Sleeping disorders declared an “international epidemic”

Today in the news: why the world isn’t getting enough sleep; teaching texting in schools; Canada Post warns of email virus; Joseph Gordon-Levitt goes bad for Batman; and the United States drops bombs on Libya.
By Lia Grainger
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Sleep problems are an international epidemic, say a global team of doctors. According to new data from the World Association of Sleep Medicine, 45 percent of the earth’s population suffer from some sort of sleep disorder, like insomnia, sleep apnea, or restless legs syndrome. Women are affected more than men: 35 percent of females have trouble falling asleep, compared to 25 percent of males.

In a world of text messages and tweets, clearly conveying a message in only a few words or letters is an invaluable skill. In a recent New York Times editorial, one teacher explains why he thinks this sort of succinct writing should be taught in schools. Should first year university students be taking “Online Commenting 101?” Click here to find out.

Canada Post is warning consumers of a virus email scam being perpetrated in their name. The email looks like an official Canada Post email, but investigators believe that once the attachment is opened, the virus reads the recipient’s online banking information. The mail carrier is advising customers that receive the email to delete it.

We’ve always had a thing for indie-darling-turned-box-office-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, because lets face it, the man is gosh-darned adorable. But does he have the acting chops to play a bonafide villain? Christopher Nolan thinks so. The director of the Batman Dark Knight flicks has announced that Gordon-Levitt will play the oh-so-sinister Alberto Falcone in the next installment in the series, The Dark Knight Rises. Will we like him as a bad boy? We think so.


American and European forces began air and naval strikes in Libya this weekend, in an UN sanctioned effort to quell Colonel Qaddafi’s attacks on his own people. Qaddafi’s brutality has drawn intense international scrutiny in recent weeks, but this weekend talk turned to military action, as allied military forces targeted Qaddafi’s supporters and allies across the country. 


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