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How Barack Obama Used Psychology to Gain $2M

Putting the signature box at the beginning of the form rather than the end resulted in a rash of honesty. iStock The US federal government found a clever way to make a little extra money last summer. Some vendors who provide federal agencies with goods and services as various as paper clips and [...]

Auburn Deputy Mayor Salim Mehajer and His Lidcombe Developments

The Mehajer development in John Street, Lidcombe. The Sydney Morning Herald Salim Mehajer, the western Sydney deputy mayor with the big wedding, is hoping to make more than $45 million extra profit by simply shifting walls around on one of his developments. - Damien Murphy Source: Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer and his [...]

How to Relieve Pain Using Psychology: 10 Tips from Research

Some insights on how to relieve pain using psychology, with links to the studies: Clutch some money. Don’t curl up in a ball. Sit up straight. Swear. Laugh. Listen to good music. -  Barking Up The Wrong Tree Source: How to Relieve Pain Using Psychology: 10 Tips From Research | TIME

Altruism Is Simpler than We Thought, Brain Study Shows

A new computational model of how the brain makes altruistic choices is able to predict when a person will act generously in a scenario involving the sacrifice of money. The work, led by California Institute of Technology scientists and, appearing July 15 in the journal Neuron, also helps explain why being generous sometimes feels so difficult. [...]

By |2015-07-27T14:35:02+11:00July 26th, 2015|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Silk Road Mastermind Ross Ulbricht Jailed for Life

Ulbricht, who ran Silk Road under the alias "Dread Pirate Roberts" and commissioned five murders at a cost of $US650,000 ($850,000), was sentenced to two life sentences for narcotics distribution and criminal enterprise. - AFP Source: Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht jailed for life

Balinese Welcome Boycott by ‘Boganaires’

Those who party hard and ugly in Bali could be partying hard in Engadine or St Kilda, except the drinks are cheaper and the waiters are too gentle to tell you to rack off (an expression from my youth, sadly not used much today.) It's a kind of bullying, on an international scale, where those [...]

Neediest Students Denied Funding Amid Education Fraud Allegations

Victoria's neediest students are being denied proper education due to the "gross underfunding" of the juvenile justice teaching program, which is also facing allegations of inappropriate spending by senior officials. Leaked Education Department memos detail concerns about the misuse of taxpayer funds and conflicts of interest by bureaucrats who previously managed aspects of Victoria's juvenile [...]

Consumerism is Hurting Our Kids

There’s a growing realisation that consumerism and the ability to acquire more and more stuff such as toys, clothes and digital devices might not be doing our kids many favours. Research from around the world suggests the rampant materialism which affects much of the West could be to blame for a generational malaise of low [...]

By |2015-04-13T12:50:27+11:00April 12th, 2015|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

6 Ways Australia’s Education System is Failing Our Kids

Amid debates about budget cuts and the rising costs of schools and degrees, there is one debate receiving alarmingly little attention in Australia. We’re facing a slow decline in most educational standards, and few are aware just how bad the situation is getting. These are just six of the ways that Australia’s education system is [...]