THINGS WE LEARNT THIS MONTH

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MOST OF THE HU­MAN GENOME ISN’T BE­ING STUD­IED

Re­searchers at North­west­ern Univer­sity in the US have found that sci­en­tific stud­ies are ne­glect­ing up to 80 per cent of genes in the hu­man genome. The ef­fect is thought to be due to the ease of jus­ti­fy­ing the fu­ture stud­ies of genes that are al­ready well known, they say.

THE IM­PACT OF WWII BOMB­ING RAIDS WERE FELT AT THE EDGE OF SPACE

Us­ing daily records col­lected by the Radio Re­search Cen­tre in Slough be­tween 1943 and 1945 a team at the Univer­sity of Read­ing has found bomb­ing raids by the Al­lies dur­ing WWII pro­duced shock­waves big enough to weaken the elec­tri­fied up­per at­mos­phere – the iono­sphere – above the UK, 1,000km away.

REG­U­LAR BED­TIMES CAN LEAD TO BET­TER HEALTH

A study of nearly 2,000 adults car­ried out at Duke Univer­sity has found that keep­ing reg­u­lar hours can help to re­duce the like­li­hood of a per­son de­vel­op­ing heart dis­ease, di­a­betes and obe­sity.

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