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Trading archives chart how Britain’s taste for tea grew

Experts used a software technique called text mining to pore over details of commodity movements between Britain and Ceylon, which became modern-day Sri Lanka
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Why Wales will make its own mind up on independence

Why Wales will make its own mind up on independence | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

With the Scottish referendum just weeks away, all eyes are on Scotland. But what would a "Yes" or "No" vote mean for Wales, and how much appetite is there for Wales to get more powers too?

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Article cites findings from the ESRC funded Future of England Survey 2014 (FoES),

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Sir Ian Wood: 15 years of oil left before independent Scotland spending cuts

Sir Ian Wood: 15 years of oil left before independent Scotland spending cuts | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The North Sea's most eminent industry leader comes out against independence and warns rapidly depleting reserves means a separate Scotland could end up importing gas from England.

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Article cites a report from the ESRC funded Institute of Fiscal Studies

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Independent Scotland's admission to EU is not in serious doubt, says study

The admission of an independent Scotland into the EU is not in seriuos doubt but the time scale of 18 months is ambitious, according to an academic study.

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Article cites the ESRC funded project which is part of the Future of the UK and Scotland programme.

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English taking hard line on Scotland

English taking hard line on Scotland | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A survey shows Britons' attitudes hardening towards Scotland, regardless of the independence vote.

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Cites findings from the latest Future of England Survey 2014 (FoES), the authoritative survey of English opinion on constitutional issues undertaken by researchers at Cardiff University and the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change, based at the University of Edinburgh.

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Failing to breastfeed may double risk of depression in mothers

Failing to breastfeed may double risk of depression in mothers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Women who plan to breastfeed their babies but don't are twice as likely to suffer depression as mothers who decide in advance to use formula, a study has found

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Article cites the ESRC-funded project researching the effects on breastfeeding, which used data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)

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Facial Symmetry And Good Health May Not Be Related

Facial Symmetry And Good Health May Not Be Related | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Psychologists interested in mate selection and the visual processing of faces have long sought to understand why some faces are widely regarded as attractive. Researchers have identified several cues associated with facial beauty

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Author, Dr Richard Cook, is an ESRC Future Research Leader

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Losing the battle against online trolls

Losing the battle against online trolls | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"The Internet may be losing the war against trolls. At the very least, it isn’t winning"

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Dr Claire Hardaker is funded by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University. Her research in the field of social media looks at topics such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming.


Article from Australian business industry news online, published   15 August 2014.

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Scottish poverty study calls on governments to tackle rising deprivation

Scottish poverty study calls on governments to tackle rising deprivation | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The percentage of households falling below society's minimum standard of living has increased from 14 per cent to 33 per cent over the last 30 years, despite the size of the economy doubling. This is one of the stark findings from the largest study of poverty and deprivation ever conducted in the UK.
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Article cites the ESRC-funded Poverty and Social Exclusion (PSE) project.

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Almost one million Scots cannot afford adequate housing conditions

Almost one million Scots cannot afford adequate housing conditions | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

More than 200,000 children live in damp housing, according to poverty study

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Poverty and Scocial Exclusion (PSE) project.

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Data protection regulation warned against

Data protection regulation warned against | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Europe: Evidence-based policy making in Europe is at risk from changes to a data protection regulation being considered by the European Union, according to an open letter signed by almost 30 leading scientists. 

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Europe's leading scientists including ESRC's CEO and President of Science Europe Professor Paul Boyle, have highlighted in a joint letter, that proposed European Parliament amendments to data protection legislation will undermine beneficial scientific research. 


Article originally published 19 August 2014.

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Scientists say EU data bill to harm research

Scientists say EU data bill to harm research | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Leading European scientists have said new EU data laws will cause "dire" harm to research in areas such as smoking-related diseases or child nutrition.
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Europe's leading scientists including ESRC's CEO and President of Science Europe Professor Paul Boyle, have highlighted in a joint letter, that proposed European Parliament amendments to data protection legislation will undermine beneficial scientific research. 


Article originally published on 14 August 2014.

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UK Data Service names director for Big Data Network

With recent government investments in Big Data infrastructure and access, the UK Data Service is taking on a growing support role in sharing expertise, setting standards and coordinating activities across the ESRC Big Data Network. Now a new director is coming on board to provide strategic and operational direction for this additional stream of activity.

