Sweden is shifting to a 6-hour work day

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*Packs up life, books plane ticket* BEC CREW – Science alert Despite research telling us it’s a really bad idea, many of us end up working 50-hour weeks or more because we think we’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. And according to a study published last month involving 600,000 people, those of us who clock up a ... Read More »

The genetics of intelligence: Ethics and the conduct of trustworthy research

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Hastings Center special report examines controversies in research on the genetics of intelligence and recommends ways for it to avoid the ‘vortex of classicism and racism.’ The Hastings Center – EurekAlert! With the advent of new genomic sequencing technologies, researchers around the world are working to identify genetic variants that help explain differences in intelligence. Can such findings be used ... Read More »

Queensland’s drug players investing in real estate, study shows

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Queensland’s major drug offenders are spending nearly half their dirty money on real estate, new research shows. Brisbane Times – Kristian Silva, Brisbane Times journalist The Crime and Corruption Commission found 46 per cent of the average drug offender’s net asset value was held in real property. This was followed by cash, vehicles and vessels, money in bank accounts and ... Read More »

Poorer give more to charities than the wealthier: Commonwealth Bank study

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When it comes to supporting those in need, those with the least to give are often more generous than their wealthier counterparts, according to an analysis of charitable donations. The Age – Rachel Browne, Social Affairs Reporter Low income earners give $286 to charity each year, compared with only $222 for middle income earners and $306 for high income earners. ... Read More »

How much does sleep matter?

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The findings of a three-year study into the consequences of lack of shut-eye produced surprising results. The Age – Christine Long Yawning through meetings? Getting out of bed dog-tired? Finding it harder to make decisions? If caffeine is the only thing getting you through the working day, you could be setting yourself up for a fall. Jacqui Jones is the ... Read More »

Social media advertising leads to gambling in young people: report

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Online betting companies are reaching out directly into the feeds of adolescents on social media, prompting fears it is encouraging children and teenagers to gamble, research has shown. Brisbane Times – Alana Schetzer and Benjamin Preiss A Southern Cross University study reported there were few regulations restricting gambling companies from advertising on social media, meaning they reach many more people ... Read More »

Zen and the Art of Dying Well

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Fixes *– What is the “right” way to die? We’re experiencing a zeitgeist moment about that. “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” by Atul Gawande, is a best-selling book. The New York Times – By Courtney E. Martin Videos by Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old who wanted to die in a way of her own choosing, went viral ... Read More »

Australia’s $3b hangover: Alcohol and drugs causing 11.5m ‘sick days’

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Hangovers are causing 11.5 million “sick days” a year at a cost of $3 billion to the Australian economy, new research suggests. The Canberra Times – Julia Medew, Health Editor There are also fears that people who are mixing alcohol with amphetamines on the weekends are experiencing “Weepy Wednesdays” because of the delayed effects of their drug use, making them irritable and unreliable ... Read More »

Study Finds Nearly All Scientific Papers Controlled By Six Corporations

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When children grow up dreaming of becoming scientists they have the purest of aspirations and if they were left to pursue their own studies they would be able to accomplish the unimaginable. True Activist – by John Vibes Unfortunately, to become a member of the scientific community one has to jump through many bureaucratic hoops until they are eventually inducted ... Read More »

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?

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The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think. The New York Times – By PETER ANDREY SMITHJUNE Eighteen vials were rocking back and forth on a squeaky mechanical device the shape of a butcher scale, and Mark Lyte was beside himself with excitement. ‘‘We actually got some fresh yesterday — freshly frozen,’’ ... Read More »

Promoting violence? Alcohol specials lead to increased aggression in bars

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Melbourne’s CBD has become increasing violent late at night. In 2009–10, 2568 assaults were reported to police. This was a 3.7% increase on the 2008 figures and a 35% increase on assaults in 2005. The Conversation – Francis Markham and Martin Young * In 2007–08, 10% of all public place assaults occurred in licensed premises. More than 25% were flagged ... Read More »