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Dino jaws: Stegosaurus bite strength revealed

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The first detailed study of a Stegosaurus skull shows that the dinosaur had a stronger bite than suspected, enabling it to eat a wider range of plants than other plant-eating dinosaurs with similarly shaped skulls.
Date:
20/05/2016
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

Birmingham water experts develop device to save lives

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Experts at the University of Birmingham have developed a unique device that could save lives around the globe by quickly and simply testing whether water supplies are safe to drink – particularly in refugee camps and disaster zones.
Date:
17/05/2016
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, International, Research

Prolonged breath holds of over five minutes could help in targeted radiotherapy

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Researchers at the University of Birmingham working with clinical teams at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust have successfully shown for the first time that breast cancer patients can be trained to achieve single prolonged breath holds of over five minutes, opening the door for targeted radiotherapy to be administered with just one dose in each daily session.
Date:
12/05/2016
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research

Apeing the apes: New enclosure design tool created for UK zoos

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University of Birmingham scientists have developed a new way to redesign chimpanzee enclosures in zoos to translate research on wild chimpanzees into zoos to help preserve the behavioural and physiological adaptations that make the species unique.
Date:
11/05/2016
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

Study finds no evidence linking weekend staffing levels in hospitals to mortality

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The 'weekend effect' – that patients admitted to hospital over the weekend are at an increased risk of death – overshadows a much more complex pattern of weekly changes in quality of care, which are unlikely to be addressed by simply increasing the availability of hospital doctors on Saturdays and Sundays.
Date:
11/05/2016
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
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