Citizen science is the involvement of the public in scientific research – whether community-driven research or global investigations. The Citizen Science Association unites expertise from educators, scientists, data managers, and others to power citizen science.

Citizen science is the involvement of the public in scientific research – whether community-driven research or global investigations. The Citizen Science Association unites expertise from educators, scientists, data managers, and others to power citizen science What is Citizen Science? The Oxford English Dictionary recently defined citizen science as: “scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and ...
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Public Lab is a community and non-profit organization that is democratizing science to address environmental issues that affect people

Public Lab is a community where you can learn how to investigate environmental concerns. Using inexpensive DIY techniques, we seek to change how people see the world in environmental, social, and political terms. Communities lack access to the tools and techniques needed to participate in decisions being made about their communities, especially when facing environmental hazards. Public Lab is an open network of community organizers, educators, technologists and researchers working to creat...
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Research to understand loneliness and isolation in a society and understand part of the experiences for different situations

From Greek mythology and the Bible to modern critiques of the digital age, loneliness has been portrayed as part of the human condition. With modern society requiring more and more attention away from family, its currently being recognized as a significant adverse consequence of loneliness  and health. Loneliness and isolation are increasingly part of the experience for many. As societies are evolving globally in many different ways as, reduced inter-generational living, different societies c...
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Australia’s Changing Demography

Households in Australia Changing demography The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing. AIFS conducts original research to increase understanding of Australian families and the issues that affect them. Listed below are the findings; Types of families in Australia Types of households Projections: 2011-36 couple families with children will decrease from 44.1% in 2011 to 40.2% in ...
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Carnegie Mellon University study provides the first biological evidence that suggest that married people are healthier than those who are single, divorced or widowed.

Studies have suggested that married people are healthier than those who are single, divorced or widowed. A new Carnegie Mellon University study provides the first biological evidence to support that claim. Published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, the researchers found that married individuals had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who never married or were previously married. These findings support the belief that unmarried people face more psychological stress than married in...
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UCLA neuroscience research suggests, people who had the strongest responses in the areas of the brain associated with perceiving pain and emotion and imitating others were also the most generous.

Your brain might be hard-wired for altruism It’s an age-old quandary: Are we born “noble savages” whose best intentions are corrupted by civilization, as the 18th century Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau contended? Or are we fundamentally selfish brutes who need civilization to rein in our base impulses, as the 17th century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes argued? After exploring the areas of the brain that fuel our empathetic impulses — and temporarily disabling other regions that o...
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Australia’s demographic statistics

On 19 December 2016  the resident population of Australia is projected to be: 24,302,302 This projection is based on the estimated resident population at 30 June 2016 and assumes growth since then of: one birth every 1 minute and 40 seconds, one death every 3 minutes and 17 seconds, a net gain of one international migration every 2 minutes and 25 seconds, leading to an overall total population increase of one person every 1 minute and 24 seconds. According to the estimated population ...
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What sets us apart from other species

Earlier this year, the Royal Institution invited the philosopher AC Grayling, along with Igor Aleksander, professor of neural systems engineering at Imperial College, London, and the historian Felipe Fernandez Armesto, to discuss the question 'What makes us human?' Igor Aleksander claims to have built a robot that has consciousness - he was there to address the ways in which human intelligence differs from artificial intelligence. Fernandez Armesto has written a book called So You Think You're H...
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Trinity College Study on ‘Identities in Transformation’. The study examines the relationship between globalization, culture and identity

Identities, both on the level of the individual and the collective, are formed and develop in complex processes that negotiate attitudes, values and behaviours, and shape our social and cultural practices. Identity debates are occurring through reflection on the decade of commemoration and the wider re-evaluation of Irishness, and also in the context of massively changing migratory patterns in both Ireland and Europe.  These transformations are embedded within the context of greater global inter...
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Research on correlation of Money & Happiness

In contrast to decades of research reporting surprisingly weak relationships between consumption and happiness, recent findings suggest that money can indeed increase happiness if it is spent the “right way” (e.g., on experiences or on other people). Drawing on the concept of psychological fit, we extend this research by arguing that individual differences play a central role in determining the “right” type of spending to increase well-being. In a field study using more than 76,000 bank-trans...
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NASA to sequence DNA in space for first time

July 16, a Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station carrying a DNA sequencer into space for the first time. While this isn’t big-deal science, no one has ever tried to decode DNA in outer space before. Being able to is something that might come in handy on a Mars mission if a crewmember gets sick or alien mold appears in a spaceship. “Right now we culture stuff and return it to Earth, but if you send people to Mars you aren’t going to...
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Personal robot

Robots are an intriguing technology that can straddle both the physical and social world of people. Inspired by animal and human behavior, MIT's robotic team's goal is to build capable robotic creatures with a "living" presence, and to gain a better understanding of how humans will interact with this new kind of technology. People will physically interact with them, communicate with them, understand them, and teach them, all in familiar human terms. Ultimately, such robots will possess the socia...
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