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2011-10-26 13:15:16

The British appetite for zombies is becoming a growing trend. From computer games and films to organized zombie walks though Britain´s cities, the proliferation of zombies seems to be everywhere.  Yet, this high interest in zombies enables researchers to link zombie-like behaviors to current models of public attitudes and actions. Researcher Dr Nick Pearce will present findings from his new study of Britain´s zombie phenomenon at an event organized as part of the Economic...

2011-10-21 13:56:21

The benefits of virtual worlds can be used to help autistic children develop social skills beyond their anticipated levels, suggest early findings from new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Researchers on the Echoes Project have developed an interactive environment which uses multi-touch screen technology where virtual characters on the screener act to children´s actions in real time. During sessions in the virtual environment, primary school children...

2011-10-18 13:05:35

Vampires on the True Blood television series are already enjoying the advantages of synthetic blood. While this may seem to be only the imagination on the big screen, the true benefits of blood manufactured from embryonic stem cells may be less than a decade away. It is unclear however whether society can develop an acceptance of cultured blood - or an appetite for synthetic meat produced by related technology.  For this reason it is vital the public has every opportunity to get...

2011-10-11 20:18:06

Governments should target aid towards individual households threatened with poverty because of soaring food costs rather than intervene in the markets to try to lower prices, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Governments in poorer countries should pay cash benefits directly to poor families instead of interventions such as price subsidies or controls. This type of interference causes distortions of the food markets and does not help the...

2011-09-19 20:34:12

Current policy pressures on universities to focus on improving their research excellence and to widen participation make it hard for them to engage meaningfully with excluded communities, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). University-community engagement remains marginal to the organisation, funding, management and strategic control of universities. This reduces their benefits for excluded communities. "Traditionally, universities have regarded...

2011-09-07 13:44:46

In these tough economic times, universities are under pressure to use their knowledge and discoveries to drive economic growth, but an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) study reveals that not all universities are equal. Universities in the greater south-east of England seem to be better than those in less competitive regions at commercializing their research and innovation. Universities are stretching out beyond their academic colleagues and supporting businesses to innovate in a...

2011-07-20 14:45:21

A new study suggests young people with a serious genetic blood disorder are not getting the right help at school, especially pupils who miss lessons due to sickness. Research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) at De Montfort University, the University of York and Loughborough University reveals that most children with sickle cell disease (SCD) do not feel supported by schools in catching up on absences from class. Sickle cell is an inherited condition affecting around...

2011-05-18 13:49:21

A new international Task Force has been set up to promote 'a fair day's work for a fair day's pay' for workers and to develop organizational capacity in lower income countries. The research which found discrepancies between the salaries earned by local and those earned by expatriate aid workers was instrumental in setting up the task force. According to the findings from a jointly funded project by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development...

2011-03-03 12:40:06

A survey of households across the UK taken at the height of the recession in 2009 show 67 per cent of people in full-time work were living comfortably or doing allright and that unemployed people were broadly optimistic about their future prospects. Almost two-thirds of the unemployed stated that they expect their financial situation to improve in the next year, compared with 30per cent of those in work and 25 per cent of the economically inactive. More than 15,000 adults of working age took...

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2011-02-14 09:50:00

Whether you are married or cohabiting with your partner, the vast majority of couples in the UK are happy in their relationship. Initial findings, from Understanding Society, show that around 90 percent of individuals who are living with a partner are happy with their relationship. Researchers at the Institute for Social and Economic Research asked both individuals in the couple to rate their happiness on a seven point scale; from the lowest score of 'extremely unhappy' to the middle point of...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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