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# Research

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# Consent
70% of female students in Ireland experience sexual hostility or gender harassment
54% of first-year women students reported experiencing sexual hostility or crude gender harassment since starting college.
# Food security
Irish and US researchers teaming up to help save bees
More than half of Ireland’s bee species have experienced substantial declines since the 1980s.
# Decision Makers
Irish researchers have developed a 'game-changer' for tired sportspeople
The supplement was developed to aid warfighters.
# Research
Not drinking alcohol in middle age has been linked to an increased risk of dementia
People who don’t drink in midlife have been found to have a 45% higher risk of dementia.
# let's talk about sex
Why men say they've had more lifetime sexual partners than women
Men in a new survey reported an average of 14 partners over their lifetime while women reported seven.
# too many options
The older you get, the worse at making decisions you may become
Younger children are more likely to take both numerical and social information into account, new research has found.
# Research
Parents with severe trauma in childhood more likely to have children with behavioural problems
The types of childhood hardships include divorce or separation of parents, death of a parent, and emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
# balderdash
People trust science experts more than the government - even when they say outlandish things
Researchers from London conducted three large-scale experiments in the US and the UK for the study.
# Hormones
Men's testosterone levels largely determined by their childhood environment, study finds
The study challenges the theory that testosterone levels are controlled by genetics or race.
# Mystery Solved
Cambridge scientists went to the bother of finding out more about the sound of a dripping tap
They have also identified a simple solution to stop it.
# mind control
Parasites can even manipulate uninfected animals into doing what they want
The urge to remain in a group has been shown to make fish engage in risky behaviour, increasing their chances of being eaten.
# Research
Scientists in Waterford find nutritional supplement combo that slows down Alzheimer's disease
The researchers say that their 18-month study has yielded a “statistically significant” finding and is a “breakthrough”.
# healthy heart
Marriage is (literally) good for the heart, new study finds
The study examined ethnically varied populations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.
# Emotions
What makes someone go from being hungry to hangry? Scientists may have found out
The combination of hunger and anger may be a complicated emotional response involving an interplay of biology, personality and environmental cues.
# snooze button
Sleeping too much or not enough may have bad effects on health
Fewer than six and more than 10 hours of sleep per day are associated with conditions such as increased blood pressure.
# World's biggest haven
'Ireland is not a tax haven': Department of Finance dismisses 'tax haven' research findings
A study has claimed that Ireland channels the profits of more multinational companies than all the Caribbean islands combined.
# Dublin
Families who remain homeless for over 12 months far more likely to secure social housing
Dublin has about 77% of all homeless families in Ireland.
# Sunshine
Giving babies extra Vitamin D 'doesn't make their bones any stronger'
As many as 40% of Europeans do not get enough of the vitamin, which is naturally produced when the skin is exposed to sunlight.
# Drug use
One in every five young adult deaths in the US is related to opioids
The study found that the percentage of deaths attributed to opioids in the US increased by 292% from 2001 to 2016.
# Research
This is how much exercise is needed to help improve thinking skills
Scientists found that people who exercised an average of at least 52 hours over about six months for around an hour each session may improve their thinking skills.
# sustainable
Blackcurrant waste from Ribena production could create 'natural' hair dye
Some of the ingredients found in commonly used synthetic hair dyes can trigger allergic reactions.
# Obesity
Children who watch extra junk food adverts consume more calories
The catchier the ad, the more effective.
# Research
Can chimpanzee vocalisations reveal the origins of human language? This study found out
It has long been difficult to determine how and why human language began.
# Antibiotics
Cranberry juice 'doesn't help clear urinary tract infections'
Put down the glass.
# Pregnancy
Women who eat fast food and little or no fruit take longer to become pregnant, study finds
Women who consumed fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to become pregnant than those who didn’t.
# living with hiv
'My fear was what if the baby had HIV. When I had my daughter, thank god, she was HIV negative'
A new report details concerns Irish mothers had after being diagnosed with HIV.
# Astronomy
Galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age, new study finds
“This is the first time we’ve shown shape and age are related for all kinds of galaxies.”
# Research
Saving a penalty: This is how science helps predict the match score
Researchers propose a new model to explain how a goalkeeper dives to the right corner at the right time in penalty kick situations.
# Concussion
A single concussion may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease by 56%
Researchers also found that those with a traumatic brain injury were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease an average of two years earlier than those without.
# on fleek
This is why expressive brows might have mattered during human evolution
Mobile eyebrows gave us the communication skills to establish large, social networks.
# go walking
Living near a green space may not have any impact on obesity
New research found obesity levels in the greenest areas were actually higher than those with a medium amount of green space.
# oh great
If you're a night owl, you're likely to die younger...
New research suggests that a person’s internal clock may be at odds with their external environment – and that they should be allowed start work later.
# Lancet
75% of chronic pulmonary disease cases linked to childhood illnesses and parental smoking
The findings were published in The Lancet journal this week.
# Study
Men perceive themselves as smarter, even compared to women whose grades are just as good
A new study has found that women are far more likely to underestimate their own intelligence than men.
# Research
Parts of the Amazon thought uninhabited were actually home to up to a million people
Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that there were hundreds of villages in the rainforest away from major rivers.
# Anglo Irish Bank
Judge warns David Drumm jury not to carry out research on social media
Judge Karen O’Connor said the jury must come to their own conclusion based on the evidence they hear in court.
# The Future
Banana plant extract could be key to creamier, longer lasting ice cream
Researchers have found that adding tiny cellulose fibres extracted from banana plant waste to ice cream could slow melting.
# illness
Sick air travelers are mostly likely to infect those in the next row, study reveals
Researchers also warned that infectious crew members could infect an average of 4.6 passengers per flight.
# stub it out
Netflix criticised over amount of smoking in its original programmes
The worst offender was Stranger Things with 182 scenes with cigarettes.
False information travels much faster than the truth on Twitter
Falsehoods are 70% more likely to be retweeted than the truth, new research has found.