FOOD FOR THOUGHT: FAST YOURSELF AWAKE

Starvation or fasting reduces feelings of tiredness and the need to sleep, according to research into fruit flies. Scientists have recognised the relationship between sleep and dietary metabolism for some time, and evidence that inadequate sleep increases risk of obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease has been well explored. But this research highlighted the relationship between sleep and lipids – fatty molecules that include […]

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WHY DO BRUNETTES FIND IT HARDER TO QUIT?

Brunettes are more susceptible to nicotine addiction. — (@UberFacts) March 04, 2015 Dark haired smokers are more likely to become addicted to nicotine, according to research from Penn State University. The scientists noticed a relationship between melanin and levels of nicotine dependence. Melanin is the pigment found in hair and skin that is responsible for giving brunettes their dark […]

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DO RATS CARE FOR EACH OTHER?

A study into rat behaviour points towards empathy in the animal kingdom. We think of empathy – the ability to think compassionately about those around us – as a particularly advanced, human, trait. But rats in a lab experiment conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago learnt to free their trapped, distressed cagemates even though there […]

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WHY NAPPING ON THE JOB IS GOOD

Researchers from NASA say the perfect nap lasts for 26 minutes. — (@UberFacts) March 08, 2015 Calls for napping in the workplace following cases of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job are supported by research that shows short naps improve mental alertness. A ’26-minute nap improved performance 34% and alertness 54%’ according to a study from 1995, conducted […]

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RISKY BUSINESS

The news that stockbrokers and psychopaths share manipulative character traits is probably no surprise to anyone. It’s easy to see the source of the inspiration behind Patrick Bateman, the investment banker and serial killer in American Psycho, in how we portray these financially driven people in our media. So when two researchers from the University of […]

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STRIKE A POSE

Legs apart, chest out and hands on hips, the ‘superhero’ stance is an example of what psychologists refer to as an ‘open posture‘. Open postures are supposed to convey power, confidence and authority by making you look bigger. But researchers from Columbia University, New York, were interested to see if there is a physiological effect on […]

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