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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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Countering the Courgette Crisis

Tue 07 February 2017

It seems we are facing a Courgette Crisis. Although it’s really just a bit of a run on green vegetables, it does remind us that actually, courgettes – and now iceberg lettuce – shouldn’t be ‘February vegetables’. This raises some important issues about what we as consumers have learned to expect when it comes to food.

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Sustainability: An interview with Laura Green

Tue 26 April 2016

We're aspiring to do better for our local surroundings, for our people and for our planet. We spoke to Professor Laura Green, Head of the School of Life Sciences, who is engaged in researching complex bacterial diseases of livestock at Warwick.

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The many-headed-slime; It's alive!

Tue 15 March 2016

It's British Science Week and academics from the Faculty of Science will be showing thousands of young people the exciting things they get up to in the lab, at the Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair. Meet physarum polycephalum, the many-headed-slime!

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