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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
Thursday 19th February 2015

'Official' papers may not tell whole story of historical paedophilia scandal

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The discovery and release of government papers detailing the investigation into the alleged 'unnatural' sexual conduct of diplomat Sir Peter Hayman generated substantial press coverage. Unreported, however, were alternative contemporary accounts offering a different story of the legal proceedings brought against members of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) in the early 1980s.
Date:
Thursday 19th February 2015
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 12th February 2015

Reclaiming the realities of anorexia

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The concerning trend for terms such as 'thinspiration' on social media highlights the growing chasm between how we commonly discuss anorexia nervosa, both clinically and as a broader society, and the realities of the condition.
Date:
Thursday 12th February 2015
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences
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