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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 19th May 2016

Should we stay or should we go? Immigration, Brexit and the status quo

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The desire to reduce immigration to the mythical tens of thousands promised by the Coalition and subsequent Conservative administrations, through regaining control of borders allegedly governed by Europe, was largely featured in the first call for an in/out EU referendum, and later in the lobbying of the Leave campaign. There are a range of possible scenarios in the event of a vote to stay in the EU or to leave, but whatever the outcome of the referendum, it is likely there will be little change in net migration figures.
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Thursday 19th May 2016
Thursday 28th January 2016

Year of the Monkey heralds golden opportunity for Chinese research partnerships

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As we enter the Chinese Year of the Monkey in 2016, a new year brings fresh opportunity for the UK to continue building its relationship with China in many areas, not least academic research.
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Thursday 28th January 2016
Thursday 2nd April 2015

'Toilet-seat head' amphibian boosts catalogue of Triassic curiosities

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The Triassic, which lasted from 252 to 200 million years ago, is not a geological period that looms large in the public consciousness. It lacks the Hollywood glamour of the Jurassic, and sadly none of its cast is as iconic as stars of the Cretaceous such as Tyrannosaurus rex. Yet, among palaeontologists the Triassic is renowned, and with good reason.
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Thursday 2nd April 2015
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