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Thursday 4th August 2016

Small particles: big implications for our health and the environment

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The governance of small particles has remained firmly in the headlines recently. UK cities continue to exceed EU air pollution limits (including airborne particle standards), due to emissions from vehicles. Reports continue to emerge of substantial health consequences for Europe and globally; air pollution exposure is rated the eighth most common cause of death in the world by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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Thursday 4th August 2016
Thursday 26th May 2016

Understanding how chimpanzee behaviour in zoos differs from their natural environment

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Going to see great apes in the zoo has been part of UK culture since 1835, when the first chimpanzee arrived at London Zoo. But our understanding of great apes' natural behaviour, and thus their welfare needs while in captivity, has changed radically following decades of field studies on wild apes. This includes our own five-year study on orangutans in Indonesia. This improved knowledge has led some to question if we should continue to keep great apes in captivity.
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Thursday 26th May 2016
Thursday 11th February 2016

Astronomy with Einstein

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Today the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, including many physicists from the University of Birmingham, announced the first direct detection of a gravitational wave. The long-awaited announcement sparked strong public and media interest, but why is this so exciting?
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Thursday 11th February 2016
Thursday 19th November 2015

We need a warm winter, and a focus on doing 'cold' smarter

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As we come to the end of the comprehensive spending review (CSR) and the priorities for the next spending period are set, those for energy remain clear.
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Thursday 19th November 2015
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