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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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Alan Shearer in front of posters for The Entertainers 20th Anniversary Game
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...
CGI from Sheppard Robson Newcastle Teaching & Learning Centre Oystershell Lane
Newcastle city centre's Science Central is a twenty-four-acre science and technology facility located on the old site of the Scottish & Newcastle brewery. The science hub is a £350 million pound investment in Newcastle University. A recent plan to spend £29 million pounds on a new teaching & learning centre has...
image courtesy of Jo Naylor, from Flickr Creative Commons
Newcastle-based scientists have created a new type of super-light material – after taking inspiration from the wings of dragonflies. An international team of experts, led by scientists from Newcastle University, has come up with an innovative form of the material aerogel. As well as being ultra-light, aerogel is the most porous...
photo courtesy of Nasa, from Flickr Creative Commons
A lecturer from Newcastle University will join a £10 million project to investigate the devastating effects of climate change on the Arctic. Dr Geoffrey Abbott will be part of a team using underwater vehicles to collect data in the depths of the Arctic Ocean.  Far from being remote from British life,...
A black and green komodo electric car
An electric vehicle parts manufacturer based in Gateshead has announced expansion plans that will create 200 new jobs. Engineering firm Sevcon will be tripling its workforce and moving to new premises in the Team Valley as it profits from rising demand for low-carbon vehicles worldwide. The new, larger premises will...
photo courtesy of Cellule Communication, from Flickr Creative Commons
An academic at Newcastle University has claimed that a New Year’s resolution to lose just two stone could see people reverse their type 2 diabetes. Professor Roy Taylor – featured this week on Radio 4’s You and Yours programme – believes a low-calorie diet can help people conquer the disease...
photo courtesy of John Lord, from Flickr Creative Commons
Amputees could soon be helped by a new type of prosthetic hand that will allow them to reach for objects without thinking first. The robotic hand – which is being developed by researchers at Newcastle University – will behave in much the same way as a real hand does. The hand...
Teeside University Opens Its £1.8 Million Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre
Teesside University has launched the Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre (IDTC) to help support SMEs to discover and explore a range of digital technologies and opportunities which could benefit their business. Local SMEs had a first look at the Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre’s Serious Play Facility at the hybrid launch event...
neanderthal
Abrupt changes in climate may have been a significant cause of Europe’s Neanderthal humans dying out. That’s according to recent research involving academics from Newcastle’s Northumbria University. A research team – also comprising academics from Germany, Romania and the USA – studied stalactites in two Romanian caves. As stalactites grow in thin...
Elon Musk Tesla Bitcoin
In an SEC filing, Tesla has disclosed that it has purchased $1.5 billion (USD) in bitcoin.   But why would Tesla do this?  As the man himself said, it was inevitable. On Friday 29th January, Tesla CEO Elon Musk changed his Twitter bio to just "#bitcoin." This is interesting, but not toally surprising,...

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