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Thursday 20th April 2017

Egypt faces rough times ahead: four points on the recent ISIS attacks

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In the most brutal attack against the Egyptian Coptic Christian minority in recent memory, ISIS bombed two churches on 9 April. At least 47 Egyptians were killed in Alexandria and Tanta, a small town in the Nile Delta. ISIS claimed responsibility for planting an explosive device under a seat at Tanta's Saint George's Church and for the suicide bombing at Alexandria's Saint Marks' Coptic Orthodox Cathedral – a few hours later. What does this mean for ISIS, the post-2011 Egypt, and its Coptic community, the largest Christian minority in the Middle East?
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Thursday 20th April 2017
Thursday 13th April 2017

Brexit, Brum and Big Science

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Last week, we hosted a major international particle physics conference on campus at The University of Birmingham. Over 300 participants from 41 countries discussed a wide range of scientific questions connected to the CERN Large Hadron Collider where five years ago the University played a central role in the Nobel-prize recognised Higgs boson discovery.
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Thursday 13th April 2017
Thursday 6th April 2017

Future Forests and Climate Change

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This week's launch of a pioneering new forest research facility at the University of Birmingham marks the beginning of a unique experiment to reveal how our forests are likely to react to the elevated carbon dioxide levels expected by 2050, and the potential of forest ecosystems to store carbon and thus mitigate future climate change.
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Thursday 6th April 2017
Thursday 30th March 2017

Is it all about funding? Lessons on autism inclusion from a school in Greece

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As we approach World Autism Acceptance Day, it's not surprising that thoughts turn to the ongoing issues of education and inclusion, especially given that, according to the charity Ambitious About Autism, autistic children in the UK are four times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than any other children.
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Thursday 30th March 2017
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