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Thursday 19th March 2015

Sustainable, clean cold is the paradigm shift the changing world needs

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Cooling is a vital foundation of our modern society. Without it, the supply of food, medicine and data would simply break down. As air conditioning, it is also the key enabler for the new urban global hubs such as Dubai. And of course, cold is essential for many super-critical technologies, as well as freezing and powdering materials for recycling and easy disposal.
Date:
Thursday 19th March 2015
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
Thursday 12th March 2015

Child protection system does not need a political game of 'tough and tougher'

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On 3 March 2015, in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, the Prime Minister announced that professionals such as social workers and teachers could face criminal charges for 'wilful neglect' and up to five years in prison if they fail to report child abuse. In a party political game of tough and tougher, Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary, also called for a 'crusade' against child abuse and 'mandatory reporting'. But are new crimes really what the child protection system needs?
Date:
Thursday 12th March 2015
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 5th March 2015

Action on Air Quality: does the government get it?

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The UK government has responded to the Action on Air Quality report of its Environmental Audit Committee. The last two decades of UK/EU air quality policy, and the industry response, reminds me of nothing so much as the kind of school-swot one-upmanship we all remember hearing from clever but immature peers when we were young.
Date:
Thursday 5th March 2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 26th February 2015

Sporting bodies must up their game in the fight against doping

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From Ben Johnson to Lance Armstrong, with countless others in-between, there has been no shortage of high-profile doping scandals to shake the sporting world in recent decades.
Date:
Thursday 26th February 2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
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