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Thursday 4th June 2015

In the US, the surveillance sky is falling

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At least temporarily, 'Big Brother' was listening less intensely. That was the reality in the United States after provisions authorised by the USA Patriot Act, the law passed in the aftermath of 9/11, failed to be renewed by the US Senate on Sunday evening (31 May).
Date:
Thursday 4th June 2015
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 28th May 2015

Nearly all of us have gum disease – so let's do something about it

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Several studies have been conducted to look at the association of periodontitis with other systemic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease and obesity. For example, the periodontal research group at the University of Birmingham has found higher death rates in periodontitis sufferers, as well as stiffer arteries in kidney disease patients and poorer kidney function in those who have periodontitis compared with those who are disease-free.
Date:
Thursday 28th May 2015
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences
Thursday 21st May 2015

Iraq: Why the battle for Anbar could be decisive

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On Sunday 17 May, after a four-day offensive, the Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State.
Date:
Thursday 21st May 2015
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 14th May 2015

Ebola crisis: How a small backpack of equipment is helping combat the deadly virus

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The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 11,000 victims, with 26,500 reported cases. It is by far the largest and most lethal Ebola outbreak ever seen.
Date:
Thursday 14th May 2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
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