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Better fathers have smaller testicles - Nature.com

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Men with larger testes were rated lower in surveys of their parenting involvement, and brain scans showed they had lower activity in an area that is part of the brain's reward system.
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Men with larger testes were rated lower in surveys of their parenting involvement, and brain scans showed they had lower activity in an area that is part of the brain's reward system.

Fathers with smaller testes are more involved in child care, and their brains are also more responsive when looking at photos of their own children, according to research published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1.

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Lesson Plans for Toddlers - How to Make Learning Fun!

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Toddlers are like little sponges and soak up knowledge at high rates. Try this sample lesson plans for your preschoolers if you don't know where to start! (RT @parentingbagoft: Lesson Plans for Toddlers - How to Make Learning Fun!
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Meteorite brought surprising ingredient for life to Earth in 2012 - NBC News.com

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Scientists say they have discovered unexpected ingredients for life — organic molecules never seen before in meteorites — inside a chunk...
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It seems like  the entire universe is only a part of the overall development from matter to vegetation to animals to humans......
 I wonder what will be our next developmental stage?

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Government rejects pesticide science

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The British government accepts an EU ban on the use of chemicals said to be harmful to bees but continues to dispute the science behind it.

Via Maria Nunzia @Varvera
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The real disease is the greed of mankind
We must learn and be aware of our own nature
Because it is bringing us ,slowly to our self-destruction
Must wake up!

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Nearly quarter of men in Asia-Pacific admit to committing rape - The Guardian

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Nearly quarter of men in Asia-Pacific admit to committing rape
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Papua New Guinea recorded the heaviest prevalence of rape. Photograph: Rocky Roe/AFP/Getty Images.
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Nearly a quarter of men in the Asia-Pacific region have admitted to committing rape at least once in their life, according to a new survey (pdf), with more than half of those respondents claiming they raped for the first time while in their teens.

The study covering six countries – Bangladesh, China, Cambodia,Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka – found that 10% of men admitted to raping at least once a woman who was not their partner, a figure that rose to nearly 25% when rape of a partner was included.

Nearly 75% of those who had committed rape said they did so because they felt sexually entitled; more than half said they did it for entertainment.

The UN-led study on men and violence collected data from more than 10,000 men and 3,000 women aged 18-49 between 2010 and 2013 in order to understand why men commit violence against women and what can be done to prevent it.

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Let’s Shake Up the Social Sciences

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It is time to create new social science departments that reflect the breadth and complexity of the problems we face as well as the novelty of 21st-century science.

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So social scientists should devote a small palace guard to settled subjects and redeploy most of their forces to new fields like social neuroscience, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology and social epigenetics, most of which, not coincidentally, lie at the intersection of the natural and social sciences. Behavioral economics, for example, has used psychology to radically reshape classical economics.

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Harvard study finds a gun in the home increases risk of suicide - Boston.com

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When people talk about preventing suicide, the conversation usually centers on detecting and treating suicidal behavior, but a growing body of evidence points to a far simpler and more effective solution: simply remove the means by which people...
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Nature Nurtures Farm – Creating Memories, Changing Lives - ThurstonTalk

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damitio insurance Located on a gentle curve on Delphi Road sits an unassuming farm. Their sign isn't flashy nor is the cozy home situated on the 23 acre property.
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“Our mission is to bring young people and animals together to build empathy, teach responsibility, and inspire hope,” shares owner Nicole Peters.  “Our most mission-oriented program is our mentoring program where we match at-risk kids, one-on-one, with adult or older teen mentors.  They spend time once a week, for about two hours, at the farm doing fun things, but mostly taking care of the animals.”

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Eight Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

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David Bill, who's spent the past three years helping teachers redesign classroom spaces, offers eight tips and tricks to remake your room.
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Watch a determined middle school teacher transform his crowded classroom space to enable deeper learning and effective teamwork -- with help from his students, community volunteers, and a few experts.

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Mouse Groups Reveal Complex Relationships

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How much of the mouse behavior was based on interpersonal relationships?
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 A common belief is that our modern, stimulation-filled environment encourages individualistic behavior (or anti-social behavior, depending on one’s point of view), while simpler surroundings give rise to a more developed community life. New research at the Weizmann Institute shows that this assumption – at least for mice – is based in reality: Mice that have been raised in a stimulus-rich environment have less complexity in their social interactions than those growing up in more Spartan conditions. The findings were based on two innovative developments: The first is an automated system that continuously tracks groups of mice living in semi-natural conditions; and the second is a mathematical framework for analyzing the data, which enabled the scientists to characterize, in detail, the nature of the mice’s collective behavior.
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Why are research universities going global? - University World News

Why are research universities going global? - University World News | Heal the world | Scoop.it

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Despite the significant increase in the number and type of international activities – from branch campuses to MOOCs and aggressive international student recruitment – many institutional efforts appear to be launched without a clear idea of best practices or how specific activities might be productive and meaningful for a particular institution. 

Empirical knowledge of how and why institutions expand these activities, and whether they are successful, remains largely anecdotal. 

Why do universities embark on new projects and activities that engage the institution outside of its national boundaries? What motivates individuals and their institutions to include transnational relations among their core strategic interests and concerns when considering the future path for success? Why are more foreign students and faculty recruited and why are curricula and research agendas more international and global in scope? 

