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Children Today Have Better Self-Control Than Those From the 80s, Study Says

Does generation have anything to do with it?

Margaret Tionquiao

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These days, social experiments, especially those on children, have become quite the norm. As the most famous of them, it is almost impossible not to see the revival of the decades-old marshmallow test.

This experiment may be torturous for some, but it has produced the cutest videos that amused thousands. It also means an indication of strong willpower – a promising signal of future success.

The marshmallow test is one of the most famous social science experiments.

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Imagine: Put a piece of marshmallow in front of a child. Tell him that he can have a second one if he can go 15 minutes without eating the first one, and then leave the room. It doesn’t have to be a marshmallow. It could be a pretzel or a cookie, but the conditions of the Catch 22 is always the same.

Just recently, a study conducted by psychologist Stephanie M. Carlson from the University of Minnesota called for a repeat of the marshmallow test. In her study, she asked adults how they believed children of today would fare in the marshmallow test. Over 70 percent said the children of today wouldn’t be able to wait as long as kids 50–60 years ago did.

Three-quarters of those 350 who joined the survey blatantly said today's children would have less self-control.

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To test her results, Carlson together with her colleagues and psychologist Walter Mischel reviewed the results of the marshmallow tests. They checked and compared the children’s results from the original test with those conducted in the 1980s and early 2000s.

To the surprise of the adults polled, the children who took part in the experiment in 2000s actually waited.

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The researchers noted an average of two minutes longer resistance than those in the 1960s, and 1 minute longer than those tested in the 1980s.

While this result does not debunk questions about whether it is indeed affluence or willpower that shapes these children’s resistance, “this finding stands in stark contrast with the assumption by adults that today’s children have less self-control than previous generations,” says Carlson.

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China Boasts New Star Wars-Style Laser Gun For Their Police Force

Science fiction just became reality!

Mark Andrew

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Aside from the lightsabers, Star Wars most popular weapons are probably the blasters. Han Solo has one and the Stormtroopers do, too. It’s a simple yet iconic weapon that everyone has grown to love. Admit it, you’ve dreamed of blasting those laser guns since you were a kid!

Now authorities over at China no longer have to dream about it since the weapon just became a reality for them. According to reports, the country has developed a new portable laser weapon that can “zap a target from nearly a kilometer away.”

Meet the ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle!

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Student Invents ’Airbag’ That Automatically Protects Your Phone When You Drop It

This is the end of cracked phone screens!

Mark Andrew

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Dropping your precious smartphone and seeing its screen cracked can be a big headache. Although there are possible solutions to the problem, prevention, as they say, is always much better than cure.

This is exactly what we get from a groundbreaking invention that recently gained viral attention online. 25-year-old Philip Frenzel, a master’s student from Germany’s Aalen University, created a “smartphone airbag” that saves your device from damage when you drop it.

The “mobile airbag” (or “active damping” case) detects when your phone is falling.

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To End Malaria, Bill Gates Donates $4 Million To Create Mosquitoes That Destroy Each Other

It sounds like a strange idea but the tech mogul is absolutely serious.

Mark Andrew

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Bill Gates of Microsoft recently made headlines after declaring that he will be donating about US$ 4,000,000 to fund a project that will hopefully put a permanent stop at malaria for good. According to the news, Gates is aiming to create killer mosquitoes that destroy each other through the insects’ mating time.

It sounds like a strange idea but the tech mogul is absolutely serious. In fact, he is using money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and he hopes to eliminate the deadly disease “within a generation.”

Bill Gates plans to create genetically-modified male mosquitoes that will mate with female mosquitoes.

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