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Training for Africa's next generation of scientists

The University of Glasgow has secured £334,000 to help train the next generation of African scientists. ... Read more >>

Study identifies the most agreeable and friendly regions of the UK

A survey of almost 400,000 British residents shows Scots to be amongst the friendliest and most co-operative residents and Londoners the most open. ... Read more >>

Beaten puppy recovers, thanks to the RSPCA, and seeks a new home

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy who was badly beaten by an eight-year-old child has now been rehabilitated by the RSPCA and is searching for a new home. ... Read more >>

National Trust unveils plan to boost wildlife and land over the next decade

The National Trust has launched an ambitious plan to reverse what it describes as an ‘alarming decline' in wildlife. ... Read more >>

Scientists grow ‘mini-lungs’ to aid the study of cystic fibrosis

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have successfully created ‘mini-lungs' using stem cells derived from skin cells of patients with cystic fibrosis, and have shown that these can be used to test potential new drugs for this debilitating lun... Read more >>

International Day of Happiness 2015: A day for connecting with people

Today is the International Day of Happiness 2015, with everyone invited to focus on their connections with others. ... Read more >>

Breastfeeding is linked to greater adult intelligence

Longer duration of breastfeeding is linked with increased intelligence in adulthood, longer schooling and higher adult earnings, a study has found. ... Read more >>

Wildsense: iPad app could help monitor endangered wild tigers

A new iPad app that focuses on tiger conservation could change the way wildlife is monitored in the future. ... Read more >>

Baby gorilla is thriving thanks to London Zoo's conservation programme

Zookeepers at London Zoo say the three-month-old daugher of their lowland gorilla Mjukuu is making good progress. ... Read more >>

Vagus nerve stimulation shows promise for stroke rehabilitation

An experimental technique to help stroke patients regain the use of their arms has shown promising results in a trial. ... Read more >>

RSPCA rescues runaway coati mistaken for a bear

A coati that caused a stir in a small town in Buckinghamshire after he was mistaken for a small bear has been safely returned to its owner by the RSPCA. ... Read more >>

Consuming oily fish could repair damaged blood vessels

Eating oily fish may not only keep your heart healthy but it could actually help to fix damaged blood vessels faster, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, scientists have found. ... Read more >>

Classical music relaxes dogs in rehoming centres

Dogs facing the stress of entering a rehoming centre can be relaxed by listening to classical music, according to a new study. ... Read more >>

National Trust spring flower count records more blooms

This year's milder, calmer and drier winter has been much kinder to plants, the National Trust's early spring flower count suggests. ... Read more >>

Moderate alcohol consumption increases attractiveness,

Consuming alcohol - equivalent to about a glass of wine - can make the drinker appear more attractive than when sober, according to new research from the University of Bristol. However, be warned - the effect disappears when more is consumed. ... Read more >>

Malawi celebrates actions to protect elephants from poaching

The RSPCA is celebrating after actions to protect elephants in Malawi were stepped up. ... Read more >>

Three coffees a day could reduce risk of heart attack

If you enjoy a cup of coffee, then you may reducing the chances of having a cardiac arrest. ... Read more >>

Photo captures weasel and woodpecker mid-air

Amateur photographer Martin Le-May, from East London, could hardly believe his luck when he snapped the image of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker in flight. ... Read more >>

L'Oréal Paris UK drops its ‘no good at maths' advertising tagline to support mathematics education

<SPAN>The charity National Numeracy has welcomed the decision by the cosmetics and beauty company L'Oréal Paris to change its UK advertising campaign to remove a negative remark about learning maths.</SPAN> ... Read more >>

Shopping vouchers could help one in five pregnant women quit smoking, study suggests

Financial incentives could help one in five women quit smoking during pregnancy, according to new research. ... Read more >>

Office for National Statistics figures highlight fall in teenage pregnancy

Teenage pregnancies have fallen to the lowest level in more than 40 years, according to latest figures. ... Read more >>

Eating peanut at an early age prevents peanut allergy in high-risk infants

New evidence shows that the majority of infants at high-risk of developing peanut allergy are protected from peanut allergy at age 5 years if they eat peanut frequently, starting within the first 11 months of life. ... Read more >>

MoneySuperMarket staff raise twice their fundraising target to support mental health charity Mind

The website MoneySuperMarket has raised £130,000 - smashing its original target of £60,000 - to support people experiencing mental health problems. ... Read more >>

