The Daily Populous

Thursday September 6th, 2018 night edition

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The greatest source of German angst are the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to an insurance company's survey of the deepest fears plaguing the country's people.

Trump's policies were named as the top fear factor by 69 percent of respondents in the annual survey, in which last year's number one issue, terrorism, was bumped down to fifth place.

"More than two-thirds of Germans have a great fear that the politics of Donald Trump are making the world a more dangerous place," said survey institute director Brigitte Roemstedt.

The second greatest concern was mass immigration (named by 63 percent), followed in third place by social tensions this influx has created (also 63 percent), according to the nationwide poll of more than 2,300 respondents.

"This is reinforced by Trump's attacks against Germany," Schmidt of the Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg, who advises the center, said in a statement.

The next major worry for Germans was, at number four in the survey with 61 percent, general doubt about their politicians' capacity to handle the complex problems they face.

The survey this year was carried out among 2,335 respondents aged 14 years or older between June 8 and July 18, with a total of 21 set questions. »

“Selfie” harm: Effects on mood and body image in young women

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This study experimentally tested whether taking and posting selfies, with and without photo-retouching, elicits changes to mood and body image among young women.

Women who took and posted selfies to social media reported feeling more anxious, less confident, and less physically attractive afterwards compared to those in the control group.

This is the first experimental study showing that taking and posting selfies on social media causes adverse psychological effects for women. »

A 28-year-old MIT graduate has created a leak-detecting robot that could eliminate some of the 2 trillion gallons of wasted drinking water annually

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The experience contributed to Wu's interest in water scarcity, which he chose to study more in-depth after moving to the United States 10 years ago.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate, now 28, has developed a robot to find leaks in water pipes.

As the robot moves with the water through a pipe, its "hands" touch the pipe and feel the suction forces caused by leaks, Wu told Business Insider. »