Mar 162012
 

By Daisy Grewal (Scientific American) A 2009 study demonstrated that after a short interaction with an attractive woman, men experienced a decline in mental performance. A more recent study suggests that this cognitive impairment takes hold even when men simply anticipate interacting with a woman who they know very little about. In one experiment, just [...]

 March 16, 2012  Posted by at 12:12 pm Comments Off
Mar 162012
 

By Frederick E. Allen (Forbes) Four university professors found that power breeds overconfidence, and overconfidence leads to bad decisions. People who had been primed to think of themselves as more powerful had more confidence in their answers — and yet their answers were actually less accurate. The fifth and final experiment the four conducted found [...]

 March 16, 2012  Posted by at 10:07 am Comments Off
Mar 142012
 

By Robin Wauters (TheNextWeb) This morning, word got out in Belgian media that SABAM (the Belgian collecting society for music royalties) is spending time and resources to contact local libraries across the nation, warning them that they will start charging fees because the libraries engage volunteers to read books to kids. The De Morgen reporter [...]

 March 14, 2012  Posted by at 8:55 pm Comments Off
Mar 142012
 

By Sara Robinson (AlterNet) How did we get to the 40-hour week in the first place? How did we lose it? And are there compelling bottom-line business reasons that we should bring it back? The most essential thing to know about the 40-hour work-week is that, while it was the unions that pushed it, business [...]

 March 14, 2012  Posted by at 9:16 am Comments Off
Mar 132012
 

By Ross McGuinness (Metro UK) Instead of just worrying about what might happen to their material possessions after they die, more and more people are taking steps to protect the belongings they store online. The emergence of cloud computing — storing your information on a network of remote servers on the internet as opposed to [...]

 March 13, 2012  Posted by at 6:13 am Comments Off