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Japan says it's time to allow sustainable whaling

Japan says it's time to allow sustainable whaling

Science
Few conservation issues generate as emotional a response as whaling. Are we now about to see countries killing whales for profit again?Commercial whaling has been effectively banned for more than 30 years, after some whales were driven almost to extinction.But the International Whaling Committee (IWC) is currently meeting in Brazil and next week will give its verdict on a proposal from Japan to end the ban.Don't the Japanese already kill whales?Yes, they do - but it's complicated. IWC members agreed to a moratorium on hunting in 1986, to allow whale stocks to recover. Pro-whaling nations expected the moratorium to be temporary, until consensus could be reached on sustainable catch quotas. ...
Procrastination – it's all in the mind

Procrastination – it's all in the mind

Health
To procrastinate or not: the answer may be down to differences in how our brains are wired, a study suggests. It identified two areas of the brain that determine whether we are more likely to get on with a task or continually put it off.Researchers used a survey and scans of 264 people's brains to measure how proactive they were.Experts say the study, in Psychological Science, underlines procrastination is more about managing emotions than time.Big clueIt found that the amygdala - an almond-shaped structure in the temporal (side) lobe which processes our emotions and controls our motivation - was larger in procrastinators.In these individuals, there were also poorer connections between the amygdala and a part of the brain called the dorsal anterior cingul...
Most people still don't understand a thing about their credit score, and it's costing them big time

Most people still don't understand a thing about their credit score, and it's costing them big time

Finance
Credit scores greatly impact a consumer's financial moves — and how much they'll pay along the way — yet many don't even know how the rating works. Around 40 percent believe, incorrectly, that age and marital status play a role in their three-digit score, according to the Consumer Federation of America's credit card survey, which included interviews with some 1,000 people from May 31 to June 3 of this year. Only around 20 percent of people fully realize how a low credit score can bring on heftier interest-rate charges. Specifically, that borrowers with a low score can pay about $ 5,000 more on a $ 20,000, 60-mont...
Facebook asks users if they think it's 'good for the world'

Facebook asks users if they think it's 'good for the world'

Technology
Facebook is asking users whether they think it's "good for the world" in a poll sent to an unspecified number of people. The poll appears under the heading, "We'd like to do better," when users log in. Possible responses range from "strongly agree" to "strongly disagree." The company has been grappling with a privacy scandal and other troubles . But Facebook says this survey began well before that; versions date back to 2012. The company regularly polls users on other aspects of its service, too. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he wants to ensure that Facebook is a force for good. Whether it is hasn't been clear amid revelations of bad actors using Facebook to influence elections, spread hatred and pilfer user information.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: Technology