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Moths are not the most popular of insects. They’re considered dowdier than butterflies and accused – often unfairly – of munching our clothes. But researchers from Newcastle University have discovered that moths play a vital role in pollinating plants – helping out our beleaguered bees in the process – and...
grainger residency
Newcastle’s shoppers are being encouraged to express their creative sides – with the help of the resident artist at the city’s historic Grainger Market. As part of the Great Exhibition of the North, Mike Duckett has been painting, sketching and scribbling at the market all summer. Though the exhibition is due...
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The policy of allowing environmentally friendly electric cars to park for free in Newcastle City Council carparks is to end this October. Currently, electric or hybrid vehicles can park free of charge in any council car parks that are fitted with charging points. Motorists who own such cars have pointed...
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A socially and environmentally conscious brewery – run by Newcastle University students – has won a prestigious award. Stu Brew, a microbrewery which draws on the expertise of the university’s chemical engineering department, recently won silver in the sustainability category in the Reimagine Awards in the USA. Stu Brew, which is...
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With the country sweltering under drought-like conditions in recent weeks – and things even heating up here in the north east – it might be a comfort to know that some of the world’s greatest climate experts work in Newcastle. Climate change specialist Professor Hayley Fowler, of Newcastle University, has...
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A group of Newcastle University students have been attempting to recreate the metal smelting techniques used by our prehistoric ancestors. The students have been working with Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm in South Tyneside to try to understand how materials like copper were made in the distant past. Their experiments have been...
merseybeats
The Sixties Gold Farewell Tour is set to call in at Sage Gateshead this November. The tour will feature a stunning line-up, including Liverpool bands The Merseybeats and The Searchers, American rock ‘n’ roller PJ Proby, and vocal harmony specialists The Fortunes. Also on the bill will be Steve Ellis –...
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Yesterday, Britain’s NHS celebrated its 70th birthday – a day that was marked in Newcastle by locals writing messages in a massive birthday card near Grey’s Monument. Campaigners from the group Keep Our NHS Public handed out pieces of birthday cake to passers-by while encouraging them to write birthday greetings...
Newcastle Can Launch
Thousands of people participating in a Newcastle-based campaign to tackle obesity have succeeded in shedding an incredible total of 100,000 pounds. Newcastle Can, launched in January 2017, encouraged people to come together to lose weight and get healthier through community activities. Newcastle Can set the city’s residents the challenge of losing...
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Newcastle will soon have a new sculpture from Anthony Gormley, the sculptor responsible for the north east’s iconic Angel of the North statue. The sculpture – entitled Clasp – is to be installed on the campus of Newcastle University. The artwork – which Gormley will loan to the university –...

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