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Where does it all go?

Literary review, 05 Aug 2019

The Centre for Time Use Research at University College London has amassed a unique collection of time-use diaries from over twenty-five countries, including approximately one million days of data. This unique information bank forms the basis for the book What We Really Do All Day, reviewed in this article.

What makes some people happy, healthy and successful?

The Guardian, 27 Feb 2016

The factors that most affect our life chances are revealed as the first group of British babies followed in a remarkable cradle-to-grave study turns 70.

The lab that knows where your time really goes

Nature, 21 Oct 2015

Armed with 850,000 diaries, an Oxford centre is trying to find out why modern life seems so hectic. The diaries offer the most detailed portrait ever created of when people work, sleep, play and socialize — and of how those patterns are changing.

Britain’s birth cohort studies are the envy of the world

Independent on Sunday, 20 Feb 2016

From the dangers of smoking during pregnancy to the need for adult education, one extraordinary series of scientific studies, begun just after the Second World War, has informed cradle-to-grave health policy in this country. So why does almost no one know about them? And is the end around the corner?

Preshistoric proteins: Raising the dead

Nature, 21 Mar 2012

To dissect evolution, Joe Thornton resurrects proteins that have been extinct for many millions of years. His findings rebut creationists and challenge polluters.