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EPSRC Insights Campaign for new and early career researchers

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) plan to run a series of podcasts in August 2018 to help new and early career researchers make the most of EPSRC funding opportunities.

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Emotional responses to world inequality (Emotion, Space and Society Vol. 22, Feb 2017, pp.25-35)

Drawing on discussions with Kenyan, Mexican and British teachers, this paper by A. Barford reports on emotional responses to international socio-economic inequality. Emotional regimes are explored to identify what ‘appropriate’ responses to inequality are in a variety of local and national contexts.

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Digital transformation in Africa: three lessons from India's experience

African economies and India have faced many similar challenges to digital transformation. However, India has successfully launched many unique digital initiatives in the last few years. So what lessons can African countries learn from India’s experience?

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Recipients of Newton-Bhabha grants to address the global health needs of women and children announced

Seven research partnerships will receive a total of £10 million under Phase 2 of the Global Research Programme on Health between UKRI (led by the Medical Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council), the Department for International Development and India’s Department of Biotechnology, under the Newton-Bhabha Fund.

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'The Child of the Radio' - the positive public health impact of health communication

Development Media International (DMI) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) are publishing the results of a randomised controlled in Burkina Faso that shows extraordinary results from a malaria education radio campaign.

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A better measure of research from the global south (Nature, Vol 559, Issue 7712)

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDCR) developed a tool to evaluate the quality of research that is grounded in, and applicable to, the local experience to change how we assess applied and translational research.

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Sir David Attenborough launches new' polar ship

Sir David Attenborough has launched the 10,000-tonne hull of the UK's newest polar ship - named after him - into the River Mersey.

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Lord Ahmad publishes annual Human Rights Report 2017

Minister for Human Rights Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, publishes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2017 annual Human Rights and Democracy Report.

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Implications of UK-EU negotiations for development and aid examined

The International Development Committee took evidence from the Secretary of State for International Development on UK-EU development cooperation and the implications for UK aid on 17th July 2018.

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Cambridge researchers join new initiative on urban air pollution

Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge are part of a cutting-edge project to better understand Londoners’ exposure to air pollution and improve air quality in the capital.

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'How to Get to SDG 6: Invisible Barriers to Urban Water and Sanitation'

In order to meet Sustainable Development Goal 6, N. Jeffery argues, the invisible challenges to better urban water and sanitation systems have to be tackled, too: governance, finance, and capacity development.

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Low quality healthcare is increasing the burden of illness and health costs globally

Poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels, according to a new joint report by the OECD, World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.

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UNSDG publishes 'Counting on the World' report

This new report by the UN's Sustainable Solutions Devlopment Network provides an independent view on how national systems should evolve in order to harness the data revolution for sustainable development.

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New global science body promises to reach poor regions

A non-governmental association of science said to be the world’s largest was officially inaugurated in Paris this week (5 July), with the new president pledging to engage least developed nations as a part of its agenda.

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ODI publishes ‘Leave no one behind’ index 2018

This index reviews the readiness of 86 countries to ‘leave no one behind’, monitoring the extent to which government systems are set up and ready to meet their leave no one behind commitment.

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'Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian crises' - Humanitarian Exchange Magazine issue 72 published

This edition of Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with Anne Harmer, Manager of Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) Programme, focuses on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in humanitarian crises.

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'Ethylene-gibberellin signalling underlies adaptation of rice to periodic flooding' (Science, Vol. 361, Issue 6398, pp. 181-186)

Deepwater rice varieties grow taller when flooded, in a growth response driven by the plant hormones gibberellin and ethylene, to keep the leaves above the water. Kuroha et al. identified the genes underlying this phenotype.

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How drones are helping in the fight against malaria

By combining high-tech drones with low-tech methods, researchers are embarking on a project funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to map out where mosquitoes breed in Malawi.

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Think tank ODI publishes briefing: Water and sanitation, migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

This briefing considers the impact of migration on a variety of WASH-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), chiefly SDG 6: 'to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all'.

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IPCC Task Group on Data Support for Climate Change Assessments: call for UK experts (deadline: 7th Aug 2018)

Register your interest in serving as co-chair or member on the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Task Group on Data Support for Climate Change Assessments (TG-Data).

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Software helps cut Indian cows’ methane emissions

A software tool developed by India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) is helping balance the diets of 2.4 million heads of Indian cattle leading to increased milk output and reduced methane emissions, an international livestock conference heard.

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Money woes undermine pan-African science guidance

Africa’s persistent lack of research funding could jeopardise the goals of a planned declaration outlining universal guiding principles for science on the continent, a Euroscience Open Forum, held in Toulouse, France, heard recently.

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'Measuring Up' - Report on UK performance in meeting SDGs published by UKSSD

UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development Group (UKSSD) in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development launched the Measuring Up report: a snapshot of how the UK is performing on the SDGs ahead of the country’s voluntary 2019 national review.

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UN central platform reviews progress towards meeting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs

The High-level Political Forum (HLPF), United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda is meeting in New York under the theme 'Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies'.

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New Institute at Cambridge tackles cancer’s ‘big data’ problem to revolutionise patient care

A new institute at the University of Cambridge aims to revolutionise cancer care by using cutting edge analytics to maximize the use of big data sets collected from patients.

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Wellcome launches £250m Leap Fund to place big bets on bold research

Wellcome is to launch a new £250m fund that will place big bets on ambitious research programmes with the potential to fundamentally change science or transform health over a five- to ten-year horizon.

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£10 million research competition launched to tackle antimicrobial resistance

The Department of Health and Social Care is announcing the launch of a £10 million research competition to fund innovations to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans.

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