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How your daughters future doors may already be closed by the time she is six

Posted by Admin on Friday, March 31, 2017, In : Interesting! 

Imagine you are reading a story to a child; the story goes something like this:

There is one person at work who is really, really smart. They can figure out how to do things quickly, they come up with answers much faster and better than anyone else.

Now imagine telling this story:

There is one person at work who is really, really nice. They like to help others with their problems, they are friendly to everyone.

At the end of the story, you show pictures of adult males and females to the c...

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Worried about shark attacks or terrorism? Here's how to think about the real risk of rare events

Posted by Admin on Thursday, March 30, 2017, In : Interesting! 

The world can feel like a scary place.

Today, Australia's National Terrorism Threat Level is "Probable". Shark attacks are on the rise; the number of people attacked by sharks in 2000-2009 has almost doubled since 1990-1999. Travellers are at a high risk of getting the Zika virus in places where the disease is present, such as Brazil and Mexico.

However, despite their tragic outcomes, these events are all extremely rare.

Since 1996, only eight people have been killed by terrorism attacks...

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