Tech & Science Psychologists have long debated whether older siblings are more conservative and conscientious compared with apparently reckless, risk-taking younger children. But, according to researchers, the order in which siblings are born doesn’t affect whether a person is tempted to walk on the wild side. For decades, experts have studied different aspects of the human character—from intelligence to our seeming propensity for hitting traditional markers of success—in an attempt to understand whether being a first-, middle- or last-born child shapes our personality in any significant way. But while there appear to be patterns in wider populations, experts have struggled to agree on what part, if any, birth order plays on an individual level. Those who believe in birth order theory say siblings turn out different because they have to compete for the attention of parents in varied ways: with older siblings protecting … [Read more...] about Birth Order and Risk-taking Analyzed by Scientists in Huge Study
I'm dribbling a basketball in one hand, with a phone in the other, adjusting the tightness on a pair of Nike's Bluetooth-connected self-tying Adapt BB sneakers on my feet.The futuristic shoes, which go on sale for $350 on Feb. 17, alternate between boa constrictor-tight and comfy slipper loose as I toggle through the app like a child flicking a light switch for the first time. Goofing around, I try to grab my colleague's phone so I could suffocate him via sneakers while we run around the basketball court at Nike's headquarters in New York. All of a sudden, he wasn't trying to just play defense in basketball; he had to guard his phone too. Athletic apparel companies like Nike, Under Armour and Puma may find themselves similarly on the defensive as they lead the charge to infuse technology in their sneakers. After all, the smarter the object, the more likely it is to be hacked. It's a worrisome trend that industries are dealing with as they wrestle between added convenience and … [Read more...] about With smart sneakers, privacy risks take a great leap
Home News Mind Daily news 4 February 2019 By Clare WilsonFrom binge-drinking to reckless driving, our teenage years are known to be a time of risk-taking. Now we are starting to understand why such behaviours spread between friends. Many previous studies have shown that adolescents are more likely to start smoking or drinking if their friends do, but it is hard to study how such behaviours spread through social groups. While working at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany, Andrea Reiter and her colleagues used a simple gambling game to dig into the teen appeal of risk-taking, and its social implications. The task involved choosing between a definite payout of €5 or a known, small chance of winning up to €50. The game was played over a series of rounds by 86 male volunteers, half of whom were between 12 and 15, while the rest were adults. Advertisement When the volunteers played the game alone, the boys were less … [Read more...] about Teenagers who copy each other’s risk-taking have more friends
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Business by Christian Davenport by Christian Davenport Email the author May 5 Email the author When Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX were looking to make their Falcon 9 rocket even more powerful, they came up with a creative idea — keep the propellant at super-cold temperatures to shrink its size, allowing them to pack more of it into the tanks. But the approach comes with a major risk, according to some safety experts. At those extreme temperatures, the propellant would need to be loaded just before takeoff — while astronauts are aboard. An accident, or a spark, during this maneuver, known as “load-and-go,” … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s SpaceX is using a powerful rocket technology. NASA advisers say it could put lives at risk.
Many young people choose to share naked selfies despite knowing the risks because they see it as a "normal and fun" part of relationships, a worrying study has shown. Researchers discovered that some children as young as 12 are sharing nude images through their phones and social media.And for many of the study group, consisting of people who had shared naked photos under the age of 18, it was a natural way of exploring their sexuality and something they did with a trusted partner.But some admitted they were coerced and threatened, often by strangers they met online.Difficulty identifying abuseThe study - called Self Produced Images - Risk Taking Online (SPIRTO) -- also revealed the difficulty police, parents and schools faced in trying to differentiate between normal behaviour and abuseDr Ethel Quayle from the University of Edinburgh said: "The experiences of the young people varied from coercive online grooming where children were pressured to produce images by use of aggressive … [Read more...] about Youngsters taking naked selfies despite knowing the risks