Study: Women Drive Romance

A study of mobile phone calls suggests that women call their spouse more than any other person.

The study has been published in the journal Scientific Reports. It also shows that men call their spouse most often for the first seven years of their relationship. They then shift their focus to other friends. According to the study’s co-author, Professor Robin Dunbar of Oxford University, UK, the investigation shows that pair-bonding is much more important to women than men.

“It’s the first really strong evidence that romantic relationships are driven by women,” he told BBC News. ”It’s they who make the decision and once they have made their mind up, they just go for the poor bloke until he keels over and gives in!”


Prof Dunbar also claims that the findings suggest that human societies are moving away from a patriarchy back to a matriarchy. This kind of anthropological study is normally very difficult to do because it is hard for researchers to get such a big picture of people’s lives. But by looking at an at an extremely large mobile phone database, they were able to track these changes extremely accurately.

The researchers say that a woman’s social world is intensely focussed on one individual and will shift as a result of reproductive interests from being the mate to children and grandchildren. According to Prof Dunbar, the data suggests that “at root the important relationships are those between women and not those between men”.

“Men’s relationships are too casual. They often function at a high level in a political sense, of course; but at the end of the day, the structure of society is driven by women, which is exactly what we see in primates,” he explains.

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Source: BBC News

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Asteroid Crash May Have Caused Mercury’s Strange Spin

A collision with an asteroid might have set the planet Mercury whirling oddly in its orbit, a new study suggests.

Scientists had long assumed that Mercury was tidally locked with the sun — the planet’s tiny size and proximity to the sun suggested the star’s gravitational pull would quickly force Mercury into such a state. However, radar observations of Mercury surprisingly revealed that the planet led a far stranger life, rotating three times on its axis for every two orbits it completes around the sun. Now, researchers suggest that Mercury was once tidally locked, initially spinning in the opposite direction to its orbit.

“Mercury once had a spin rate synchronous with the sun, like the moon with the Earth,” study co-author Alexandre Correia, a planetary scientist at the University of Aveiro in Portugal, told SPACE.com.

Computer models suggest that a giant impact from an asteroid then knocked it into its current strange configuration. Evidence of this collision might include Caloris Basin, Mercury’s largest impact crater, which matches the predicted size, age and location of the impact, the researchers said. “It is the perfect candidate,” Correia said.

Such an impact might also explain certain hollows seen on Mercury’s surface. If the planet was tidally locked, one side would have been extremely bright and hot while the other extremely dark and cold. Substantial deposits of ice might have accumulated on the dark half, some of which might have been buried under matter ejected from impacts. When Mercury’s spin later changed and daylight began falling on the once dark side, this buried ice might have vaporized, leaving behind hollows, the researchers explained.

The results of the study were published online today (Dec. 11) in the journal Nature Geoscience.

 

Source: Space.com