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Thursday 18th June 2015

The Conservatives, Britain and Europe: The Remake

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The Conservative Party's bickering about the 'best' vision for Britain's relationship with Europe continues.
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Thursday 18th June 2015
Thursday 11th June 2015

On the verge of a new dawn in physics and astronomy

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This year marks the hundredth anniversary of Einstein's theory of general relativity. With remarkable timing, the dedication ceremony of the Advanced LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) Project was held on 19 May.
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Thursday 11th June 2015
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).
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Thursday 4th June 2015
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.
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Thursday 28th May 2015
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