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Fireworks are fun but can reduce visibility

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham have discovered that there is a sharp reduction in visibility caused by fireworks and bonfires on Guy Fawkes' night. They found that visibility was further decreased when the relative humidity was high.
Date:
03/11/2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

Research explains how some patients in a vegetative state can retain awareness, despite being unable to respond with movement

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New insight into a vital cerebral pathway has explained how some patients in a vegetative state are aware despite appearing to be unconscious and being behaviourally unresponsive.
Date:
19/10/2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

Independent report into conditions in Calais migrant camps outlines failure to meet recommended standards

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An independent report of the Calais migrant camps, the first of its kind, has confirmed the perilous conditions facing the occupants, which fail to meet the standards recommended by global authorities.
Date:
03/10/2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research, Social Sciences

Ice samples from Greenland and Russia provide clues to past and future climate change, experts discover

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham have discovered evidence of carbonaceous aerosols - organic dust - transported from Asia and deposited in the Arctic over the last 450 years, according to research published today (28th September) in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.They have also found that increased levels of dust were being deposited during warmer periods when the Arctic Oscillation - changes in the prevailing wind direction centred on the Atlantic - was at its strongest.
Date:
28/09/2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

Acetic acid, found in vinegar, shown to be effective against bacteria found in burn wounds

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Highly diluted acetic acid, an active ingredient of household vinegar, has been shown to be an effective alternative agent to prevent infection and kill bacteria found in burn wounds.
Date:
15/09/2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences
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