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Submission + - Facebook and Twitter don't hurt productivity (

BigLug writes: Facebook may not be the bane of workplace productivity that some employers believe, according to a report released by MailGuard on workplace Web behaviour in Australia.

The DataCurve Report shows that Australian workers only accessed Facebook for nine minutes per session on average, with each visit coming every second day. Twitter clocked in at around five minutes per session every three days,

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Submission + - Aust. Defence Force - online games recruitment (

BigLug writes: "The ABC reports that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has launched a dedicated online games site as part of a plan to try to recruit more young people to the armed forces.

ADF director-general recruiting Brigadier Simon Gould says he is confident many of the users will play the games and then check out the ADF recruitment page and consider a career in the Army, Navy or Air Force.

Join the army, see the world, meet new people, shoot them — just like on a computer!"


Submission + - Moebius strip riddle solved at last ( 2

BigLug writes: "In a study to appear in Nature Materials, two experts in non-linear dynamics, Gert van der Heijden and Eugene Starostin of University College London, resolve the Moebius Strip algebraically.

From the ABC (Australia):

What determines the strip's shape is its differing areas of "energy density," they say.

"Energy density" means the stored, elastic energy that is contained in the strip as a result of the folding. Places where the strip is most bent have the highest energy density; conversely, places that are flat and unstressed by a fold have the least energy density.

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