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University of Glasgow celebrates James Watt anniversary

The University is celebrating the 250th anniversary of James Watt’s world-changing invention with a series of events at the Glasgow Science Festival.

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1,500 ultrasound tongue recordings reveals secrets of our accents

Phonetics experts have completed a project to reveal the hidden workings of our tongues and vocal tracts using 1,500 ultrasound videos.

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Study seeks to learn from breast and cervical screening programmes to improve uptake of bowel cancer tests

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second-biggest cancer killer, accounting for 10% of all cancer deaths, yet only just over half of women eligible for the screening programme in Scotland take part.

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Go-ahead given for educational programme to improve literacy through Latin

Classics students at the University of Glasgow will this year begin a new credit-bearing university course to teach Latin to local school pupils.

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Pregnant women lack guidance on iodine intake levels

Pregnant women are not getting enough information about the need to include iodine in their diets, despite high awareness of general advice for pregnancy nutrition.

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Inspiring young refugees to come to university

The achievements of a group of unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees have been recognised by the University of Glasgow after they completed the first year of their English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programme at Glasgow Clyde College, part of an educational collaboration between the two institutions.

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Prostate cancer study focuses on role of protein

The role of a specific protein in the development of prostate cancer is being investigated by scientists at the University of Glasgow.

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Education Secretary makes major speech at the University of Glasgow

Poverty cannot be an excuse for failure in Scottish education. That was the key theme of a speech delivered by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance at the University of Glasgow on Tuesday 19 May. Watch her full lecture here.

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University to lead public debate on constitutional change

Three of the University of Glasgow’s senior academics have been awarded £100,000 funding to lead public debate and knowledge exchange on constitutional change in the aftermath of the General Election.

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University plays key role in gravitational wave detector launch

A major research project to find evidence of the existence of gravitational waves is being officially launched today (Tuesday 19 May).

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Small changes to a child’s head size should not concern parents

New research calls into question the practical value of using head measurement as a screening test as it could mean many children undergo unnecessary tests such as MRI scans and referral to specialists.

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Glasgow researcher wins Metcalf Prize for Stem Cell Research

A Glasgow academic has been awarded a Metcalf Prize for Stem Cell Research by the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia.

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International spotlight on photon-twisting research

Professor Miles Padgett is taking the stage at a prestigious photonics conference in San Jose, USA.

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£10m deal to locate Scotland’s most powerful research-focused MRI machine in Glasgow hospital

Glasgow has acquired one of the world’s most-powerful magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines for clinical research following a £10m deal.

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Raise a pint to science with the University of Glasgow

A group of young scientists from the University of Glasgow are offering local people the chance to enjoy an educational drink at the Pint of Science festival.

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Former Education Secretary joins University of Glasgow

Former Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Russell MSP is to join the University on a part time basis as a Professor in Scottish Culture and Governance.

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5,000 medical consultation letters tell the story of William Cullen

New online archive provides access to unique 18th century mail order medicine consultation letters

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Three Glasgow professors elected to Academy of Medical Sciences

Three of Glasgow’s leading professors have been elected Fellows to the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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£2m confirmed to set up the first NIHR Complex Reviews Support Unit

A consortium of researchers from around the UK have been awarded £2million to provide support in areas of research that require complex methodological approaches.

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Support scheme for rape victims is praised in independent evaluation report

A 24-hour advocacy support service for victims and survivors of rape, which was piloted in Glasgow, was highly valued by those who used it, according to an independent evaluation by University of Glasgow researchers.

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Major awards for University of Glasgow chemists

Researchers from the School of Chemistry have been recognised with major awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Archaeologists and veterans find first shots fired at Battle of Waterloo

An international team of archaeologists, led by Dr Tony Pollard, has broken ground in the first excavation of the battlefield of Waterloo.

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Oldest non-biblical Scottish manuscript is evidence of lost literary culture

A researcher has discovered the oldest surviving non-biblical manuscript from Scotland, a twelfth-century copy of the ‘Consolation of Philosophy’ by Boethius.

