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DAILY TELEGRAPH: Air pollution may raise risk of stillbirth and pregnant women should consider leaving cities, say scientists 

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Air pollution may raise risk of stillbirth and pregnant women should consider leaving cities, say scientists  | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
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DAILY MAIL: Bendable phones with screens made from graphene are coming

DAILY MAIL: Bendable phones with screens made from graphene are coming | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Technology company Moxi, based in Chongqing, China, has developed devices that will cost £531 ($776) with highly flexible screens using the Nobel Prize winning material graphene.
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The Rise In Female Suicide: What Can We Do To Prevent More Deaths?

The Rise In Female Suicide: What Can We Do To Prevent More Deaths? | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
'It is vital that when people do seek help, they get the support they need.'
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The Huffington Post reports on the rising numbers of female suicides. "The concern is that this possible rise may be driven by rising rates in young women and in middle-aged women over 50,” said Manchester's Professor Louis Appleby “If they are aged 50 and over, this would suggest women are joining men as being most vulnerable around middle age."
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THE GUARDIAN: The secretive 'second world' of human synthetic biology

THE GUARDIAN: The secretive 'second world' of human synthetic biology | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
A meeting on synthesising the human genome, convened behind closed doors at Harvard, has caused a stir. Should we worry about scientific secrecy?
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BBC NEWS: The Machine Stops: Did EM Forster predict the internet age? 

BBC NEWS: The Machine Stops: Did EM Forster predict the internet age?  | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Did the Edwardian writer EM Forster predict the internet and Skype in his 1909 short story, The Machine Stops?
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THE SUN: Trainee teachers with northern accents are 'pressured to speak 'the Queen's English' in the classroom'

THE SUN: Trainee teachers with northern accents are 'pressured to speak 'the Queen's English' in the classroom' | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
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More coverage by the Sun and other outlets on research by Dr Alex Baratta who finds that trainee teachers with northern accents are 'pressured to speak 'the Queen's English' in the classroom'.
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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: City can lead charge to the fourth industrial revolution

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: City can lead charge to the fourth industrial revolution | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Greater Manchester is at the heart of the global advanced manufacturing movement – and the pace of change is constantly quickening, as Ben Rooth discovers.
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Such is the perceived potential of advanced manufacturing, that Manchester’s inward investment agency MIDAS has noted that the scale of the market opportunity for it across this city is limitless.


Perhaps the most exciting development of recent times has been graphene – the world’s thinnest, strongest, most conductive material, isolated at the University of Manchester in 2004.


http://www.materials.manchester.ac.uk/

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GUARDIAN: How London became a Labour city – and what it means for British politics

GUARDIAN: How London became a Labour city – and what it means for British politics | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Sadiq Khan’s crushing victory in the mayoral election has confirmed the party’s dominance in the capital. Is it time to stop treating London’s political stance as a weird anomaly?
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Rob Ford, a psephologist and lecturer at The University of Manchester, says: “90% of political writers are London-based. So, the city’s political mindset is the air they breathe. They just don’t see it. Or they don’t find it interesting.” Yet he goes on: “Britain will arrive at the place where London is, eventually, in its demographics, in its social values, in its politics. In perhaps 20 to 30 years’ time, thanks to immigration and ethnic change and the huge expansion of higher education, the median voter in Land’s End will be much more like a Londoner.”

http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/politics/
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THE INDEPENDENT: Scientists urge caution over 'alarmist' claim of link between pregnancy folate and autism

THE INDEPENDENT: Scientists urge caution over 'alarmist' claim of link between pregnancy folate and autism | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists have suggested that researchers who claim to have discovered a link between excessive consumption of folate by pregnant women and a higher risk of the unborn child developing autism are potentially being “irresponsible” and “unduly alarmist”.

Currently expectant mothers are advised to take the synthetic version, folic acid, as a supplement because it has been shown to reduce the chance of spina bifida and other birth defects, some fatal.
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Jonathan Green, professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at The University of Manchester, said: “There are many epidemiologically based associations made of this sort – increasingly so in autism at the moment.


