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Thursday 1st September 2016

Strengthening particles in superalloys – how the small can have a big influence

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Who doesn't like a good holiday? Going abroad and discovering the world is an established part of today's jet-setting culture, is for many of us part of modern life. And as jet setters, getting to our holiday destination is not supposed to take up much of our well-earned holiday time.
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Thursday 1st September 2016
Thursday 11th August 2016

Cosmic giants on cosmic scales: how to measure the Universe

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Our planets orbit the Sun, and our solar system (as well as many others) orbit the centre of our galaxy, also known as the 'Milky Way'. But did you know that galaxies also orbit around each other? We call these systems galaxy groups and galaxy clusters, and they form some of the largest structures in the observable Universe.
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Thursday 11th August 2016
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
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