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Thursday 12th June 2014

Dark legacy of Birmingham's 'Trojan Horse' episode

Dark legacy of Birmingham's 'Trojan Horse' episode
Description
Despite the findings from the investigations into 21 Birmingham schools by Ofsted being published on Monday, the shadow cast by Operation Trojan Horse's allegations are likely to loom large over the city's Muslims.
Date:
Thursday 12th June 2014
Thursday 5th June 2014

Piketty and the Vicious Circle of Inequality

Piketty and the Vicious Circle of Inequality
Description
The academic book of the moment (perhaps the decade) is Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty First Century. It is hard to think of a public commentator who has not weighed in on the book, from serious examinations of the underlying economic model involved and the difficulties of collecting historical data on investment returns, to less serious thoughts the book's length or the author's looks.
Date:
Thursday 5th June 2014
Wednesday 28th May 2014

Race against time to prevent deadly spread of polio

Description
Poliomyelitis is a devastating, highly infectious viral disease. It is spread from person to person or through poor sanitary conditions. It can kill those infected or result in permanent paralysis to the limbs and chest. The best 'treatment' is prevention, and the best available means of prevention is vaccination.
Date:
Wednesday 28th May 2014
Thursday 22nd May 2014

A drop in the ocean! Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'

A drop in the ocean! Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'
Description
Recent reports in the national press have drawn attention to calls for a ban on the use of tiny plastic beads (microbeads) added as exfoliants and abradants to toiletries like cosmetics and toothpaste.
Date:
Thursday 22nd May 2014
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