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Article announces the new Director for the ESRC funded Big Data Network

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Joining the herd at university isn't the only option

Joining the herd at university isn't the only option | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"I made friends with a lesbian and a man who didn’t wash, but that was about as interesting as university got for me" by Bryony Gordon.

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Article cites the ESRC funded Institiute of Fiscal Studies

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Scottish Poverty Study - Rising Deprivation

Scottish Poverty Study - Rising Deprivation | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

STV News at Six, Wednesday, 20/08/2014

 

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Programme discusses research covered in the ESRC-funded Poverty and Social Exclusion (PSE) project.

Coverage starts at 05:04 and concludes at 08:00

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Industrial revival or sweatshop UK?

Industrial revival or sweatshop UK? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

UK manufacturing costs now rival those in Eastern Europe, but low-paid workers may not join the celebrations

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Article cites The Migration Observatory, which is part funded by the ESRC

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The English favour a hardline with Scotland

The English favour a hardline with Scotland | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

BBC News at Ten, 20/08/2014 Latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide

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Cites findings from the latest Future of England Survey 2014 (FoES), the authoritative survey of English opinion on constitutional issues undertaken by researchers at Cardiff University and the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change, based at the University of Edinburgh.

Starts at 21:08 and concludes at 24:40

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Think tank recommends keeping pound

Think tank recommends keeping pound | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

An independent Scotland should use the pound without a formal currency union or the use of the Bank of England, the Adam Smith Institute has said.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute of Fiscal Studies

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Mothers who breastfeed are 50% less likely to suffer postnatal depression

Mothers who breastfeed are 50% less likely to suffer postnatal depression | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Women who do not breastfeed their babies are at a higher risk of postnatal depression, according to a major study of more than 10,000 mothers.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded project researching the effects on breastfeeding, which used data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)

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The English favour a hard line with Scotland - whatever the result of the Independence Referendum

The English favour a hard line with Scotland - whatever the result of the Independence Referendum | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

BBC News at Six, 20/08/2014 National and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather.

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Cites findings from the latest Future of England Survey 2014 (FoES), the authoritative survey of English opinion on constitutional issues undertaken by researchers at Cardiff University and the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change, based at the University of Edinburgh.

Starts at 18:25 and concludes at 22:05


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Web trolls winning as incivility increases

Web trolls winning as incivility increases | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Hamilton Spectator, Ontario, Canada

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Dr Claire Hardaker is funded by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University. Her research in the field of social media looks at topics such as flaming, trolling, cyber bullying, and online grooming.


Article originally published 16 August 2014.

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Mothers who choose not to breastfeed are 'twice as likely to get postnatal depression because they miss out on mood-boosting hormones released by the process'

Mothers who choose not to breastfeed are 'twice as likely to get postnatal depression because they miss out on mood-boosting hormones released by the process' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new Spanish and British study shows new mothers who gain the best protection against depression are those who always planned to breastfeed their babies and are able to do so.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded project researching the effects on breastfeeding, which used data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)

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One million Scots 'have inadequate housing'

One million Scots 'have inadequate housing' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Nearly one million Scots cannot afford adequate housing, a new study claims.The percentage of households falling below society's minimum standard of living has also increased from 14% to 33% over the last 30 years.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Poverty and Scocial Exclusion (PSE) project.

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Data protection changes risk ‘dire consequences’, scientists warn

Data protection changes risk ‘dire consequences’, scientists warn | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Scientists have warned that evidence-based policy making in Europe is at risk from changes to a data protection regulation being considered by the European Union.
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Europe's leading scientists including ESRC's CEO and President of Science Europe Professor Paul Boyle, have highlighted in a joint letter, that proposed European Parliament amendments to data protection legislation will undermine beneficial scientific research. 


Article originally published 16 August 2014.

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Euro data threat

Euro data threat | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
European Parliament amendments to data protection legislation will hamstring beneficial scientific research
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Professor Paul Boyle, ESRC's CEO and President of Science Europe writes an open letter to the Times in which he highlights that proposed European Parliament amendments to data protection legislation will undermine beneficial scientific research. 


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Mother's personality measured during pregnancy predicts how well children perform in GCSEs

Mother's personality measured during pregnancy predicts how well children perform in GCSEs | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Babies born to mothers who hold a stronger belief that their fate is in their own hands and not down to luck tend to perform better in their GCSE exams 16 years later.

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This article cites research from the Centre for Economic Performance which was established by the ESRC.

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