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A Growth Spurt at 1,500 Years Old

A Growth Spurt at 1,500 Years Old
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Following the recent resuscitation of a sample of moss which turned out to be more than 1,500 years old, Dr Luisa Orsini of the School of Bisociences describes, in a New York Times article entitled "A Growth Spurt at 1,500 Years Old" how it may be possible to use whatever is stored in ice or sediment as a sort of backup for biodiversity.
Date:
18/03/2014

The Conversation: Earth's ozone layer threatened by new man-made gases

The Conversation: Earth's ozone layer threatened by new man-made gases
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William Bloss, Reader in Atmospheric Sciences, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'Earth's ozone layer threatened by new man-made gases'. Scientists at the University of East Anglia have discovered new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the Earth's ozone layer. Three new Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which act to destroy ozone, have been identified. This may be bad news for ozone, and potentially also for environmental legislation.
Date:
14/03/2014

New international network and website dedicated to the subject of family members and addiction

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The newly established Addiction and the Family International Network (AFINet) will build upon the work of the Addiction, Drugs and the Family (ADF UK) group to create a global membership network. ADF UK consists of a number of academics/clinicians who collaborate on undertaking research in this field and in attempting to raise the profile of this neglected area of research and practice.
Date:
13/03/2014

Six million Euros awarded to research project investigating conduct disorder in adolescent females

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FemNAT-CD, an international research project funded by the European Commission and endorsed by the World Health Organisation will investigate the neurobiological and environmental factors implicated in female conduct disorder, a psychiatric condition that is characterized by severe antisocial and aggressive behaviour. Several universities across Europe will collaborate, and the University of Birmingham is one of two sites primarily responsible for the collection of neuroimaging data.
Date:
13/03/2014

The Conversation: Technology isn't ready to clean up fracking's radioactive legacy

The Conversation: Technology isn't ready to clean up fracking's radioactive legacy
Description
Alan Herbert, Senior Lecturer in Radioactive Waste Disposal and Remediation, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'Technology isn't ready to clean up fracking's radioactive legacy'. If fracking is to be a viable option for energy production, the industry must find a way to deal with the naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) that are released as a byproduct of the process. These radioactive materials and their environmental consequences must be accounted for.
Date:
10/03/2014

First 'Circadian Advice Bureau' and 'Sleep Clinic' launched at the University of Birmingham

First 'Circadian Advice Bureau' and 'Sleep Clinic' launched at the University of Birmingham
Description
Biological rhythms and sleep research are currently amongst the most important areas in public health. Sleep pathologies have reached epidemic proportions over the past decades and a large number of people worldwide suffer from chronic 'circadian' disruptions, i.e. conditions describing the increasing discrepancy between the timing of our internal biological body clocks and that of our social environment.
Date:
10/03/2014

iSSBT Team Leader position available in Synthetic Biology

Description
The institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology, France is recruiting a team leader in the field of synthetic biology starting in 2014.
Date:
10/03/2014

University of Birmingham Arts and Science Festival: a matter of life and death

Description
Artistic portrayals of anatomy, sound-based works of art and the experience of living – and dying – in back-to-back housing are examined in a multi-media festival at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
07/03/2014

Call for participants: study into conduct disorder in adolescent females

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We are currently recruiting participants, males and females age 9-18 with and without behavioural problems. Compensation will be provided and our schedule is flexible. If you are a parent or affiliated with a school nearby and would like to be involved, please contact us.
Date:
04/03/2014

US ambassador visits the centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics

US ambassador visits the centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics
Description
Matthew Barzun, the US ambassador to UK, visited the centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics on 6 February 2014.During his visit, Uta Noppeney, CNCR co-director, described the centre's philosophy, research directions, international collaborations and the associated CNCR MSc program.
Date:
04/03/2014

Birmingham psychologists present at prestigious forensic science conference

Description
During a trip to South Africa on a C-LINK research project, Dr Jessica Woodhams and Dr Amy Burrell were invited to the 2nd National Conference for Forensic Science (10-13 February 2014) to present on the linking of crimes using modus operandi.
Date:
04/03/2014

Call for volunteers for air pollution research project

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We are recruiting volunteers to take part in a research project investigating personal exposures to airborne pollutants during daily routine activities such as traffic and cooking. If you are interested, please contact Ms Maryam Shehab (MAS247@bham.ac.uk) or phone: +44 (0)121 414 5557.
Date:
03/03/2014

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship won for studying multisensory integration

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Dr Johanna Zumer (pictured right) and Professor Uta Noppeney (pictured left) have succeeded in obtaining 2 years of funding through the EU Marie Curie IEF to carry out novel investigations to understand the neural basis of deciding when multisensory signals should be integrated versus segregated.
Date:
28/02/2014

Should 'life' mean life?

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Last week the Court of Appeal decided that the 'life' sentences of two murderers really will mean 'life' in prison, exceptional circumstances aside.
Date:
27/02/2014

Should 'life' mean life?

Description
Last week the Court of Appeal decided that the 'life' sentences of two murderers really will mean 'life' in prison, exceptional circumstances aside.
Date:
27/02/2014

Tip to dieters: Beware of friends and late night cravings

Description
There's more to dieting than just sheer willpower and self-control - the presence of friends, late night cravings or the temptation of alcohol can often simply be too strong to resist. Research led by Heather McKee of the University of Birmingham monitored the social and environmental factors that make people, who are following weight management programs, cheat. The study is published in the Springer journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
Date:
25/02/2014

Birmingham Perspectives: Better Policing Collaboration to link academics with practitioners

Description
"Crime and policing has always been at the forefront of public debate. Yet academic researchers and practitioners have not collaborated as fruitfully as they might have to understand 'what works' by way of interventions and the costs and benefits of alternate interventions. There is however reason to hope that there will be a push towards more evidence-based policing."
Date:
24/02/2014

Better Policing Collaborative Police Fair to be hosted at Birmingham

Description
On 4 April 2014 five universities (Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool, Aston and Warwick), Skills for Justice and 5 Police Forces (Derbyshire, Merseyside, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and the West Midlands) will be teaming up for a research, education and training fair.
Date:
18/02/2014

US ambassador visits the centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics

US ambassador visits the centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics
Description
Matthew Barzun, the US ambassador to UK, visited the centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics on 6 February 2014.During his visit, Uta Noppeney, CNCR co-director, described the centre's philosophy, research directions, international collaborations and the associated CNCR MSc program.
Date:
17/02/2014

Social norms paper highlighted in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Description
A recent paper by Dr Suzanne Higgs and Jason Thomas was highlighted in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the authors were invited to produce an accompanying podcast.
Date:
17/02/2014
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