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EU Agrees To Phase Out Plastic Bags
Using plastic shopping bags could become a thing of the past after Euro-MPs agreed to proposals to end their use this week. Plastic bags create massive amounts of waste and litter - as well as posing…
Plastic bag nightmare - photo Zainub Razvi
Vicky Whiteley
The Bird & The Bees
By Vicky Whiteley
Bee Keeper
Vicky and her bees
Vicky and her bees
Plunging my hands into a nest of thousands of venomous insects was never really on my list of things to do but when my son disappeared off to university somebody had to take over the care of his…

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Sat 19th Apr, 2014 | 8:26am

University Offers Fully-Funded PhD Scholarships

Robert Bradshaw
Robert Bradshaw
Graduates have been encouraged to apply for a range of new, fully-funded PhD scholarships on offer at Sheffield Hallam University, by two of its most successful students.

Up to 40 scholarships are…

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Tue 15th Apr, 2014 | 4:30pm

World Health Day - Small Bite, Big Threat

photo from PHE
photo from PHE
In support of the World Health Organization's World Health Day, Public Health England (PHE) is urging people to be aware of the risk of Lyme disease transmitted by ticks, especially as we enter…

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Mon 7th Apr, 2014 | 9:40am

Yorkshire Men Losing Out In Cancer Awareness Battle

photo by marknewell
photo by marknewell
A new survey of 3000 men, released this month by UK male cancer charity Orchid, reveals that 88% of men Nationwide recognise that a lump in the testes could be a sign of testicular cancer - but…

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Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 7:47pm

Report Finds Lower Levels Of Tooth Decay In Fluoridated Areas

photo by Tony  Alter
photo by Tony Alter
Children in local authorities with water fluoridation schemes (where the level of fluoride is adjusted to 1 part per million) have less tooth decay than those in local authorities without such…

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Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 2:59pm

MP Joins Thousands Wearing Their Hats For Brain Tumour Research

Andrew Jones with members of his office team
Andrew Jones with members of his office team
Local MP Andrew Jones and members of his office team joined thousands of people across the country for Wear A Hat Day on 28 March highlighting the work of national charity Brain Tumour Research.

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Mon 31st Mar, 2014 | 11:16am

Glyn Turton and James Tod
Power To The People: The Case For Community-Owned Renewable Energy
By Glyn Turton and James Tod
Features Writers
Settle Hydro: installing the Archimedean screw
Settle Hydro: installing the Archimedean screw
Rural communities increasingly feel powerless in the face of forces they cannot control - governments, large corporations and extreme weather events. The latter are almost certainly the result of…

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Fri 28th Mar, 2014 | 11:30am

PHE Commits To Tackling TB


To mark World TB Day Public, Health England (PHE) is today launching its collaborative tuberculosis (TB) strategy for consultation, aimed at bringing together best practice in clinical care,…

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Mon 24th Mar, 2014 | 3:23pm

PHE Welcomes Prospect Of New Meningitis B Vaccine


Public Health England (PHE) welcomes the announcement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to recommend the inclusion of a new vaccine against Group B meningococcal…

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Fri 21st Mar, 2014 | 4:54pm

'More Role Models Are Needed' Says Leading Scientist

Dame Athene Donald
Dame Athene Donald
A world-renowned, female scholar has kicked off the Sheffield Science and Engineering Festival with an inspirational talk about women in science at Sheffield Hallam University.

Dame Athene Donald,…

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Sat 15th Mar, 2014 | 12:03pm

Sea-Change Needed To Protect Yorkshire's Marine Habitats

Kirsten Carter, North Sea Living Sea co-ordinator
Kirsten Carter, North Sea Living Sea co-ordinator
One of Britain's last great wilderness areas comes under the spotlight next month - the North Sea.

