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[18 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

Parents, take courage. If you survive the sleep deprivation, toddler tantrums and teenage angst, you may be rewarded with a longer life than your childless peers, researchers say.
Fathers gained more in life expectancy than mothers, a team wrote in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health—and particularly in older age.
“By the age of 60, the difference in life expectancy… may be as much as two years” between people with, and those without, children, they concluded.
Researchers tracked the lifespan of men and women born between 1911 and 1925 and living in …

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[10 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

With the broad release of Google Assistant last week, the voice-assistant wars are in full swing, with Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and now Alphabet Inc’s Google all offering electronic assistants to take your commands.
Siri is the oldest of the bunch, and researchers including Oren Etzioni, chief executive officer of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle, said Apple has squandered its lead when it comes to understanding speech and answering questions.
But there is at least one thing Siri can do that the other assistants cannot: speak 21 …

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[18 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

Teachers from elementary school through college are telling students how to distinguish between factual and fictional news — and why they should care that there’s a difference.
As Facebook works with The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and other organizations to curb the spread of fake and misleading news on its influential network, teachers say classroom instruction can play a role in deflating the kind of “Pope endorses Trump ” headlines that muddied the waters during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“I think only education can solve this problem,” said Pat Winters Lauro, a professor …

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[11 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

On his first trip overseas in 1980 Newcastle boy David Morley met a spirited Chinese teenager. Ma Yun was hanging around the tourist area of scenic Hangzhou, hoping to practise English.
The pair played Frisbee in the park and went on to become pen pals. David’s father Ken took Yun under his wing, correcting his ­English in double-spaced letters the youngster wrote to Newcastle. In 1985, Yun left China for the first time after Ken invited him to the Morleys’ NSW home.
It was a defining point in an ­enduring friendship between …

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[15 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

Shyness, according to Psychology Today, is “the awkwardness or apprehension some people feel when approaching or being approached by other people.”
Shy people often “desperately want to connect with others, but don’t know how or can’t tolerate the anxiety that comes with human interaction.”
John Stoker, president of DialogueWORKS and author of “Overcoming Fake Talk,” says that 40% or more of the population would classify as “shy.”
That means there’s a good chance you’ll have to deal with shy people at the office, networking events, or client meetings — and it may behoove …

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[11 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

Intelligent people are more likely to be messy, swear more and stay awake longer, studies have found.
According to a University of Minnesota study, messy environments can inspire people to have fresh insights while clean environments encourage convention.
The study found that people in a disorderly environment are more likely to come up with creative ideas than those in an orderly environment.
Another study, published by online journal Science Direct in 2015, said people who swear tend to be more intelligent than those who do not. The study said people who could name …

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[7 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

BEFORE Michael Phelps could become the greatest Olympian in history, he had to become the number one swimmer on the planet.
When the 18-time gold medal-winning American first began to make his mark on the world scene, that meant challenging one man.
There was no bigger fish around the turn of the century than Australian freestyle king Ian Thorpe. If Phelps was going to fulfil his ambition of breaking compatriot Mark Spitz’s record of
seven gold medals in one Games, he’d have to be able to take out the Thorpedo in the 200m …

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[25 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

In an effort to wean his son from a life of silver-spooned privilege, a Gujarati diamond merchant and proprietor of a Surat-based Rs 6,000 crore company with presence in 71 countries, persuaded his only son to go to Kochi incognito and survive on odd jobs for a month.
Dravya Dholakia, 21, doing an MBA in the US and on a holiday in India, arrived in Kochi on June 21 with three pairs of clothes and Rs 7,000 that his father instructed should be used only in an emergency.
“I gave him …

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[9 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

For a country that heavily romanticizes dating and courtship in so much of its popular media, Japan can take a rather dry, almost pragmatic view of married life. It’s not so much that marriage is considered to be the end of passion and romance, but many would argue that getting married causes some extremely large changes in the dynamics and emotions of the relationship between two people.
Putting this into stark focus is the mother of Japanese Twitter user @ar_baby64, who sent her daughter a list of 14 key differences between …

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[17 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

IF YOU haven’t noticed, travel safety advice comes from everywhere. Everyone’s armed with a trick or two up his or her sleeve, or maybe even a personal tale of caution.
The thing is, like with most horrible things we don’t like to think about, we tend to assume the incidents that make up these tales can’t happen to us. But they can, and they do.
So for piece of mind, we went straight to the CIA, well, former CIA, for some sound, spy-worthy safety protocol to have ready for our next adventure.
While …