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Introverts find modern offices uncomfortable

Modern office features such as hot-desking or desk-sharing and open-plan floors appeal mainly to extrovert workers but others find them uncomfortable, a new research has found. The findings highlighted that extroverts are significantly happier at work and have higher levels of job satisfaction and also pointed out that personality differences are behind areas of conflict in the office. “Understanding how ...

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Longer working hours don’t kill romance in your life

Turning conventional wisdom on its head, a new study has found that there is in fact no negative association between the hours worked and relationship satisfaction. “Our research questions the assumption that working longer hours is hazardous for all romantic relationships,” the study said. Conventional wisdom and research seem to suggest that partners in dual career-couples-relationships where both partners pursue ...

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Tame selfie craze, treat selfies as fun activity

If the disturbing news of two selfie deaths – one each in Mumbai and Jammu and Kashmir this weekend – shattered your Sunday morning, it is time to pause and see if your young ones are not trying a dangerous pose for a selfie to impress their peers. A college girl who fell into the swirling Arabian Sea while clicking ...

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Know if your toddler is ready for reading lessons

Even before they can read, children as young as three years of age can understand how a written word is different than a simple drawing, and the ability to make this distinction could signal if your toddler is ready to learn to read, a new study has found. Most children do not begin formal instruction in reading and writing until ...

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Increased light exposure may make kids overweight

Children who spend too much time on tablets, mobile phone or television are more likely to gain unhealthy weight not just because of physical inactivity but also due to increased exposure to light, says a new study. Timing and intensity of light exposure is critical for metabolic functioning and weight status, the findings showed. “Artificial lighting, including light given off ...

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Junior doctors’ strike: Get back to negotiating table – Hunt

Junior doctors have been urged to return to the negotiating table by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who described their strike as “completely unnecessary”. NHS England said about 10,000 junior doctors had reported for duty out of 26,000 scheduled to work the day shift. Junior doctors in England are staging a 24-hour walkout, which began at 08:00 GMT, in a dispute ...

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Common painkiller with anti-cancer properties identified

Researchers have identified a low-cost and readily accessible painkiller that has significant anti-cancer properties. Diclofenac – a well-known cost-effective painkiller – has the potential to cut down the risk of post-surgical spread of cancer, which may prove to be a huge win in the fight against cancer, explained the authors. Following clinical trials on the use of diclofenac in cancer ...

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Former China deputy security chief Li Dongsheng jailed

China’s former deputy national police chief Li Dongsheng has been jailed for 15 years for corruption offences, according to state media. Li had ties to Zhou Yongkang, jailed for life in June in one of China’s biggest ever corruption scandals. The sentence was reported on an official China Central Television social media account. The former deputy security minister stood accused ...

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Cologne attacks: Germany to make foreign deportations easier

Germany has announced plans to make it easier to throw out foreign criminals and strip sex attackers of refugee status. The decision follows hundreds of sexual assaults and robberies on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve by men of mainly Arab and North African origin. Justice Minister Heiko Maas said no-one could put themselves above the law. Thousands of ...

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US-led coalition strike ‘destroys IS bank in Iraq’

A US-led coalition air strike has destroyed a bank used by the Islamic State group in the Iraqi city of Mosul. A US official told the BBC two 900kg bombs had hit the building on Monday. He estimated that millions of dollars earned by IS through oil sales, looting and extortion had been destroyed. Video posted online by IS showed ...

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