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Funny people are also more intelligent, according to new research
Researchers in Austria recently discovered that funny people, particularly those who enjoy dark humour, have higher IQs than their less funny peers.
How online dating has changed our society
According to a pair of researchers, the way we’re looking for love (and lust) is connecting communities in completely novel ways.
These are the safest cities around the world
In fact, some of the safest cities in the world are urban hubs that boast low crime rates and high levels of safety.
Study: Students learn better from books than screens
Students said they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their actual performance tended to suffer.
3 ways to make our cities better
In a recently released report, Creating Liveable Cities in Australia, our team defined and produced the first baseline measure of liveability in Australia’s capital cities.
5 big ideas to reboot democracy in the EU
Here’s a fresh set of ideas that may revitalise citizens’ participation in Europe.
This is how societies are starting to change our behaviour
The question for the researchers is what factors influence people to make those changes.
Here's how languages evolved around the world
Nearly half the people in the world today speak at least one of Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish, English or Arabic, and thousands of smaller languages are facing extinction.
Is your colleague a zombie worker?
They are the colleague sagging at the coffee machine, the project manager staring out of the window.
Bitcoin is making banks nervous. Here's why
Technology blogs and financial news networks are buzzing about blockchain, a cryptographic, distributed trust technology.
Here's how to save democracy
Martin Chungong of the Inter-Parliamentary Union says the future of democracy depends on parliaments that function well.
Mind-reading technology is not the answer to fighting crime
Mind reading technology might seem appealing to law enforcement, but it raises ethical and practical questions that shouldn't be ignored.
The world is running out of sand
Skyrocketing demand, combined with unfettered mining to meet it, is creating the perfect recipe for shortages.
This 40-year study shows us what’s different about Gen Z
A new study looks at differences between Gen Z and generations that have gone before them.
These are the world’s 10 most competitive economies
The rest of the top 10 is made up of five European countries (Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Finland and the UK) along with Hong Kong SAR and Japan.
You could soon charge your phone with your blood
A team of researchers is looking to harness power from within our own bodies, using power generators inside the bloodstream.
People come in four types, according to this habit expert
Gretchen Rubin says people come in four types, or ‘tendencies’. Knowing your tendency can help you find a role you enjoy and one in which you do well.
Why being aware of your mortality is good for you
From health anxiety to midlife crises, it seems like thoughts about ageing and death can often unleash some level of neurosis. But is that the whole story?