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Human children and wild great apes share their tool use cognition

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Young children will spontaneously invent tool behaviours to solve novel problems, without the help of adults, much as non-human great apes have been observed to do. The findings, from the University of Birmingham, are contrary to the popular belief that basic tool use in humans requires social learning.
Date:
24/02/2016
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

Pioneering study finds dangerous pollution levels in shisha bars

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Revellers in shisha bars experience pollution levels higher than those in smog-hit Beijing, according to a report – the first UK study of its kind.
Date:
05/02/2016
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

Real time outbreak surveillance using genomics now possible in resource-limited conditions

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New research published in Nature has shown how genome sequencing can be rapidly established to monitor outbreaks.
Date:
03/02/2016
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

Severe drought no longer caused just by nature

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham are calling on drought researchers and managers around the world to consider both human activity and natural phenomena in their battle to preserve increasingly scarce global water supplies.
Date:
02/02/2016
Categories:
International, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

Remembering past events might take place quicker than we thought, research shows

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Research published in the Journal of Neuroscience has shown that retrieving memories of events from our past may take place quicker than we previously thought – and it is possible to interfere with that process.
Date:
05/01/2016
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
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