THINGS WE LEARNED THIS MONTH

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TEA BOOSTS CRE­ATIV­ITY

Want to get your cre­ative juices flow­ing? Have a cuppa. A team at Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity has found that stu­dents per­formed bet­ter in cre­ativ­ity tests after drink­ing a cup of reg­u­lar black tea. Put a brew on!

IT’S MUCH EASIER TO CATCH FLU THAN WE THOUGHT

We all know it’s best to steer clear of a friend who is cough­ing and splut­ter­ing in the midst of flu sea­son. How­ever, a team at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land has found that in­fec­tious par­ti­cles can be spread sim­ply by breath­ing.

ADO­LES­CENCE NOW LASTS UN­TIL 24

Ac­cord­ing to re­search car­ried out at the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, the recog­nised age at which ado­les­cence ends should be raised to 24 – up from 19. The study con­cludes that peo­ple are stay­ing in ed­u­ca­tion longer and get­ting mar­ried later, and there is ev­i­dence that some peo­ple con­tinue grow­ing into their 20s.

OUR NOSES GO COLD WHEN WE THINK TOO HARD

A team at the Uni­ver­sity of Not­ting­ham has found that our schnoz­zles drop in tem­per­a­ture when we face a com­plex men­tal task. The ef­fect is thought to be due to the body di­vert­ing blood from the ex­trem­i­ties to help out hard­work­ing neu­rons.

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