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SSS 2011-05-03

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This is Scientific American’s 60-Second Science. I’m Karen Hopkin. This will just take a minute.

The tabloids1 love a good celebrity2 romance. But so do scientists. One has even used movie stars as models for understanding why people tend to marry partners with similar levels of education. The star-studded study appears in the Journal of Human Capital.

There are any number of reasons why individuals might wed3 their academic equals, the simplest being that they actually meet each other in school. It could also be that people with similar educational backgrounds wind up side by side in the workplace. Or maybe we’re more comfortable with someone whose earning potential is in our ballpark.

To sort through the possibilities, Gustaf Bruze, an economist4 in Denmark, looked to the Big Screen. Thespians5, he found, also tend to marry people with the same level of learning. So Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes each have formal education equivalent to completion of high school.

Now, actors don’t usually meet their partners in school, and they’re not cast in movies based on their diplomas. Nor does their education level correlate with their box office earnings6. So it can’t be about happenstance or about finance. Maybe it’s just that people with the same sort of education like the same movies—in this case, the ones they’re in.

Thanks for the minute. For Scientific American’s 60-Second Science, I’m Karen Hopkin.


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1 tabloids 80172bf88a29df0651289943c6d7fa19     
n.小报,通俗小报(版面通常比大报小一半,文章短,图片多,经常报道名人佚事)( tabloid的名词复数 );药片
参考例句:
  • The story was on the front pages of all the tabloids. 所有小报都在头版报道了这件事。
  • The story made the front page in all the tabloids. 这件事成了所有小报的头版新闻。
2 celebrity xcRyQ     
n.名人,名流;著名,名声,名望
参考例句:
  • Tom found himself something of a celebrity. 汤姆意识到自己已小有名气了。
  • He haunted famous men, hoping to get celebrity for himself. 他常和名人在一起, 希望借此使自己获得名气。
3 wed MgFwc     
v.娶,嫁,与…结婚
参考例句:
  • The couple eventually wed after three year engagement.这对夫妇在订婚三年后终于结婚了。
  • The prince was very determined to wed one of the king's daughters.王子下定决心要娶国王的其中一位女儿。
4 economist AuhzVs     
n.经济学家,经济专家,节俭的人
参考例句:
  • He cast a professional economist's eyes on the problem.他以经济学行家的眼光审视这个问题。
  • He's an economist who thinks he knows all the answers.他是个经济学家,自以为什么都懂。
5 thespians 6e0961f375c25191d4c92e6a9e018721     
n.演员( thespian的名词复数 );悲剧演员
参考例句:
  • Broadway was full of loafing thespians in search of next season's engagements. 百老汇大街上挤满了闲荡的演员,在寻找下个季度的演出机会。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • These fine thespians and l were just heading back to my cabin. 这些好演员们正打算和我回船舱呢。 来自电影对白
6 earnings rrWxJ     
n.工资收人;利润,利益,所得
参考例句:
  • That old man lives on the earnings of his daughter.那个老人靠他女儿的收入维持生活。
  • Last year there was a 20% decrease in his earnings.去年他的收入减少了20%。
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