Women "Nicer" Than Men
Women have a stronger genetic predisposition to help other people compared with men, according to a study that has found a link between genes and the tendency to be "nice".
New research, based on an analysis of nearly 1,000 pairs of identical and non-identical twins, found that about half of "prosocial" traits—the willingness to help others—identified in women could be linked with genes rather than environmental upbringing, whereas the figure was just 20 per cent in men. Scientists believe the findings lend further support to the idea that prosocial behaviour has a strong heritable component with some people displaying an innate tendency from childhood. One conclusion from the study, published in the journal Biology Letters, is that some women, and rather fewer men, find it easier than the rest of the population to be generous and helpful towards others, given the right sort of upbringing.
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The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
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- Dirty air is an invisible killer, but an effective one.
- More than 9,000 people die prematurely in London each year due to air pollution, a recent study estimates.
- This map visualizes the worst places to breathe in Central London.
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