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VIDEO: Blue badge thefts on the rise

BBC test - Sat, 2015-08-22 09:30
Thefts of blue parking badges used by disabled drivers have more than doubled in a year in England.
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VIDEO: The rise of the 'skate geezer'

BBC test - Sat, 2015-08-22 09:00
Mike Bushell reports on the rise of older skateboarders.
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VIDEO: Manchester marks air disaster anniversary

BBC test - Sat, 2015-08-22 08:28
The 30th anniversary of the Manchester air disaster is due to be marked later with a memorial service.
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VIDEO: Over-18s staying with foster families

BBC test - Sat, 2015-08-22 07:23
A record number of vulnerable young people are choosing to stay with their foster parents past their 18th birthdays.
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Humans as predators: An unsustainable appetite for adults and carnivores

Heritage Daily - Fri, 2015-08-21 22:22
Humans are just one of many predators in this world, but a new study highlights how their intense tendency to target and kill adult prey, as well as other carnivores, sets them distinctly apart from other predators.

As humans kill other species in their reproductive prime, there can be profound implications — including widespread extinction and restructuring of food webs and ecosystems–in both terrestrial and marine systems.

To evaluate the nature of human predation compared to nonhuman predation, Chris Darimont et al. conducted a survey of 2,125 species of predators around the world in marine and land environments. The results reveal that humans tend to prey on adults of other species at rates up to 14 times higher than other predators, with particularly intense exploitation of terrestrial carnivores and fishes.

Wildlife under pressure is shown. Darimont et al. show that the rates at which humans exploit land mammals and marine fish vastly exceeds the impacts of other predators (1). Marine fish experience “fishing through marine food webs,” with different trophic groups similarly affected. In contrast, on land top predators are exploited at much higher rates than are herbivores. Credit: P. Huey/Science

 

Among fisheries, the authors found that the predation effect was even more pronounced in the Atlantic Ocean, which they suggest is a result of higher human densities and reduced fish biomass (from a longer period of regular and intensive fishing); the situation in the Atlantic reflects how the low abundance of economically valuable prey can drive aggressive exploitation.

All together, the unique predation behavior of humans can have significant impacts on ecosystems, altering observable traits like size, as well as life-history traits of other species, modifying the reproductive potential of populations, and transforming ecological interactions of food webs. A Perspective by Boris Worm takes a closer look at our tendency towards big catches, and its implications.

PRESS RELEASE – AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE

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VIDEO: Ill boy gets 20,000 birthday cards

BBC test - Fri, 2015-08-21 20:11
A six-year-old boy with a muscle-wasting disease has received more than 20,000 birthday cards after his mother made an appeal.
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VIDEO: Clamour for Banksy show tickets

BBC test - Fri, 2015-08-21 19:42
Banksy's website crashed on Friday as thousands of people attempted to buy tickets for the street artist's Dismaland exhibition.
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VIDEO: Lancs water bug warnings in third week

BBC test - Fri, 2015-08-21 19:34
More than 300,000 homes in Lancashire still have to boil their tap water, more two weeks after a parasite was discovered in the supply, that can cause diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.
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VIDEO: The film critic who became a WW2 spy

BBC test - Fri, 2015-08-21 19:31
Newly declassified files have revealed that a British film critic was one of the most significant Russian agents of the Second World War.
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VIDEO: Could lifestyle hold answer to dementia?

BBC test - Fri, 2015-08-21 19:04
The number of people living with dementia in western Europe is stabilising, according to a new report.
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VIDEO: Bionic hand boy 'youngest in world'

BBC test - Fri, 2015-08-21 14:38
A nine-year-old boy from Fife is the youngest person in the world to be fitted with a bionic hand.
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Celebrating Prehistoric Kent in the heart of Chatham Maritime

Wessex Archaeology - Fri, 2015-08-21 14:25
This year Wessex Archaeology is excited to be able to host a conference focusing on recent discoveries and ideas associated with prehistoric Kent. We have great speakers and great topics so this meant that we required a great venue. 

