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Social Sciences - 16.03.2010
Family courts plan threatens children's wellbeing
Family courts plan threatens children’s wellbeing
Children and young people's concerns about the government's proposal to allow the media to report more widely on family court proceedings are revealed in new research conducted by the University of Oxford. The research, which was commissioned by the Children's Commissioner for England, shows that the overwhelming view of children who took part in the study was that reporters should not be allowed into the family courts.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 09.03.2010
Eggshell of extinct giant bird unlocks key to ancient DNA
Eggshell of extinct giant bird unlocks key to ancient DNA
Ancient DNA from the fossil eggshell remains of the extinct elephant bird, has been successfully extracted thanks to help from a University of Sheffield expert - marking a world-first for archaeology and genetics. Professor Mike Parker Pearson, from the University´s Department of Archaeology, discovered the eggshells whilst researching in Madagascar.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 21.10.2009
Are US and European Plovers really birds of a feather?
Are US and European Plovers really birds of a feather?
The Kentish-Snowy Plover, a small shorebird found in the US and Europe, is suffering from an identity crisis after scientists at the University of Sheffield and the University of Bath have found genetic evidence that the populations are, in fact, separate species. Historically, biologists classified the Kentish Plover, found in Europe, and its look-a-like, the Snowy Plover, from the US, as being different varieties of the same species due to their similar looks.

Social Sciences - Civil Engineering - 30.09.2009
Unique new atlas shows world from fresh perspective
Researchers from the University of Sheffield have created a new online atlas which displays images of the world, but not as we know it. The atlas includes over 200 maps which have been redrawn to show, at a glance, which cities are the largest, how all urban areas compare, and whether many or few people live in the countryside.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 19.05.2009
Sheffield researchers unravel causes of Alzheimer´s
Researchers at the University of Sheffield, funded by the UK´s leading dementia research charity, the Alzheimer´s Research Trust, have uncovered how a type of brain cell is affected in Alzheimer´s. The team´s exciting findings are to be published later this month (May 2009)in two journals.

Health - Social Sciences - 19.05.2009
Small risk of violence in schizophrenia unless drugs and alcohol are involved
There is an association between schizophrenia and violent crime, but it is minimal unless there are also drug or alcohol problems, a large-scale study led by Oxford University has shown. The findings, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, highlight the importance of treating drug or alcohol problems in people with severe mental illness.
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