How X-Ray technology can help develop more accurate cancer vaccines

Scientists have used powerful X-ray technology to visualise how white blood cells interact with skin cancer cells, paving the way for the development of more accurate cancer vaccines. ... Read more >>

Scientists announce anti-HIV agent so powerful it might work in a vaccine

In a remarkable new advance against the virus that causes AIDS, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute in Florida have announced the creation of a novel drug candidate that is so potent and universally effective, it might work as part of a... Read more >>

Plain packaging reduces cigarette seeking response by almost a tenth, study suggests

Plain tobacco packaging may reduce the likelihood of smokers seeking to obtain cigarettes by almost 10 per cent compared to branded packs, according to research from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter. ... Read more >>

Mother orangutan and her baby rescued in Sumatra

Rescuers have evacuated a mother orangutan and her baby, who were trapped in farmlands in South Aceh, Sumatra, bringing the total to seven orangutans rescued this year, and four this month alone. ... Read more >>

Unemployment is continuing to fall, Office for National Statistics reveals

Unemployment in the UK is still falling, according to latest figures. ... Read more >>

New research alliance by Alzheimer's Research UK aims to fast-track treatments for dementia

Alzheimer's Research UK, the world's largest dedicated dementia research charity, has announced a new £30m alliance with three flagship research institutes at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and University College London.</SPAN></SPAN> ... Read more >>

Rescued tawny owl recovers at RSPCA centre after oil ordeal

The RSPCA hopes to release back to the wild a tawny owl that was found covered in engine oil after she ended up in an old feed trough. ... Read more >>

How chimpanzees and children learn kindness from others

Chimpanzees, much like children, can learn to be kind by observing and experiencing the kindness of others, according to new research. ... Read more >>

Study shows urban habitats provide haven for UK bees

Urban environments might not seem the best habitat for pollinators at first glance but a new study suggests that bees and other pollinating bugs actually thrive as well in towns and cities as they do in farms and nature reserves. ... Read more >>

New hope for progress in the fight against childhood obesity

The childhood obesity epidemic could be 'levelling out', a new study suggests. ... Read more >>

RSPCA celebrates less than perfect dogs with Ruffs alternative dog show

Tired of traditional dog breed standards that prioritise looks over welfare, the RSPCA is searching for canines that don't conform to the idea of a champion. ... Read more >>

Prof Robert Langer wins Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for improving lives

Prof Robert Langer, a scientist from M.I.T.&nbsp;credited with improving more than 2 billion lives worldwide through the disease treatments created in his lab has been named the winner of this year's Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. ... Read more >>

Like A Girl - Always campaign film empowers young women to feel confident

“You run like a girl” or “you throw like a girl” are common insults many have heard or said at some time. ... Read more >>

Blakeney Point becomes top breeding spot for grey seals

Blakeney Point in Norfolk has become the largest breeding site for grey seals in England. ... Read more >>

Mind's new online advice makes legal support accessible to all with mental health concerns

Mental health charity Mind is launching a range of online legal advice as its helpline sees a huge influx in calls. ... Read more >>

Hello again Bart - Cat is treated by animal centre after returning from the grave

It's said that cats have nine lives and this incredible puss in Tampa Bay, Florida, may just have used all of his after coming back from the grave. ... Read more >>

Rescued Chihuahua Digby and Neapolitan Mastiff Nero strike up unlikely friendship at RSPCA centre

They are as different physically as they could possibly be, but tiny Chihuahua Digby and&nbsp;Nero, a 60-kilo Neapolitan mastiff, have struck up an extraordinary friendship. ... Read more >>

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey leaves hospital after successfully recovering from Ebola

Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola, has been discharged from hospital, declaring her joy to be alive. ... Read more >>

Low income parents are just as involved in their children's activities as better-off parents

Poorer parents are just as involved in education, leisure and sports activities with their children as better-off parents, a new study involving University of Bristol academics has found. ... Read more >>

The Coupler Revolutionary paper clip-sized device found to lower blood pressure

A revolutionary device has been shown to significantly lower blood pressure among patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure, compared to those treated with usual drug measures. ... Read more >>

Symbio: New app connects people and house plants in a positive way

How good are you at caring for your houseplants? Come to that, how good are you at caring for yourself? ... Read more >>

