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Scientists from Newcastle University have discovered that bees have something similar to the ‘sweet tooth’ often found in humans. The Newcastle researchers found that bees possess sugar-sensing taste neurons. These neurons give the insects intense pleasure when they feed on nectar, encouraging them to hang around and empty the flower...
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A number of north-east experts have urged the government to implement a ban on the sale of energy drinks to anybody under 18. A study carried out by academics from Newcastle University, Northumbria University and Teesside University has highlighted the shocking effects that such drinks can have on youngsters. Their research...
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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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The chart-topping star of stage and theatre Joe McElderry is to switch on the Newcastle city centre Christmas lights. The big switch-on will take place at Grey’s Monument on Tuesday 14th November. Joe will be joining the Lord Mayor of Newcastle Cllr Linda Wright and Steve and Karen, the presenters of...
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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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American R ‘n’ B stars The Stylistics – famous for hits like You Make Me Feel Brand New, You Are Everything and Betcha by Golly Wow – will play Gateshead Sage on 26th October. A vocal group, The Stylistics formed in Philadelphia in 1966 from a merger of two bands,...
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A jobcentre manager from Newcastle has criticised Ken Loach’s popular recent film I, Daniel Blake. Steve McCall, employer relationship manager at Jobcentre Plus in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, said, “I hope people don’t think the film is a documentary because it’s a story that doesn’t represent the reality...
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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...
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Many of us would classify ourselves as either night owls or early birds. While early birds may thrive best and be more alert in the morning or early afternoon, night owls feel more active and productive in the late evening or wee hours. But have you ever wondered...
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A £3.64 million investment has been announced which will hopefully ease traffic congestion and cut journey times across the north east.  The cash will be used to upgrade traffic signals on the region’s key routes. It will also be spent on Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and variable message...

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