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What amount of money can buy happiness?

West Lafayette, Indiana: No, this is not an article in our column on spirituality that would dismiss money as material. An institution has conducted a research on the subject. “That might be surprising as what we see on TV and what advertisers tell us we need would indicate that there is no ceiling when it […]

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Your phone is spoiling your dinner out

Vancouver: Smartphones might make people feel more connected, but they likely don’t belong at the dinner table, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. Researchers looking at the effect of smartphones on face-to-face social interactions found that people who used their devices while out for dinner with friends and family enjoyed themselves […]

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Banning hand-held cellphone calls more effective than texting ban

Columbus, Ohio: A new study led by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital used data from a national survey to examine the effectiveness of State-level cellphone laws in decreasing teens’ use of cellphones while driving. The study, done in conjunction with researchers from West Virginia University and the University of […]

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‘Reduce crime and gun violence and stabilize neighbourhoods’

New York City: Residents who lived near vacant land that had been restored reported a significantly reduced perception of crime and vandalism as well as increased feelings of safety and use of outside spaces for socializing, according to a new study at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Police reports matched these perceptions showing […]

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Behaviour in high school predicts income and occupational success later in life

Washington DC: This is the result of a work of research published by the American Psychological Association. “Educational researchers, political scientists and economists are increasingly interested in the traits and skills that parents, teachers and schools should foster in children to enhance chances of success later in life,” said lead author Marion Spengler, PhD, of […]

Your voice thins while talking to your boss

Stirling: People tend to change the pitch of their voice depending on who they are talking to, and how dominant they feel, a study by the University of Stirling has found. The psychology research, published in PLOS ONE, put participants through a simulated job interview task and discovered that individuals’ vocal characteristics — particularly pitch — […]

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Are these netas wearing accounted gold?

New Delhi: सिर्फ़ News has received photographs of unseemly displays of gold jewellery by certain politicians just a day after the government scared the whole country with poor communication of a proposed amendment to an old law. While a few of those wearing gaudy and expensive jewellery are not politicians, they are no less answerable to the tax […]

Changing lives one student at a time

Ocala, Florida: While parents may understand the importance of reading to their kids at an early age, not all children are born bookworms. According to a report released last year by Common Sense Media, adolescents aren’t reading for fun much anymore and their reading achievement hasn’t increased for more than two decades. Among the findings, […]

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Keeping children safe from accidents

New York City — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 80 million injury-related visits to doctors’ offices, hospital outpatient departments and emergency treatment facilities in the US each year. Of these cases, an estimated 9.2 million children annually have an initial emergency department visit for an unintentional injury. […]

Hanging holiday lights

Let there be light! Christmas lights, that is. And given the timing of when some homeowners started hanging them this year — as early as mid-October to get a jump on the season — we’re anxious for some holiday cheer. Most will opt for understated displays. Others will try to channel their inner Clark Griswold […]