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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...
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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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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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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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Newcastle University is to spearhead a project to encourage ‘garage-level’ breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Many of science’s greatest advances have resulted from people tinkering in their garages. The inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell set up a workshop behind his father’s house, and Walt and Roy...
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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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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...
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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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A team of researchers led by experts from Newcastle University has highlighted how slick, well-designed websites and apps can be used to sell high-cost loans to poor and vulnerable people. The websites include sliders that customers can play around with, brightly coloured ‘apply now’ buttons, forms that are simple to...

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