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Why You Need Windows In Your Office

No, this isn’t what you think. Research suggests that a windowless office can be bad for you: working in a space with no natural light means you’ll get less sleep at night.


Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories

Why are conspiracy theories so prevalent, and how do they intersect with other phenomena such as climate change denial? Stephan Lewandowsky, chair of cognitive psychology at the University of Bristol, answered questions on the topic posed by the public on Reddit. The Conversation has curated the highlights.


How Ovulation Affects Your Creativity (Even If You're A Guy)

A women’s menstrual cycle can affect more than just the way she feels physically and emotionally. The hormone changes might also influence creativity, with research suggesting the phases before and during ovulation can spur creativity — in both women and the men around them.


It's Official: Homeopathy Is A Load Of Old Bollocks

The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a new draft paper on the effectiveness of homeopathy following an in-depth analysis across 68 different health conditions. Unsurprisingly, the paper concludes that there is no reliable evidence that homoeopathy is effective for treating any ailment. Rather, it’s a potentially dangerous pseudoscience that can dupe patients into rejecting conventional and effective treatments.


Fast Food Is Becoming Less Salty (But Is Still Too Salty)

The good news? Salt levels in fast food from Australian takeaway chains are becoming lower. The bad news? Those levels are still very high.


Be Aware Of Cereal Flake Size To Ensure You Eat Healthy Portions

A healthy breakfast cereal will be low in sugar and high in fibre , but portion size is just as important. And you might be tricking yourself in that aspect based on the size of the flakes, says nutritionist Barbara Rolls of Penn State.


When Exercise Can Offer The Same Boost As Coffee (And When It Can't)

We’ve known for a while that exercise can boost your energy level and your productivity. if you get a short, high-intensity workout first thing in the morning, it can give you the same boost as a cup of coffee — and you’ll enjoy that effect much longer.


Big Data Is Scientific, And That's Why Most Businesses Fail At It

Much of big data comes from people. Web logs, mobile phone usage, financial transactions, insurance claims, you name it: it’s being recorded for potential further analysis to generate business value and improved customer experience.


What Research Tells Us About The Most Successful Relationships

There’s no single “formula” to a perfect relationship. However, we’ve studied an awful lot about what successful couples do. Everyone’s relationships are a bit different, but we can take away a lot from what we know works.


Why Your Taste In Wine Changes Based On Expectations

You already know that expectations can colour your experiences, but when it comes to wine, it’s especially true. This video from Science Friday explains why our expectations and our environment plays such a huge role in how we perceive this ancient drink.