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Aggressive behaviour exhibited by socially dominant Tasmanian devils may predispose them to infection with devil facial tumour disease. Sebastien Compte/University of Tasmania

Survival of the fittest? Perhaps not if you’re a Tasmanian devil

It's the Tasmanian devils that enjoy the highest survival and breeding success who're more likely to get the fatal facial tumour disease.
The public in Sierra Leone was proactive in reporting suspected Ebola cases. Reuters/Luc Gnago

Ebola virus response: experiences and lessons from Sierra Leone

The power to overcoming Ebola was in public awareness by performing simple yet basic infection prevention and control measures like washing hands, isolation and reporting suspected cases.
Can a power nap increase productivity? Will it affect your sleep at night? Adam Lynch/Flickr

Health Check: are naps good for us?

Companies such as Google, Nike and Ben & Jerry’s encourage or allow napping at work, providing employees with napping facilities such as napping pods and quiet rooms where they can nap if desired.
Light from electronic devices can alter the quality of sleep our quality. Alexander Rentsch/Flickr

Booting up or powering down: how e-readers affect your sleep

While many of these devices, especially e-readers, seem harmless enough, the light they emit may affect our sleep patterns and leave us feeling tired the next day.
The best way to keep your hand off the snooze button is to have a regular sleep schedule every day of the week. Bethan/Flickr

Morning haze: why it’s time to stop hitting the snooze button

It’s 6.30am and after a long holiday break, your alarm clock is insistently telling you it’s time to get out of bed. For many people – me included – the automatic reaction is to hit the snooze button…

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