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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...
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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...
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An academic at Newcastle University has teamed up with the campaign group Fresh to raise awareness of the health impacts of breathing in other people’s smoke. The Second-Hand Smoke Is Poison campaign aims to highlight how tobacco smoke can hang around in a home for up to five hours and...
Manufacturing Company 'Express Engineering' Sells Off Aerospace Division
North East manufacturing specialist Express Engineering has sold its aerospace division to focus on developing its subsea energy products business. Gateshead-based Express Engineering, a global leader in innovative manufacturing, assembly and testing solutions for the subsea oil and gas industry, has sold its aerospace division for an undisclosed sum. The aerospace division...
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A new centre is to be set up in Newcastle, which will explore therapies aimed at helping those with currently incurable diseases. The Northern Alliance Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre will conduct research into cutting-edge gene, cell and tissue-engineered therapies. The centre, which will be run jointly by Newcastle University...
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A study has found that large quantities of global-warming gases could be escaping from melting ice on Greenland. An international team of researchers camped in Greenland for three months over the summer, analysing meltwater running off the island’s ice sheet. They found that six tons of...
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Washing your clothes on the delicate wash could be contributing to the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans, according to research done in Newcastle. The issue of plastic pollution in oceans – and the devastating effect it has on fish, birds and marine mammals – is one of the...
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A researcher from Newcastle University is to tackle the subject of ‘deep fakes’ – the latest manifestation of ‘fake news’ – in an upcoming public lecture. While fake news may refer to false or misleading statements we read or hear, deep fakes take this process further. Deep fakes use artificial intelligence...
IT Expert Warning Against Computer Hackers During Covid-19 Pandemic
TruStack, based in Cramlington, specialises in Agile Working Solutions and Cybersecurity and has enabled hundreds of organisations to work from home during the recent lockdowns. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show a quarter of all employees are currently working from home (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/coronavirustheukeconomyandsocietyfasterindicators/latest#social-impacts-of-the-coronavirus-on-great-britain), but this number could increase if...
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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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