Encouraging wheelchair users to become more physically active

Many people will have started 2015 with strong intentions to ‘get more active', but for individuals with spinal cord injuries the barriers in doing this means living a healthier lifestyle can sometimes be more challenging. ... Read more >>

New test for heart attack diagnosis in women

A new, high sensitivity blood test suggests could double the diagnosis of heart attacks in women. ... Read more >>

London doctor saves Australian backpacker Emily Daenell from rare infection

Australian backpacker Emily Daenell has recovered from a rare life threatening illness at London's Hammersmith Hospital after walking into its urgent care centre. ... Read more >>

Cause of blindness linked to calcium deposits in the eye in ground-breaking discovery

Microscopic spheres of calcium phosphate have been linked to the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of blindness. ... Read more >>

£50m study to tackle dementia with improved drugs

People at risk of dementia will benefit from a £50 million initiative to improve drugs that could prevent the condition. ... Read more >>

Disadvantaged children who attend pre-school have higher language skills

Young children from socioeconomically disadvantaged areas who regularly attend pre-school have significantly higher oral language performance than those who don't, according to new research led by academics from City University London. ... Read more >>

Happier hospitals deliver better patient outcomes

Hospital patients experience better outcomes when NHS staff are happier in their jobs, new research suggests. ... Read more >>

How closing your eyes can boost your memory

A new study has found that closing your eyes boosts memory recall. ... Read more >>

Good quality me-time is vital for home and work well-being

High quality 'me-time' not only improves your psychological well-being it can also make you a more engaged employee, an investigation has found. ... Read more >>

Napping helps infants’ memory development

Napping helps infants to develop their memory and retain new behaviours they have learnt, a new study has revealed. ... Read more >>

Radiation plus hormone therapy prolongs survival for older men with prostate cancer

Adding radiation treatment to hormone therapy saves more lives among older men with locally advanced prostate therapy than hormone therapy alone, according to a new study. ... Read more >>

Rare shark birth captured on camera delights researchers

This incredible image is thought to be the first photograph ever taken of an oceanic shark giving birth. ... Read more >>

Trial of a potential treatment for Ebola begins in Liberia

A trial is underway in Liberia for a potential treatment for Ebola. ... Read more >>

New treatment offers hope for headshaking in horses

At present there are no consistently safe and effective methods for the treatment of headshaking in horses. ... Read more >>

Trial aims to treat sufferers of autoimmune condition Sjogren's syndrome

The UK's first commercial trial is getting underway for a new treatment for the autoimmune condition Sjogren's syndrome , where the body's immune system attacks glands that secrete fluid, such as tears and saliva. ... Read more >>

Change4Life campaign urges failies to cut sugar intake by swapping sugar for healthy food

A new campaign launched today by Public Health England encourages parents to cut down the amount of sugar their children consume by making one or more simple swaps. ... Read more >>

Largest tree planting project by National Trust restores woodland to its former glory

An army of volunteers and a generous legacy are enabling the National Trust's largest ever tree planting project at the Slindon Estate in West Sussex. ... Read more >>

Christmas baby is doing well after being born on Philadelphia subway

While millions were celebrating the birth of a child in a manger, staff of Philadelphia's public transport system celebrated the birth of a baby on its subway. ... Read more >>

Royal Mail reveals most festive street names in the UK

They are the UK's most festive addresses this Christmas - Reindeer Road, Christmas Pie Avenue and Tinsel lane, revealed by the Royal Mail's latest research. ... Read more >>

British Ebola survivor William Pooley delivers Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message

William Pooley, the NHS trained nurse who survived Ebola, delivers this year's The Alternative Christmas Message on Channel 4. ... Read more >>

Ugandan graduate Alex Abaca aspires to help his home country with food security

A science graduate from Uganda is hoping that his degree will help him to improve life for people in his home country, by strengthening food security. ... Read more >>

Cannabis extract can have dramatic effect on brain cancer, suggests research

Experts have found that when certain parts of cannabis are used to treat cancer tumours in the brain alongside radiotherapy treatment the growths can virtually disappear. ... Read more >>

Gay bull is saved from abattoir and welcomed by animal sanctuary following PETA campaign

An animal sanctuary in Norfolk has welcomed a young bull who was doomed for the slaughterhouse after he was pronounced 'gay' for showing little interest in his companion cows. ... Read more >>

