Life and Environmental Sciences News

Is there a future for gay villages?

Is there a future for gay villages?
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Perspective article by Dr Phil Jones, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Geography,
Date:
16/02/2018

Action on air pollution needed now to save East African lives

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Air pollution in Nairobi is likely to become significantly worse by 2030 – putting thousands of lives at risk from one of the biggest killers in urban Africa – unless action is taken now, according to an alliance of African and British experts.
Date:
12/02/2018

Scientists gain insight into how the rainforest collapse 307 million years ago impacted the evolution of early land vertebrates

Scientists gain insight into how the rainforest collapse 307 million years ago impacted the evolution of early land vertebrates
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Researchers at the University of Birmingham have discovered that the mass extinction seen in plant species caused by the onset of a drier climate 307 million years ago led to extinctions of some groups of tetrapods, the first vertebrates to live on land, but allowed others to expand across the globe.
Date:
07/02/2018

UK-East Africa experts gather to tackle killer air pollution

UK-East Africa experts gather to tackle killer air pollution
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An alliance of African and British experts has gathered at the University of Birmingham to understand how to save lives at risk from air pollution – one of the biggest killers in urban Africa.
Date:
01/02/2018

Breakthrough leads to sequencing of a human genome using a pocket-sized device

Breakthrough leads to sequencing of a human genome using a pocket-sized device
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A new nanopore technology for direct sequencing of long strands of DNA has resulted in the most complete human genome ever assembled with a single technology, scientists have revealed.
Date:
01/02/2018

A green and pleasant Northern Forest that will last

A green and pleasant Northern Forest that will last
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A Birmingham Brief by Professor Rob MacKenzie, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, University of Birmingham
Date:
26/01/2018

Teenagers are sophisticated users of social media, study finds

Teenagers are sophisticated users of social media, study finds
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Teenagers are far more critical users of social media than we give them credit for, and need to be better supported in reaping the benefits social media can have.
Date:
25/01/2018

Researchers begin isolating blood-feeding and non-biting genes in mosquitoes

Researchers begin isolating blood-feeding and non-biting genes in mosquitoes
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Researchers have taken the first step on a path that eventually could result in female mosquitoes that no longer bite and spread diseases.
Date:
18/01/2018

University welcomes Birmingham's Commonwealth Games bid success

University welcomes Birmingham's Commonwealth Games bid success
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The University of Birmingham welcomes its home city's success in winning the right to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games – with staff and students looking forward to world-class athletes going for Gold on campus.
Date:
08/01/2018

Research suggests gorillas can develop food cleaning behaviour spontaneously

Research suggests gorillas can develop food cleaning behaviour spontaneously
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Researchers from the University of Birmingham, University of Tübingen and University of St. Andrews have suggested that gorillas are capable of learning food cleaning behaviours without having to witness it in others first.
Date:
11/12/2017
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