start of the grouse season on August 12 brought
widespread interest in research into game
birds by biologist Dr Graham Askew. He has
discovered game birds have the most powerful
muscles of any animal measured. "If one
of these birds were the same size as a human,
they could generate five times more power
from their muscles than an elite human sprinter,"
he told the Daily Telegraph.
In the Financial Times, Dr
Askew explained: "There's no wasted space
in these muscles; everything is packed in
for power generation." Unfortunately
for game birds, the strong muscles form the
lean breast meat which is good to eat, reported
the Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail,
Mirror and Yorkshire Post.
The UKs bogs could help the countrys
attempt to meet greenhouse gas emissions targets
set in the Kyoto protocol, reported the Guardian.
Researcher Mark Reed from the school of the
environment said: A growing peat bog
actually takes out carbon from the atmosphere
and stores it on the land. The bogs
ability to hold carbon dioxide is reduced
when drained. Planting trees is already
popular. Blocking bog drains could be a cheaper
alternative, with important benefits in terms
of reducing flood risk and ecological impact,
Dr Reed told the Yorkshire Post.
Leeds expert on animal mechanics Professor
McNeill Alexander commented in Science
on the discovery in South America of the remains
of the largest rodent known to have existed.
In the Times, Professor Alexander
explained what the 700kg, three-metre long
guinea pig Pheroberyms pattersoni
looked like: "If you saw it in the distance
on a misty day, it would look much more like
a cow or a buffalo than a guinea-pig. The
big question is why haven't other rodents
grown to this size, and why didn't this one
survive?" Channel 4, BBC Radio
4, the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Guardian,
Independent, Daily Mail and Mirror
also reported the story.
Chinese teachers have visited Leeds for training
under a project led by Dr Martin Wedell in
the school of education. The Yancheng
Evening News interviewed Dr Wedell
and students about the training. Student Qiu
Yudou said: British teachers are very
good at praising and encouraging students.
Fish are more intelligent than they are given
credit for, according to researchers at the
universities of Leeds, Edinburgh and St Andrews.
Dr Jens Krause and colleagues in the school
of biology found that fish are regarded
as steeped in social intelligence pursuing
Machiavellian strategies of manipulation,
punishment and reconciliation, exhibiting
stable cultural traditions, and cooperating
to inspect predators and catch food
reported the Yorkshire Post.
The Daily Mail, Times, Sun, Sunday
Times, Mirror, Sky News, Irish Independent
and international media the Canberra
Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Germanys
Fisch und Fang and Singapore
based AsiaOne LTD also covered
the research published by the journal Fish
The Watch it! Programme to help obese children
lose weight set-up by Dr Mary Rudolf received
a visit from the commons select committee
on health, see pages 6-7. Their visit, part
of their research into the UKs obesity
problem, was reported in the Times,
Guardian and Yorkshire
Post. Mother of Leeds teenager Sophie
Henderson explained to the Yorkshire
Post that her daughter had lost a
stone since joining Watch it! six months ago.
In the Guardian, Sophie explained
what the programme involved: They've
given me a step-counter and I've done more
than a million steps already. I do lots more
walking and I'm steadily losing weight.
See the press releases at www.leeds.ac.uk/media/press_releases.htm
and details of press coverage at http://wwwnotes2.