The motivation of institutions, and their leaders, appears to be multiple and complex. As part of our larger effort to generate a taxonomy of different kinds of international engagement by universities, and reflecting a recent research paper published as part of a larger project based at the University of California, Berkeley, we offer here an exploration of possible institutional logics and rationales used to justify what are sometimes significant financial and institutional commitments.

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One Community, Five Voices - Here from districts that are transitioning to Digital!

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Digital transformation in our school systems can’t happen without the support of an entire community. Administrators, educators, parents, students, and communities must work together in order to create and sustain a culture of change.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Digital transformation in our school systems can’t happen without the support of an entire community. Administrators, educators, parents, students, and communities must work together in order to create and sustain a culture of change.
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Assistant Principals: Interested in digital transitions? Discovery Ed is offering a week of free online seminars.

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Global Education as a Remedy for the Crisis

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Solution to the crisis: We must elevate our network of connections into a truly global level. Each person must recognize the nature of the world we live in, and realize that in the 21st century, one’s fate depends on one’s attitude toward other people.

From this perspective, it becomes clear that the new world appearing before us at the onset of the 21st century is not one that requires material, financial, or political solutions.
Rather, first and foremost, it requires an educational solution.

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“Quality Education” The Ultimate Desire by Parents! - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

“Quality Education” The Ultimate Desire by Parents! - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Quality education is the need of the hour and with the result, at the same time the boards of education and learning must develop a plan to help schools, teachers and parents educate children about safe, responsible use of the Internet.
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Pleasure and Pain

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Each person lives within an environment of unique laws and culture. Not only do these determine the rules of our behavior, but they also affect our attitudes toward every aspect of life.

In truth, we do not choose our way of life, our fields of interest, our leisure activities, the food we eat, or the clothing fashions we follow. All these are chosen according to the whims and fancies of our surrounding society.

Moreover, it is not necessarily the better part of society that chooses, but rather the greater part. In fact, we are chained by the manners and preferences of our societies, which have become our norms of behavior.

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Careers advice branded 'inadequate'

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There are warnings that young people in England need to be given better careers advice.
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Education must change accordingly to society changes 

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A Climate Alarm, Too Muted for Some - New York Times

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A Climate Alarm, Too Muted for Some
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This month, the world will get a new report from a United Nations panel about the science of climate change.

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Are people able to recognize that we are destroying our own sources of life  and of the next generation.? 

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Dementia campaign could lead to over-diagnosis, say experts - The Guardian

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The Alzheimer's Society condemned the analysis.
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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal - Huffington Post

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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal
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By Adam Hoffman. Empathy can be painful. Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research.

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Which Country is Leading Online Education?

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Online education is a hot topic if you are an academic institution or a corporation looking to train your employees with a learning management system (LMS) (RT @Social_LMS: Which Country is Leading Online #Education?
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Bolster a Medical School Application With Volunteer Work

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Participate in volunteer experiences that demonstrate leadership skills, experts recommend. (“@USNewsEducation: add volunteer experiences to your medical school application to demonstate leadership skills.
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"It shows that you have an interest in just serving others," Hunter says.

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Sixth Sense in Human Brain Mapped by Scientists

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We may just have a sixth sense. No, it's not the ability to see dead people, but it does relate to the ability to work with numbers.

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We may just have a sixth sense. No, it's not the ability to see dead people, but it does relate to the ability to work with numbers. Scientists have discovered that numerosity is associated with the part of the brain that is organized topographically, putting it on the same level as the other five primary sense of sight, hearing, touch smell and taste.

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Heart in your Hand? Neuroscientists discover a new illusion of consciousness

Heart in your Hand? Neuroscientists discover a new illusion of consciousness | Heal the world | Scoop.it

A new study by Dr. Keisuke Suzuki, Professor Anil Seth, and colleagues at the Sackler Centre – published in the journalNeuropsychologia - now shows that external visualization of one’s heartbeat can influence what we experience as our own body.

 

The team used a unique combination of heartbeat monitoring and augmented reality to implement a ‘cardio-visual’ version of the rubber hand illusion. Participants wore a ‘head mounted display’ through which they saw a virtual-reality version of their own hand projected in front of them, while their real hand remained hidden out of view.  The virtual hand was made to pulse to red and back either in-time or out-of-time with their heartbeat.

 

The researchers found that the virtual hand was more likely to be experienced as part of a person’s body when the ‘cardio-visual’ feedback was aligned with the actual heartbeat, than when it was misaligned. This shows that the brain integrates its perception of the body from the outside with its perception from the inside, in determining what is experienced as its body.


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The use of new technologies to address old questions highlights the innovative approach to consciousness science adopted by Sackler Centre researchers, and future projects will use similar augmented reality methods to further push the boundaries of how we experience ourselves and the world around us.

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Research Cites Role of Warming in Extremes

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In examining a dozen extreme weather events last year, scientists found evidence that human activity was a partial culprit in about half.
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In examining a dozen extreme weather events last year, scientists found that evidence that human activity — in particular, emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels — was a partial culprit in about half of them.

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Neuroscientists show that monkeys can decide to call out or keep silent

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"Should I say something or not?" Human beings are not alone in pondering this dilemma -- animals also face decisions when they communicate by voice.

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Now, Tübingen neuroscientists have shown that rhesus monkeys are able to call (or be silent) on command. They can instrumentalize the sounds they make in a targeted way, an important behavioral ability which we also use to put language to a purpose.

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