The Pilkington Building

Located within the heart of historic Chatham we are working with the University of Greenwich to offer state of the art equipment within a purposely designed open space. The conference will be held in the Pilkington Building, a Grade II Listed Building adjacent to the former Royal Navy Barracks Drill Shed. Designed by Colonel Henry Pilkington the construction of the Drill Shed or ‘Drill Hall’ was completed in March 1902 and provided accommodation and training facilities for the men of the reserve fleet who, up until that time, had been located within hulks moored alongside the River Medway close to Chatham Historic Dockyard. An ideal spot! On the day head for the University of Greenwich Medway, Central Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TB, the Pilkington Building is accessed via Central Avenue adjacent to the Drill Hall Library and Parade Ground. There is ample parking on site and we will happily arrange priority disabled parking closer to the building. We will have signs and directions set out and staff on hand to help. For further details please see our upcoming events page,
or contact David Britchfield on 07515 998871 or email d.britchfield@wessexarch.co.uk.  By David Britchfield, Project Manager  
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QoD: Killing a Sword?

Heritage Daily - Fri, 2015-08-21 12:35

Welcome to Questions of Doom. In this series, we answer your questions about Archaeology and our shared heritage.

Today, I tackle the reasons why people bend swords in graves?

Links:

Killing the Weapons. An Insight on Graves with Destroyed Weapons in Late Iron Age Transylvania:

http://www.academia.edu/2024265/Killing_the_Weapons._An_Insight_on_Graves_with_Destroyed_Weapons_in_Late_Iron_Age_Transylvania

Hidden Histories: Fake it ’till They Excavate it!:

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VIDEO: Carol Kirkwood: A day in the life

BBC test - Fri, 2015-08-21 11:42
Have a look at what our weather presenter Carol Kirkwood does every day in our special behind the scenes film.
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VIDEO: 'Labour is trying to rig leadership'

BBC test - Fri, 2015-08-21 09:52
Left-wing comedian Jeremy Hardy says he has been told by the Labour party that he cannot vote in its leadership election.
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New Community & Education Officer

Wessex Archaeology - Fri, 2015-08-21 09:41

Rachel Brown

Wessex Archaeology is delighted to welcome Rachel Brown as our new Community & Education Officer.  Rachel has worked as a History teacher and more recently as People and Learning Manager for the British Red Cross. These roles have taken her into a variety of learning environments and given her the opportunity to teach a wide range of people – from 3-year old pre-school children and 16-year old school students through to volunteers in their 80s.  Rachel also has experience in developing an interest in archaeology, in a range of audiences, such as when volunteering with Dorset County Museum. Also, as a teacher, she involved sixth form students with archaeology, and created lessons focussing on archaeological sources for Key Stage 3. While working for the British Red Cross she coordinated a variety of events. She also gained skills in managing research and evaluation projects in order to understand audiences, and better support business development. In her new role Rachel will be engaging the public with the work of Wessex Archaeology, and in doing so she aims to develop existing and new partnerships both with our clients and the wider community. Rachel has said: “I have a passion for history and hold the belief that cultural learning is of great importance to society, and should be accessible to all. So I am very excited to be joining Wessex Archaeology.”  
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VIDEO: Will mash-up lure Taylor Swift to UK?

BBC test - Fri, 2015-08-21 08:18
Oxford University's debating society has released a mash-up video of past speakers reciting Taylor Swift's Shake it Off in an effort to lure her to the city to give a talk.
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VIDEO: The origins of the Edinburgh Festival

BBC test - Fri, 2015-08-21 08:18
The BBC's Charlie Stayt looks back at the history of the Edinburgh festival and what it now means to the Scotland.
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Prehistoric fish from 385 million years ago provides “missing link” between fish and land-dwellers, say scientists

24 Hour Museum - Fri, 2015-08-21 00:00
The skull of a prehistoric fish from 385 million years ago could contain the “missing link” between fish and land-dwelling vertebrate animals.
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Was the growth of an Iron Age town in Britain down to French immigrants? Archaeologists begin £1 million project at site where Prehistoric poodle was found

24 Hour Museum - Fri, 2015-08-21 00:00
An 18-year excavation at one of Britain's most important Roman sites will use a £1 million grant to attempt to detail the rapid expansion of Calleva Atrebatum - now known as Silchester.
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