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Bizarre 'platypus' dinosaur discovered

Bizarre 'platypus' dinosaur discovered
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Although closely related to the notorious carnivore Tyrannosaurus rex, a new lineage of dinosaur discovered in Chile is proving to be an evolutionary jigsaw puzzle, as it preferred to graze upon plants. Palaeontologists are referring to Chilesaurus diegosuarezi as a 'platypus' dinosaur because of its extremely bizarre combination of characters that include a proportionally small skull and feet more akin to primitive long-neck dinosaurs.
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27/04/2015

Why the zero-carbon homes policy hasn't gone to plan

Why the zero-carbon homes policy hasn't gone to plan
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Written by Max Lempriere, PhD Researcher in Political Science. One of the UK's flagship sustainability policies is in big trouble. Less than a year from now, the theory goes, all new homes will be "zero-carbon". The reality is rather different. Economic meltdown, a housing crisis, pressure from developers and poorly designed legislation have all combined to leave the country way behind schedule.
Date:
24/04/2015

What Britain should learn from Syriza and Greek eurosceptics

What Britain should learn from Syriza and Greek eurosceptics
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Written by Dr George Kyris, Lecturer in International and European Politics. The last few years have been remarkable for Greece's relationship with the EU. The bail-out agreements between the country and the EU-IMF, the interference of the latter two in domestic affairs and the imposition of austerity have caused a sharp rise in euroscepticism.
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24/04/2015

University of Birmingham expands online postgraduate degree offerings in Business and Public Administration

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The University of Birmingham is expanding its global academic borders with the announcement that it will now be offering a number of its postgraduate distance learning courses through its online learning platform. The programmes include a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters of Science (MSc) in International Business, both from the award-winning Birmingham Business School, as well as a Masters in Public Administration (MPA). Classes for all programmes start in September 2015 and applications are now being accepted.
Date:
20/04/2015

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - April 2015

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From the Large Hadron Collider to rail delays and more...
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14/04/2015

Post workout rehydration: which drink fares the best?

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Which drink should we reach for after a hard work-out? Exercising in a hot environment leads to dehydration, so we need to consume fluids in the post-exercise period in order to replenish the fluid lost through sweating. For optimal rehydration, is it necessary to consume a sports drink, or are other drinks as good? Dr Andy Blannin (Senior Lecturer in Exercise Metabolism) looks at this issue with Professor Alice Roberts (Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham) on Britain's Favourite Foods: Are They Good For You? (21:00, Tuesday 14 April, BBC2).
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14/04/2015

Experts share best autism practices with India

Experts share best autism practices with India
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On World Autism Awareness Day, UK experts are calling for stronger links with India to develop best autism practices that are relevant to the specific cultural and local needs of the country. A research team from the University of Birmingham, UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT Hyderabad) are currently visiting schools in Hyderabad, engaging with teachers and parents on how technology can support children with autism in India.
Date:
13/04/2015

Hillary Clinton announces presidential campaign: expert reaction

Hillary Clinton announces presidential campaign: expert reaction
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Written by Inderjeet Parmar, City University London; Clodagh Harrington, De Montfort University; Rosa Freedman, University of Birmingham; Russell Bentley, University of Southampton; Scott Lucas, University of Birmingham, and Tom Packer, University of Oxford. The worst-kept secret in American politics is finally out in the open. What now?
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13/04/2015

Kenya attack: al-Shabaab's violent radicalism can't be tackled by force alone

Kenya attack: al-Shabaab's violent radicalism can't be tackled by force alone
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. The terrorist group al-Shabaab has claimed an attack on Garissa University College in eastern Kenya, in which an unclear number have been killed and many others taken hostage.
Date:
10/04/2015

Iran celebrates historic nuclear deal – all eyes now on supreme leader

Iran celebrates historic nuclear deal – all eyes now on supreme leader
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Finally, after years of diplomacy and brinkmanship, the long-awaited nuclear deal with Iran has been done. There is jubilation in the streets as Iran's people, who have struggled under the weight of western sanctions for decades, are waking up to the prospect of a brighter economic future.
Date:
10/04/2015
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