, let’s take a look back.  The Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called “Chains” first proposed the theory of six degrees in 1929.  Karinthy’s belief was that we are all connected to each other by a string of friends, and that string was made up of six or less people.  But he had little evidence to back up his suggestion. 

    Over the years, many attempts have been made to prove that mutual friends might connect two random people. 

    In the 1960s, social psychologist Stanley

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  • The Social Network Most Recruiters Use

    If you are looking for a job and aren't on LinkedIn, you may want to hurry up and join: 97 percent of recruiters are using the self-proclaimed "world's largest professional network" as a place to find new employees, a new study has found.

    Other social networks were much less popular among recruiters, the research by Bullhorn Reach found. Twitter, the second most popular network for recruiters, was used by just 27 percent of recruiters. An even smaller percentage — 22 percent — of recruiters turned to Facebook as a source for recruiting.

    For the most part, recruiters aren't focusing their recruiting efforts on more than one social network. Just 12 percent of recruiters said they utilize all three major social networks — Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. However, 14 percent of respondents said they use a combination of LinkedIn and Twitter, compared to just 8 percent who said they use LinkedIn and Facebook.    

    [Social Recruiting Becomes the Norm]

    Though most recruiters do not use a

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