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Thursday 25th September 2014

Revelation of Tesco accounting error may have done new board a favour

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There is a long history of companies misstating their financial position and performance, and on Monday Tesco plc became the latest with its announcement that it had overstated its half-year profit forecast by £250 million. This revelation, arising from information provided by an internal whistle-blower, resulted in an 11 per cent reduction in the supermarket giant's share price, putting the share value at an 11-year low. How can an error this large have occurred?
Date:
Thursday 25th September 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 18th September 2014

Things will never be the same again: reflections on the Scottish referendum

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Whatever the outcome of today's referendum of 3.5 million voters in Scotland, Friday 19 September 2014 will be an epoch-making day in the politics of these islands. For once, the hyperbole is justified.
Date:
Thursday 18th September 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 11th September 2014

Proton radiotherapy: hype, fiction and a few facts

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Proton beam therapy (or our preferred title of proton radiotherapy), is a form of radiotherapy delivered with beams of high energy protons rather than the more usual beams of high energy x-rays (or less frequently beams of electrons). It is part of the general field of particle radiotherapy that includes use of particles that are heavier than protons. Beams of carbon ions are the main topic for clinical research around the world, although there is also interest in other particles such as helium ions.
Date:
Thursday 11th September 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
Thursday 4th September 2014

The modern Prometheus

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Let me suggest an image to you: the image of the 'mad scientist'.
Date:
Thursday 4th September 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences
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