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Mandatory sex education is long overdue – but it shouldn't be just about risk prevention

Mandatory sex education is long overdue – but it shouldn't be just about risk prevention | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new report from MPs on the Education Select Committee calling for sex education to be made statutory, has much in it to be welcomed by those who have been campaigning for improvements in sex education.

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

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Annie Edmonds 's curator insight, May 29, 2015 6:55 PM

IT's a new day for Sex Education.  And it's about time we start teaching high school aged kids what sex is really all about, the good, the bad, and the amazing. 

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Universal credit and the benefits overhaul

Universal credit and the benefits overhaul | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The introduction of the government's flagship universal credit payment marks the biggest overhaul of the benefits system since the 1940s.

Potentially, the change will affect nearly eight million people.

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

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Worried about Muslims in Britain? Here's the answer

As figures show the number of Muslim children is rising, James Kirkup says integration is about economics, not values

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity

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Conservatives and Labour playing politics as economy holds its breath

Conservatives and Labour playing politics as economy holds its breath | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

For an economist, none of the options on offer look appetising. Both main parties bring with them big problems. Any plausible election result will almost certainly undermine Britain’s growth potential.

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

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Scientist locate obesity genes which affect our size and weight

Scientist locate obesity genes which affect our size and weight | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

These obesity genes seem to work by changing how the brain regulates appetite and energy use, rather than changing the body's metabolism, said the researchers, writing in the journal Nature.

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The article cites a study by the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance.

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A 'modest' increase in public spending is needed. Austerity economics has failed

Real misery is being caused to real people the country over,' says Scotland's First Minister

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Worried about Muslims in Britain? Here's the answer

Worried about Muslims in Britain?  Here's the answer | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
As figures show the number of Muslim children is rising, James Kirkup says integration is about economics, not values
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The article cites the ESRC-funded Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity.

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Plain Packaging Reduces the Urge to Buy Cigarettes

Plain Packaging Reduces the Urge to Buy Cigarettes | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Plain tobacco packaging may reduce the likelihood of smokers seeking to obtain cigarettes by almost 10 percent compared to branded packs, according to research from England. The findings come amidst debate over whether a law introducing plain cigarette packaging in England and Wales could come into force in 2016.

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The co-author of the study, Dr Olivia Maynard, won an ESRC Impact Prize for her PhD research into plain packaging. 

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There really IS no such thing as being 'big boned', study finds

There really IS no such thing as being 'big boned', study finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Researchers from London School of Economics and Political Sciences studied the weight of thousands of biological and adopted children and concluded genetics has a 'relatively small' influence on weight.

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Article cites the ESRC Centre for Economic Performance based at the London School of Economics

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Plain packaging reduces 'cigarette-seeking' response by almost a tenth, says study

Plain packaging reduces 'cigarette-seeking' response by almost a tenth, says study | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Plain tobacco packaging may reduce the likelihood of smokers seeking to obtain cigarettes by almost 10 per cent compared to branded packs, according to research from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol.

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The co-author of the study, Dr Olivia Maynard, won an ESRC Impact Prize for her PhD research into plain packaging. 

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British sex antics laid bare in numbers

To mark the start of a national season on sexology -- the study of sexual behaviour -- the Wellcome Collection is launching 'Sex by Numbers'
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The article cites the ESRC-funded National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal).

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Classrooms with mixed ethnicity can help boost tolerance of immigrants

Classrooms with mixed ethnicity can help boost tolerance of immigrants | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
As Western societies have become more diverse due to immigration and cross-border mobility, the question of how welcoming their native populations are to newcomers has become ever more relevant. Exclusionary…
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The author of the article, Germ Janmaat, receives funding from the ESRC.

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Roman M's curator insight, April 16, 2015 12:11 PM

This article makes a lot of sense because if the kids grow up knowing different ethnic groups in school. Then they will not be so hateful or mind immigrants nearly as much as someone who hasn't been with those kids growing up. Some of the kids might have their best friends being a different ethnic group than them.

