Standing in Meetings Makes Workers More Creative
   2014-06-13 21:03:53    Xinhua      Web Editor: Chu Yiming



Elderly Victims Play the 'Help' Card

A community in Harbin, Heilongjiang province has begun handing out "help" cards to the elderly that aim to encourage Good Samaritans who may be reluctant to aid them for fears of extortion.

Subdistrict office employees has distributed the cards that read "Please help me up" to residents aged 70 and above in the Aijian Street Community.

Elderly residents are encouraged to wear the cards, bearing their photo and personal information, that promise legal protection to those willing to help them in case of a fall or other accidents.

The program seeks to spur samaritanism among locals after a string of high-profile extortion cases involving the elderly have since scared off potential helping hands.

In a recent case, two high school students in Guangdong province were vindicated after they aided a fallen elderly man who attempted to extort them for medical expenses on November.


Curbing Mainland Visitors will Lower HK's GDP: Study

A study shows if Hong Kong decides to curb tourists from the Chinese mainland, it might lose 40 billion Hong Kong dollars this year in the worst-case scenario.

A simulation by the ACE Business and Economics Research Center shows a decline in mainland visitors would cause Hong Kong's economy to dip by 1.4 percent from the current growth rate of 3.3 percent, led by a drop in the tourism industry.

But the study also says the effect may be "short-term" and won't spill over to other economic sectors.

Just last month, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying mentioned the possibility of cutting visitors from the Chinese mainland by 20 percent to protect the city's overloaded tourism industry.


Standing in Meetings Makes Workers more Creative

Sitting for long periods of time at the office is known to cause bad backs and health problems, but researchers at Washington University have found it may also be stifling creativity.

Although chairs may seem like a good idea in lengthy meetings, it was found they actually make people territorial and lethargic.

In contrast, standing up was shown to stimulate employees both physically and mentally, keeping them alert and focused.

The study shows that even a small tweak to a physical space can alter how people work with one another.

It was found that teams who stood had greater physiological arousal and more willing to share their ideas.

Researchers suggest business should experiment with their office spaces by removing chairs and adding whiteboards to encourage brainstorming and collaboration.


The Scientific Reason Why your IPhone Headphones get Tangled

A couple of guys from the University of California have published a paper titled Spontaneous knotting of an agitated string which reveals ground breaking data surrounding the mystery of tangled headphones.

It finds if your cord is less than 46 centimetres in length it will never get tangled. Any longer than that and the more likely it is that it will turn into a tangled ball of doom.

But at 150cm it hits the maximum possible probability of tangling at 50 per cent.

Apple's iPhone earbuds, which seem to be the most prone tangling are 139cm long, putting them at the pointy end of tangling probability.

The paper also confirms that your headphones do actually tangle themselves within seconds, and that it's not just due to your messy bag. This is mostly due to the cord being "agitated", and the movement and tumbling of your headphones in the space they're kept.


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