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2008-06-18 14:55:00

First advert to be broadcast into space is transmitted by Doritos, with help from University of Leicester scientists. On June 12, 2008 Doritos made history, taking the UK's first step in communicating with aliens as they broadcast the first ever advert directed towards potential extra terrestrial life. The University of Leicester has played a key part in the success of the project. The transmission is being undertaken as part of the Doritos Broadcast Project, which invited the UK public to...

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2008-05-12 15:05:00

Can online networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, help new students settle into university social and academic life and minimize the chance of them withdrawing from their courses?Researchers at the University of Leicester are now looking for first-year University of Leicester students who use Facebook to help their pioneering research into this issue.They should not be too difficult to recruit. Student use of the online networking site Facebook is running at a phenomenal level, with...

2008-02-07 06:00:08

By Newey, Martyn Clarke, Malcolm KEYWORDS Carpal tunnel syndrome / Nurse-led service / Return to work This article describes the condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome and reviews a carpal tunnel service that was started in Leicester in 1999. We look at how the service has developed to meet patient needs, and how we now aim to return patients back to function and employment as quickly as possible after surgery. Introduction Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common peripheral...

2008-02-04 13:10:01

A geologist from the University of Leicester has proposed an immense (1.5km) exhibition to illustrate the vastness of geological time and to give a vivid perspective of how quickly human activity is changing the climate. Sediments accumulate on deep ocean floors at a rate of a few centimeters every thousand years. The study of this "“ called stratigraphy "“ involves drilling vertically down into the sea bed to extract a sample core which gives a picture of continually changing...

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2006-03-09 09:00:52

University scientists suggest extraterrestrial theories are flawed and that more down to earth factors could have accounted for past mass extinctions Leicester -- Earth history has been punctuated by several mass extinctions rapidly wiping out nearly all life forms on our planet. What causes these catastrophic events? Are they really due to meteorite impacts? Current research suggests that the cause may come from within our own planet "“ the eruption of vast amounts of lava that brings...

2006-01-24 12:17:25

LONDON (Reuters) - The first NHS walk-in centres to allow British commuters to get medical treatment on the way to and from work will open on Tuesday. The two centres, located at London Liverpool Street and Manchester Picadilly train stations, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and patients will not need to make an appointment. "The public has told us that they want faster, more convenient NHS services," Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said. "Many banks and supermarkets are now open...