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All-in-one energy system offers greener power for off-grid homes and farms

An innovative 'trigeneration' system fueled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad.


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Article cites the RCUK Energy Programme, which receives funding from the ESRC

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Would more free childcare get more mothers into work?

If considered purely as a pro-employment policy, free childcare places are expensive and ineffective

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Article written by Mike Brewer, Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change

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Immigration figures: PM's pledge 'in ruins' as net annual migration soars to more than quarter of million

Immigration figures: PM's pledge 'in ruins' as net annual migration soars to more than quarter of million | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
David Cameron’s pledge to cut immigration is in ruins after net annual migration soared to more than a quarter of a million.
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Article cites The Migration Observatory which receives funding from the ESRC and is based at the ESRC-funded Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) within the University of Oxford.

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Are you a low libido couple? You're certainly not alone

Are you a low libido couple? You're certainly not alone | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

For many couples, sex is hard to make time for, but the longer you leave it, the harder it is to get your love life back on track

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Article cites the ESRC-funded National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles

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Gaming communities can self-police against bigotry, research shows

Gaming communities can self-police against bigotry, research shows | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Games industry professionals can make gaming communities more tolerant by actively promoting and exhibiting inclusive values, according to new research. 

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The article cites research by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University.

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Sexology, Thinking Allowed - BBC Radio 4

Also, a new Sexology exhibition prompts an analysis of the changing field of sex research. Kaye Wellings, Professor of Sexual & Reproductive Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, charts a history involving book burning, scandal and shame.

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Programme interviews Professor Kaye Wellings of the ESRC-funded National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes (NATSAL)

Interview starts at 05:00 and concludes at 13:00

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Osborne to push Labour on when it would end deficit

Osborne to push Labour on when it would end deficit | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Chancellor seeks opposition agreement with the coalition’s 2017-18 timetable, which would entail spending cuts of as much as £17bn

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Breaking the cycle of poor literacy standards- one step at a time

Breaking the cycle of poor literacy standards- one step at a time | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Each year across Greater Manchester, two out of every five children are defined as being "not school ready" when they're assessed at the end of their Reception year.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded Millennium Cohort Study which is based at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

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The Riverside Show - How to Get to 100 and Enjoy It

The Riverside Show - How to Get to 100 and Enjoy It | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

In research, the significant issues affecting every person's life are often hidden behind abstract figures like the number of births, the mortality rate, or net migration. The exhibition presents the latest results of population research in an easy-to-understand format, with the aim of raising awareness among interested non-scientific audiences of the pressing issues surrounding demographic change.

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The programme included an interview with Teresa McGowan and Genna West on the Centre for Population Change's (CPC) 'How to Get to 100 and Enjoy It' exhibition (43:14 - 46:35). The exhibition is travelling around the UK until 4 December. From the 29 October to 2 November as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science the exhibition was held at the Gallery@OXO in London.

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Men in their 20s and 30s most likely to have paid for sex in recent years

Men in their 20s and 30s most likely to have paid for sex in recent years | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

One in 10 British men have paid for sex, with men in their late 20s and early 30s most likely to have seen a sex worker in recent years. 

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The article cites a paper that analysed data from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL), which is funded by the ESRC.

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Two charts that explain why old people keep getting free stuff

Two charts that explain why old people keep getting free stuff | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Pensioner benefits will cost taxpayers yet more billions. Here's why
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The article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Incomes set to outstrip inflation says IFS

Incomes set to outstrip inflation says IFS | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Average incomes are set to rise by 3.1 per cent to £459 per week – or £23,868 a year - in the current financial year, according to the IFS.
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More Brits to fall below poverty line

Average incomes in the UK are set to rise faster than inflation in 2014, after falling by around 5 per cent in real terms following the 2008 financial crash, according to new research by economic think tank.

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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Statistics watchdog raps Treasury over personal tax summaries

The official statistics watchdog has warned the Treasury after letters were sent to 24 million people detailing how their taxes are spent.
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Half of children aged 11 have never even been on a bus, says study

Half of children aged 11 have never even been on a bus, says study | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

While 48 per cent of children had reached the age of 11 without travelling on public transport - more than one in six spent at least three hours a day watching television or on a computer.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Millenium Cohort Study

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Dave's Big Migration Promise Is Now 'Dead And Buried'

David Cameron's pledge to bring net migration down to the "tens of thousands" is effectively "dead and buried" as official figures revealed that its level rose to 260,000 in the year to June.


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Article cites The Migration Observatory which receives funding from the ESRC and is based at the ESRC-funded Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) within the University of Oxford.

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Four in ten 11-year-olds have seen their parents break up

Four in ten 11-year-olds have seen their parents break up | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The ease of divorce and the lack of shame felt by couples who separate is to blame for the spread of family breakdown, according to researchers who conducted the study of 13,000 children.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Millenium Cohort Study

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Childhood obesity surges between ages of seven and 11

Childhood obesity surges between ages of seven and 11 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Schools urged to step in as major study pinpoints obesity window between ages of seven and 11

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Millenium Cohort Study

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George Osborne's gimmicks prove he is a true disciple of Gordon Brown

George Osborne's gimmicks prove he is a true disciple of Gordon Brown | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A proposed law on eliminating the deficit by 2017 is no more than a cunning deception.

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Half of children are overweight before they even reach 11

Half of children are overweight before they even reach 11 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Major research tracking 13,000 youngsters found more than a third – 35 per cent – were overweight at the age of 11, including 20 per cent who were classed as obese.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Millenium Cohort Study

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Crocodile attack database ‘will aid conservation efforts and save lives’

Crocodile attack database ‘will aid conservation efforts and save lives’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Australian-founded database CrocBITE, with records of 2,700 worldwide crocodile attacks, an attempt to understand ‘human-crocodile conflict’
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CrocBITE has received $30,000 in funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) award so that the database can be expanded with the help of Imperial College London.

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Czechs and Slovaks Still Search for Truth and Love, 25 Years After the Velvet Revolution

Czechs and Slovaks Still Search for Truth and Love, 25 Years After the Velvet Revolution | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Twenty-five years on, views on the events of 1989 are mixed. Polls from Czech research institute CVVM and Slovakia’s IVO reveal only 61 per cent of Czechs and 51 per cent of Slovaks view the events of that autumn in a positive light. 

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Emily Thornberry Is Not the Enemy of Working Class People, the Sun Newspaper and Everything it Represents Is

Emily Thornberry is not the enemy of Britain's working class, the Sun newspaper, UKIP, and the dog whistle, reactionary politics promoted by both is.

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The article cites a report by the ESRC-funded Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex and the the London School of Economics.

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Middle-class families to get £300 boost in run-up to general election, IFS finds

Middle-class families to get £300 boost in run-up to general election, IFS finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Incomes of average household is increasing at quicker than inflation, leading economic think tank finds in blow to Labour's 'cost of living' claims
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Pensioner benefits will cost taxpayers an extra £12bn by 2019 says IFS

Pensioner benefits will cost taxpayers an extra £12bn by 2019 says IFS | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Pensioners today are already better off than they were on average across their working lives while poverty among younger generations has risen sharply.
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The article cites Paul Johnson, Director of the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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CrocBITE grows funding teeth for research

An international crocodile attack database has received new funding that will help research and aid conservation.
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CrocBITE has received $30,000 in funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) award so that the database can be expanded with the help of Imperial College London.

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