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Fifty years after the famous 'marshmallow test' found that children who resist temptation do better on measures of life success, a study of preschoolers in Boulder and Japan reveals that what kids are willing to wait for depends on their cultural upbringing.

But 50 years after the seminal "marshmallow test" suggested this, a fresh, multicultural approach to the test adds a missing piece of the story: What kids are willing to wait for depends largely on their cultural upbringing.

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A new study revealed that when attempting to avoid an unwanted thought, people frequently reject and replace it after it occurs. However, avoiding an association proactively can be much more efficient and help prevent the repetitive looping of unwanted thoughts.

The findings of the study were published in the PLOS Computational Biology by Isaac Fradkin and Eran Eldar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

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Milder for most but still highly contagious, Omicron has filled intensive care beds again at a hospital near Barcelona. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The Omicron variant replaced the Delta variant as the dominant COVID-19 variant in the world, starting from late 2021 to early 2022. But, the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant caused less severe disease than Delta, although it was better at escaping immune protection by vaccinations and previous infections.

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A staff member sprays disinfectant in a residental area that is under restrictions following a recent coronavirus outbreak in Nanjing in China's eastern Jiangsu province on December 8, 2021. (Photo by AFP) / - LEHTIKUVA / AFP

According to new research, early warning signals or EWS could help in the monitoring of disease outbreaks, such as COVID-19.

The study has been published in the 'Biology Letters Journal'.

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In the wake of national crises, such as financial crises or natural disasters, governments often raise taxes. This is the finding of a new study conducted by the ifo Institute. “The majority of tax increases made due to crises happen very quickly, either while the crisis is still happening or in the following year,” says Prof. Niklas Potrafke, Director of the ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy.

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Students entering the Tampere university on September 4th 2021.

Students in higher education who do not meet the minimum credit requirement for financial aid have received a request for further information. The deadline for replies is 25 October 2021. Students can, for example, use the OmaKela e-service to reply.

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Students at the Kaisa House, the Helsinki University main library, in Helsinki, Finland.

This year, the number of applications submitted by international students is significantly higher than last year when going abroad to study was difficult because of the coronavirus situation.

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What characterizes a good life for young people? What gives them strength and what worries them? What do young people associate themselves with? What do young adults think Finland's next big story will be like? E2 Research and its partners are launching a research project that will answer these questions and provide information on how young people have experienced the coronavirus crisis.

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Helsinki Times English Programme 2014

Helsinki Times is the only English-language, weekly newspaper in Finland. Helsinki Times staff have now put together an English programme for 2014, with the aim of providing inspiration and motivation for those who want to improve their skills in the language.

The programme contains eight study modules - each one based on articles published in the most recent edition of the newspaper. A range of exercises introduce learners to the material and help them gain a deeper understanding of the language - included are; text comprehension exercises, verb usage, vocabulary building and lots of other interesting activities. Instructors' answers are also provided.

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Programme prices for the 2014 study year

Collect eight annual subscriptions to Helsinki Times for just 42€ per subscription (normal price of subscription is 96€) and you’ll receive eight ready-to-use English language lessons by email, free of charge.

For an annual subscription fee of 336€, eight copies of Helsinki Times will be delivered every Thursday (excluding June and July, 42 issues in total). This offer includes eight English language programmes by email, and two gift books: Finnish After Dark and Spellbound.

An individual subscription to the programme is also possible. The price is 152€.

8 Helsinki Times annual subscriptions for a special price
8 free 2014 English-language lessons and exercises
8 teacher’s sheets for each exercise, with the answers
One free Finnish After Dark book
One free Spellbound book

The language packs for 2014 will be published according to the following schedule:

28 February
28 March
25 April
30 May
29 August
26 September
31 October
28 November

The study materials will be sent by email on the above dates to teachers.
Place your order now for the annual Helsinki Times subscription and Helsinki Times English Programme at
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Please include your contact details, the postal address (one or more) to which the newspaper will be delivered, and the billing address. For more information, please call us on 046 810 3174.

Helsinki Times language study packs are produced in cooperation with Learnmera Projects.



Opeta englantia Helsinki Timesin avulla

Helsinki Timesin englannin opetusohjelma lukuvuonna 2014

Helsinki Times on Suomen ainoa englanninkielinen viikottainen sanomalehti, jossa voi lukea Suomeen liittyviä ajankohtaisia uutisia ja artikkeleita englanniksi. Helsinki Times on nyt toteuttanut uuden englannin opetusohjelman vuodelle 2014, joka on tarkoitettu inspiroivaksi materiaaliksi englannin kielen opetukseen!

Helsinki Timesin englannin kielen opetusohjelma vuonna 2013 pitää sisällään kahdeksan opetusohjelmaa, jotka perustuvat aina viimeisimmän numeron artikkeleihin. Jokaisessa opetuspaketissa oppilaat tutustuvat moderniin uutisenglantiin erilaisten harjoitusten kautta. Opetusohjelmassa on tekstin ymmärtämisharjoituksia, verbiharjoituksia, sanastotehtäviä ja hauskoja harjoituksia, jotka perustuvat valittuun uutisartikkeliin. Mukaan tulee myös opettajan vastauspaketti.

Tilaa meiltä nyt ilmainen näyte yhdestä opetusohjelmasta osoitteesta
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Miten saat Helsinki Timesin englannin opetusohjelman lukuvuonna 2014?

Kerää kahdeksan Helsinki Timesin vuoden tilausta 2014 alennettuun hintaan 42 e/vuosi niin saat
kahdeksan opetuspakettia ilmaiseksi toimitettuna suoraan sähköpostiisi. Yhteensä 336 euron
vuosihinnalla saat viikoittain kahdeksan kappaletta Helsinki Timesia koululle tai kotiin torstaisin
(poislukien kesä- ja heinäkuu, yht. 42 numeroa).

Lisäksi saat kaupan päälle kahdeksan opetusohjelmaa toimitettuna suoraan sähköpostiisi sekä yhden Finnish After Dark ja Spellbound kirjan! Yksityisen tilaajan hinta on 152€.

1 free Finnish After Dark book
1 free Spellbound book

Opetusohjelmat ilmestyvät vuonna 2014 seuraavasti:

28. helmikuuta
28. maaliskuuta
25. huhtikuuta
30. toukukuuta
29. elokuuta
26. syyskuuta
31. lokakuuta
28. marraskuuta

Opetusohjelmat toimitetaan sähköpostilla
yllämainittuina päivinä opettajille.


Tilaa Helsinki Timesin opetusohjelma ja lehdet vuodelle 2014 osoitteesta
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Ilmoita yhteystietosi sekä toimitusosoitteet (voi olla useampia kuin yksi) ja laskutusosoite.
Kysy lisää numerosta 046 810 3174!

Opetusmateriaalit tuotetaan yhteistyössä Learnmera Projectsin kanssa.