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2012-04-17 22:14:28

Unlike women, men don´t curb certain risk-taking behaviors when a baby is present, a new psychology study at the University of Warwick suggests. Whereas women are significantly more cautious when they are partnered with small children in a gambling game measuring their attitude to risk, men don´t substantially alter their willingness to take a chance. Researchers suggested this could be due to evolutionary forces that select for men who are more competitive and risk-seeking in...

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2012-03-13 09:04:24

When you think of the elderly you may get a vision of a grumpy old man, but a new study from the University of Warwick in the U.K. finds that older people are typically happier. The study studied the lifestyle and health patterns in more than 10,000 people in both the U.S. and U.K., looking at eight factors including perception of general health, pain, social functioning and mental health. "The researchers found that people reported better mental quality of life as they age, despite a...

2012-03-09 00:17:15

Growing older and being overweight are not necessarily associated with a decrease in mental well-being, according to a cross-cultural study looking at quality of life and health status in the US and the UK. The study, led by Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick, analyzed lifestyle and health patterns in more than 10,000 people in both countries and their links to participants´ mental and physical quality of life and health status. Quality of life was evaluated using...

2012-03-07 20:29:21

Scientists at the University of Warwick have used state-of-the-art nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques to shed new light on how pharmaceutical molecules pack together in the solid state. Researchers made use of the UK's largest solid-state NMR magnets, housed at the University of Warwick, to carry out the study in collaboration with Astra Zeneca and GlaxoSmithKline. The analytical methods look directly at the hydrogen and nitrogen atoms that are at the heart of so-called...

Researchers Crack The Ponytail Code
2012-02-13 09:11:49

British scientists reported Friday they have cracked the mathematical conundrum behind the shape of hair that has perplexed humanity since Leonardo da Vinci first pondered it some 500 years ago. The “Rapunzel Number,” a mathematical equation devised by scientists from the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick, has helped quantify the curliness of human hair and can be used to predict the shape of any ponytail. Cambridge Professor Raymond Goldstein and...

2012-02-02 09:17:52

Extensive DNA tests by experts at the University of Warwick on two deer carcasses found in Gloucestershire have not found any indication of a big cat presence. The National Trust asked the University to test a roe deer carcass found near Woodchester Park, Gloucestershire in early January after examination of the wounds led to speculation that it may have been killed by a big cat. Comprehensive DNA tests have found fox DNA on the Woodchester carcass and what is expected to be fox DNA on...

2012-01-13 14:57:37

University of Warwick scientists have discovered a "nourishing gene" which controls the transfer of nutrients from plant to seed - a significant step which could help increase global food production. The research, led by the University of Warwick in collaboration with the University of Oxford and agricultural biotech research company Biogemma, has identified for the first time a gene, named Meg1, which regulates the optimum amount of nutrients flowing from mother to offspring in maize...

2012-01-10 15:38:03

Fusion plasma researchers at the University of Warwick have teamed up with Cambridge neuroscientists to apply their expertise developed to study inaccessible fusion plasmas in order to significantly improve the understanding of the data obtained from non-invasive study of the fast dynamics of networks in the human brain. Unless they undertake invasive techniques, neuroscientists are limited to external sensing when studying live brains. One key method the researchers turn to is...

2011-12-19 13:47:32

An increase in female representation in local politics has caused a significant rise in documented crimes against women in India, new research has found. That is good news, say the authors of the study carried out at the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick in the UK, Harvard Business School and the IMF, who argue that the increase is down to greater reporting of crimes against women, rather than greater incidence of crimes against...

2011-12-12 17:47:24

Dormant seeds in the soil detect and respond to seasonal changes in soil temperature by changing their sensitivity to plant hormones, new research by the University of Warwick has found. This sensitivity alters the depth of dormancy, indicating to the seed when it is the right time of year to germinate and grow. The seeds of common weeds can survive in the soil in a dormant state for years, in some cases decades, spelling issues for food security when they emerge to compete with crops....


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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