More Mexico migrants leaving US than arriving – study

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More Mexicans are leaving the US than migrating there, reversing a longstanding flow, a study has found. BBC More than one million Mexicans and their families, including US-born children, returned to Mexico from 2009 to 2014 after living in the US, the report by Pew Research Center found. Meanwhile, only 870,000 Mexicans moved in to US during the same time period, creating a net loss of 140,000 people. An uneven economic recovery in the US was cited as a reason ... Read More »

Seven minutes of meditation can reduce racial prejudice, study finds

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A popular meditation technique that’s intended to create feelings of kindness can also reduce prejudice, according to new University of Sussex research. EurekAlert! AAAS – University of Sussex The study, published online in the journal Motivation and Emotion, found that just seven minutes of Loving-kindness meditation (LKM), a Buddhist practise that promotes unconditional kindness towards oneself and others, is effective at reducing racial bias. Lead researcher Alexander Stell, a Doctoral student in Psychology, said: “This indicates that some meditation techniques ... Read More »

Cooking with vegetable oil releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer

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Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases, according to leading scientists, who are now recommending food be fried in olive oil, coconut oil, butter or even lard. Robert Mendick The results of a series of experiments threaten to turn on its head official advice that oils rich in polyunsaturated fats – such as corn oil and sunflower oil – are better for the health than the saturated fats in animal products. Scientists found that ... Read More »

Religious children are meaner than their secular counterparts, study finds

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Religious belief appears to have negative influence on children’s altruism and judgments of others’ actions even as parents see them as ‘more empathetic’ The Guardian – Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent @harrietsherwood Children from religious families are less kind and more punitive than those from non-religious households, according to a new study. Academics from seven universities across the world studied Christian, Muslim and non-religious children to test the relationship between religion and morality. They found that religious belief is a negative ... Read More »

Turks divided over how democracy is working: Pew report

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Turks are split on whether democracy is working in the country, according to a new Pew Research Center report based on a survey that was conducted in the spring. Hurriyet – WASHINGTON The Turkish public is split evenly on the subject, with 49 percent saying they are satisfied and 49 percent saying they are dissatisfied with it. Among those who are satisfied with democracy, 84 percent said they supported the Justice and Development Party (AKP), according to the survey conducted ... Read More »

When punishment doesn’t fit the crime

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New research reveals traumatic brain injury patients struggle with discipline in social, family and work life Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago @EurekAlertAAAS New research finds people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) –such as those incurred from violent accidents or combat — are more prone to misjudge when faced with situations involving dispute or requiring discipline. The study, led in part by Dr. Jordan Grafman at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and published this month in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN), ... Read More »

LSE study calls for gender quotas to place women in positions of power

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Academics’ report proposes quotas for senior positions in range of sectors including politics, economy, law, media, culture and communications The Guardian – Amelia Gentleman @ameliagentleman Gender quotas should be mandatory for senior positions across the private and public sectors in Britain to boost the number of women in high-powered positions, according to a wide-ranging study published by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Among its many bold recommendations, Tuesday’s report by the LSE Commission of Gender Inequality ... Read More »

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 55-hour week will have a 33 percent greater risk of having a stroke than those who maintain a 35- to ... 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 to improve education for all, as some scientists believe? Or are they likely to have a chilling effect on programs ... 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 other assets. On average, cocaine offenders were the richest while methamphetamine offenders had the least amount of assets, according to ... 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. The average donation size is $50 and the winter months are the most popular time for donations. The analysis of ... Read More »

Talking Point: Ice epidemic is just a myth designed to fuel drug hysteria

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MYTHOLOGY is dangerous in the hands of politicians and the media. GREG BARNS From: Mercury Take the myth there is an epidemic sweeping Australia in which individuals are addicted to a form of methamphetamine called ice. It is a myth, and so are most of the proposed solutions to it. An August 11 report on Sky News said about “160,000 Australians are addicted to methamphetamine including ice, the most potent form of the drug and one that regularly grabs headlines ... 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 founder of Way We Do. With a business that straddles the United States, Britain and Australia, she’s had to take ... 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 than traditional outlets, such as television. The study showed that posts showcasing brands and encouraging people to place bets online ... 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 last year. And in more than 20 countries, thousands of people have dined and discussed dying through a project called ... 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 workers. A Flinders University study has found that the more alcohol and/or drugs an employee consumes, the more time they ... Read More »