science

Why Stupid People Are More Confident About Their (Lack Of) Knowledge

It is an unfortunate paradox: if you’re bad at something, you probably also lack the skills to assess your own performance. And if you don’t know much about a topic, you’re unlikely to be aware of the scope of your own ignorance.


Take Naps On Saturday Afternoon To Avoid Monday Grogginess

Sleeping in on Saturday may be a common indulgence, but it’s bad for your sleep schedule. If you want to get in some extra snooze time on Saturday but don’t want to ruin your Monday morning, nap in the afternoon instead.


How To Trick Yourself Into Eating Less

Science has a simple and incredible trick that will help you lose weight. The idea, it seems, is to make portions appear bigger because this leads people to serve and eat less.


Cooking Oils To Eat And Avoid

Health conscious consumers are increasingly ditching old favourites vegetable and canola oil for trendy alternatives like coconut and peanut oil. But are they any healthier? And how do they compare with other options such as heated olive oil and butter?


Seven 'Great' Teaching Methods That Aren't Backed Up By Evidence

What makes “great teaching”? It’s a complicated question, made more difficult by trying to measure how teachers make decisions in the classroom and what impact those decisions have on what pupils learn.


Why Sad Music Can Make Us Feel Better

It’s not surprising that music helps elicit the emotions necessary to cope with a negative situation. We know that music has interesting effects on the brain. It may seem counter-intuitive, but sad music can actually make you feel better.


How Technology Is Changing Australian Cattle Farming

Farming cattle in northern Australia can be tough, especially in times of drought, but producers are increasingly turning to digital technologies to help them look after their herds.


The Science Of Why We Give Up

One of the characteristic features of Massive Open Online Courses is the observation that no matter how many students enrol in a course, only between 5 to 10% of them will ever complete it. Setting aside the argument of whether this actually means that MOOCs are considerably less “massive” than the name suggests, the interesting question is what is behind this high level of drop-outs and why does it seem so consistent?


How Curiosity Can Help You Learn Boring Things Better

When your curiosity is piqued, your brain is capable of learning or memorising better than when something is not as interesting to you. A recent study suggests your brain’s chemistry is the reason why, and that you can use it to your advantage.


Why Writing Your Resume And Cover Letter Is So Hard

If you’ve ever applied for a job, you know how hard it is to write the perfect cover letter that will make you stand out above all the other applicants. It’s a competitive job market, and more often than not, career seekers find themselves face-to-face with blank computer screens in an attempt to pen that one short masterpiece.