THINGS WE LEARNT THIS MONTH
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.