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Athanasia Nikolaou

Why mental illness is on the rise in academia - 1 views

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    Interesting discussion is going about, on how work anxiety is spreading in academia, with possible mental consequences. And with robust links to the "Doing What You Love" motto of life/work. Could be proven an unsustainable model though.

    Recalling of Higgs' recent declaration, that today's Academia productivity demands would be hectic for him, could point to the direction of the problem and the solution...?
Athanasia Nikolaou

The drawbacks of open office - 1 views

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    The natural multitaskers are profited the least from this configuration. And then there is Thijs
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    haha :)

    "The psychologist Nick Perham, who studies the effect of sound on how we think, has found that office commotion impairs workers' ability to recall information, and even to do basic arithmetic. Listening to music to block out the office intrusion doesn't help: even that, Perham found, impairs our mental acuity."

    Actually, I grew up studying my homework in my parents shop downstairs. No noise whatsoever drives me insane :)
LeopoldS

A Formula for Happiness - NYTimes.com - 1 views

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    beati pauperes spiritu :-)

    "Political junkies might be interested to learn that conservative women are particularly blissful: about 40 percent say they are very happy. That makes them slightly happier than conservative men and significantly happier than liberal women. The unhappiest of all are liberal men; only about a fifth consider themselves very happy."

    I think that there are many factors missing there that are just not asked possibly such as altruism as a source for happiness ...
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    According to The Beatles "Happiness is a warm gun"...
    To each his own, I guess. :-)
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    It really depends on one's values really. If your values don't follow the standard vanilla flavor then it all breaks down.
santecarloni

[1105.5170] Validation of Dunbar's number in Twitter conversations - 0 views

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    We test the theoretical cognitive limit on the number of stable social relationships known as Dunbar's number. We find that users can entertain a maximum of 100-200 stable relationships in support for Dunbar's prediction.
LeopoldS

Extraneous factors in judicial decisions - 1 views

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    astonishing! whenever you go to a judge, make sure that he has a full belly ...
    I am sure we can apply this things also for other situations: exams etc
Ma Ru

Who uses Facebook? An investigation into the relationship between the Big Five, shyness... - 2 views

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    Some introspection's always good...
santecarloni

Towards an explanatory and computational theory of scientific discovery - 8 views

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    Something to think about...
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    nice ....
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    I love the fact that the journal in which the paper was published has a typo in the name...
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    what typo? there is no typo that I can spot!
Luís F. Simões

Singularity University, class of 2010: projects that aim to impact a billion people wit... - 7 views

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    At the link below you find additional information about the projects:

    Education: Ten weeks to save the world
    http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100915/full/467266a.html
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    this is the podcast I was listening to ...
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    We can do it in nine :)
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    why wait then?
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    hmm, wonder how easy it is to get funding for that, 25k is a bit steep for 10weeks :)
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    well, we wait for the same fundings they get and then we will do it in nine.... as we say in Rome "a mettece un cartello so bboni tutti". (italian check for Juxi)
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    and what you think about the project subjects?
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    I like the fact that there are quite a lot of space projects .... and these are not even bad in my view:
    The space project teams have developed imaginative new solutions for space and spinoffs for Earth. The AISynBio project team is working with leading NASA scientists to design bioengineered organisms that can use available resources to mitigate harsh living environments (such as lack of air, water, food, energy, atmosphere, and gravity) - on an asteroid, for example, and also on Earth .

    The SpaceBio Labs team plans to develop methods for doing low-cost biological research in space, such as 3D tissue engineering and protein crystallization.

    The Made in Space team plans to bring 3D printing to space to make space exploration cheaper, more reliable, and fail-safe ("send the bits, not the atoms"). For example, they hope to replace some of the $1 billion worth of spare parts and tools that are on the International Space Station.
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    and all in only a three months summer graduate program!! that is impressive. God I feel so stupid!!!
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    well, most good ideas probably take only a second to be formulated, it's the details that take years :-)
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    I do not think the point of the SU is to formulate new ideas (infact there is nothing new in the projects chosen). Their mission is to build and maintain a network of contacts among who they believe will be the 'future leaders' of space ... very similar to our beloved ISU.
Juxi Leitner

How I became a Foursquare cyberstalker | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

  • Foursquare is now being widely touted as the app which will, after years of anticipation and prediction, mark the beginning of "life as a game" computing. Whatever you do, wherever you go, you will be scoring points, earning "medals", and be in, at the very least, social competition with other users around you.
  • Privacy seems to be very low down their priorities. In theory, if every user knows the risks, this is fine. But they just don't. It's being targeted at 18 to 25-year-olds. Facebook was forced in the end to change its default privacy settings due to public concerns. Foursquare should do the same. Some people are even checking in when they're at home. Think of the implications. It's crazy
  • Recruitment is a form of stalking, I suppose. But I can now see the negative implications of Foursquare in the real world.
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  • Ten days ago Foursquare reached the two-million-users landmark, just three months after it had reached the one-million mark. A week earlier, the company received $20m in venture capital from a who's who of Silicon Valley luminaries. It appears the trajectory for Foursquare is only upwards. But as the critical mass of Foursquare users swells and intensifies over the coming months and years, the concerns over privacy are likely to magnify. In June, Webroot, a Denver-based internet security firm, surveyed 1,645 users of "geo-location-ready mobile devices", including 624 in the UK: 29% said they shared their location with people other than their friends; 31% said they accepted a friend request from a stranger; and, yet, 55% still said they were worried about their loss of privacy.
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    anybody here using Foursquare already?
    Location is supposed to be "the future" (this time)
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    this is worse than having a mobile ... !
andreiaries

BBC News - Row over 'torture' on French TV - 1 views

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    "Row over 'torture' on French TV "
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    Suggestion for new format of ACT meetings. What would make this experiment scientifically relevant and not just a show?
nikolas smyrlakis

At 70, I can't wait to have my happiest years - Telegraph - 1 views

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    how happier than now can it get in 40 - 45 years?
LeopoldS

PLoS ONE: Dominance, Politics, and Physiology: Voters' Testosterone Changes on the Nigh... - 1 views

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    what does this tell about male behaviour ?? :-)
LeopoldS

Cheater-resistance is not futile : Article : Nature - 2 views

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    Cheater-resistance is not futile - what lessons for the team??
LeopoldS

InnovaHub - 0 views

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    not the most fancy social network - but one around an interesting topic for us ...
nikolas smyrlakis

SiG | Social Innovation Generation - 0 views

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    How about that for an abstract discipline, and I thought CMS was abstract. Sounds great though: Social Innovation Generation: "Social innovation is an initiative, product, process or program that profoundly changes the basic routines, resource and authority flows or beliefs of any social system. Successful social innovations have durability and broad impact. While social innovation has recognizable stages and phases, achieving durability and scale is a dynamic process that requires both emergence of opportunity and deliberate agency, and a connection between the two."
ESA ACT

PUTTING PSYCHOLOGY INTO BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS - Edge: EDGE MASTER CLASS 2008-CLASS 6 - 0 views

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    maybe of interest to Nikolaos? have to admit that I did not read it entirely ....
ESA ACT

Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 ye... - 0 views

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    be happy and infect your neighbors with it :-) ....
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