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University awards honorary degree to Gordon Brown

The former Prime Minister and Labour Party leader, the Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Glasgow.

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Principal joins Commission on Widening Access

Prof Anton Muscatelli has been appointed a member of the Widening Access Commission, which supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Cropped: scientists plan to cut insect pests down to size by turning their own hormones against them

Locusts are certainly not among the lazier creatures on earth. They can travel 130km a day in search of food.

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Grey squirrels’ role as hosts of Lyme disease bacteria under the spotlight

Grey squirrels have been described as one of the ‘world’s worst invasive species’ and have caused a decline in indigenous red squirrel populations and damaged forestry in the UK.

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University of Glasgow awards Honorary Degree to Alex Salmond MSP

The University of Glasgow confers an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University on the former First Minister the Right Hon Alex Salmond MSP.

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£2 million funding generates more ozone

Anacail Limited, a spin-out from the School of Physics and Astronomy, has closed a £2 million “Series A” equity investment.

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Access to green space reduces rich-poor divide in mental wellbeing

Having access to green spaces significantly reduces the gap in wellbeing between richer and poorer people a European study has found.

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Rabies kills 160 people every day, says new study

A global study on canine rabies has found that 160 people die every single day from the disease.

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Sky News on campus

With the General election just over three weeks away Sky News has chosen the University of Glasgow as one of only eleven locations across the UK – and the only one in Scotland – as a base for its Stand Up Be Counted campaign.

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Spin-out firm Clyde Biosciences secures new investment

Clyde Biosciences Ltd has announced a £2 million ‘Series A’ investment led by Epidarex Capital, a leading international early-stage life science venture capital fund.

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University hosts Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life

On 13 April the University of Glasgow will host CORABor for an evidence hearing from over 30 distinguished members of the Scottish faith and belief sectors

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Marie Curie funding to develop contemporary art conservation research

Funding will educate a new generation of curators, conservators and academic researchers to develop new ways of conserving and restoring contemporary artworks.

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Scientific breakthrough unlocks potential novel tendon therapy

Scientists are investigating a new therapy for the treatment of tendon injuries such as tennis elbow and Achilles tendinitis after gaining new insight into the condition.

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University of Glasgow scientists named Royal Society of Edinburgh Prizewinners

University of Glasgow scientists have been named as the recipients of prestigious awards from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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Funding boost for nuclear physics research partnership

Nuclear physicists from the University of Glasgow are sharing in a £7m investment from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

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First volume of the selected letters of Edwin Morgan published

The first published collection of the selected letters of Edwin Morgan have been launched.

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£1.4m grant for water, energy and food systems research

Scientists from the University of Glasgow are setting out to help the planet’s population meet its growing demands for water, energy and food.

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£4.2m for research to tackle hospital infections

A grant of £4.2 million has been awarded to researchers investigating the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections, Health Secretary Shona Robison announced today.

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Training Africa’s next generation of scientists

The University of Glasgow has secured £334,000 to help train the next generation of African scientists.

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Clinical guidelines study finds potentially serious drug clashes

Blindly following recommendations for drug prescriptions in national clinical guidelines for conditions including diabetes, depression and heart failure will often result in potentially serious drug interactions, according to a new study.

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New mental health resource puts the power in your pocket

A new app and educational programme designed to help young people manage mental health problems is being launched at an event at St Stephens High School in Port Glasgow.

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Eclipse education event at University of Glasgow

Astronomers from the University of Glasgow are offering local people the chance to safely observe the partial solar eclipse on Friday 20 March.

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Light pollution causing blackbirds to breed earlier, scientists suggest

Cities’ artificial lighting may be causing urban European blackbirds to mature faster than their country cousins, new research has found.

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University of Glasgow-led consortium receives £1.5m advanced materials grant

Researchers from the University of Glasgow are beginning work on a £1.5m collaboration to develop new advanced material technologies.

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The most deprived areas have borne the brunt of local government budget cuts

Research from the University, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, shows that the most deprived areas of England have seen the largest cuts in funding since 2010.

