• Jobs

    Why does quitting your job still feel so hard?

    As soon as gyms in the UK went into lockdown in 2020, personal trainer James Jackson quit his job. “I just knew that I had to transition to an online way of working,” says Jackson, 33, from Manchester. “The gym is a busy place, and I couldn’t imagine it being as popular again. I felt that If I hung around too long, I’d miss out on a good opportunity.”  But making the decision to leave was difficult. Jackson had spent eight years building a thriving career and a loyal client base. “It was terrifying to quit,” he says. “Being a personal trainer was all I knew.” He also found other…

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    ‘Help us feel safe at school’: Biglerville High School students call for social justice after racism concerns

    Students, who wish to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, have created a Facebook page and petition where they share their experiences with racism. BIGLERVILLE, Pa. — More than 1,500 people have signed onto an online petition which calls to help Biglerville High School students feel safe at school while holding students and staff accountable for alleged racist views within the school community. The petition on Change.org also includes anonymous stories from students and alumni which detail their accounts of abuse by students and staff in the Upper Adams School District. Creators of the petition share different examples of racism they say students experienced:  “I am a 14-year-old black…

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  • Science

    Scientists discover why people with IBS feel pain after eating

    There are thought to be millions of people in the UK with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), yet despite this little is known about the condition. According to the NHS, IBS is usually a lifelong problem and has no known cure, though changes in diet and some medicines have been found to alleviate symptoms. Now, researchers at KU Leuven in Belgium have uncovered a mechanism behind the stomach pain and discomfort felt by IBS sufferers that could lead to potential new treatments using antihistimines. The team’s previous research demonstrated that the production of histamine – the same compound that is produced by the body’s immune system in response to an allergen,…

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  • Home Schooling

    ‘It’s very different. I feel the pressure is off this time’

    It’s one week into Homeschooling 2.0 and the atmosphere in many – if not all – homes in the State stands in marked contrast to the pandemic panic of last year’s lockdown. “It is completely relaxed,” says Cristina Grifoni, a Dublin mother who is homeschooling her son. “For us it’s like being on holidays as, so far, my wage has not been stopped or reduced, even though the preschool where I work has closed down after the Level 5 restrictions.” Pauline Minsky, mother of an eight-year-old, says she had a terrible experience last year. This year, it’s very different. “He suffered a lot of anxiety during the first lockdown. A…

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    I feel as though I am trying to escape quicksand

    Good news. I have identified a major benefit to working fulltime while homeschooling. Our morning meeting has become a drop-in support group for parents. Yesterday, we all giggled as a teenager banged on the wall of a colleague’s office to tell them to be quiet – the volume of our meeting was disturbing their Zoom class. Today, it is more of an unburdening. “I feel dark today. I can’t be positive.” This was me. I don’t feel like I am doing a good job today, in parenting, teaching or my actual job. I am a pretty upbeat person and get very excited about new things happening at work, but today…

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  • Science

    How mice feel each other’s pain or fear

    Empathic behaviors play crucial roles in human society by regulating social interactions, promoting cooperation toward a common goal, and providing the basis for moral decision-making (1, 2). Understanding the neural basis of empathy is crucial to understanding not only the human mind but also the neural mechanisms that give rise to social behaviors and the principles of our societies. Functional imaging studies in humans have identified essential brain regions that are engaged when people empathize with the affective experiences of others. However, human neuroimaging studies provide only limited spatial resolution and are solely correlative in nature. It has thus remained unclear how empathy with distinct affective experiences is set apart…

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  • Science

    20 moments in science to make you feel better about 2020

    COVID-19 wasn’t the only thing in the news this year – though it might have felt like it. We’ve chosen our favourite positive science news stories from this year to prove that it wasn’t all doom and gloom. 1 NASA plans the first woman on the Moon NASA engineer Kristine Davis models the spacesuit that will be worn for the forthcoming Artemis missions © Getty Images In September, NASA announced its plans to land the first woman, and next man, on the Moon by 2024 as part of its Artemis missions. The space agency is close to finishing work on its cutting-edge Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft –…

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