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The joy of seeds

Wed 08 April 2020

It is amazing that whole allotments and greenhouses full of vegetables and flowers can come from just a couple of handfuls of small, dry fragments. Dr Charlotte Allender, from Warwick’s Crop Centre, explains the importance, diversity and quite incredible resilience of seeds.

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Why women are still ‘the other’ in medicine

Fri 06 March 2020

Everything, throughout the history of medicine, from the profession’s origins, to the way drugs are tested and the diagnosis of medical conditions, works on a model where the male body is the default and the female body is ‘the other’. This is not equality says Dr Sarah Hillman, Academic Clinical Fellow at Warwick Medical School and GP registrar, who wants to see changes in the way that medicine considers women.

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Check your pulses

Thu 06 February 2020

For the good of our health - and that of the planet - we should eat more pulses. But where would the increased supply of pulses for UK consumers come from?

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The Vegetables of Christmas Future

Mon 16 December 2019

If you think about a traditional Christmas dinner, there’s turkey with pigs in blankets, or maybe you prefer a nut roast. But the rest is vegetables, like carrots and sprouts, which are grown very successfully in the UK. But will this always be the case?

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The real Frozen: What can we do with ice?

Wed 20 November 2019

We are all very familiar with ice – from scraping our windscreens and tackling slippery roads, to putting frozen peas on an injury and ice cubes in our drinks. But, even though ice is present in our everyday experiences, it turns out we don’t fully understand it.

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Plastics of the future

Tue 21 May 2019

Plastics are used everywhere in our life. They are made into everything from spoons to electronics covers, and countless other things in between. They are considered as one of the most fantastic inventions in human history. But what can we do now we are realising that plastics are not really that fantastic?

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The world's most famous table: 150 years of Periodic Law

Mon 15 April 2019

150 years ago, Russian chemist, Dmitrii Mendeleev, first presented his idea to organise all the known elements into a handy table according to their atomic number, electrons and properties. Periodic Law, as he called his system, transformed science.

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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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