Equation to predict happiness

The happiness of over 18,000 people worldwide has been predicted by an equation developed by researchers at UCL, with results showing that moment-to-moment happiness reflects not just how well things are going, but whether things are going better The happiness of over 18,000 people worldwide has been predicted by a mathematical equation developed by researchers…

Young users see Facebook as ‘dead and buried’

A study of how teenagers use social media has found that Facebook is “not just on the slide, it is basically dead and buried”, but that the network is morphing into a tool for keeping in touch with older family members Photo: Alamy   By Matthew Sparkes 1:30PM GMT 27 Dec 2013 A study of…

‘Memories’ pass between generations

By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News   Behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory, animal studies suggest. Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations. A…

Ancient humans ‘rampantly interbred’ with Neanderthals and a mystery species in Lord Of The Rings-style world of different creatures

Genome  analysis of Neanderthal and human-like group called  Denisovans It reveals  ancient bedfellows may have included  ‘mystery human ancestor’ Has been  likened to Lord Of The Rings world of creatures which  interbred By  Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:13 EST, 19  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:55 EST, 20 November 2013   Ancient humans rampantly indulged in …

1 in 2000 Britons may carry ‘mad cow’ prion protein

  19:39 16 October 2013 by Debora MacKenzie “We were all supposed to die of mad cow disease!” People who accuse public health agencies of crying wolf are fond of citing the discovery, in 1996, that a cattle disease widespread in the UK causes the deadly disease vCJD in people. Despite widespread dismay at the…

Leaky microwaves can power your kitchen gadgets

  17:45 20 September 2013 by Paul Marks For similar stories, visit the Energy and Fuels Topic Guide If you are fed up with replacing the batteries in your kitchen gadgets why not use the energy that leaks from your microwave oven to power them instead? Engineers in Japan have managed to scavenge enough energy…

Earliest Known Iron Artifacts Come from Outer Space

Researchers have shown that ancient Egyptian iron beads held at the UCL Petrie Museum were hammered from pieces of meteorites, rather than iron ore. The objects, which trace their origins to outer space, also predate the emergence of iron smelting by two millennia. (Credit: UCL Petrie Museum/Rob Eagle) Aug. 19, 2013 — Researchers have shown…

Harms from breast cancer screening outweigh benefits if death caused by treatment is included

Contact: Emma Dickinson edickinson@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36529 BMJ-British Medical Journal Cancer expert remains to be convinced by breast screening review Harms from breast cancer screening outweigh benefits if death caused by treatment is included Michael Baum, Professor emeritus of surgery at University College London says that, while deaths from breast cancer may be avoided, any benefit will…

Brain and nervous system damaged by low-level exposure to organophosphate pesticides

Contact: Dave Weston d.weston@ucl.ac.uk 44-020-310-83844 University College London Scientists have found that low-level exposure to organophosphates (OPs) produces lasting decrements in neurological and cognitive function. Memory and information processing speed are affected to a greater degree than other cognitive functions such as language. The systematic review of the literature was carried out by researchers at…

High-fat ketogenic diet effectively treats persistent childhood seizures

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Ekaterina Pesheva epeshev1@jhmi.edu 410-516-4996 Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions The high-fat ketogenic diet can dramatically reduce or completely eliminate debilitating seizures in most children with infantile spasms, whose seizures persist despite medication, according to a Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study published online April 30 in the journal Epilepsia. Infantile spasms,…

“Biohackers” or “DIY Biologists”, Teams have come together to create the world’s first “public BioBrick”

Amateur scientists build Lego-style synthetic BioBricks in public lab By  Joel Winston 24 September 12   While some may believe that science is better left to scientists, hundreds of amateur biologists around the world have been setting-up  makeshift biology labs in their homes, garages and community centres. Some of these “biohackers” or “DIY biologists” have political…

Nudge or Think: What works best for our society?

If approached in the right way, citizens are willing to change their behaviour and do more to help themselves and others, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 21 September 2012 If approached in the right way, citizens are willing to change their behaviour and do more to help themselves…

One in a hundred children are ‘psychopathic’, warn researchers – and they say there is nothing parents can do to control them

Scientists say affected children lie, cheat,  manipulate and commit acts of remorseless cruelty Traditional punishments have no effect on  their behaviour By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:11:49 EST, 30  August 2012| UPDATED:15:22 EST, 31 August 2012   Around 1 per cent of children could be  inherently psychopathic, with parents unable to turn around their behaviour,  according…