May 2011

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The frear is that plant material preserved in permafrost will decay if temperatures rise, releasing immense quantities of methane and carbon dioxide. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-...
According to the International Energy Agency, emissions increased by 1.6 gigatonnes on 2009 - a 5 percent rise.   On the basis of past climate forecasts, this would mean around a 50% chance...
As household-name stores fall prey to online shopping boom, we ask: Will the internet monster eat the High Street? - asks the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1389343/As-household...
If all produce consumed in Santa Barbar County was grown in the county (100% localization), it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agrifood system  by less than 1%, ...
Capping of payments in medical negligence cases in Texas has led to insurance premiums dropping to around 2000 dollars per physician.  http://www.facs.org/news/jacs/tortreform0511.html The...
Sample size 700 - comparing people with and without MS.  Found that 77 percent of MS patients have vitamin defciency.   The people with MS were exposed to a lower monthly UV index (...
A study of citizen's in Addis Abbaba found factors influencing well being are held in common with developed nations, including: married people are more satisfied with life than unmarried and...
University of Essex study - Sample: 300 ten year old children from Essex ? The number of sit-ups 10-year-olds can do declined by 27.1% between 1998 and 2008 ? Arm strength fell by 26% and grip...
http://www.architecture.com/Awards/RIBAAwards/Winners2011/RIBAAwards-winners2011.aspx
http://www.communities.gov.uk/speeches/corporate/granddesigns2011
Pilots include: Aldershot Town Centre; Bankside, London; Central Milton Keynes; Liverpool Innovation Park; Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead; Trafford Park, Manchester; South Bank, London, New...
Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard is likely to be introduced. Building Regulations are likely to be revised. http://www.communities.gov.uk/statements/corporate/buildingsenvironment  
Evidence suggests that the presence of some grandparents can substantially increase the chances of a child surviving during the high risk period of infancy and childhood in traditional communities....
The Transport Business Case: http://www.dft.gov.uk/press/speechesstatements/statements/hammond20110427 Full list of changes www.dft.gov.uk/webtag - which provides the appraisal system for new...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/strategicframework/pdf/strategicframework.pdf 20mph zones are mentioned, but not 20mph limits as used in towns such as Portsmouth - the latter can be implemented...
http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/strategicframework/pdf/strategicframework.pdf 20mph zones are mentioned, but not 20mph limits as used in towns such as Portsmouth - the latter can be implemented...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/16/london-parish-glamour-grime-rookery-exhibition
 Fungi have been well studied for 150 years and it was thought we had a good understanding of the major evolutionary groups, but these findings have changed that radically. "Current...
"The romantic idea of a direct connection between local economic activity and business rates paid to local government has no foundation in reality” http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/press/...
In the USA, for the period between 1985 and 2007, vehicle use correlated "in the 99-percent range" with national annual obesity rates.  http://news.illinois.edu/news/11/...
Theory 1 is that most people cooperate because it feels good to do it. And there is some MRI brain imaging data that shows activity in reward-related regions of the brain when people are cooperating...
The world is running out of cheap and high quality sources of some essential materials such as oil, copper and gold, the supplies of which, in turn, require ever-rising volumes of fossil fuels and...
http://group.bmj.com/group/media/latest-news/young-british-men-view-knife-carrying-as-a-201clegitimate-response201d-to-potential-threats The article suggests that a more considered approach to...
Sample 200 children in Sweden and Denmark, monitored for four days using accelerometer and assessed for cardiac risk factors including blood pressure, BMI etc.  Moderate to vigorous...
Apparently not. But the question as to what circumstances move a passive and compliant community into taking positive action about its circumstances is core to the Big Society, localism debate. http...
http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2011/may/massive-tornado-onslaught-raises-questions-about-building-practices-code-enforceme
Research by the University of Concordia, published in Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies suggests that there are significant benefits to be obtained. Grandparents...
Isocyanic acid is produced in diesel engine catalysers, used to reduce NOx emissions. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/nh-scd051111.php
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/bmj-ydw051311.php
Research from the Univeristies of Stanford and Illinois have found that human brains are very adept at identifying shapes from faint and interrupted outlines.   Monitoring the activity of...
Currently solar photovoltaics achieve effeciencies of around 20 percent at best.  A new approach uses nano-technolgy to create tiny antenna or “nantenna” produced as a flexible sheet...
Sample 266 volunteers aged 70 to 88 All types of driving errors increased with age.  Men fared no better than women.  Blind spot errors were the most common mistake, followed by veering...
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/pu-ppo051011.php Implications here for what can happen when people work in silos or when interdisciplinary teams disintegrate. It only takes 2-3 minutes...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1385995/Is-end-decking-TV-inspired-garden-boom-way-lawns-make-return.html
Service allows individuals to relay their location (GPS) to a website and receive details of nearby retaillers with special offers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13158901
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13377164 Whereas two decades ago people shared a common experience in watching television.  Now on-demand services provided through the internet have eroded...
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/05/vertical-street-uses-latest-in.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/may/12/tory-council-charge-children-playground
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/8504998/Foursquare-and-Facebook-Places-dont-appeal-to-teenagers.html
Unique http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9474000/9474777.stm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1384004/Per-mile-car-tax-idea-make-lost-petrol-revenue-dismissed-White-House.html
A report by the Centre for Cities says student spending accounts for 10% of the economic activity of some cities.  Most dependent on student revenue are: Cambridge, Plymouth, Coventry, Oxford,...
 2,000 British children aged 7-14 surveyed   Over a third of children are scared of cars travelling too fast, with a fifth concerned about a lack of safe crossing points. Over a third...
According to a report issued by the Norwegian based Artic Monitoring and Assessment Programme: The past six years (2005–2010) have been the warmest period ever recorded in the Arctic. ...