“Without details of the analysis, or any theory of action this looks like low-grade evidence and, if not peer-reviewed, seems irresponsible.”

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BBC NEWS: Toxic arsenic found in Cornwall private water supplies

BBC NEWS: Toxic arsenic found in Cornwall private water supplies | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Levels of toxic arsenic above health guidelines are found in a small group of people in Cornwall.
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DAILY EXPRESS: Homeowners at risk from dangerously high levels of deadly arsenic

DAILY EXPRESS: Homeowners at risk from dangerously high levels of deadly arsenic | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
HOMEOWNERS are being urged to treat drinking water after scientists and health experts detected high levels of toxic arsenic in some UK supplies.
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Homeowners are being urged to treat drinking water after our scientists detected high levels of toxic arsenic in some UK supplies
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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: Award-winning idea is helping hand for African entrepreneurs

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: Award-winning idea is helping hand for African entrepreneurs | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
With the winners of Venture Further, a business competition run through the Manchester Enterprise Centre, announced this week, Lucy Roue catches up with one of last year’s winners
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Venture Further invited students and researchers from the University of Manchester, as well as recent alumni, to present their business proposals and pitch decks to an expert judging panel.

https://mec.portals.mbs.ac.uk/Enterpriseactivities/Competitions/VentureFurther.aspx


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BBC NEWS: Embryo study shows 'life's first steps'

BBC NEWS: Embryo study shows 'life's first steps' | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a technique to grow human embryos in the lab past the point they normally implant in the womb.
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Professor Daniel Brison, from The University of Manchester, argued: "Given the potential benefits of new research in infertility, improving assisted conception methods, and in early miscarriage and disorders of pregnancy, there may be a case in the future to reconsider this."
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NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS: DNA - ‘The Power of the Beautiful Experiment

NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS: DNA - ‘The Power of the Beautiful Experiment’ | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Matthew Cobb’s absorbing book Life’s Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code serves as a useful primer for those interested in the brave new world of genetic intervention made possible by the rise of biotechnology. But Cobb’s book will also be of interest to professional scientists as it recounts events in one of the most transformative periods in the history of science: the rise of a molecular understanding of life.
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Pioneering Salford Lung Study achieves world first

Pioneering Salford Lung Study achieves world first | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it

Healthcare professionals from eight organisations across Greater Manchester have collaborated to deliver the initial results of the Salford Lung Study (SLS). The study involved over 2,800 consenting patients, supported by 80 GP practices and 130 pharmacies in Salford and the surrounding Greater Manchester area.


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BBC NEWS: Name for dinosaur found on Vale of Glamorgan beach -

BBC NEWS: Name for dinosaur found on Vale of Glamorgan beach - | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
What do you call a Welsh dinosaur? Dracoraptor hanigani of course.
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Cindy Howells, palaeontology curator for the National Museum of Wales, worked alongside experts from the University of Portsmouth and the University of Manchester to established that the dinosaur was a young meat-eater from the theropod group.


It would have been approximately 70cm (28in) tall and 200cm (79in) long, with a long tail to help it balance.


The fossil is on display in the main hall at the National Museum of Wales.


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http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/new-dinosaur-discovered-in-wales


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DAILY MAIL: Sunflower citizen science project carries on the work of Alan Turing

DAILY MAIL: Sunflower citizen science project carries on the work of  Alan Turing | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Led by the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the project set out to finish the work which Turing started before his death in 1954 based on sunflowers (illustrated).
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BBC NEWS: Scientists clone Zika for vaccine race

BBC NEWS: Scientists clone Zika for vaccine race | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
US scientists say they have managed to clone the Zika virus - an important step towards fast-tracking a vaccine against the disease.
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UK expert Dr Tom Blanchard, from The University of Manchester is using a safe derivative of an existing smallpox vaccine to try to make a new antidote for Zika


He said: "The challenge for people like us who are developing vaccines is to separate out the harmful effects of the virus from the beneficial effects. We want to have something that will replicate but will not cause damage.