Conservation charity PLACE (People, Landscape and Cultural Environment Education and Research…

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Tue 11th Mar, 2014 | 12:54pm

Bowel Cancer Surgery Techniques Could Save 5,000 Lives


New bowel cancer surgery techniques could save the lives of 5,000 people in the UK every year, according to research funded by the charity Yorkshire Cancer Research and recently published in The…

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Wed 5th Mar, 2014 | 3:28pm

Bones Of Lost Wonder Displayed At Leeds City Museum

Moa
Moa
Curators at Leeds Museums and Galleries have uncovered the bones of a lost wonder while looking through their collection at Leeds Discovery Centre. Following restoration work, the skeleton of a…

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Mon 3rd Mar, 2014 | 3:50pm

Labour MEPs Say We Don't Need Cloned Food

photo by beckstei
photo by beckstei
Labour MEPs today voted to put animal welfare ahead of controversial farming practices in a key vote on the cloning of animals.

Scientific evidence is clear that the cloning of animals is cruel -…

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Thu 20th Feb, 2014 | 6:39pm

Why Rare Cancer Awareness Is Important To You

photo courtesy of Paul Stepusin
photo courtesy of Paul Stepusin
Book author and father writes how the unawareness of rare cancers continue to put a staggering number of cancer patients at a total disadvantage.

The battle of the unknown and under researched…

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Thu 20th Feb, 2014 | 11:50am

Rebuilding The Iraqi Health Care System


Education provided by Sheffield Hallam University to senior, Iraqi medical leaders and physicists will have a major impact on helping to rebuild their country's health care system, the Iraqi…

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Tue 11th Feb, 2014 | 3:46pm

Plans To Develop A Sheffield Cancer Rehab Programme


Health researchers at Sheffield Hallam University have secured funding for plans to develop a cancer rehabilitation programme for patients and survivors living in Sheffield.

The project is being…

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Fri 7th Feb, 2014 | 1:52pm

Leeds 'Green' Academics Demonstrate Benefits Of Clean Cook Stoves


As part of their work with Yorkshire-based sustainability charity, the United Bank of Carbon (UBoC), leading 'green' academics from the University of Leeds' School of Earth and Environment have…

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Tue 4th Feb, 2014 | 5:35pm

Farmer Scientist Network Launched

Sheep photo by JosieMM1013
Sheep photo by JosieMM1013
A new initiative to provide farmers with practical solutions to livestock and arable problems is being launched by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The Society, which is best known as the…

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Tue 4th Feb, 2014 | 4:38pm

NASA's Plans for 2014 Space Exploration

The James Webb Space Telescope
The James Webb Space Telescope
NASA has recently announced their plans for the new year with many current expeditions and future projects set to be backed by the generous budget of $17.65 billion. Extremely exciting for all you…

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Wed 22nd Jan, 2014 | 2:10pm

Earth Scientist launches Care Rocks- Offering A Unique Earth News Activity Session In Care Homes.

Luke Plewes in a Care Rocks session
Luke Plewes in a Care Rocks session
Earth scientist, Luke Plewes, has started a business that links his knowledge and understanding of his subject with a desire to help people in residential homes to keep their minds active and…

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Fri 17th Jan, 2014 | 9:28am

Four Million Trees To Be Planted Next Year

photo by wackybadger
photo by wackybadger
Two thousand hectares of new woodland will be created through the planting of four million trees as part of a £30millon government investment in the next financial year.

Two hundred thousand…

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Thu 9th Jan, 2014 | 1:54pm

Harrogate Thalidomider To Hold Crucial Talks With EU Health Commissioner

Guy Tweedy continues fight for justice
Guy Tweedy continues fight for justice
A Yorkshire Thalidomide victim is to hold talks with the EU Health Commissioner, as he steps up his fight for justice against the German pharmaceutical company which developed the anti-morning…

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Wed 8th Jan, 2014 | 10:21am

New Building Dig Tells Us All About Sheffield's Past

Archaeologist Glyn Davies and Sam Twiselton, director of the new SIoE
Archaeologist Glyn Davies and Sam Twiselton, director of the new SIoE
An archaeological dig on the site of what will become the £30m Sheffield Institute of Education building has revealed some fascinating glimpses of the city's industrial past.

