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  • Food Transformed from Garbage to Gourmet

    By Victoria on January 19, 2018
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    In London, a catering business is turning surplus artisan produce into high-quality, affordable meals. Although the vast majority of the UK’s retail sector food waste comes from supermarkets, it’s a problem that impacts independent artisan food suppliers too. The scale may be small, but the quality from these suppliers is high. Everything from specialist cheeses to organic granola, and handmade […]
  • Elderly Defying Senior Stereotypes

    By Victoria on January 16, 2018
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    Older people around the world are proving that later life can be anything but dull. In the UK, John Lowe, a former prisoner of war in Japan, took up ballet at the age of 79. By the time he approached his 90th birthday, Lowe was dancing professionally, rehearsing at his local dance school three times a week and practicing at […]
  • Clothes Designed to Grow With Child

    By Victoria on January 13, 2018
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    The James Dyson award for student innovation was recently awarded to the designer of a range of clothes that expand to fit growing babies and toddlers. The clothes fabric is inspired by the ancient art of origami and the London-based designer Ryan Yasin has developed a durable, lightweight, pleated fabric based on principles he studied for his degree in aeronautical […]
  • Developing Drought-Tolerant Tomatoes

    By Victoria on January 10, 2018
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    In Northern Israel, scientists are working on a European project aimed at developing drought-tolerant tomatoes. The aim behind the project is to find a tomato that would require 90% less irrigation than ordinary varieties, would be extremely resistant to drought, taste good, have a nice texture and provide a steady yield. The experiment involves growing some 40,000 tomato plants from […]
  • Breast Cancer Survivors Form Boat Racing Team

    By Victoria on January 7, 2018
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    In County Cork, Ireland, a group of breast cancer survivors have found that dragonboat racing can be an ideal form of physical and mental therapy. Dragonboats are long canoe-like boats, and each dragonboat carries 18 people — 16 paddlers, a drummer, and a helmsman or helmswoman — for an evening of fun on the waters of the River Lee. According […]
  • Finding Peace In Our Busy Lives – Reverend Baden Stanley

    By Victoria on January 4, 2018
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    Reverend Baden Stanley speaks to Wendy Grace on the topic ‘Finding the place of peace when we have overstretched our limited energy’. Download | Embed
  • Underwater Robots Monitor Venice Waterways

    By Victoria on January 4, 2018
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    In Italy, an international team of scientists have launched an unprecedented exploration project in the waterways beneath the city of Venice using swarms of autonomous underwater robots. The project has designed three different bio-inspired robot species: an aPad robot floating on the water surface, an aFish swimming in shallow waters and an aMussel robot covering the seabed. The purpose of […]
  • Computer Programme Developed to Detect Seizures in Newborn Babies

    By Victoria on January 1, 2018
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    In Cork, a computer programme that can detect seizures in new-borns has been developed by researchers at the Infant perinatal research centre. A number of technology companies have already expressed interest in the programme which has been tested cotside in a clinical trial that involves over 500 babies across eight European countries. Professor Geraldine Boylan, principal investigator in the ANSeR […]
  • 1 Billion Trees Planted in Pakistan

    By Victoria on December 29, 2017
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    Following decades of deforestation, a province in Pakistan has planted 1billion trees in a period of two years. The last tree in Pakistan’s Billion Tree Tsunami project has been planted, and the project has come to completion in the north-west province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project is the brainchild of cricket star turned politician Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan […]
  • Scientists Absorbed by Deep Sea Sponges

    By Victoria on December 26, 2017
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    A consortium of scientists from the EU, the US and Canada have recently embarked on a deep-sea sponge research voyage to find out what role they might play in recycling the ocean’s waste. For three weeks, G.O.Sars, one of the most advanced research vessels of its kind, took the team of scientists through western fjords of Norway and up into […]

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