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Scientific research has shown that individuals who work in smaller, isolated groups are more likely to come up with innovative ideas.

The National University of Singapore have suggested that social networking sites are inhibiting innovation from thriving on the internet and that the next-generation of social networks will need to be re-engineered to prevent the loss of diversity and radical ideas sparking over the web.

Plus, New Scientist looks at what causes allergies, how to test for an allergic reaction and how the type of allergy you develop can be dependent on where you live. Also, are some of the efforts to protect allergies from occurring really that effective or necessary?

Janine Young is a freelance science writer, Immunologist and also a broadcaster for New Scientist magazine.

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