Vital Statistics

Men lie more than women, according to a new poll

A poll of 3,000 people in the U.K shows that the average British man lies about three times a day, an average of 1,092 times a year. Meanwhile, the survey found women tend to lie only twice a day on average, approximately 728 times a year.

The survey found that mothers are the most popular target for lies. Only ten percent of those surveyed said they are likely lie to their significant other. The top lie for men was found to be: “I didn’t have that much to drink.” As for women, the number one lie is, “Nothing’s wrong, I’m fine.”

Gun violence increasing in Ireland

According to new research, the rate of gun killings in Ireland is five times that of England and Wales. Ten years ago, the rates were almost equal (7.8 percent in Ireland and 7.2 percent in England and Wales). The research indicates that the tougher laws enacted for crimes involving firearms are ineffective, according to study leader Dr. Liz Campbell of Aberdeen University,

In 1998, 7.8 percent of murders involved guns; in 2008, it leaped to 38.2 percent of all killings. Meanwhile, only 6.8 percent of murders and manslaughters in England and Wales involved a firearm. Campbell says that this new research indicates that the firearm laws in the Irish Republic show a “narrow perspective”.

Newborns learn even while sleeping

A new study shows that newborns’ brains continue to be extremely active while asleep. Researchers tested 26 one to two day-old infants by playing clips of music followed by a puff of air directed at their eyes 200 times over a thirty minute period.

Toward the end of the half-hour, 24 out of the 26 infants began tightening their eyes in anticipation of the puff of air. Brain-wave activity also increased significantly in frontal potions of the brain, possibly reflecting how memories were updating.

Bad at relationships = good survival skills

New research shows that insecurity may have its benefits. Those that are insecure in a relationship may be more alert to a variety of possible dangers. The research team suggests that evolution would favor a mix of various types of attachment behavior (such as insecure, secure, anxious, and avoidant), as mixed groups are more likely to survive.

To conduct this study, the researchers put groups of three alone in a room with a hidden smoke machine. Groups that contained a participant who scored high for insecure attachment were quicker to notice the smoke and react. The same was also true for groups that contained a member that scored high for anxious attachment.

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