Given recent floods in Yorkshire you might think that drought isn’t a worry for the UK – but even during extreme wet weather we must conserve water. So concluded the £12m Drought and Water Scarcity Research programme which wrapped up last month. Here we look at one of its Reading-led projects.
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On 28 November 1919, Nancy Astor was elected to Parliament, becoming the first female MP to take her seat. A century on, a train named in her honour took VIP passengers to Nancy’s former Plymouth constituency where a new statue was unveiled. Here we tell the story of the day’s events in tweets and audio clips from the historic journey.
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Could the advent of digital-only banks mean the end of the high street banking? Professor Brian Scott-Quinn from Henley Business School writes for The Conversation.
Continue reading “RBS’s Bó: the fightback against Monzo and Revolut is about much more than market share”
UN climate change conference COP25 is underway in Madrid, and our climate scientists and students are there. Here we round up the University of Reading’s activities at the most significant annual event in the climate policy calendar.
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Dr Ciara McCabe, our specialist on the brain’s reward system, looks at the latest craze for ‘dopamine fasting’ and separates fact from fiction in a new post for The Conversation.
Continue reading “Dopamine fasting: an expert reviews the latest craze in Silicon Valley”
Professor Paul Lickiss talks us through some striking cover designs from a new exhibition of Pelican books – the non-fiction imprint of Penguin from 1937 to 1989.
Continue reading “In pictures: Pelican books by design”
Dr Miriam Marra’s research has shown that a shorter working week can save companies around £92 billion each year – she explains more in a new post for The Conversation.
Continue reading “Economics of a four-day working week: research shows it can save businesses money”
Reading hydrologist Professor Hannah Cloke writes for The Conversation on why floods are such difficult beasts to pin down, despite the efforts of the brightest scientists and supercomputers.
Continue reading “Why flooding is still so difficult to predict and prepare for”
Today a new cannabis-derived medicine for severe childhood epilepsy was approved for use on the NHS after over a decade of research at the University of Reading. Here we track the story of the drug’s long journey from bench to bedside.
Continue reading “10 years in the making: drug discovered by Reading scientists reaches UK children with severe epilepsy”