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Time for parents to power down: Why coddling children can harm them

Mon 14 January 2019

When it comes to success and wellbeing, most parents want the best for their children, right? But the kind of parenting where you try to ensure your child’s success could be their downfall, according to Dieter Wolke, Professor of developmental psychology and individual differences at the University of Warwick.

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Five things you need to know about soil

Mon 03 December 2018

Soil: As children we learn that plants grow in it and worms live in it and that's generally as far as we go. But the mix of minerals, water, air, decaying plant and animal matter and countless microorganisms that make up the top layer of the earth's surface is hugely important, not only for plant life, but for all life on earth.

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Who wants to live forever?

Mon 26 November 2018

Queen asked the question, Oasis quite fancied it but Lemmy from Motorhead didn’t want to. Living forever is something which has captured the imaginations of scientists and artists, well...forever.

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Fear: Friend or Foe?

Wed 31 October 2018

Night falls, and darkness creeps into every corner of the room. As the wind howls louder, shaking the branches of the tree that looms against your window, an unfamiliar creak on the stairs makes you turn slowly with rising terror, an icy chill in your veins…It's not real! It's just a Halloween horror film - but why do we love scaring ourselves and what is the purpose of fear?

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Plugging the leek

Tue 02 October 2018

The leek: Ubiquitous winter vegetable; Good in stews and soups; national symbol of Wales. You probably don’t give the leek much thought.

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Why most people follow routines

Fri 17 August 2018

We all have different experiences of the value of routine. Nick Chater, Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School, explores how to strike a good balance between routine and variety.

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