Why do some people never get depressed? 30 January 2012 Last updated at 07:23 ET By Geoff Watts BBC World Service Confronted with some of life's upsetting experiences - marriage breakdown, unemployment, bereavement, failure of any kind - many people become depressed. But others don't. Why is this? A person who goes through experiences like that and does not get depressed has a measure of what in the psychiatric trade is known as "resilience".
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Carl Bernstein (pictured right, with Bob Woodward) says journalism is the ‘best obtainable version of the truth’. Photograph: © Bettmann/CORBIS The truth is a moving target. You can see it in the fluidity of modern news – whether it comes from newspapers or Twitter – and attest to the ever-changing narratives as you try to work out what happened, when, who caused it and, crucially, what it all means. This is another way of saying that mistakes happen all day, every day. Acknowledging mistakes is key to advancement – and not just in science | Alok Jha | Comment is free
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Welcome to the best resource on the Internet for the IB Diploma Theory of Knowledge course The human sciences are the one aspect of the TOK course that will have to live without an OED definition, as you will not find it listed there. It corresponds to humanities and social sciences, but also includes aspects of psychology and even mathematics, as one of the key things we are concerned with is how we gather information in our study of human behaviour – which involves thinking about statistics. Here is a (by no means all-inclusive) list of subjects that fall under the human sciences umbrella: Why do people behave like this? Anthropology Human biology Business studies Communication studies Criminology Demography Development studies Economics Education Human geography Industrial relations Law
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25 September 2011 Last updated at 19:22 ET By Richard Anderson Business reporter, BBC News Mathematicians and their trading programs are increasingly taking the place of professional investors in financial centres across the world Trading floors were once the preserve of adrenalin-fuelled dealers aggressively executing the orders of brokers who relied on research, experience and gut instinct to decide where best to invest. Long ago computers made dealers redundant, yet brokers and their ilk have remained the masters of the investment universe, free to buy and sell wherever they see fit . But the last bastion of the old order is now under threat.
New study says birds learn how to build nests 25 September 2011 Last updated at 19:01 ET Footage of southern masked weaver birds formed the basis of the study A new study has found birds learn the art of nest-building, rather than it being just an instinctive skill.
Women on pill remember things differently It looked at how women on the contraceptive pill or experiencing natural hormonal cycles remembered a car accident involving a mother and son. Women using hormonal contraceptives for as little as one month remembered more clearly the main steps in the traumatic event - that there had been an accident, that the boy had been rushed to the hospital, that doctors worked to save his life and successfully reattached both his feet, for instance. Women not using them remembered more details, such as a fire hydrant next to the car. Shawn Nielsen, a graduate researcher involved in the study, said those who use contraceptives like birth control pills remember the gist of an emotional event while women not using the contraceptives better retain details.
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Reindeer have to survive the light polar summer and dark polar winter Reindeer have no internal body clock, according to scientists. Researchers found that the animals are missing a "circadian clock" that influences processes including the sleep-wake cycle and metabolism. This enables them to better cope with the extreme Arctic seasons of polar day, when the sun stays up all day, and polar night, when it does not rise. The team from the universities of Manchester and Tromso report their study in Current Biology journal. Reindeer body clock switched off
9 September 2011 Last updated at 21:17 ET By Leila Battison Science reporter Millions of years of evolution in the dark have led to this Somalian cavefish losing its eyes, scales, and pigmentation. A blind, cave-dwelling fish in Somalia knows what time it is, but its "day" is twice as long as ours. Most animals have an internal body clock, or circadian rhythm, that lasts around 24 hours and is modified by the light-dark cycle of a day. But an international team, whose research is published in the open access journal PloS Biology , shows that certain blind cave fish have a circadian rhythm that lasts almost two days. The cavefish, Phreatichthys andruzzii , has evolved for nearly two million years in the isolated darkness of caves beneath the Somali desert. Fish living in dark caves still feel the rhythm of life
Rodin's Thinker cast vandalised in Argentina 9 September 2011 Last updated at 07:51 ET The sculpture is a popular tourist attraction in Buenos Aires A cast of Auguste Rodin's famous The Thinker sculpture has been vandalised in Buenos Aires.
9 September 2011 Last updated at 10:57 ET Sentiment mining showed a sharp change in tone around Egypt ahead of President Mubarak's ousting Feeding a supercomputer with news stories could help predict major world events, according to US research. A study, based on millions of articles, charted deteriorating national sentiment ahead of the recent revolutions in Libya and Egypt. While the analysis was carried out retrospectively, scientists say the same processes could be used to anticipate upcoming conflict.
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Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ' It found that Internet Explorer users scored lower than average, while Chrome, Firefox and Safari users were very slightly above average. Camino, Opera and Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame were scored "exceptionally" high. "The study showed a substantial relationship between an individual's cognitive ability and their choice of web browser," AptiQuant concluded. "From the test results, it is a clear indication that individuals on the lower side of the IQ scale tend to resist a change/upgrade of their browsers." Some people have suggested that there may be other factors at work.
Scientists warn of 'Planet of the Apes' scenario Currently research involving great apes, such as chimpanzees, is outlawed in the UK. But it continues in many other countries including the US, and British scientists are permitted to experiment on monkeys. Professor Thomas Baldwin, a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences working group that produced the report, said the possibility of humanised apes should be taken seriously.
While there is no risk from experiments currently being carried out in Britain, it is possible that without careful scrutiny ethical boundaries could be crossed within the next few years, the experts said. Professor Thomas Baldwin, a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences working group that produced the report, said the possibility of humanised apes should be taken seriously. He said: "The fear is that if you start putting very large numbers of human brain cells into the brains of primates suddenly you might transform the primate into something that has some of the capacities that we regard as distinctively human.. speech, or other ways of being able to manipulate or relate to us. "These possibilities that are at the moment largely explored in fiction we need to start thinking about now." The warning echoes the new film Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes , in which scientists searching for an Alzheimer's cure create a new breed of ape with human-like intelligence. Ethical rules needed to curb 'Frankenstein-like experiments' on animals
20 July 2011 Last updated at 17:43 ET By Michael Blastland GO FIGURE - Seeing stats in a different way Is 72 the answer to life, the universe and everything? It's definitely the answer to a few economic questions, says Michael Blastland in his regular column. You know the joke from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in which the answer to the ultimate question about life, the universe and everything is 42? It was a typo. Go Figure: What can 72 tell us about life?
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