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‘Carbon bubble’ coming that could wipe trillions from the global economy

A collaborative study (Nature Climate Change, 4 June 2018) by Cambridge University researchers and international colleagues models the economic impact of globally changing demand for fossil fuels in the effort to mitigate climate change.

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A parliamentary lab meeting at MRC, by G Mason

Each year scientists pair up with UK parliamentarians to gain an insight into each other’s worlds, as part of the Royal Society’s Parliamentary Pairing Scheme. Glenn Masson, a postdoc from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, shares his experience of welcoming an MP into his lab.

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'Curbing cholera' (Robert H Hall, Science Translational Medicine, 13 Jun 2018)

Report on early hopeful results of the protective effects of an engineered, orally administered probiotic cholera vaccine candidate in preclinical modelling.

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How much time is left to meet the Paris climate agreement? by P. Goodwin, R Williams

Dr Phil Goodwin, University of Southampton and Professor Ric Williams, University of Liverpool trial a new methodology for accurate climate change prediction.

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MRC introduces new researcher co-investigator status to widen participation in grant proposals and aid career progression

To support the development of researchers across different career stages, the MRC will introduce a new status to recognise the contributions of research staff as researcher co-investigators on grant applications from July 2018.

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British Academy launches Working Together project: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals

A programme of activities under the banner of Justice, Rights & Equality, which seeks to develop new understanding of the tensions at the interface between global norms and local attempts to realise those goals.

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The Place of prosperity in protracted refugee crises, by A. Andersen

Today one in every 122 people on the planet is now either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum. Movement, it seems, is the new normal. So how do you improve the quality of life for people in an ongoing climate of crisis?

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UNHCR publishes its annual Global Trends Survey ahead of World Refugee Day 20 June

Forced displacement at record 68.5 million: UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report shows an average of one person was displaced every two seconds in 2017, with developing countries most affected.

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What precipitation is extreme? by Angeline G. Pendergrass (Science, Issue 6393, 8 June 2018)

A contribution to the science of climate change modelling: analysing the relationship between atmospheric moisture increase and rainfall extremes.

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Successor Framework Programme to Horizon 2020 announced

The European Commission has published its proposal for the next Framework Programme (and the successor to Horizon 2020), Horizon Europe.

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Trade and the Commonwealth: developing countries examined by Commons (6th June 2018)

The International Trade Committee takes evidence from textile-industry representatives, and development organisations, in the latest session of its Trade and the Commonwealth: developing countries inquiry.

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Commons Select Committee on International Development criticises focus of cross-government UK Prosperity Fund aid

Lack of coherence and transparency of UK cross-government aid leads to insufficient focus on the poorest, according to MPs, and ignores expertise accumulated by the Department for International Development (DFID).

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MPhil in Biotechnology launched at University of Cambridge

The MPhil in Biotechnology is a newly launched (2018) programme at the University of Cambridge, for which world-leading academics and industry champions are coming together to deliver an in-depth multidisciplinary curriculum. The programme has its emphasis on bringing in analytical skills from an engineering, physics, mathematics and computer sciences background into the biological sciences in response to major talent needs in biotechnology fields.

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TIGR2ESS Research Associate Vacancy (deadline: 13th June 2018)

Vacancy for a full time Research Associate to work as part of a major new project exploring agricultural transformations and societal needs in India. The post holder will work under the supervision of Professor Bhaskar Vira in the Department of Geography.

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UKCDS Project: Pollination and International Development

Pollination and International Development: How bees can help us fight poverty and feed the world; project lead Thomas Timberlake reports to UKCDS.

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Weak policies harming circular economy path in Africa

African countries need to embrace circular economy to lessen waste production and pollution whilst promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable growth, experts say.

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Artificial intelligence predictor of dengue outbreaks being trialled in Malaysia

The machine-learning system harnesses hundreds of parameters ranging from wind speed to local roof architecture to try and predict where the next outbreak will be. It then advises responders on the intervention likely to be most effective in that particular area, such as fogging or removing water pools.

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Clinical trial in Pakistan’s Punjab province finds vitamin D3 supplements boost child nutrition

High doses of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) can help treat severe child malnutrition, researchers from the University of the Punjab (PU) in Lahore, and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) suggest.

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Cancer in the Global South: Study highlights link between obesity and cancer in Brazil

The number of people suffering from cancers associated with obesity or overweight — such as breast, colon and prostate tumours — is expected to double in Brazil by 2025, up from just over 15,000 for every 470,000 new cases diagnosed in 2012.

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The first training programme in the field of solar power for researchers from Africa and the Middle East is set to launch September 2018

The programme, offered by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in Egypt, will take place at the Multipurpose Applications by Thermodynamic Solar (MATS) plant. The plant, which produces electricity and desalinates water, has been built over an area of 12 acres in the city of Borg El-Arab near Alexandria, and opened in February.

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Lessons from 40 years in the global WASH sector: by Bill Peacock, retired Director of Programmes at WSUP

Against the background of several decades of practical experience, Bill Peacock sets out key insights related to urban water and sanitation service provision for the current generation to take forward.

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High-level Tokyo conference promotes international co-operation towards towards universal health coverage (UHC) to address the challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

On 30-31 May 2018, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Public Health Network and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, with technical input from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK, co-hosted a multi-country, high-level meeting focusing on the pursuit of UHC in the context of the effective management of infectious diseases and emerging AMR.

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Twelve transnational projects receive 11.5 million euros for research on transformations to sustainability

Twelve transnational research projects starting in 2018 have been awarded 11.5 million euros from the Belmont Forum and NORFACE joint programme Transformations to Sustainability (T2S).

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Professor Lynn Gladden selected for the role of Executive Chair of EPSRC

Science Minister, Sam Gyimah, has today (3 May 2018) announced that Professor Lynn Gladden, CBE, FRS, FREng has been selected to be the next Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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Fleming Fund website launched

The UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) launched a new website for the Fleming Fund, with information on funding opportunities to tackle antimicrobial resistance, news and resources.

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DFID published its report of the Evaluation of Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) programme

The Department for International Development (DFID) has released an independent report on its three years of Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) programme.

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BBSRC announces winners of the Innovator of the year 2018 award

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and Professor Rob Honey from Cardiff University have been named as BBSRC’s Innovator of the year 2018 - awards that celebrate excellent research which has demonstrated impact.

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