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Vagus nerve stimulation shows promise for stroke rehabilitation

An experimental technique to help stroke patients regain the use of their arms has shown promising results in a small-scale trial.

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Scientists SET to take their research to Westminster

Three University of Glasgow staff members and one PhD student are heading to Westminster to present research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 9 March.

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Nine Glasgow academics become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Nine academics from the University of Glasgow have been enrolled as Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

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Principal appointed to Council of Economic Advisors

The Scottish Government has confirmed five new appointments to the Council of Economic Advisors, including the Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Professor Anton Muscatelli.

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Classical music relaxes dogs in rehoming centres

A study conducted by the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow shows that music has a calming effect on dogs.

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International Women’s Day at the University

8 March 2015: find out about events taking place across campus to mark International Women's Day.

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French Ambassador urges closer cooperation between Britain and France

The French Ambassador to Great Britain and Northern Ireland has told University staff and students and invited guests that Britain and France – once described as “sweet enemies” - must cooperate if they wish to be players on the international stage.

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Professor Muffy Calder appointed to Nurse Review advisory board

The Advisory Group of eight leaders bringing expertise from research, academia and industry who will support Sir Paul Nurse in his review of UK Research Councils has been announced by Universities, Science and Cities Minister, Greg Clark, today.

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Pancreatic cancer has four distinct types

Researchers have found that pancreatic cancer can be split into four unique types, a discovery that could be used to improve treatments for the disease, according to a study published in Nature.

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University researchers take up new East End residence

More than 45 jobs will be relocated to Glasgow’s east end, when researchers working to address the city’s poor health, move into Bridgeton’s historic Olympia building.

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New drug treatment could offer stroke survivors better outcomes

Promising results for a new drug treatment for ischaemic stroke patients have been published today in the journal ‘Lancet Neurology’.

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World’s oldest printed books soon available for your viewing pleasure

A new exhibition at the Hunterian Art Gallery will mark the end of a project to create a unique publicly accessible digital catalogue of over 1,000 of the world’s oldest books.

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Leading lights of Scottish science shine at quantum technology launch event

Scotland’s leading quantum technology research centre will be officially opened with a launch event at Glasgow Science Centre.

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Bacteria jump between species more easily than previously thought

A new study suggests that bacteria may be able to jump between host species far easier than was previously thought.

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New research reveals air and sea strategy behind victory in WWII

Groundbreaking new research has revealed the extent to which the Second World War was decided, not by pitched battles on land, but by the superior air and sea power of the Allied forces.

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What should we be teaching students about Copyright?

A new suite of online learning materials has been launched today to help students the general public understand how copyright law works.

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Devolution promises and TV debates had little impact on Scottish referendum outcome, new research claims

New analysis of web search data from the run up to the Scottish independence referendum reveals voting patterns as they happen.

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University of Glasgow lends support to solar super-telescope initiative

The University of Glasgow has joined a consortium of eight UK universities and associated businesses to build the cameras for a $344 million super-telescope in Hawaii.

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Archaeologists and veterans to explore what lies beneath Waterloo Battlefield, 200 years on

An international team of battlefield experts, led by the University of Glasgow’s Dr Tony Pollard, will start work at farm buildings of Hougoumont in April 2015.

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University of Glasgow and partners receive Life Sciences Award

The University of Glasgow and its partners NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, ThermoFisher and Aridhia have been presented with a major life sciences award.

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Easy access to Dstl innovation

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is the first UK government organisation to sign up to the Easy Access intellectual property (IP) scheme.

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First Minister speaks about gender equality on visit to alma mater

The First Minister for Scotland, Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, delivered a lecture on the subject of gender equality on Tuesday 3 February in the University of Glasgow’s famous Bute Hall.

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Glasgow students encouraged to apply for ScottishPower Foundation Scholarships

The ScottishPower Foundation, in partnership with its Spanish equivalent Fundacion IBERDROLA, has today announced 17 new post-graduate scholarship grants in the UK for the 2015/16 academic year, partnering again with the University of Glasgow.