Archaeologists…

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Wed 1st Jan, 2014 | 5:07pm

Implementation Of CAP Announced


Farming, wildlife, rural businesses and the wider economy in England are set to benefit from £15 billion from the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Of this over £3 billion will be…

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Thu 19th Dec, 2013 | 1:41pm

HTML5 components released as open source

Borrowing a page from the recently revised Microsoft playbook, development tools maker Telerik has released as open source the bulk of its Kendo software library of components for building Web and...

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21 Apr 2014 11:53 am

KB 2919355: You can't patch the desktop like a phone

In sifting through the more than 1,000 Windows 8.1 Update (KB 2919355) complaints, and Microsoft's responses, one observation keeps dogging me. Windows 8.1 Update is in many respects being treated...

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21 Apr 2014 11:28 am

In a first, stem cells cloned from human skin

In a major breakthrough, scientists have for the first time grown stem cells from a man's skin using cloning techniques.

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21 Apr 2014 10:01 am

Californias Thirsting Farmland

California farmers have never relied only on rain. But given a prolonged drought and environmental regulations, the jockeying for water is becoming more intense.

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21 Apr 2014 1:48 am

Starting in June, Today Will Simulcast on SiriusXM

NBC is announcing a deal with the satellite radio service that will bring all four hours of its franchise morning news show to radio.

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21 Apr 2014 1:03 am

Op-Ed Contributor: An Evolutionary Family Drama

I went out rowing each morning, unaware that a grand evolutionary experiment was taking place beneath my hull.

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20 Apr 2014 11:42 pm

Nasa man, vital to 1969 lunar landing, dies at 95

John C Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the US space programme were vital to Nasas successful Moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.

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20 Apr 2014 11:34 pm

Glasses with animated eyes to fake emotions

Researchers have developed glasses that show computer-generated eye animations in place of the wearer's real ones and could be used to simulate emotional reactions when users are distracted or busy.

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20 Apr 2014 11:16 pm

Renoir Shows His True Colors

When conservators at the Art Institute of Chicago wanted to solve the mystery of a missing pigment in a portrait by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, light shined the way.

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20 Apr 2014 9:29 pm

Disruptions: Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online

By using social media bots, celebrities, politicians and others can falsely inflate the number of friends and followers they have, possibly swaying public opinion about a new song or a policy...

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20 Apr 2014 3:52 pm

3D mirror shows what lies under your skin

Researchers have developed a "digital mirror" that recreates what your body might look like on the inside.

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20 Apr 2014 12:00 pm

Earth's extinction rate highly exaggerated: Study

Contrary to the current belief that about half of earth's plants and animals would go extinct over the next century because of human activities, a study has found that this extinction rate is...

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20 Apr 2014 8:53 am

More talktime cuts sperm count

Prolonged use of mobile phones can lead to low sperm count, according to World Health Organization (WHO) expert Daniel Franken.

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20 Apr 2014 6:38 am

US scientists make embryonic stem cells from adult skin

For the first time, US researchers have cloned embryonic stem cells from adult cells, a breakthrough on the path towards helping doctors treat a host of diseases.

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20 Apr 2014 12:43 am

Does a brain workout work?

Do brain training apps really sharpen those grey cells? Yes, say avid gamers but neuroscientists are not so sure.

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20 Apr 2014 12:38 am

EU Moves To Curb The Spread Of Yorkshire's Invasive Alien Species

Japanese Knotweed - photo dankogreen
Japanese Knotweed - photo dankogreen
The European Parliament has passed a regulation to prevent any further introduction of certain fast growing and dominant invasive alien species, and manage those that are already here.

