An American study has found that playing an instrument accelerated cortical organisation in attention skill, anxiety management and emotional control in children.Parents who have patiently sat through countless music recitals and questioned their sanity at encouraging all those trumpet or violin lessons need do so no longer. Even ear-splitting dissonance has an upside.

Music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and behavioural maturation as well, according to a new study, one of the largest to investigate the effects of playing an instrument on brain development.

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Prime Minister Alexander Stubb poses for a selfie in Seinäjoki last year. Now selfie photography is a college course in Britain.The online satirists at The Daily Currant earned lots of laughs in September when they claimed that Boston's Emerson College would soon be launching a course on "The Art of the Self Portrait."

But four months later, a London college is offering a class by almost the exact same name — and this time, it's no joke.

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When a nose cools down in lower temperatures, the immune system’s ability to stop the virus from spreading decreases.ResearcheRs at Yale University in the US have finally found an answer to why a cold often leads to the flu. When a nose cools down in lower temperatures, the immune system's ability to stop the virus from spreading decreases.

It has long been known that the most typical cause of mucous illness, rhinovirus, increases more quickly in a cold nose than in the warmth of the lungs, but it hasn't been known why.

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3D technology didn’t have the same impact here in Finland as it did in the USA.When did you first hear about 3D- printing?

That is, the device that builds small objects by extruding plastic string, which has avowed to change the whole industrial production of goods?

It could hardly be more than two or three years ago, unless you closely follow the tech field's publications from around the world.

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Markku Mäkeläinen (director, Global Operator Partnerships at Facebook) speaks during Slush 2014 in November last year.By all accounts, 2014 was a pretty ace year for genius Mark Zuckerberg and his ongoing takeover of the world.

Facebook celebrated its 10th anniversary in February and its 1.35 billionth user just nine months after that. (Stop here for a minute, because that number is worth considering: 1.35 billion. Billion. OK, continue.)

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Finnish Diabetes AssociationUp to now, the Mediterranean diet has been regarded as one of most the health-improving diets; it's rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits and nuts, cereals, fish and seafood, involves moderate alcohol consumption and low consumption of meat and meat products, explains Noora Kanerva. Kanerva defended her dissertation The healthy Nordic diet, obesity and obesity-related metabolic risk factors at the University of Helsinki's Public Health Department on 28 November. However, she claims, this might be hard to adopt by Nordic people, because the food culture and resources are different.

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Edward Dutton, Adjunct Professor of the Anthropology of Finnish Culture at Oulu University."I HAVE lived in Finland for nine years and I always wondered why they had so few Nobel prizes for science," explains Edward Dutton, an Adjunct Professor of the Anthropology of Finnish Culture at Oulu University. Wondering how Finns have a low per capita number of Nobel Prizes, although they have higher IQ and better PISA results than other European countries, he linked this with the genetic origins of the Finns and evolutionary theories of intelligence and personality and commenced the research.

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The digital writing pad gives an opportunity to write and draw on a paper with automatic transfer to a digital file.Write and draw several pages of notes and designs on normal paper, connect your pad to the computer with a USB cable and continuing working on the same pages in digital form – that's what a new digital notepad Digilehtiö is all about.

The Digilehtiö writing pad is just big enough to accommodate an A4 paper block attached to it. The special pen is a normal ballpoint geared up with sensors. Grab the pen, write or draw what ever you want on the paper, connect the device to your computer via USB cable or take the SD-card out of the pad and into your card slot. It is ready to use after installing the software from a CD or Internet to the computer. The file opens up in an installed Memo Manager program where you can go on writing, typing or painting.

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Around 68 per cent of European children are now using social media, which also brings about risks for their safety, showed the EU Kids Online study.Children are increasingly exposed to hate messages, cyber bullying, pro-anorexia and self-harm sites but Finnish children and parents are generally more knowledgeable about online safety than those in other countries, revealed the EU Kids Online study published this November.

"A MATE once showed me a video about an execution. It was not fun, but insane. I got scared," explained one 15-year-old boy from Sweden to researchers who asked what bothers him online. This was one of the questions raised in the EU Kids Online project by European researchers from 33 countries, including Finland.

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