Young violinist Madison Glinsky raises £33,000 for children's hospice by busking

When 10-year-old Madison Glinsky from Cornwall set a goal of raising £500 for the children's hospice in her community she couldn't have imagined how successful she would be. ... Read more >>

Beard Baubles: Christmas fashion craze for the bearded helps raise awareness of melanoma

Gentlemen, if you want to get ahead this Christmas – don't get a hat, get Beard Baubles! ... Read more >>

Fewer women are dying from birth-related complications, study shows

Latest figures from Oxford University there's been a fall in the number of maternal deaths in the UK. The statistics show they have dropped from 11 to ten per 100,000 women giving birth. ... Read more >>

RSPCA photography awards highlight youngsters' inspiring love of animal kingdom

Wildlife expert Chris Packham says he's inspired by the love and enthusiasm for animals shown by youngsters in this year's RSPCA Young Photographer Awards. ... Read more >>

Pre-empting flu evolution may make for better vaccines, researchers suggest

An international team of researchers has shown that it may be possible to improve the effectiveness of the seasonal flu vaccine by ‘pre-empting' the evolution of the influenza virus. ... Read more >>

How discarded laptop batteries could power homes in poor countries

Some 400 million people in India lack grid-connected electricity yet researchers say many of the estimated 50 million lithium-ion laptop batteries discarded in the U.S. every year could provide electricity storage sufficient to light homes in poor... Read more >>

Researchers use algae to clean up mine water

A ground breaking research project aims to clean up water from a Cornish tin mine, using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals and produce biofuel at the same time. ... Read more >>

How image enhancement technology could help colour-blind people watch TV

A new innovation, image enhancement technology, could transform TV viewing for colour-blind people ... Read more >>

Mental health charity Mind enjoys fundraising support from rock band The Kooks

Mental health may not be the most fashionable of issues for many young people but rock band The Kooks have put it back on the agenda by fundraising for the charity Mind during their UK tour. ... Read more >>

Lowest number of winter deaths recorded, but Age UK urges further action to protect elderly

Fewer people died last winter than in previous years, the lowest number since records began in 1950-51. The Office for National Statistics data compares deaths in winter months with averages in other seasons. ... Read more >>

RSPCA's Animal Hero Awards celebrates courgaeous animals and those who care for them

A life-saving deaf springer spaniel and an RSPCA team member who helps vulnerable people and their pets have both been named animal heroes at the charity's awards ceremony. ... Read more >>

'Huge breakthrough' in understanding how the immune system recognises cancer

US researchers have identified the identity of molecules on the surface of cancer cells which allow the body's immune system to identify and destroy them. ... Read more >>

Aled Jones joins Abbeyfield Society campaign to give older people companionship at Christmas

Singer Aled Jones has launched The Abbeyfield Society's Coping at Christmas campaign, which tackles isolation and loneliness in older people at Christmas. ... Read more >>

Letter writing students ensure their teacher gets a new prosthetic hand

Students at a school in the U.S. have used their letter-writing skills to secure a prosthetic hand for their former teacher. ... Read more >>

With love from Santa: RSPCA teams up with festive message service to spread word about pet care

A service which provides personalised greetings to children from Santa Claus has signed up as an RSPCA fundraiser, promising a donation from every sale it makes this Christmas - and helping press home the message about being a responsible pet owne... Read more >>

Perinatal mental health crucial for physical and mental wellbeing of both parents and child, study suggests

Look after the mental health of parents during pregnancy and after childbirth and you can ensure the physical and mental well being of both parents and child, researchers say. ... Read more >>

Band Aid 30 set for record-breaking number one with Do They Know It's Christmas?

Do They Know It's Christmas? is hurtling towards the UK's Official Singles Chart top spot with massive sales and has already claimed the title of fastest-selling single of 2014. ... Read more >>

Gareth Malone and celebrities score number one single for Children In Need

The Official Children In Need track, Wake Me Up, has debuted at number one, helping contribute to the £32,620,000 raised so far by the appeal this year. ... Read more >>

Promising start to seal breeding season at National Trust nature reserve

A nature reserve on the north Norfolk coast could become England's biggest colony of grey seals, with the arrival of the first grey seal pups of the year. ... Read more >>

Plastic waste is vital ingredient in development of environmentally-friendly concrete

Researchers are developing an environmentally-friendly concrete that uses plastic waste as a partial replacement for sand. ... Read more >>

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