These…

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Thu 17th Apr, 2014 | 11:16am

Stagecoach Yorkshire On Board For Charity Tea Party

Stagecoach Yorkshire support Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's initiative ,Time for Tea
Stagecoach Yorkshire support Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's initiative ,Time for Tea
A leading bus operator is brewing up support for a charity initiative that will see people across South Yorkshire raise money, just by having a cup of tea!

Stagecoach Yorkshire is sponsoring…

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Wed 9th Apr, 2014 | 8:50pm

Update On Rising Scarlet Fever Numbers Across England


Public Health England (PHE) has reported a continued significant increase in scarlet fever notifications across England with 883 new cases reported from 24 to 30 March: the highest weekly total…

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Fri 4th Apr, 2014 | 3:36pm

'Dirty Palm Oil' In Products Ruins Your Spring Clean And The Rainforest - Says The Rainforest Foundation UK

Palm oil plantation photo by a_rabin
Palm oil plantation photo by a_rabin
New research, conducted by the Rainforest Foundation UK, (RFUK) and Ethical Consumer Magazine reveals that a number of cleaning product manufacturers need to clean up their act and stop sourcing…

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Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 4:31pm

Donation To Help Hospital 'Prevent Cancer'

 L-R Dr. Andrew Hopper, Westfield Health Chairman Graham Moore & Lin-Lee Aspin Territory Manager of Covidien - the company which provides the equipment
L-R Dr. Andrew Hopper, Westfield Health Chairman Graham Moore & Lin-Lee Aspin Territory Manager of Covidien - the company which provides the equipment
A 'significant' donation from Westfield Health is helping a city hospital boost prevention of a form of cancer.

Doctors specialising in upper gastrointestinal cancer at Sheffield's Royal…

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Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 3:52pm

Innovative Fingerprint Analysis Is Trialled By Police

Dr Simona Francese and PhD student Robert Bradshaw spray the fingermark before using mass spectrometry to analyse it
Dr Simona Francese and PhD student Robert Bradshaw spray the fingermark before using mass spectrometry to analyse it
Pioneering technology designed by Sheffield Hallam University to provide an in-depth analysis of fingerprints is being tried and tested at crime scenes.

The technology, known as Matrix Assisted…

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Fri 28th Mar, 2014 | 9:28pm

Silverdale School Welcomes Science Researchers

L-R: Bevan Hollingworth, Eoghan McDowell and David Powell detecting fake 1 coins
L-R: Bevan Hollingworth, Eoghan McDowell and David Powell detecting fake 1 coins
As part of National Science and Engineering Week 2014, Silverdale School welcomed lecturers from The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

Keen students were given talks and…

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Mon 24th Mar, 2014 | 3:30pm

Epic Fundraising Challenge For Yorkshire Scientist

Dr Mike Bosomworth
Dr Mike Bosomworth
Dr Mike Bosomworth, a clinical scientist based at Leeds General
Infirmary, is attempting the bike ride of a lifetime this autumn to
raise money for the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre.

He will be…

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Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 | 11:22am

Diabetes No Longer Leading Cause Of Blindness Thanks To Screening


A new study carried out in affiliation with Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology reports on the causes of blindness in England and Wales in working age adults comparing data…

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Mon 17th Mar, 2014 | 1:32pm

New Methods To Measure Brain Temperature

photo by matsuyuki
photo by matsuyuki
A senior academic will use her inaugural professorial lecture to explain how she has introduced new methods of measuring and monitoring brain temperature to take a new look at the role of fever in…

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Tue 11th Mar, 2014 | 3:37pm

The Future Of England's Uplands Is A Burning Issue

Walshaw Moor photo by Tim Green aka atoach
Walshaw Moor photo by Tim Green aka atoach
Burning, drainage and other forms of intensive land management in England's iconic peat-covered hills are threatening to create a series of environmental catastrophes, says the RSPB.

In good…

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Fri 7th Mar, 2014 | 11:30am

20 Years On And Change Is Still 'Brewing' Thanks To Dedicated Cancer Charity

Professor Barry Hancock
Professor Barry Hancock
Twenty years ago cancer treatment in Sheffield looked somewhat different; yet the principles remain the same.

