The Tweet: “Researchers have found that they can accurately predict heart disease rates by analyzing negative tweets on Twitter.” The outpouring of daily gripes on Twitter could be used to predict heart disease rates, according to research published in Psychological Science this January. The team, led by scientists from the US and Australia looked at tweets […]Read more "Can Twitter be used to predict heart disease?"
The Tweet: “Some rats are more compassionate than humans.” A study into rat behaviour points towards empathy in the animal kingdom. We think of empathy – the ability to think compassionately about those around us – as a particularly advanced, human, trait. But rats in a lab experiment conducted by researchers at the University of […]Read more "Do rats care for each other?"
The Tweet: “Researchers from NASA say the perfect nap lasts for 26 minutes.” Calls for napping in the workplace following cases of air traffic controllers falling asleepon the job are supported by research that shows short naps improve mental alertness. A ’26-minute nap improved performance 34% and alertness 54%’ according to a study from 1995, conducted […]Read more "Why napping on the job is good"
The Tweet: “A study found that cell phone radiation can cause insomnia, headaches and confusion.” Using your mobile phone before sleeping, or even keeping your phone next to your bed, could increase the amount of time it takes for you to get to sleep. A study published in 2008 by researchers at Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in […]Read more "One reason to stop using your phone before bed"
The Tweet: “If the earth didn’t have the moon, our days would only be 6 hours long.” The moon is responsible for our current day length, and is making our days longer. About four billion years ago the day length was thought to be just six hours long, but the effect of the moon is slowing our […]Read more "What would happen if the moon was missing?"
The Tweet: “Sunflowers can be used to clean up radioactive waste.” In the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster hundred of thousands of inhabitants were relocated and the town was left uninhabitable. However, in the case of Fukushima the Japanese government is hoping to make the area liveable again for the 80,000 displaced residents, and to […]Read more "How sunflowers were used to clean up Fukushima"
The Tweet: “According to one study, the behavior of a stockbroker is more reckless and manipulative than that of a psychopath.” The news that stockbrokers and psychopaths share manipulative character traits is probably no surprise to anyone. It’s easy to see the source of the inspiration behind Patrick Bateman, the investment banker and serial killer in […]Read more "The similarity between stockbrokers and psychopaths"