THINGS WE LEARNED THIS MONTH
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.