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2008-10-04 18:00:24

By Dan Thomson NORTH scientists will receive more than pounds 2m to develop pioneering cancer imaging technology, it was announced today. Over the next five years, Newcastle and Durham Universities will work together in a pounds 50m nationwide initiative to establish the UK as a world leader in cancer imaging research. The technology, which will be developed in the North East at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research at Newcastle University, has a number of uses in the detection,...

2008-10-03 18:00:09

SCHOOLCHILDREN are being encouraged to take pictures of science and nature in the North East for a photography competition. The aim of the competition, for seven to 16-years-old, is to make students think about the science in the photo they have taken and briefly describe it. Photographers with the best pictures will win a top digital camera and a trip for their class to Centre for Life's Lifelab. The competition is being run by Newcastle Science City and all winners will get framed...

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2008-10-01 14:30:00

A recent study has concluded that wind turbines pose less of a risk to farmland birds than previously thought. Research showed that building new wind farms on European farmland would not adversely affect bird populations, a team of researchers said. Studies in the past highlighted how turbine blades were hazardous for waterbirds and bird of prey species. The findings have been published in the British Ecological Society's (BES) Journal of Applied Ecology. "The message on farmland specifically...

2008-09-30 09:00:59

URGENT and emergency care on Teesside has been rated among the best in the country. Independent watchdog the Healthcare Commission published a major review of 152 primary care trusts (PCTs) in England, and Teesside came out on top. Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland were all placed in the best performing category, helping the North-east emerge as the region with the best care. The review is the first to compare how all NHS services work together. A...

2008-09-29 18:00:31

By Adrian Pearson ENERGY experts are pleading with the Government to make a minor legislative change that could herald a new era of clean North East coal. Outdated rules are holding back a Newcastle University study that aims to turn the region's coal into a gas while still underground. The complex process is governed by the Petroleum Act, so the university is competing against big oil companies for the chance to research coal fields potentially worth billions of pounds. But...

2008-09-29 18:00:00

By Tony Henderson THE Duke of Northumberland will today lead the centenary celebrations of a building tucked away in a picturesque bay on the North East coast. But Newcastle University's Dove Marine Laboratory, originally set up in 1908 to study over-fishing, has never been more vital at a time when the potential of the seas to provide solutions to the major issues facing mankind is being increasingly recognised. The Dove, at Cullercoats in North Tyneside, is an internationally-...

2008-09-22 09:00:58

By Philippa Weighell HEALTH chiefs have given assurances to residents over the future of care in part of the region. Concerns had been raised over emergency and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital, in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, and the Catterick Garrison out-ofhours centre, after they were put under review by North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust (PCT). But at a meeting of North Yorkshire County Council?s health committee, trust bosses said there would be no reduction...

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2008-08-04 13:55:00

Using sophisticated computer modeling techniques, scientists have determined that the bite force of the great white's extinct relative, the gigantic fossil species Carcharodon megalodon (also known as Big Tooth) is the highest of all time, making it arguably the most formidable carnivore ever to have existed. Shark researchers from the University of New South Wales, Newcastle University, NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries (Australia) and University of California (USA) reveal...

2008-07-30 09:01:27

A STONE cutting ceremony officially marked the beginning of construction of a new Teesside hospital. Roseberry Park in Middlesbrough is a pounds 74m development just down the road from James Cook University Hospital. Opening in 2010, it will provide specialist mental healthcare and be a centre of excellence for disability services. The hospital will have 312 beds as well as outpatient clinics. Chief executive of the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust Martin Barkley cut the...

2008-07-29 18:00:30

NEW methods to cut flood risk and protect homes are being piloted in Northumberland. The Environment Agency is working with Newcastle University to monitor the results of land management techniques upstream of Belford. More than 30 buildings and a caravan park in the town are at risk of flooding from Belford Burn. But the layout of the town means building traditional floodwalls and embankments is too expensive. The Belford pilot involves creating small-scale ponds and pockets of...


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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