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VIDEO: Centrica job cuts 'not taken lightly'

BBC test - Thu, 2015-07-30 09:58
Centrica chief executive Iain Conn says the cutting of 6,000 jobs at the company is ''a very difficult thing to do'' but the business has got to be ''as efficient as possible''.
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VIDEO: Buggy boot camp helps mums stay active

BBC test - Thu, 2015-07-30 09:37
A pilot project for women in Bury is tackling participation in sport, which is now lower across the UK than before the London Olympics.
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My Nuffield Placement - Week 1

Wessex Archaeology - Thu, 2015-07-30 09:30

Tom at work in the environmental department

Archaeology is certainly not what I thought it was. Having been taken into the conservation lab on my first day to see a Junkers Ju 88 compass on the shelf next to an ancient mammoth jaw bone, the sheer range of areas within the one title ‘archaeology’ was put into perspective. Anything can be discovered anywhere and as I was meeting everyone it was amazing to see the diversity of the jobs ranging from re-building old pots to analysing seabed scans. ‘Diversity’ is certainly a good word to sum up my first week too.  My second day was spent out collecting data with the terrestrial geophysics team. We collected data with a gradiometer which works by detecting small changes in the Earth’s magnetic field. Here I learnt that before any development is done, the archaeology is considered and sometimes an archaeological survey needs to be carried out. Sometimes the archaeology team concludes that there is nothing there, however if a whole settlement is found it may all need to be investigated, which can take weeks or months. When the data was checked on site we didn’t notice any obvious archaeology, however it was all still interesting to me. The data was then sent back to the office for processing and interpretation by other members of the team. Wednesday was a very varied day. In the morning I learnt about the power of GIS, a mapping tool where data can be plotted, layers can be built up and complex maps showing a range of information can be produced. GPS and laser scanning were the topics of the afternoon. As well as learning how to set up and make a laser scan of an area, I also learnt the different types of GPS survey that can be done and plotted. The precision of the GPS was incredible, and it never ceased to amaze me how satellites that are thousands of kilometres away can be used to plot a point on the ground down to less than 10cm accuracy. Rockworks is a fantastic program for analysing and mapping data from boreholes. Unfortunately, however, all the data has to be manually entered as I learnt on Thursday. This means retrieving data from borehole reports which are not always set out clearly. As well as mapping boreholes, the geoarchaeology and environmental department sieves and analyses soil samples. In the afternoon I discovered how to wash all the mud off the soil samples before separating out pieces of bone, charcoal and flint for analysis. Seeing how tiny burnt seeds, left behind after washing away the mud, could reveal so much about the site they came from was extraordinary. It has been a very rewarding week and, having explored how to use geophysical processing software such as Fledermaus and Coda on Friday, I can’t wait to begin processing and analysing multibeam echosounder data next week, where I will hopefully spot some interesting undersea features and wrecks. I’m really enjoying my time at Wessex Archaeology and have gone home smiling every day. By Tom Syndercombe – Nuffield Research Placement For the second year running Wessex Archaeology is hosting a four-week placement student over the summer holidays as part of the Nuffield Research Placements scheme. This scheme offers sixth form students hands-on experience of a professional research environment to help them make better informed choices for the future. Placements provide insight into a wide range of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers, and are organised by the Nuffield Foundation.  
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VIDEO: Maud, 90, on how life can be lonely

BBC test - Thu, 2015-07-30 08:31
Maud, 90, speaks to the BBC about her feelings of isolation.
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VIDEO: Night patrols to deter Calais migrants

BBC test - Thu, 2015-07-30 08:04
Security forces in Calais have been working to prevent a third successive night of mass incursions into the Channel Tunnel by migrants trying to reach Britain.
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VIDEO: PM: 'Totally focused' on Calais migrants

BBC test - Thu, 2015-07-30 07:44
Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted the migrant crisis in Calais was "testing" for the government - but has insisted it was "totally focused" on the problem.
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VIDEO: Special Olympics: Going for gold in gymnastics

BBC test - Thu, 2015-07-30 00:07
Laura Green has a learning disability and represented Team GB at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles, with hopes of winning gold.
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VIDEO: 'My greenhouse made of sash windows'

BBC test - Thu, 2015-07-30 00:04
Architect student Rachael Taylor tells the story of her community greenhouse, made out of recovered sash windows.
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Let's get digital: Cambridge releases divine oracle bones, prints worth millions and "beheading" banknote online

24 Hour Museum - Thu, 2015-07-30 00:00
A collection of Chinese treasures, including oracle bones’ used for divination, have been made freely available online by the Cambridge Digital Library.
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AF: Don’t Nok it Before You Try it?

Heritage Daily - Wed, 2015-07-29 21:18

Welcome to Archae-Facts, the place to find bite-sized chunks of Archaeological Trivia!

Today, we consider the validity of an old adage…

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VIDEO: Drivers 'threatened with bars and knives'

BBC test - Wed, 2015-07-29 17:38
Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, says the situation surrounding migrants trying to get to the UK through the Channel Tunnel is getting worse.
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VIDEO: Sir Peter O'Sullevan remembered

BBC test - Wed, 2015-07-29 17:16
BBC Sport's Joe Wilson remembers the life and career of former BBC horse racing commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan, who has died aged 97.
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VIDEO: Smiler rescue 'most challenging'

BBC test - Wed, 2015-07-29 16:18
The rescue of 16 people stuck on Alton Towers' Smiler rollercoaster after it crashed was "the most challenging operation" ever carried out by fire crews called to the scene.
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VIDEO: How migrants enter tunnel site

BBC test - Wed, 2015-07-29 09:46
The BBC's Peter Whittlesea explains the route migrants take to gain access to the railway tracks that run through the Channel Tunnel.
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VIDEO: Patagonia settler landings recreated

BBC test - Wed, 2015-07-29 08:01
The descendants of the first Welsh settlers in Patagonia recreate the landings 150 years on.
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VIDEO: Police to probe Tube killer claim

BBC test - Wed, 2015-07-29 03:49
An ex-detective's claims 12 people were murdered by the same man on the London Underground between 1953 and 1983 are described by the Met chief as "quite convincing".
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What is the top Roman fort to visit in Britain?

Heritage Daily - Wed, 2015-07-29 01:48
What is the top Roman fort to visit in Britain? Place your vote below:

(Whilst we’ve tried to include all major forts, if we’ve left any from the list that you believe should be included then please email editor@heritagedaily.com for inclusion) The voting will run until August 31st.

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VIDEO: The secret of adult colouring books

BBC test - Wed, 2015-07-29 00:08
Colouring books for adults are topping bestseller lists. Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford tells us the secrets of her success.
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Five gladiator skulls from Londinium 2,000 years ago are about to go on public show

24 Hour Museum - Wed, 2015-07-29 00:00
The Museum of London will be displaying five skulls of men who suffered violent deaths - including being beheaded - 2,000 years ago in ancient Londinium.
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World Body Painting Champion and models make live art at St Pancras for International Tiger Day

24 Hour Museum - Wed, 2015-07-29 00:00
St Pancras International station and Save Wild Tigers joined forces today to host a live art exhibit by double World Body Art Champion Carolyn Roper.
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