"Research such as this could help."


http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/zika-virus-vaccine-to-be-developed-in-manchester


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THE TELEGRAPH: If you build it...

THE TELEGRAPH: If you build it... | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
On 15 May 1863, Frank Hornby, inventor of Meccano, Dinky Toys and Hornby's Model Railways, was born
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In the 1930s, scientists at the University built a “differential analyser”, an early prototype of a computer, using Meccano. A later version of their machine was used in research in the Second World War on heat flow and explosives. The original is now in the Science Museum in London.
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TELEGRAPH: Have you ever 'poshed up' your accent?
Teachers pressured to speak “the Queen’s English” 

TELEGRAPH: Have you ever 'poshed up' your accent?<br/>Teachers pressured to speak “the Queen’s English”  | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
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The study, by the University of Manchester, found that accents most associated with the Home Counties were favoured by teachers.


It comes after previous research had shown that trainee teachers with northern accents felt they were 'selling out' because they felt they had to change their accents to be understood in the classroom, having been told to do so by their mentors.


Researcher Alex Baratta has now looked into teacher accent, identity and linguistic prejudice in schools in the south of England.


http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/research-exposes-prejudice-over-teachers-with-northern-accents/


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TIMES EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT: Primaries' ability to cope with growing diversity is hindered by a fragmented system, research finds

TIMES EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT: Primaries' ability to cope with growing diversity is hindered by a fragmented system, research finds | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Government policies such as academisation are negatively impacting on children from disadvantaged backgrounds, report claims
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DAILY TELEGRAPH: Seven-day NHS plans based on 'flimsy notions' MPs say

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Seven-day NHS plans based on 'flimsy notions' MPs say | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
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THE INDEPENDENT: You can't dress up ideology as evidence-based policy

THE INDEPENDENT: You can't dress up ideology as evidence-based policy | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Among the many controversial justifications for the Government’s ambition to create a “seven day NHS” is the so-called ‘weekend effect’ on hospital death rates. Studies cited by the Government as evidence behind their policies for a modernised health service suggested that patients admitted to hospital over the weekend were more likely to die, which ministers claimed might be down to lower staffing rates and lack of routine care. A fully-staffed service all week long would be able to overcome this risk, it was suggested.
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Indy editorial  on the study from The University of Manchester finding that only the most sick patients were admitted at the weekend, meaning admissions were more likely to lead to mortality due to the severity of the illness suffered by the admitted patient.
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THE GUARDIAN: Fewer people die in hospital at weekends, study finds

THE GUARDIAN: Fewer people die in hospital at weekends, study finds | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Weekend death rate problem, used by Jeremy Hunt to justify imposing new doctors’ contract, ‘does not exist’
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A team from The University of Manchester has found an apparently simple answer to the question of why the death rate rises at the weekend among patients admitted to hospital as an emergency. Their analysis looks at the numbers of people arriving in accident and emergency (A&E) as well as the numbers admitted to a bed. It finds that there is indeed a “weekend effect”, because fewer people are admitted and they are the sickest patients, leading to a higher death rate than in the week.

Full story here:
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/national-study-casts-doubt-on-higher-weekend-death-rate-and-proposals-for-seven-day-hospital-services/
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THE MIRROR: Arthritis drug thought to be giving patients higher risk of diabetes

THE MIRROR: Arthritis drug thought to be giving patients higher risk of diabetes | University of Manchester in the news | Scoop.it
Taking glucocorticoid therapy - a type of steroids - could increase an arthritic patient’s chance of being diagnosed with diabetes
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Lead author Dr Will Dixon, director of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology at The University of Manchester, said: “Doctors treating people with arthritis have to make a decision how best to prescribe glucocorticoids by balancing the benefits against the risks.

“However, until now, no studies have considered how the risk changes with the dose and duration of treatment.


“This research provides important evidence for doctors to make this decision.


“This research shows that low doses of steroids do not increase the risk of diabetes. However, there is an increased risk of acquiring diabetes for people who use them for long periods or at high doses, which can now be quantified.”


http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/diabetes-risk-of-common-arthritis-medicine-quantified-for-first-time/

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