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Feeling the pain and joys of commuting

Long hours commuting to and from work can generate fear, distrust and depression and can change the way people interact with their families and work colleagues, a new study from The Australian National University ...

dateMay 21, 2015 in Social Sciences
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Thinking alike changes the conversation

As social creatures, we tend to mimic each other's posture, laughter, and other behaviors, including how we speak. Now a new study shows that people with similar views tend to more closely mirror, or align, ...

dateMay 19, 2015 in Social Sciences
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Scholars issue plan to reduce poverty

Stanford scholars and other experts on California's low-income population have unveiled a new initiative – the Equal Opportunity Plan – aimed at dramatically reducing poverty in the state.

Shopping center design to deter shoplifters

Specially designed shopping centres geared at encouraging shoplifters to think twice before they commit a crime are the way forward, according to researchers at Lancaster University.

Power of apps in preschool literacy

Australia is a diverse, multilingual country, with more than 200 languages spoken. However, fewer second-generation Australians speak their parents' mother tongues than in some other Western countries.

Gender-science stereotypes persist across the world

The Netherlands had the strongest stereotypes associating science with men more than women, according to a new Northwestern University study that included data from nearly 350,000 people in 66 nations.

Why our ancestors were more gender equal than us

It is often believed that hierarchical and sometimes oppressive social structures like the patriarchy are somehow natural – a reflection of the law of the jungle. But the social structure of today's hunter gatherers su ...

Reviving the Iban alphabet

A Malaysian indigenous group has revived its alphabet from the brink of extinction, thanks to specially designed computer fonts.

Team science is better science

A Michigan State University researcher helped write a groundbreaking new report from the National Research Council that concludes scientific research is increasingly dominated by teams - a promising approach ...

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Oldest-known stone tools pre-date Homo
Architects to hatch Ecocapsule as low-energy house

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