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475, 21 January 2002
breath of fresh air to Alzheimer's sufferers
A Leeds scientist researching the effects
of low oxygen on the body believes he has identified
a cause of Alzheimer's disease low levels of
oxygen reaching brain cells.
beer, butties and music
A £4.8m extension of one of the country's
largest student union buildings has given the city a
new music venue, and Leeds University Union more bars
than any students' union in the UK.
success should 'stand us in good stead'
Seventy percent of University of Leeds
researchers are now working in 5 or 5* departments,
according to the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise
a 75% increase on the 1996 RAE.
dame, two knights and a gold medal winner
Oscar winning actress, a distinguished diplomat, a gold
medal athlete and a Nobel prize-winner will receive
honorary degrees from the University next year. Chancellor
Lord Melvyn Bragg will make the awards to Dame Judi
Dench, Sir Roderic Lyne, Fiona May and Sir Paul Nurse
at a special ceremony on Wednesday 17 July 2002.
song of the volcano, sent across the Atlantic from Montserrat
don't only erupt they sing, and in a new development
by geophysicists at the University of Leeds, the sounds
or seismic tremor made by a volcano thousands of miles
across the Atlantic will be transmitted directly to
Leeds, where they will be analysed to show the minute
changes in pressure which foretell an imminent eruption.
sex and the insect world
Females who mate with two males can choose
between their sperm to avoid having their brothers'
offspring, according to a new study by researchers Dr
Tom Tregenza and Dr Nina Wedell.
in vaccinations prompts MMR study
is seeing cases of mumps rise alarmingly, as take up
of the MMR vaccine continues to fall. Across the city
there were just under 400 cases last year, more than
double the number in 2000, and ten times the figure
for 1999. Take up of the first MMR vaccine has dropped
to around 80% in Leeds, with as few as 70% having the
second injection which ensures immunisation
at age five.
to put dialects online
thousand recordings from the 1950s and 60s of people
talking about hobbies, childhood reminiscences, customs,
local history, crafts, industries and gypsy lore, singing
folk-songs and recounting myths and folk-tales are to
be made accessible online for the first time.