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2013-09-19 13:14:21

It is common for parents to influence mate choice — from arranged marriages to more subtle forms of persuasion — but they often disagree with their children about what makes a suitable partner. A new study has found an evolutionary explanation for why some parents try to control who their children pair up with. The study, involving a University of Bristol researcher and published today in the journal Evolution & Human Behavior, shows that this conflict over mate choice may be...

Math-Heavy Research Less Appealing To Science Community
2012-06-27 05:57:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com A study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims that scientists get a little picky when it comes to math-intensive research. University of Bristol scientists looked into how mathematics can influence whether the science community chooses to reference a particular research paper or not. Many scientists have worried about how mathematics will affect the impact of their work, including theoretical physicist Stephen...

2012-06-26 10:29:40

Scientists would like to believe that the popularity of new theories depends entirely on their scientific value, in terms of novelty, importance and technical correctness. But the Bristol study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, shows that scientists pay less attention to theories that are crammed with mathematical details. Dr Tim Fawcett and Dr Andrew Higginson, researchers in Bristol's School of Biological Sciences, found that scientific articles...