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CONTENTS President’s Message................................ 1 Peter Neeskens Message from the Editor...................... 1 Claire Mohr Lead, learn, and control the limelight 2 Zachary Robinson Treasurer’s Corner.................................. 3 Libby Forbes Why MD? .................................................... 4 Bhavneet Singh Pictures from the year that was........ 5 Instagramin’ it............................................. 6 Convention Update ................................ 8 Nelson Herbert To date or not to date... ....................... 9 DIvya Viswanathan Touch Football Season 2012 ............ 11 Andrew Maurice Dating Profiles ......................................... 12 Academic Representatives   To read the magazine, check out this link.  Share this:PrintEmailFacebookTwitterGoogleLike this:Like...

Giraffes are ‘choosy’ when hanging out with friends

Studying social relationships among female giraffes may provide essential information for the management and conservation of the species, a study by The University of Queensland (UQ) has found. Lead researcher, Ms Kerryn Carter, from UQ's School of Biological Sciences observed the social groupings of 535 individually identified wild giraffes in Etosha National Park in Namibia for 14 months. The study discovered that giraffes have more complex relationships and social networks than previously thought, and this is of importance to understanding the evolution of animal and human sociality. “Giraffes show a fission-fusion social system, like humans, where individuals temporarily associate so that the numbers and identities of individuals in groups changes frequently," Ms Carter said. “Until recently, giraffes were thought to show no apparent pattern to their relationships.” Ms Carter looked at the frequency at which each giraffe pair associated, while taking into account how much their home ranges overlapped, and thus their ability to meet on a regular basis. Her results have been published in the scientific journal Animal Behaviour. “We found, rather than females interacting non-selectively as previously thought, individual female giraffes preferred to be in groups with particular females and avoided others,” Ms Carter said. “Surprisingly, home range overlap and kinship together did not explain much about these female-female relationships.” Females' individual social preferences, their ages and their reproductive states may contribute to their choices of female associates. Research is continuing on to understand which factors contribute to these preferences. Understanding the patterns of social networks in species such as giraffes helps us understand how diseases may spread through a population and how individuals may learn about their...

How Embracing Failure Boosts Creativity

We regularly remind Lifehacker readers of the importance of embracing failure as a learning experience. Here’s another reason why accepting the possibility of failure is importance. Our brains don’t always act in our best interests and often default to irrational decisions. Heidi Grant Halvorson, writing for productivity and ideas blog the 99u, points out that when we try to eliminate failure we also eliminate a lot of our creative ability: The problem with the Be-Good mindset is that it tends to cause problems when we are faced with something unfamiliar or difficult. We start worrying about making mistakes, because mistakes mean that we lack ability, and this creates a lot of anxiety and frustration. Anxiety and frustration, in turn, undermine performance by compromising our working memory, disrupting the many cognitive processes we rely on for creative and analytical thinking. Also, when we focus too much on doing things perfectly (i.e., being good), we don’t engage in the kind of exploratory thinking and behaviour that creates new knowledge and innovation. While all you really have to do is accept that you’re imperfect and allow yourself to make mistakes, you’re not going to suddenly lose your anxiety and frustration over failure in an instant. When you fail, continue to remind yourself how important it is that you did and find what you learned from it. Most of us make that effort already, but remember to keep it in mind beforehand as well or you might prevent yourself from doing something great. Why You Should Give Yourself Permission to Screw Up [The 99u] Images by Karen Dalziel Share this:PrintEmailFacebookTwitterGoogleLike this:Like...
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