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Environment - Business / Economics - 17.07.2012
SUPERGEN Hub to address burning bioenergy questions
SUPERGEN Hub to address burning bioenergy questions
The University of Manchester is heading up a new research hub that will investigate the efficiency and whole-life impact of a variety of bioenergy techniques. Science and Universities Minister David Willetts announced the 3.5m SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub which will look at ways of accelerating the deployment of sustainable bioenergy.

Architecture - Business / Economics - 02.07.2012
The prebound effect
Many homes with poor energy efficiency are actually consuming far less energy than predicted, new research has found. The study has implications for national energy-saving policies and the economic viability of thermal retrofit programmes. This challenges the prevailing view that large cuts in energy consumption can be achieved by focusing purely on technical solutions, such as retrofitting homes.

Business / Economics - 16.05.2012
New findings show long-term effects of fathers' job loss on children's education
New findings show long-term effects of fathers’ job loss on children’s education
There is a lot of evidence of the effect of job loss on peoples' future earnings and employment opportunities. New research into the impact of fathers' job loss on their child's educational attainment, for the first time in the UK, finds significant effects on the next generation. The recession of the 1980s had a large and lingering effect on unemployment, which rose to 12 per cent (three million) and stayed around this level until 1986.

Business / Economics - Mathematics - 04.05.2012
Oxford's new datalab for financial research
Oxford's new datalab for financial research
Oxford researchers trying to improve the understanding of financial systems have new facilities to store and analyse huge volumes of financial data, which should speed up the research process. The Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance (OMI) has established a virtual 'data lab', which mirrors the systems that are being used by commercial financial institutions worldwide.

Business / Economics - Media - 20.04.2012
Online-only news outlets 'struggle to find funding'
The first report to systematically assess how online-only news websites across Western Europe are faring has found that new start-ups are struggling to find business models that can cover their operating costs. It suggests that the funding environment is more challenging for new start-ups than for traditional media outlets that also have online content, because the latters' operations can be subsidised by revenues from offline businesses.

Administration - Business / Economics - 19.04.2012
New technique may help severely damaged nerves regrow and restore function
New technique may help severely damaged nerves regrow and restore function
New technique may help severely damaged nerves regrow and restore function Engineers at the University of Sheffield have developed a method of assisting nerves damaged by traumatic accidents to repair naturally, which could improve the chances of restoring sensation and movement in injured limbs. In a collaborative study with Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany) published today (23 April 2012) in the journal Biofabrication , the team describes a new method for making medical devices called nerve guidance conduits or NGCs.

Business / Economics - 17.04.2012
Streaming schoolchildren by ability is good news for girls but bad news for boys
New research from the University of Warwick suggests girls benefit significantly from more interaction with very bright peers at secondary school, but it can be detrimental for boys. In a paper published in the latest edition of the Journal of Labor Economics , a research team from the University of Warwick's Economics department and the London School of Economics looked at data from all secondary schools in England to determine the effect of ability of peers.

Physics - Business / Economics - 05.04.2012
How to plaster the world, cheaply!
Gypsum is a naturally occurring mineral which is often used in industrial processes and which in nature, if left alone for thousands of years, can grow into huge translucent, towering and eerie, crystals more than 10 metres tall. These are famed for their beauty in places such as the Cave of Crystals in Mexico.

Business / Economics - 08.03.2012
Numerically-challenged consumers hit in the pocket by loans
Consumers with poor financial skills pay over the odds for loans and are eight times more likely to use highly expensive credit such as payday loans and home credit, new research has revealed. The research from The University of Nottingham on the UK consumer market published today, shows that consumers who have a poorer understanding of key financial concepts such as interest rates and credit terms pay nine percentage points more for loans than those with better numerical skills.

Business / Economics - 05.03.2012
Personality change key to improving wellbeing
People's personalities can change considerably over time, say scientists, suggesting that leopards really can change their spots. Psychologists from The University of Manchester and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) also showed that small positive personality changes may lead to greater increases in happiness than earning more money, marrying, or gaining employment.

Environment - Business / Economics - 05.03.2012
Shortcuts costly when buying conservation from farmers
Shortcuts in the design of payment schemes to persuade farmers to undertake conservation works could be putting the potential environmental benefits at risk, a study involving researchers at The University of Nottingham has found. Farmers in the EU and US receive billions of dollars/pounds in government subsidies.

Agronomy / Food Science - Business / Economics - 29.02.2012
Scientific research to sports supplement in time to boost training
PA 70/12 When new evidence published last year in the Journal of Physiology revealed the dramatic benefits of taking L-carnitine and carbohydrate in combination with exercise, researchers at The University of Nottingham did not stop there. They created a supplement for elite athletes, a nimble spin-out company to arrange manufacture and marketing, and began talking to UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport, and leading coaches and sports nutritionists to make it available to start contributing to athletes' training and performance.

Business / Economics - 08.02.2012
Public opinion on immigration policy more related to cultural than economic concerns
Public opinion on immigration policy more related to cultural than economic concerns
Public attitudes toward immigration policy are more influenced by cultural and social concerns than economic ones such as wages and taxes, according to new UCL research. The research, conducted by David Card, Christian Dustmann and Ian Preston from the UCL Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) analyses the main factors that drive public opposition to immigration.

Business / Economics - 07.02.2012
One in four UK children facing multiple risks to development, study finds
One in four UK children facing multiple risks to development, study finds
One in four UK children facing multiple risks to development, study finds More than one in four UK infants is growing up in families facing multiple challenges such as parental depression and financial hardship that can have a damaging effect on children's development, new research suggests. The study, co-authored by Ricardo Sabates from the Education department at Sussex, sheds fresh light on the number and diverse combinations of difficulties that young children have been exposed to during the first decade of the 21 st century.

Business / Economics - Environment - 23.01.2012
Low carbon, moderate income and long life
A new study shows that countries with high incomes and high carbon emissions do not achieve higher life expectancies than those with moderate incomes and lower carbon emissions. This finding challenges the assumption that human wellbeing requires growth in both economic activity and carbon emissions.

Business / Economics - Earth Sciences - 10.01.2012
Poorly targeted aid and lack of capital leaves small businesses struggling following natural disasters
New research from the University of Warwick suggests the way foreign aid is distributed following a natural disaster in developing countries does little to help small firms recover. Economists are calling for a reassessment of the way aid is distributed in low-income countries hit by disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

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