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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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Newcastle United hero Alan Shearer is to undergo a series of dementia tests as part of an upcoming BBC documentary. In Dementia – Football’s Silent Shame, Mr Shearer will investigate whether years spent heading footballs make ex-soccer professionals more likely to suffer from the condition. It is suspected that brain damage...
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Newcastle University scientists aim to find out if selectively bred corals can help save reefs that have been damaged by climate change. Higher sea temperatures can cause coral bleaching, where they lose the friendly algae that give the corals their colour and supply some of their nutrients. Over time, bleaching...
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The technology sector in the north east is booming, with high wages, growing companies and massive levels of investment pouring in. That’s the conclusion reached by two recently published reports. The Tech Nation Report 2017, produced by the Tech City UK organisation, has – after assessing the tech sectors in...
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An academic from Newcastle University has co-authored a series of articles claiming that parental diets can have a huge effect on the lifelong health of children. Writing in the medical journal The Lancet, Professor John Mathers – from the Health Nutritional Research Centre at Newcastle University – argues that parents...
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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 –...
Gerry Marsden
The Sixties Gold Tour – headlined by Gerry and the Pacemakers – will be calling in at Gateshead Sage on 12th October. As well as the headliners, the tour will feature The Searchers, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Love Affair vocalist Steve Ellis, and Vanity Fair. Between them, these groups...
Cllr Ged Bell and MP Chi Onwurah and students
Last week saw the first ever Newcastle Construction Week – during which a range of events took place across Newcastle and Gateshead aimed at young people between 18 and 24. These events gave youngsters the chance to try a number of practical workshops, take part in site visits to key...
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Newcastle is getting ready for the big switch on of its Christmas lights at Grey’s Monument tomorrow (8th November). An evening of festive family fun is in store, with Metro Radio hosting the switch on for the fifth time. The switch on – sponsored by the National Society for the Prevention...
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 A colourful, 1970s social housing estate in Newcastle has been declared as the best neighbourhood in the UK and Ireland.  The grade-II-listed Byker Wall Estate beat off challenges from fellow finalists Smithfield in Dublin and the Golden Lane Estate in London to finish first in the Best Neighbourhood category of...
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Newcastle University has been awarded a ‘gold star’ from the government for the quality of its teaching.  The government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) award measures teaching quality, the learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. Newcastle has been given a gold version of this award, which is the highest level...

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