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Austerity driven policies "kill", research has found

Suicide rates soar as economic cuts bite

The effect of economic cuts on debt ravaged Greece included a dramatic rise in the number of men committing suicide, according to new research. The research, by Dr Nikolaos Antonakakis and Professor Alan…

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Research leadership is an art

Research leaders have a lot in common with artists, according to Professor Tara Dean, Director of Research at the University of Portsmouth. Research leaders need to nurture others and see researchers as “a…

Football referee expert: Tom Webb

Football referees playing ‘catch up’

Professional football referees are the ‘poor relations’ in the game and have spent more than 100 years trying to play catch-up with players, according to new research. Tom Webb, of the University of…

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Best measurement yet of Universe’s expansion

Astronomers have made the best measurement yet of how the universe is expanding during the 13 billion years since its formation. They have discovered that 10.8 billion years ago the universe was expanding…

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Ig Nobel event celebrates weird and wonderful research

Research on weird and wonderful topics such as beer, dung beetles, opera, swearing and rollercoasters were showcased at last night’s Ig Nobel event at the University of Portsmouth. The free public event celebrated…

Breaking new ground in Middle East: Dr Liza Howe-Walsh

Helping employers take global perspective

Employees increasingly need to be able to work on a global stage, not just in their own local environment, a human resources expert told an international technology conference. To succeed globally companies increasingly…

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Prawns on Prozac – antidepressants threaten aquatic wildlife

Tiny quantities of anti-depressants are affecting aquatic wildlife such as crustaceans and molluscs, a new study shows. Scientists are increasingly aware that drugs like Prozac and Sertraline, the most commonly prescribed antidepressants can…

£313 billion lost to healthcare fraud

£313 billion lost to healthcare fraud

The world could be losing some £313 billion to fraud and error annually according to a new report.  In the UK this could equate to over £5 billion lost to the NHS annually…

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New funding won for research into fracking risks

The risks of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is more commonly known, are being investigated by a scientist at the University of Portsmouth. Dr Philip Benson, a rock physicist from the School…

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Tiny crocodile skull reveals new ancient species

Two fragments of a tiny crocodile skull found three months apart by different private collectors not only fit together perfectly to make a complete skull they also reveal a remarkable new species of…

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