European citizens measure air pollution with their smartphones

The successful Dutch iSPEX-project that enlisted the general public to contribute to the understanding of air pollution is being scaled up and running its first Europe-wide citizen campaign: iSPEX-EU. From 1 September to 15 October 2015, thousands of citizens in major European cities take to their streets, squares and parks to measure air pollution with their smartphone. Participating cities include: Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Manchester, Milan, and Rome. —> Read More

Does having a bias actually sell newspapers?

In recent years, there’s been plenty of discussion about bias in the media. Yet some of the most seemingly biased media and news organizations also have the largest viewership and readership. Can it be that people might complain about media bias, but actually enjoy receiving their news from a source that actually agrees with their own views? This was the question that authors asked in a recent study. —> Read More

Your Cat Doesn’t Care That Much About You: Study

The truth hurts: Your cat doesn’t really care whether you stay or go.

A new study suggests that it’s not because your cat is a selfish beast. It’s just that felines are simply more independent than, say, dogs and have less “secure attachment” to their owners.

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‘Unrealistic’ Bedtime Rules Shared By Elementary School Go Viral

A Wisconsin elementary school teacher recently shared a chart of optimal sleep times for children, and although the guide went viral on Facebook, parents and experts say it’s not necessarily feasible.

On August 28, a kindergarten and first grade teacher from Wilson Elementary School named Stacy Karlsen posted the chart on the school’s Facebook page, Kenosha News reports. The rules provided an answer to the common back-t0-school question, “At what time should your child go to bed?”

With suggested wake-up and sleeping times for children ages 5-12, the chart provides options, roughly based on different schools’ start times. If a 5-year-old needs to wake up at 6 a.m., he or she should go to bed at 6:45 p.m.. If the child goes to sleep at 7 p.m., the wake-up time should extend 15 minutes accordingly. For 8-year-olds who need to wake up at 6 a.m., their bedtimes should be 7:30 p.m.. Twelve-year-olds who have to rise at the same time are advised to go to sleep at 8:15 p.m.

The post has been shared over 375,000 times. Some parents praised the chart, calling it a “great resource” and asking for a similar one for adults. Others, however, said it was too much of a pipe dream. “Somebody doesn’t live in the real world do they?,” wrote Wanda Smith. Many parents said the chart was unrealistic because of homework and extracurricular activities that run into the evening.

Others pointed out that it wasn’t a good option for working parents, who arrive home later. “Maybe if they didn’t have homework this would be possible, but being working parents, there’s no time for everything to be done and in bed by the suggested time.” wrote Rob Nuncio.

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