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Brain drain

November 5, 2011

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I can hardly believe it’s been nearly four weeks since I last wrote a post. Yes me, the prolific blogger, or at least that’s what I thought I was when I started this site last November. My circumstances have changed – for the best, I might add – and blogging is proving far harder to […]

Can childhood stress lead to behavioural problems?

August 21, 2011

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Yesterday I was deployed to Birmingham to report on how West Midlands Police faced gun fire from a masked-gang of 30 youths during an organised attack in the area of Aston earlier this month. The chief constable I interviewed, told me he believed this group, which had four handguns, had every intention of injuring or […]

Chimp recognises distorted speech

July 12, 2011

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The notion that language evolved only in the human lineage has long been attributed to the linguist, Noam Chomsky. He argued that mankind had a special “language organ” unique to us which did not exist in any other animal. This idea has been challenged over the years by a number of researchers who argue that […]

Every hack wants a piece of the breaking news action

July 7, 2011

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At quarter past five this afternoon a statement was released by James Murdoch that Sunday would be the last issue of the tabloid paper News of the World. Killed off after a hundred and sixty-eight years, potentially costing News International many millions of pounds and leaving hundreds of hacks jobless – today’s decision was the […]

Keeping a cool head could be the answer to a good night’s sleep

June 14, 2011

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It still surprises me that many people do not realise that we are classified in the mammalian order Primates. Only last week I had a colleague raise his eyebrows once he was given this nugget of information. He’d scampered over to quizzed me about my new career path after it was mentioned during some gossip […]

It’s not just me, monkeys have regrets too

May 27, 2011

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Last night I went to bed without uttering a word to The Northerner, a combination of being very grumpy and very tipsy after a lot of wine and a really stressful day at work – not my most attractive qualities. This morning my little black cloud has lifted and he was brave enough to suggest […]

Baboons unlock the key to human stress

March 5, 2011

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There’s no question about it, stress is bad for you. You don’t need a science degree to work it out. But did you realise that continuous long-term stress can actually shorten your life? Last week I interviewed a woman who suffered years of post-traumatic stress after she was raped by someone she knew. A horrible […]

Monkey think, monkey do.

February 9, 2011

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Last month I interviewed an inspirational man, Niall Strawson, who despite being left with a spinal cord injury from a recent accident, is determined to continue working in the field and is planning his first trip back to Africa this summer. Scientists all over the world continue to research ways of overcoming human paralysis. At […]

Social Networking

December 17, 2010

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I’ve been saying for it years, social networking is damaging our ability to communicate with each other – ┬áironic I know. All this typing and texting and no proper ‘face time’ is forging superficial relationships with strangers and not strengthening the ones we’ve had since puberty. To me, the idea of ‘poking’ someone is revolting! […]