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12 DNA areas ‘linked with the age at which we have our first child and family size’

Twelve DNA areas 'linked with the age at which we have our first child and family size'


Researchers have identified 12 specific areas of the DNA sequence that are robustly related with the age at which we have our first child, and the total number of children we have during the course of our life.

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Strong link between increased benefit sanctions and higher foodbank use


There is a 'strong, dynamic' relationship between people having their benefits stopped and an increase in referral to foodbanks, new research has found.
Wild-beard capuchin in Brazil  is observed smashing stones and unintentionally creating flakes similar to those once created intentionally by hominins.

'Monkeys make stone flakes too so humans are not unique after all'


In a paper, published in Nature, the research team says this finding is significant because archaeologists had always understood that the production of multiple stone flakes with characteristics such as conchoidal fractures and sharp cutting edges was a behaviour unique to hominins.

Statistical expertise in drug discovery

Statistical expertise in drug discovery

A freely-available suite of statistical tools developed at the University of Oxford is providing major companies with valuable tools for drug discovery.
Ancient Britons' teeth were analysed for clues as to where they grew up.

Ancient Britons' teeth reveal people were 'highly mobile' 4,000 years ago


The study is part of the international Beaker People project led by Professor Mike Parker Pearson of University College London, and involves scientists from many institutions, including the universities of Oxford, Durham, Bradford, University College London, and the Max Planck Institute for Evolu

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Being kind to others does make you 'slightly happier'


The claim that 'helping makes you happy' has become a staple of pop psychology and self-help manuals. Performing 'random acts of kindness' has been touted as a sure-fire way of boosting your mood — doing good makes you feel good, as well as benefiting others.

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Using mobile learning technology to improve access to healthcare in East Africa

The University of Oxford has led a project developing mobile applications designed to advance the training and supervision of community health workers in Kenya
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Rise of online work captured in the first Online Labour Index


The 'online gig economy' is a new labour market where employers use online labour platforms to engage workers for piecemeal, short-term or project-based work delivered over the internet.

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The science behind the 1.5 °C climate goal


The ambition of the 2015 Paris Agreement of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took the world by surprise.

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Largest UK trial of treatment for prostate cancer publishes first results

Active monitoring is as effective as surgery and radiotherapy, in terms of survival at 10 years, reports the largest study of its kind, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Chinese construction workers

China's infrastructure investments 'threaten its economic growth'


The study authored by Atif Ansar, Bent Flyvbjerg, Alexander Budzier and Daniel Lunn is based on the largest dataset of its kind. It analyses 95 large Chinese road and rail transport projects, and 806 transport projects built in rich democracies.

Ethiopian boys want high status jobs but there are scarce opportunities, says research.

The economy's improving but many Ethiopian boys still 'feel hopeless'


A picture has emerged of many boys being taken out of school to work on the family farm or business, or in paid work. Girls had greater flexibility to combine their household responsibilities with their schooling so were able to progress academically.

Liverpool Football Club fans.

Downs as well as the ups of a football club's fortunes build fans' loyalty


Anthropologists have discovered that intense experiences of crucial wins and losses shared with fellow fans bind them more tightly to one another and their club.

The sun emits a solar flare. Such activity increases radioactivity in the atmosphere and this change is detected in tree-rings.

'Clocks' in tree-rings that could reset chronologies across the ancient world


Until now scholars have had only vague evidence for dating when events happened during the earliest periods of civilisation, with estimates being within hundreds of years.


New research challenges Uber's claims about making roads safer


Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Southern California examined whether road traffic deaths related to drunk driving declined in counties where Uber had started operating.

A capuchin using a stone stool to crack a cashew nut in Serra da Capivara National Park in northeast Brazil.

Monkeys in Brazil have used stone tools for hundreds of years at least


Researchers say, to date, they have found the earliest archaeological examples of monkey tool use outside of Africa.

Paris skyline

Deaths during heatwave in two cities 'due to man-made climate change'


They calculate that in Paris, the hottest city in Europe during the heatwave in summer 2003, 506 out of 735 summer deaths recorded in the French capital were due to a heatwave made worse by man-made climate change.

Blombos Cave, South Africa.

Innovation of Stone Age humans 'not linked with climate change'


Environmental records obtained from archaeological sites where there are Middle Stone Age deposits are the subject of the study published in the journal, PLOS ONE.

40% of carers said they had not received any support following abuse allegations.

Foster carers facing allegations of abuse 'need better support'


The study drew on 190 records of unproven allegations against foster carers from all over England.

Running club in a city

Different ethnic groups 'not likely to join the same local clubs'


The research, published in the American Sociological Review, focuses on how Turkish and Moroccan immigrants have integrated in the Netherlands in the last decade by looking at joining and leaving rates for sports, leisure and neighbourhood associations of different ethnic composition.


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