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Our own Gary Langer analyzes polls on recently departed conservative icon Jerry Falwell taken over his lifetime. The results can be summarized as follows: “Popularity with most Americans was not among the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s achievements.”

In a development on the link between motherhood and happiness, Science Daily profiles a study done by the U. Michigan Institute for Social Research finding that whether a woman has children or not isn’t likely to affect her psychological well-being later in life. More telling factors include the presence of a husband, significant other or other close social relationships.

More on the dangers of Second Life: An upcoming U.S. News & World Report piece examines the social implications of “parallel lives” and the potential threat of Internet Addiction Disorder (oh yes, it does exist).