Several sources are claiming that new media jobs are cropping up in smaller towns across the United States. Which is good, because a new study claims city life can fry your brain.

The Economic Rebound: It Isn’t What You Think Wired News: Top Stories Work is cropping up in new tech corridors, booming small towns and surprising industries — so get ready for the era of smart jobs.

What Cities Want Your IT Skills? Slashdot “Are you a SQL expert? Check out apartments in Jacksonville, Florida. Oracle more your speed? Head down to Dallas, Texas. Looking for a job that uses your Windows skills? Send some resumes to Providence, R.I. Blogger Kevin Fogarty looks at the top skills in demand in the fastest-growing US IT job markets and finds that different cities want different kinds of techies.”

Small Cities Feed the Knowledge Economy Wired News: Top Stories Places you’d never expect (try Omaha, Nebraska) are luring entrepreneurs and other imaginative types at levels exceeding the US average.

City Life Could Change Your Brain for the Worse Wired News: Top Stories Between the crowds and the noise and the pressure, city life often seems to set one’s brain on edge. Turns out that could literally be true. A study of German college students suggests that urbanite brains are more susceptible to stress, particularly social stress, than those of country dwellers.

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