Chimpanzees and orangutans can experience a mid-life crisis just like humans, a study suggests. This is the finding from a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, that set out to test the theory that the pattern of human well-being over a lifespan might have evolved in the common ancestors of humans and great apes.
Selection Pressures Push Plants over Adaption Cliff
New simulations by researchers at the University of Warwick and UCL's Institute of Archaeology of plant evolution over the last 3000 years have revealed an unexpected limit to how far useful crops can be pushed to adapt before they suffer population collapse. The result has significant implications for how growers, breeders and scientists help agriculture and horticulture respond to quickening climate change.
Quality Time Rather Than Study Time Improves Teens' Educational Aspirations
Teenagers who spend quality time with their parents are more likely to want to further their studies, according to research from the University of Warwick. Researchers found that adolescents who take part in cultural activities with their mother and father were more likely to aspire to continue their studies post-16 than those who didn't. This is compared to even those who attended homework clubs or participated in extra-curricular activities.
Parents Think Life Quality Is Worse for Teens And Adults Born Very Premature
Parents of very premature babies are more worried about their grown up children's lives than mothers and fathers whose babies were born full term. And the same new study indicates that those born very premature agree with their parents.
New Report Reveals Hundreds Still Dying in Detention
An ongoing culture of secrecy, poor access to specialist mental health services and a lack of high quality independent investigations has contributed to hundreds of non-natural deaths in detention, according to a new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Children Born Prematurely Are Disadvantaged at School And into Adulthood but Delaying School Entry May Not Be the Answer
Children born before 34 weeks gestation have poorer reading and maths skills than those born at full term, and the difficulties they experience at school continue to have effects into adulthood: by the age of 42, adults who were born prematurely have lower incomes and are less likely to own their own home than those born at full term.
Goods Targeted in Thefts 'Change with Market Values'
The more expensive an item, the more likely it is to be targeted by thieves and stolen, a report by a University of Warwick academic has revealed. Report author Mirko Draca undertook the work for the Social Market Foundation. Called It's prices, stupid: Explaining falling crime rates in the UK - the study analyses monthly data over a 10-year period from the Metropolitan Police and the Office for National Statistics to try to establish a link between prices and crime.
Call for Changes in EU Policy to Address Migrant Crisis
A series of proposed changes to EU policy on refugees and migrants has been released by researchers at the University of Warwick. The policy suggestions are the result of an on-going three year project, Crossing the Mediterranean sea by boat: Mapping and documenting migratory journeys and experiences, which is in its first year and is part of the wider £1 million Mediterranean Migration Research Programme, launched by the Economic and Social Research Council in September.
How Your Cells Build Tiny 'Train Tracks' Could Shed Light on Human Disease
Researchers from the University of Warwick have discovered how cells in the human body build their own 'railway networks', throwing light on how diseases such as bowel cancer work. The results have just been published in Nature Scientific Reports.