With research suggesting that by 2020 half of the UK population will be affected by…

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Tue 4th Mar, 2014 | 4:05pm

Major Project To Make Spreadsheets Smarter

Spreadsheet photo by irina slutsky
Spreadsheet photo by irina slutsky
Students with dyslexia and dyscalculia who find spreadsheets a barrier to taking up courses in science, technology, engineering and maths are set to benefit from a £50,000 project now…

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Tue 25th Feb, 2014 | 4:24pm

Harrogate Thalidomider To Hold Follow Up Talks With EU Health Commissioner

Guy Tweedy continues his fight for justice
Guy Tweedy continues his fight for justice
A Yorkshire Thalidomide victim is heading to Strasbourg for a crucial follow-up meeting next week with the EU Health commissioner.

Guy Tweedy, along with fellow campaigners, Nick Dobrik and Mikey…

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Thu 20th Feb, 2014 | 3:16pm

Help Required To Halt Spread Of Invasives

Giant Hogweed photo by debs-eye
Giant Hogweed photo by debs-eye
Yorkshire Invasive Species Forum, headed by local conservation charity Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, is calling on help from local people like you to stop the spread of invasive plant species along…

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Wed 12th Feb, 2014 | 12:58pm

Soldier Beetle An Endangered Species

photo by ChampOfSomething
photo by ChampOfSomething
The results of a new study carried out by Natural England in collaboration with Buglife, reveals that 15% of Britain's soldier beetles and allied species are now sufficiently endangered to join a…

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Sat 8th Feb, 2014 | 7:46pm

Prostate Development Discovery Could Lead To New Treatments


Scientists at the University of York have discovered how the prostate gland develops for the first time, according to research published today (Thursday, February 6) in Stem Cell Reports.

The team…

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Thu 6th Feb, 2014 | 5:00pm

Izzy McFarland
The James Webb Telescope
By Izzy McFarland
Correspondent
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, and it will be almost three times the size of Hubble
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, and it will be almost three times the size of Hubble
Designed as a replacement for the Hubble, the James Webb Telescope (JWT) is NASA's new large infrared telescope that is currently working towards a 2018 launch date. The Webb will be the primary…

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Tue 4th Feb, 2014 | 4:43pm

Rarer Cancers Diagnosed Too Late


More than half (57%) of newly diagnosed cases of Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) - around 25,000 in England between 2006 and 2010 - presented as an emergency compared to 23% for all cancers, shows…

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Thu 23rd Jan, 2014 | 6:22pm

Sports Engineers Hoping To Break World Record

The Sheffield Hallam team with Guy Martin and the sled
The Sheffield Hallam team with Guy Martin and the sled
A team of sports engineers from Sheffield Hallam University will be seen on TV this weekend attempting to help celebrity biker Guy Martin beat a world record on a sled they helped design.

Experts…

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Fri 17th Jan, 2014 | 11:33am

Steel Partnership Being Used On The Frontline

British Army vehicle
British Army vehicle
A partnership forged between industry and Sheffield Hallam University is protecting front-line troops in Afghanistan and providing a future for steel production in the city.

Steel firm Tinsley…

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Wed 15th Jan, 2014 | 12:25pm

New Leeds Specialist Rehabilitation Centre DVD


The Leeds Specialist Rehabilitation Centre, which provides help and support for limbless patients and disabled patients of all ages from Leeds and across Yorkshire, has produced a DVD for current…

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Wed 8th Jan, 2014 | 10:36am

Yorkshire Brain Research Centre Appeal Launched

Multiple Sclerosis patient Bill Tucker, 59 of Oakwood, Leeds, supports the Appeal.
Multiple Sclerosis patient Bill Tucker, 59 of Oakwood, Leeds, supports the Appeal.
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation has launched an appeal today to raise £2 million by 2015 towards a final total of £6m to create a world-class Yorkshire Brain…

