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News archive - December 2009

Horse racing was best before British, says historian
(01 Dec 2009)
American horse racing was kinder to the animals, more sporting and more socially egalitarian in the days before the ‘ruthless’ English version was introduced, according to a historian.

‘Moss Witch’ shortlisted for BBC award
(02 Dec 2009)
One of the stories published as part of a unique collaboration between scientists and authors has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award.

Newly discovered star one of hottest in Galaxy
(02 Dec 2009)
Astronomers at The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics have discovered one of the hottest stars in the Galaxy with a surface temperature of around 200,000 degrees - 35 times hotter than the Sun.

New Dean for EPS
(03 Dec 2009)
Professor Colin Bailey has been appointed Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences at The University of Manchester.

Funding announced for fair trade and employment research
(04 Dec 2009)
The Brooks World Poverty Institute and Institute for Development Policy and Management at The University of Manchester have received £1.7 million to examine how best to promote policies and interventions for fair trade and employment in developing countries.

Clive James joins Martin Amis to discuss ageing
(04 Dec 2009)
Renowned author Martin Amis is to discuss how aging is represented in literature with novelist, poet and broadcaster Clive James at The University of Manchester on 7 December.

Oldest English recipes cooked up at John Rylands
(04 Dec 2009)
Guests at Café at the Rylands, located within the historic and beautiful John Rylands Library, have been treated to an exclusive tasting session of Richard II’s recipes from ‘The Forme of Cury’, one of the oldest known cookery manuscripts in the English language.

Plan for catastrophic temperature rise warns expert
(07 Dec 2009)
Policymakers should be planning for a global temperature rise that smashes through the threshold for ‘dangerous climate change’ according to a leading environmental expert from the University of Manchester.

Investigation into Russian media announced
(08 Dec 2009)
A team from The University of Manchester's School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures is to research Russian state television's approach to ethnic tension.

Inspiring female engineer scoops top award
(08 Dec 2009)
A University of Manchester student has scooped a major national award for her work to promote science and engineering to young women.

University gets £8 million to extend civil nuclear research
(09 Dec 2009)
The Government and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) is investing £8 million to expand existing civil nuclear research facilities within The University of Manchester.

Dinosaurs hop, skip and jump into 21st century
(09 Dec 2009)
Dinosaurs have literally been put through their paces by a new supercomputer, allowing scientists to get closer to understanding how they once moved.

Online political activism goes under microscope
(10 Dec 2009)
A new project which will examine how the internet affects political participation and campaigning in elections is to start next year.

New scientific study to reveal how trees help the battle against climate change
(10 Dec 2009)
A groundbreaking scientific study, i-trees began today with pupils from Manchester Academy joining scientists from The University of Manchester to start the two year project, which will accurately measure the important impact of trees in the fight against climate change.

Zimbabwe recovery programme urges compensation for white farmers
(11 Dec 2009)
The catastrophic collapse of the Zimbabwean economy can be reversed if its Government adopts the controversial recommendations of a wide-ranging recovery programme, according to its authors.

Manchester established as International Sporting Knowledge Capital City
(11 Dec 2009)
The World Academy of Sport has brought together International sporting dignitaries to serve on its International Advisory Board (IAB) launched here in Manchester on 4 December.

Earth's atmosphere came from outer space, find scientists
(11 Dec 2009)
The gases which formed the Earth's atmosphere - and probably its oceans - did not come from inside the Earth but from outer space, according to a study by University of Manchester and University of Houston scientists.

Film critic honoured by University of Manchester
(14 Dec 2009)
The country’s best known film critic Mark Kermode is to receive the Faculty of Humanities’ Outstanding Alumnus award tomorrow ( 15 December)

Universities' oarsome effort raises charity cash
(14 Dec 2009)
The Universities of Manchester and Salford have handed over a cheque for £1000 to the children’s medical research charity, Sparks.

Scientist uncovers relics of ancient cosmos
(14 Dec 2009)
A University of Manchester scientist, working as part of an international team, has uncovered an unexpectedly rich trove of relicts from the ancient cosmos.

Free Laptops For Less Privileged Students
(14 Dec 2009)
Six students at The University of Manchester have been awarded a free laptop computer this week as part of a newly introduced initiative.

NHS produces fairer healthcare system for ethnic minorities, study finds
(15 Dec 2009)
Ethnic minorities receive comparatively better health care from GPs in England than in America, according to research published this month.

Writing is not for the old, says Amis. Yes it is, says James
(15 Dec 2009)
Popular online arts journal the Manchester Review will today broadcast last week’s controversial debate between Martin Amis and Clive James on the subject of aging.

Innovative network scanner gets £500k boost
(15 Dec 2009)
Manchester technology investment specialists, MTI Partners, has announced investment through the UMIP Premier Fund (UPF) in University spin-out company CableSense Ltd.

Computer scientist awarded Royal Society Fellowship
(15 Dec 2009)
The Royal Society has announced that a University of Manchester computer scientist has been awarded one of 38 new University Research Fellowships for 2009.

Innovative engineers shine at European awards
(15 Dec 2009)
Two chemical engineers from The University of Manchester have been recognised for their entrepreneurial spirit.

Text of Jewish exorcism discovered
(16 Dec 2009)
A rare – and possibly unique - text describing a Jewish exorcism has been discovered by a scholar of medieval Jewish studies.

Sticks and bones: Tree study to help orthopaedic surgeons
(16 Dec 2009)
A study on why tree branches buckle or split, rather than break cleanly, could help orthopaedic surgeons do a better repair job on children’s broken bones.

Maths-based solution will boost mining profits
(16 Dec 2009)
A team from the School of Mathematics and Manchester Business School has developed a novel means of helping mining companies accurately calculate the value of their reserves.

Rock defeats Phelps in butterfly
(21 Dec 2009)
A University of Manchester law student has produced the race of a lifetime to defeat the world’s greatest ever swimmer - by a body length.

GDP is misleading measure of wealth, says top economist
(21 Dec 2009)
The most commonly used measure of overall economic output is misleading and inaccurate, according to one of the world’s leading economists.

'Particle soup' discovery will improve climate predictions
(21 Dec 2009)
New research from scientists at The University of Manchester is set to improve predictions about climate and air quality – and make life easier for those suffering from respiratory problems.

Jodrell Bank dragon hunt will be Christmas cracker
(22 Dec 2009)
It’s proved Einstein’s theory of relativity, tracked the launch of Sputnik and probed the origins of the Universe – now the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank is being used to find dragons.

Dickensian Christmas dreamt up by marketers, says historian
(28 Dec 2009)
The idealised picture of a Dickensian Christmas, where contented families innocently played parlour games by a twinkling Christmas tree is a misleading invention of marketers, according to new research.