Monthly Archives: September 2011

Facebook has changed – will you still feel the same?

The world is currently embroiled in on- and offline discussions about changes that are affecting the lives of millions. The subject is not climate change, the global financial crisis, political upheaval or the latest natural disaster. It’s the new-look Facebook. The modifications so far have been relatively minor, but even more radical changes have been […] … learn more→

Information technologies can foster freedom or reinforce repression

The media may portray text messaging and social networks as powerful new weapons for freedom fighters, but these new communication tools may not be as uniformly beneficial or as robust as suggested, according to Penn State researchers. People have used new information communication technologies, such as Twitter, Facebook and text messaging, both as tools for […] … learn more→

5 degrees that will lead you on the path to career bliss

With the economy in a state of chaos, and the job market fairly limited, competition is at an all time high. Therefore, many have decided to head back to school to strengthen their overall career outlook. But which degrees are the right ones? That’s a tough question with no surefire answer, but check out these […] … learn more→

An Orwellian climate

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinions, but not to his own facts” – Australian Senator Daniel Moynihan Science is a systematic, evidence-based, testable and self-correcting way of investigating the world. This is done through empirical observation, by experimentation and mathematics. Ideologically dominated or totalitarian societies – such as George Orwell’s famous “1984” Ingsoc – […] … learn more→

Aboriginal Australians were first explorers

An old lock of hair has enabled researchers to sequence the genome of an Aboriginal Australian, and show that modern Aboriginal Australians are direct descendants of the first people to arrive there. The ground-breaking study used a single lock of hair from the Duckworth Collection at the University of Cambridge. It shows that the direct […] … learn more→

Fruits and vegetables submerged by flood water are not safe to eat

Now that communities across the state have dried out and are repairing damages from Tropical Storm Lee, a gardening expert in Penn State\’s College of Agricultural Sciences reminds backyard gardeners that fruits and vegetables are not safe to consume if they have been partially or completely submerged in flood water or have come in contact […] … learn more→

Gen Y can’t I have everything I want … and now!

Every adult generation in history has worried about the young people following in their wake. Youth have almost always been found wanting, seemingly lacking the attributes and qualities necessary for lifelong success. That adults are currently deeply worried about the current “Entitlement Generation” follows in a well-established pattern. But, if the experience of many university […] … learn more→

From the comfort of home, web users may have found new planets

Since the online citizen science project Planet Hunters launched last December, 40,000 web users from around the world have been helping professional astronomers analyze the light from 150,000 stars in the hopes of discovering Earth-like planets orbiting around them. Users analyze real scientific data collected by NASA\’s Kepler mission, which has been searching for planets […] … learn more→

Diet key to preventing adolescent mental health problems

Deakin University health researchers have found that poor diet may be a risk factor for mental health problems during adolescence. In a study of 3000 Australian adolescents, published in the journal PLoS One, the Deakin researchers revealed that diet quality predicted mental health in adolescents over time, suggesting that it might be possible to use […] … learn more→