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Mon 6th Jan, 2014 | 3:06pm

New Year's Honours For Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Dame Professor Pamela Shaw and Her Majesty the Queen at the official opening of the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience in 2010
Dame Professor Pamela Shaw and Her Majesty the Queen at the official opening of the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience in 2010
A world-leading consultant who is at the forefront of research and treatment into diseases of the nervous system has been named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's…

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Mon 30th Dec, 2013 | 10:30pm

Threshfield Restoration Is Highly Commended

Threshfield Quarry
Threshfield Quarry
Lafarge Tarmac has been highly commended for a major restoration project at Threshfield Quarry near Grassington.

The commendation, from the Mineral Products Association (MPA), was announced at the…

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Fri 13th Dec, 2013 | 4:11pm

Bits Blog: Analysts Share High Expectations for Bigger iPhones

Many consumers have developed an appetite for smartphones with larger screens, and some analysts expect Apple this year to supersize the iPhone, too.

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21 Apr 2014 11:32 am

DealBook: Airbnb Said to Close Fund-Raising Deal With Group Led by TPG

Airbnb has closed a new round of financing from a group led by TPG Growth that values the home-sharing company at about $10 billion, people briefed on the matter said.

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21 Apr 2014 11:01 am

GitHub downtime got you down? Anam.io has your back

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21 Apr 2014 10:00 am

The Media Equation: Aereo Case Will Shape TVs Future

A lot of people will be watching to see how the Supreme Court rules over the legality of Aereo because of what it could mean for the broader media ecosystem.

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21 Apr 2014 1:22 am

In Silicon Valley Thriller, a Settlement May Preclude the Finale

Four leading tech companies are pushing to settle a class-action suit with several noteworthy angles, including questions over employee rights and the death of a programmer who helped set the case...

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21 Apr 2014 1:00 am

Media Decoder: $250,000 Grant to Finance Website Tied to PBS Series

The Knight Foundation plans to give money to the PBS series How We Got to Now to create a site aimed at encouraging idea-sharing among civic leaders, urban planners, designers and others.

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20 Apr 2014 11:36 pm

Twitter can be the new crimebuster

Hidden in the Twittersphere are nuggets of information that could prove useful to crime fighters even before a crime has been committed.

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20 Apr 2014 11:30 pm

Brightening Moon to save electricity?

A Sweden-based cosmetics company has proposed a bizarre new method to eliminate the need for streetlights - brighten the surface of the Moon.

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20 Apr 2014 11:11 pm

Bits Blog: Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online

By using social media bots, celebrities, politicians and others can falsely inflate the number of friends and followers they have, possibly swaying public opinion about a new song or a policy...

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20 Apr 2014 3:52 pm

Dragon supply capsule reaches International Space Station

The unmanned Dragon capsule from the private US firm SpaceX successfully reached the International Space Station on Sunday, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab.

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20 Apr 2014 12:44 pm

Wheat rust: The fungal disease that threatens to destroy the world crop

Scientists are warning that wheat is facing a serious threat from a fungal disease that could wipe out the worlds crop if not quickly contained.

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20 Apr 2014 11:45 am

Smart innovations by IIT students now at a shop near you

Does the often time-consuming line up at pathological labs to collect your medical test reports disturb you?

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20 Apr 2014 6:59 am

Bits Blog: A Swarm of Ant-Sized Robots, at Your Service

SRI International has developed a technology that can make a swarm of Micro-Robots build small things on small scales.

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20 Apr 2014 1:00 am

British men get dadism at 38

Its a startling moment in any mans life. Youre on the sofa scrutinizing the money pages, looking forward to a good lawn-mowing and finding yourself excited about an upcoming sale at B&Q, when it...

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20 Apr 2014 12:41 am

Scientists produce thinnest feasible membrane

The ultra-thin graphene membrane may one day be used for a range of different purposes, including waterproof clothing.

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19 Apr 2014 5:58 pm