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Smoke gets in your genes: Further dangers of smoking while pregnant revealed

Smoking while pregnant causes chemical changes to the DNA of a foetus detectable from as early as 12 weeks and may predispose children born to smokers to a range of health conditions which last throughout life, new research by Scottish academics has revealed.

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Making the Connections between PE and Early Years Learning

University academics collaborate on innovative programme has been launched to support teachers deliver quality physical education, particularly to the very youngest pupils.

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New project aims to take the brakes off wireless broadband data transfer

A new European Commission-funded project is setting out to develop a novel form of ultra-fast wireless data transfer.

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Financial incentives help pregnant women to quit smoking

Research finds that offering shopping vouchers to expectant mothers can be cost effective.

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Scientists slow down the speed of light travelling through air

In a new paper published in Science Express, researchers describe how they have managed to slow photons in free space for the first time.

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Glasgow and Nankai link up to launch joint graduate school

In an exciting new development, the University of Glasgow and Nankai University are to establish a joint graduate school on the campus of Nankai University in Tianjin, China.

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A new public private collaboration in Singapore aims to develop more eco-friendly ships

Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Sembcorp Marine, the University of Glasgow and University of Glasgow Singapore (UGS) have signed an agreement to collaborate and develop new hull designs for large ocean-going vessels and make them more environmentally-friendly.

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Sex differences in academic achievement are not related to political, economic or social equality

New research has revealed that girls lead boys in educational achievement in 70% of countries, regardless of levels of national gender equality.

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First edited volume of Burns’s prose reveals new details about Scottish tours

Robert Burns's prose work made available to public for the first time, including most complete mapping of his famous tours of the Borders, Highland, and Lowland Scotland.

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Study sheds light on links between diseases of dogs and big cats

A new study of Serengeti lions addresses key questions about the spread of canine distemper virus (CDV) from domestic dogs and evaluates the effectiveness of dog vaccination efforts in protecting dogs and lions against the disease.

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Cabinet Secretary for Education visits the University of Glasgow

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Angela Constance, met around 70 trainee teachers during her first visit to the University of Glasgow since her appointment to the Cabinet.

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New web resource detailing 1,000 years of the English language launched

A new online resource will make almost 800,000 words, covering the last 1,000 years of English language, available to the public.

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Principal appointed Chair of City's Regional Commission on Urban Economic Growth

The Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Anton Muscatelli, is to Chair the Commission on Urban Economic Growth for the new Glasgow City Region.

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£3m grant to tackle drug resistance in livestock parasites

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have been awarded almost £3m to tackle drug resistance in animal parasites.

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Research agreement signed with Brazilian foundation

A five-year research agreement has been signed between the University of Glasgow and one of Brazil’s leading research funders, the Sao Paulo State Foundation – FAPESP.

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£15m initiative puts Scotland at forefront of gene-led healthcare

A major investment in gene sequencing technology will secure Scotland’s place as a world leader in a genomics revolution that is set to transform healthcare.

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Rare amino-acid influences E. coli infection

Scientists have discovered how a rare amino-acid in humans influences the behaviour of the E.coli bacterium.

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Prestigious international education conference comes to Glasgow in 2016

The University of Glasgow is to host the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) from January 6-9, 2016, it has been announced.

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Link between immune system and brain disorders focus of new project

Glasgow scientists have joined forces with colleagues across the UK and two pharmaceutical companies to investigate whether depression could be treated by targeting the immune system.

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Quantum leap in imaging technology creates photos in extremely low light

Scientists have harnessed the strange power of quantum mechanics to create a digital image using fewer than one photon per pixel.

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The most deprived areas have borne the brunt of local government budget cuts

Research from the University, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, shows that the most deprived areas of England have seen the largest cuts in funding since 2010.

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Education secretary to make major speech at the University of Glasgow

Poverty cannot be an excuse for failure in Scottish education, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, will say in a major speech at the University of Glasgow.

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