THINGS WE LEARNED THIS MONTH

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BA­BIES CAN LEARN THE VALUE OF HARD WORK

A study at MIT showed that ba­bies as young as 15 months old per­se­vered more with tasks they were at­tempt­ing if they had pre­vi­ously seen an adult strug­gling hard to achieve some­thing.

FISH HAVE PER­SON­AL­I­TIES

Uni­ver­sity of Ex­eter re­searchers study­ing Trinida­dian gup­pies found that par­tic­u­lar gup­pies were con­sis­tently more cau­tious, cu­ri­ous or ag­gres­sive than oth­ers across a range of sit­u­a­tions and en­vi­ron­ments.

MOODS ARE CON­TA­GIOUS, DE­PRES­SION ISN’T

A US study has found that teenagers whose friends are in a good or bad mood are more likely to feel the same way – although this doesn’t ap­ply if their friends are se­verely de­pressed.

GI­RAFFES’ LONG NECKS MAY BE A COOL­ING MECH­A­NISM

Gi­raffes’ necks are an evo­lu­tion­ary mys­tery, but a new study sug­gests that dis­tribut­ing body mass in this way en­ables them to present a smaller sur­face area to bright sun­light, and hence keep cool.

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