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Thursday 5th September 2013

Chemical warfare: It's nothing new

Chemical warfare: It's nothing new
Description
As millions flee Syria and the international community continues to consider its response to claims that chemical weapons may have been unleashed on civilians there; it is worth reflecting that in the science of modern warfare, truly, there is nothing new under the sun.
Date:
Thursday 5th September 2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Thursday 29th August 2013

Back to School: Why headship is no longer an option

Back to School: Why headship is no longer an option
Description
Applications for headteacher posts are at an all-time low and many vacancies are re-advertised a number of times before being filled. Headship is no longer the preferred choice of many deputy and assistant headteachers, meaning there is now a national shortage of headteachers.
Date:
Thursday 29th August 2013
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 22nd August 2013

Why do so many people think they're addicted to food?

Why do so many people think they're addicted to food?
Description
Animal studies have shown that high-fat and high-sugar foods have similar effects on the brain as do substances more usually associated with addiction, such as alcohol or drugs. The research also suggests these foods can cause similar problems, such as withdrawal symptoms or going to great lengths to obtain the food. Yet, the existence of food addiction in humans remains extremely controversial within the scientific community.
Date:
Thursday 22nd August 2013
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences
Wednesday 14th August 2013

Social media: why the case for teaching digital literacy is so compelling

Description
As a parent, I can only start to imagine the pain, grief and suffering of the family of Hannah Smith, who committed suicide recently after being bullied on the ask.fm website. Almost daily, fresh headlines emerge about social media sites like Twitter being used to issue threats of rape, violence and murder. My visceral, emotional, immediate reaction is much like everyone else: something must be done.
Date:
Wednesday 14th August 2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
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