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Five things you need to know about soil

Mon 03 December 2018

Soil: As children we learn that plants grow in it and worms live in it and that's generally as far as we go. But the mix of minerals, water, air, decaying plant and animal matter and countless microorganisms that make up the top layer of the earth's surface is hugely important, not only for plant life, but for all life on earth.

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Who wants to live forever?

Mon 26 November 2018

Queen asked the question, Oasis quite fancied it but Lemmy from Motorhead didn’t want to. Living forever is something which has captured the imaginations of scientists and artists, well...forever.

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Plugging the leek

Tue 02 October 2018

The leek: Ubiquitous winter vegetable; Good in stews and soups; national symbol of Wales. You probably don’t give the leek much thought.

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Bad bugs, no drugs: A world without antibiotics

Wed 09 May 2018

Imagine a world where you are quite likely to die after having a tooth out. Sounds like dark ages, right? Well, according to leading researchers, this could be life in the near future because many of the antibiotic drugs we have now are going to stop working.

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Five things you need to know about TB

Fri 23 March 2018

If you are under the impression that TB is a disease of the past – you are mistaken. Dr Elizabeth Fullam leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the Fullam Lab at the University of Warwick, studying the bacteria which cause tuberculosis (TB). Her group is carrying out urgent research into understanding the bacterium and finding new treatments for a disease which kills almost two million people worldwide every year. With antibiotic resistance on the rise, TB threatens to kill millions more.

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Future Female

Fri 09 February 2018

It’s the UN’s International Day for Women and Girls in Science on February 11. We hear from four of Warwick’s young women research scientists, who share their hopes for their research and the future.

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Opening the gates to the plant kingdom

Thu 18 May 2017

Plants soak up carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. They are food, clothing, medicine, power and building materials. We have harnessed so many benefits from the botanical world and yet we are only really scratching the surface of a realm which still holds many secrets and discoveries.

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Women shall develop the world

Tue 07 March 2017

Achieving gender equality by 2030 is a global sustainable development goal. This was established by the UN in 2015. The goal is number five on a list of 17 and sits above clean water and climate action. But why is gender equality so integral to development? Can’t we just solve world problems as we are?

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Ice Ice Maybe: The potential of freezing

Tue 07 March 2017

It’s been a bit chilly recently. In the UK, temperatures dropped dramatically. We’ve not only experienced arctic nights, but days where the temperatures didn’t trouble zero. It was worrying for those who did not have the benefit of a centrally-heated home and annoying and dangerous for commuters. But could science help us tackle these kinds of conditions in the future? Could we prevent road and rail from freezing? Could humans survive for prolonged periods in sub-zero temperatures?

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