Research council to fund more studies into the health impacts of wind farms

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Australia’s peak public health research agency plans to offer funds for further study of the health impacts of wind farms after a year-long review identified knowledge “gaps”. Peter Hannam, Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald The National Health and Medical Research Council said it intends to release a Targeted Call for Research on wind farms and human health “to stimulate applications ... Read More »

Alcohol taxes protective against binge drinking, study shows

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BOSTON UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER EurekAlert! Higher alcohol taxes strongly protect against binge drinking, according to a new study by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers. The study, published in the journal Addiction, found that a one-percent increase in alcohol beverage prices from taxes was associated with a 1.4 percent decrease in the proportion of adults who binge drink. ... Read More »

Cancer often due to bad luck, not genes, study finds

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Miami: Cancer is often caused by the “bad luck” of random mutations that arise when cells divide, not family history or environmental causes, US researchers say. The study in the January 2 edition of the journal Science was led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and based on a statistical model that includes many types of cancer in a range ... Read More »

Study: Gifted children benefit from bypassing school for university

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While his kindergarten classmates were learning to tie their shoelaces, Jacob Bradd was solving algebra problems. By third grade he was working his way through a university calculus textbook. And at 13, he blitzed HSC extension maths after only knuckling down to study a week from the exams. The Age – Amy McNeilage, Reporter It was this astonishing progression that propelled him ... Read More »

The real story of how America became an economic superpower

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Adam Tooze’s study of the two world wars traces a new history of the 20th century Source: The Atlantic ( SBS ) Very rarely, you read a book that inspires you to see a familiar story in an entirely different way. So it was with Adam Tooze’s astonishing economic history of World War II, The Wages of Destruction. And so it is ... Read More »

When the Art Is Watching You


Museums are mining detailed information from visitors, raising questions about the use of Big Data in the arts – The Wall Streer Journal - ELLEN GAMERMAN - COMMENTS One morning last week, a team of experts at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum searched for hidden spots in the rotunda to conceal tiny electronic transmitters. The devices will enable the museum ... Read More »

Good job, humans: The oceans now contain 5 trillion pieces of floating plastic

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A major new study of the world’s oceans has reached a shocking conclusion: Thanks to humans, there are now over 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing more than 250,000 tons, floating in water around the world. The Washington Post – Chris Mooney * With a global population of about 7.2 billion, that’s nearly 700 pieces per person. The study, published in the journal PLOS One ... Read More »

Is There a Parallel Universe That’s Moving Backwards in Time?

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By Janet Fang – Time, as we understand it, moves from the past to the future irreversibly. But now, an international trio of theoretical physicists is suggesting that there’s more than one future. Two parallel universes were produced by the Big Bang: ours, which moves forward in time (pictured above), and another where time moves backwards. These findings were ... Read More »

High level engagement in comment sections can curb internet trolling

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Adding a recognizable journalist to the discussion reduced incivility 17 percent Washington, DC (December 8, 2014) – Scrolling through the comments section on a news site is like seeing a verbal war before your eyes. Internet trolls flourish in an anonymous world, so much so that sites like Reuters and Popular Science have done away with the comment sections altogether. ... Read More »

Check less to reduce email stress

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Is your inbox burning you out? Then take heart – research from the University of British Columbia suggests that easing up on email checking can help reduce psychological stress. UBC Some of the study’s 124 adults — including students, financial analysts medical professionals and others — were instructed to limit checking email to three times daily for a week. Others ... Read More »