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chinadaily.com.cn 2018-08-07 16:06

Elderly Men Standing by a Funicular [Photo/VCG]

>Seniors realize fault less
A new study published in the latest issue of Neurobiology of Aging showed that the older people get, the less apt they may be to recognize that they've made an error. Researchers from the University of Iowa devised a simple, computerized test to gauge how readily young adults and older adults realize when they've made a mistake. The team recruited 38 younger adults (average age of 22) and 39 older adults (average age of 68) to take a series of tests that involved looking away from a circle appearing in a box on one side of a computer screen. After each failed instance, the participants were asked whether they had made an error. According to the study, younger participants were correct in acknowledging when they had erred 75% of the time. The older test-takers were correct 63% of the time when asked whether they had erred. That means in more than one-third of instances, the older participants didn't realize they had made a mistake. Also, older adults were more likely to be adamant that they did not make a mistake.


A file photo of Tokyo Medical University [Photo/VCG]

>Med school in rigging scandal
A Japanese medical university has systematically discriminated against female applicants because women tend to quit as doctors after starting families, media reports have alleged. The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said Tokyo Medical University had manipulated the entrance exam results of women since about 2011 to keep the female student population low. Other Japanese media, including NHK and Kyodo News, also reported claims of exam manipulation. Quoting unnamed sources, NHK said female applicants' scores were slashed by about 10% in some years. The school's public affairs department said officials were surprised by the Yomiuri Shimbun report and had no knowledge of the reported manipulation. It promised to look into the matter. Admissions records released to the Associated Press by the school show the percentage of women who passed the entrance exam rose from 24% in 2009 to 38% in 2010. The figure has since stayed below that level, falling to 18% this year.


Osama bin Laden is shown in this file video frame grab released by the U.S. Pentagon May 7, 2011. [Photo/VCG]

>Bin Laden a 'good child'?
The mother of al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden has spoken publicly about her son for the first time. Alia Ghanem told British newspaper the Guardian in an interview that her son had been a shy and "good child" growing up, but was "brainwashed" at university. The family say they last saw Bin Laden in 1999, two years before the 9/11 attacks, when he was in Afghanistan. By that time he was considered a major global terror suspect. "We were extremely upset. I did not want any of this to happen. Why would he throw it all away like that?" Ghanem told the newspaper, when asked how she felt after learning her son had become a jihadist militant.


Workers at the Papua New Guinea Seafood plant in Osaka can work the hours they want.[Photo/YouTube]

>Factory gives workers choice
Workers at a Japanese shrimp factory don't have to do any work – unless they feel like it. The Papua New Guinea Seafood processing plant in Osaka made huge cuts to its workforce in a bid to improve efficiency five years ago. But instead of letting any employees go, they instead got rid of the concept of a schedule. Now, staff come and go as they please – all they have to do is let managers know how many hours they worked by writing it on a board before leaving. They can even take a day off when they choose without calling in. Some may think allowing staff to manage their own hours would lead to productivity plummeting or a regular shortage of staff. But reports say productivity is up and management costs are down by almost a third. Over the course of five years, there was only one day when every single employee had taken the day off.

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