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News archive - December 2007

Academic uncovers Holy Grail of palaeontology
(03 Dec 2007)
Palaeontologist Dr Phil Manning, working with National Geographic Channel has uncovered the Holy Grail of palaeontology in the United States: a partially intact dino mummy.

Corrie star launches sight-saving service
(06 Dec 2007)
Actress Sue Cleaver, who plays Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street, will tomorrow launch a major new screening campaign to reduce the risk of blindness among people with diabetes.

Mammoth effort brings out the best in Beethoven
(07 Dec 2007)
A professor of music has spent 10 years examining every note of every authentic source of every Beethoven piano sonata to produce what he feels is the truest representation of the composer's work.

New hope in fight against Morecambe's killing tide
(10 Dec 2007)
Maps generated by satellite images which use radar to penetrate thick cloud cover are to be used to prevent future tragedies in Morecambe Bay.

New post-disaster powers 'may be needed'
(11 Dec 2007)
The UK may need new emergency powers to manage the huge and conflicting demands for limited resources after large natural disasters or terrorist attacks, according a senior researcher at The University of Manchester.

Festive food footprint 'same as 6,000 car trips around world'
(11 Dec 2007)
* Each UK Christmas dinner equivalent to 20 kg of carbon dioxide emissions - 60 per cent related to life cycle of turkey * Total equivalent emissions for UK Christmas dinners is 51,000 tonnes - or 148 million miles travelled in a car * Cranberry sauce worst offender for transport-related carbon emissions

Miraculous journey ends with university graduation
(12 Dec 2007)
A former Kenyan slum child who found University of Manchester prospectus leaflets in a dustbin will finally achieve his dream of gaining a Masters degree tomorrow (13 Dec).

It's a hands on Christmas for green fingered orphans
(17 Dec 2007)
A researcher is highlighting the plight of orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda with a Christmas tree made from thousands of their handprints.

Smart idea going to plan for winning MSEC graduate
(17 Dec 2007)
A computer software design company founded by a graduate from The University of Manchester's Manchester Science and Enterprise Centre (MSEC) has scooped the top prize in a major competition for entrepreneurs.

Parents show bias in sibling rivalry, says study
(19 Dec 2007)
Most parents would hotly deny favouring one child over another but new research suggests they may have little choice in the matter.

UMIC incubator for Stockport gets Council thumbs-up
(21 Dec 2007)
Stockport Council has given a big thumbs-up to developing a not-for-profit Community Interest Company to take forward business incubation space at Broadstone Mill, in partnership with the University of Manchester Incubator Company (UMIC).