The man who couldn’t stop giving

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What a Brazilian man’s pathological generosity says about the biological roots of philanthropy. SBS – By Sam Kean / Source: The Atlantic In the early 1990s, a quiet man named João quit his job running the human-resources department of an insurance company in Rio de Janeiro and began selling french fries from a street cart. The fries quickly proved popular, in part because they ... Read More »

Sex is disgusting but we keep doing it

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Sex is inherently pretty disgusting: bodily fluids everywhere, strange smells and even stranger noises — and yet by and large we all more or less manage to enjoy it. This trade-off between wanting to reproduce and wanting to avoid bodily secretions presents an interesting challenge for evolution and has resulted in a complex relationship between being turned-on and grossed-out. To ... Read More »

Carrot or stick? Punishments may guide behavior more effectively than rewards

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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE When it comes to rewards and punishments, which is more effective — the carrot or the stick? A simple experiment devised at Washington University in St. Louis suggests that punishments are more likely to influence behavior than rewards. The results, which stem from a study involving 88 students at the university, are available online in ... Read More »

Australia’s slow digital economy needs government innovation, says Ernst & Young

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More public service news Australia is being left behind as a digital economy and government departments and the public servants who work there could be key culprits, according to a new report. The Age – Noel Towell, Reporter for The Canberra Times Accounting giants Ernst and Young say the Commonwealth government is failing in its key duty to drive digital innovation and put it ... Read More »

Coffee ‘could halve breast cancer recurrence’ in tamoxifen-treated patients

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MNT – Α new study led by researchers from Lund University in Sweden claims women diagnosed with breast cancer who are taking the drug tamoxifen could halve their risk of recurrence by drinking coffee. The findings – published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research – build on those from a previous study conducted by Lund University researchers in 2013, in ... Read More »

Tory Shepherd: Should we help paedophiles? What choice do we have?

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IF people are born straight, or gay, is it possible that paedophiles can’t help being what they are? Virtuous paedophiles: Support group to stop them acting on their urges Tony Shepherd The Advertiser Evidence shows that it might be true; paedophiles are born that way. Recent research suggests some faulty wiring in the brain. Things about children that are meant ... Read More »

Just slip out the back, Jack

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We’re wired to get over romantic break ups SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY ST. LOUIS – A Saint Louis University research review article suggests people are hardwired to fall out of love and move onto new romantic relationships. “Our review of the literature suggests we have a mechanism in our brains designed by natural selection to pull us through a very tumultuous ... Read More »

Political liberals display greater happiness, UCI study finds

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Results contradict earlier self-reports of higher spirits among conservatives UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – IRVINE AAAS and EurekAlert! Irvine, Calif. – What does it mean to be happy? Is it how happy you say you are, or is it how happy you act? Previous research has found that political conservatives report being happier than political liberals. But UC Irvine psychologists have ... Read More »