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The Impact Of News

This is quite a lengthy but interesting piece which forms part of a PhD submission.  I have snipped out a portion of the introduction that makes some interesting statements about the role of new in trader behaviour and the impact of news upon sophisticated and non sophisticated investors. The author uses an interesting technique for defining…

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The 10 Most Controversial Psychology Studies Ever Published

10. Libet’s Challenge to Free Will Your decisions feel like your own, but Benjamin Libet’s study using electroencephalography (EEG) appeared to show that preparatory brain activity precedes your conscious decisions of when to move. One controversial interpretation is that this challenges the notion that you have free will. The decision of when to move is…

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The coffee-machine bacteriome

Microbial communities are ubiquitous in both natural and artificial environments. However, microbial diversity is usually reduced under strong selection pressures, such as those present in habitats rich in recalcitrant or toxic compounds displaying antimicrobial properties. Caffeine is a natural alkaloid present in coffee, tea and soft drinks with well-known antibacterial properties. Here we present the…

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Its Not Just Students…

A year ago I received an invitation from the head of Counselling Services at a major university to join faculty and administrators for discussions about how to deal with the decline in resilience among students. At the first meeting, we learned that emergency calls to Counseling had more than doubled over the past five years. Students are increasingly…

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THE SURPRISING BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE

Reviewing a handful of studies on the subject, Harvard Health contends that “gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” So it’s no wonder expressing gratitude is the first social habit most of us acquire. We’re taught to say thank you around the…

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Love and Madness in the Jungle

A brilliant American financier and his exotic wife build a lavish mansion in the jungles of Costa Rica, set up a wildlife preserve, and appear to slowly, steadily lose their minds. A spiral of handguns, angry locals, armed guards, uncut diamonds, abduction plots, and a bedroom blazing with 550 Tiffany lamps ends with a body…

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Reality Rears Its Ugly Head

I have lost count of the number of conversations I have had with aspiring traders over the past 30 odd years. These conversations tend to have a few common themes, they are undoubtedly aspirational, often exciting and sometimes lacking in reality. It is this lack of reality that is the saddest part for me because…

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