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bobby isham's curator insight, April 20, 2015 5:50 PM

People believe that classrooms with mixed ethnicities boost tolerance for immigrants. They did a study on countries doing this and found it to be a successful way to get people to accept immigrants from other countries better

breanna mae johnson's curator insight, April 7, 9:55 AM
My opinion is that, emotions another human being isn't based on ethnicity. Just because another person is an immigrant does not mean  someone of a diffrent race will get along. It's all decided on those human beings. Therefore, people of diffrent races may Or may not be filled with hatred.
                                                       BJ
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Britain's seven greatest general elections since 1945

Britain's seven greatest general elections since 1945 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
General elections are the great democratic leveller. Every citizen – however wealthy, educated or interested – gets an opportunity to pass judgement on the performance of the government and the direction…
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One of the authors of this article, John Bartle, receives funding from the ESRC.

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The great mansion tax deception

The great mansion tax deception | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Mansion tax is the tax of the moment. It is Britain’s first new fiscal idea since the poll tax in 1989, and is proving no less controversial

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Labour must push what Miliband has got right on the economy in election runup

Labour must push what Miliband has got right on the economy in election runup | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Charge sheet brought by the Tories may not stand up, but party still needs to show how its tax and spending policy can help re-shape and modernise the economy

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Adultery Isn't The Biggest Problem In A Relationship, Think Most Brits

Adultery Isn't The Biggest Problem In A Relationship, Think Most Brits | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Less than a third of Brits think having an affair would put their relationship under strain. An official study published by the Office for National Statistics looked into the nation's wellbeing ...

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

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What can the 1930s tell us about public spending?

What can the 1930s tell us about public spending? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

One of Labour's most potent lines of attack is that the government's fiscal plans are so tight they will see spending on departments cut back to 1930s levels. But does a comparison with eight decades ago really tell us anything interesting about public spending? 

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The article quotes Gemma Tetlow from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Pink stinks but Labour's bus is a welcome sight on the road

Pink stinks but Labour's bus is a welcome sight on the road | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

An admission: last year I wore a bubblegum pink t-shirt. The occasion? Cancer Research’s Race for Life. If I told you that I only ever wear black and grey, you might be rather surprised. 

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The author of the article, Sarah Childs, receives funding from the ESRC.

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Latest Forecast for UK Economy

Latest Forecast for UK Economy | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

We have revised up our forecast for GDP growth in 2015 significantly, to almost 3 per cent. This is almost entirely due to the sharp fall in the oil price.

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The article cites the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, which receives funding from the ESRC.

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Miliband Whistling NHS Tune on Repeat Risks UK Voter Fatigue

Miliband Whistling NHS Tune on Repeat Risks UK Voter Fatigue | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Cameron has accused Miliband of using the NHS as a “political football” after the Labour leader was cited by the BBC as saying he wanted to “weaponize” it in the election

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Article quotes Professor Ed Fieldhouse of the ESRC-funded British Election Study

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For the third time in a century, America will have to ride to Europe's rescue

For the third time in a century, America will have to ride to Europe's rescue | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

From the sidelines, the US is watching the unfolding Greek tragedy with growing horror. It must stand ready to assist as the euro breaks apart

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Study suggests smokers turned off by cigarettes in plain packaging

Study suggests smokers turned off by cigarettes in plain packaging | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Selling cigarettes in plain packaging could potentially reduce the cachet of smoking to such an extent that one in 10 may stub out the habit.

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The co-author of the study, Dr Olivia Maynard, won an ESRC Impact Prize for her PhD research into plain packaging. 

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Surge in antisemitism on social media

Research undertaken by Lancaster University has informed a major inquiry into antisemitism. The All-Party Parliamentary inquiry was set up following an apparent rise in antisemitic abuse on social media in July and August last year during fighting between Gaza and Israel.

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How the world will look in 2050

How the world will look in 2050 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Rapid growth in emerging markets to establish new world order by 2050, as Britain slips down the global growth league, new research shows
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The article cites data from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), who receive funding from the ESRC.

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Sunlight and vitamin D levels higher for coastal populations

Sunlight and vitamin D levels higher for coastal populations | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

People living close to the coast in England have higher vitamin D levels than inland dwellers, according to a new study.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded British Cohort Study at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

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