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News archive - February 2010

Public spending cuts will hit regions
(01 Feb 2010)
Cuts in public expenditure proposed by all the main political parties will have a devastating effect on most regions of the UK - except the South East - according to new research.

Scientists discover enzyme that 'cleans' cancer cells
(01 Feb 2010)
Scientists have discovered that an enzyme can rid cells of a gene believed to be responsible for a wide range of cancers.

Manchester has UK’s most popular science festival
(01 Feb 2010)
Over 100,000 people flocked to the 2009 Manchester Science Festival – making it the most popular event of its type in the UK.

Was the great Pharaoh Ramesses II a true redhead?
(03 Feb 2010)
The University of Manchester is hosting a day school to discuss the scientific study of ancient Egyptian mummies, which will include the question, was the great Pharaoh Ramesses II a true redhead?

Manchester lecturer wins top 50 Asian award
(03 Feb 2010)
A University of Manchester lecturer has been recognised as one of the UK's top 50 South Asian 'Global Achievers' for his contribution to the understanding of the Bollywood film industry through his academic and media work.

Suicides by mental health patients preventable, says report
(03 Feb 2010)
Preventing patients from leaving psychiatric wards without staff agreement could avoid up to 50 suicide deaths every year, say University of Manchester researchers.

Royalty at the Rylands
(04 Feb 2010)
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the University’s John Rylands Library on Deansgate this afternoon (Feb 4) to view some of its most historic collections.

Roddy Doyle tells of his love for writing- and Didier Drogba
(09 Feb 2010)
One of the world’s best known authors has talked frankly of his life, the attitudes of his readers, and his love of writing - as well as a Chelsea footballer - in a revealing interview with online arts journal The Manchester Review, published today.

Gene discovery to increase biomass needed for green fuel
(10 Feb 2010)
Manchester scientists have identified the genes that make plants grow fatter and plan to use their research to increase plant biomass in trees and other species – thus helping meet the need for renewable resources.

BP and Manchester partner up
(10 Feb 2010)
BP has selected the University of Manchester and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as its academic research partners to further investigate materials and corrosion science and technology.

Weighty transport problem gets £5.7m boost
(11 Feb 2010)
Scientists at the University of Manchester will use a £5.7m grant to help develop new super-light materials solutions for building greener cars and aircraft.

Energy project aims to cut carbon
(15 Feb 2010)
Researchers in Manchester are working on an innovative project looking at how localised energy generation can be used to serve the needs of local organisations.

New funding for Parkinson's research
(15 Feb 2010)
The Parkinson's Disease Society has awarded Dr Shaheen Hamdy from The University of Manchester an innovation grant of nearly £16,000 to investigate why people with Parkinson's have trouble swallowing.

University celebrates queer history month with new staff network
(16 Feb 2010)
The University of Manchester will be celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month with a week-long programme of events, including a guided tour of Manchester’s historical pink landmarks.

Clay figures are missing link in history of Africa
(16 Feb 2010)
Eighty ancient clay figures have been discovered by archaeologists at The Universities of Manchester and Ghana, showing that a sophisticated society - now forgotten - once existed in West Africa.

Manchester leads green chemical push
(19 Feb 2010)
The University of Manchester is leading a £2.2 million (€2.56 Million) project to develop new green chemical processes.

Booker Prize winner gives exclusive taster of latest novel
(19 Feb 2010)
Controversial Booker Prize winning author DBC Pierre is to make a rare public appearance at The University of Manchester’s Martin Harris Centre next Monday (22 February)

Your old sofa - and much more - could be composted, say scientists
(22 Feb 2010)
Polyurethane plastics used to make a host of products from furniture fillings to shoe soles, cable insulation and paints – and which can be difficult to recycle – could soon be degraded in compost heaps, thanks to a study at the University of Manchester.

University to lead new £16m nuclear centre
(23 Feb 2010)
The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) is to invest £4.4 million towards the establishment of a £16 million centre at The University of Manchester to support the growth of the region’s nuclear energy industry and position the Northwest as a region of global nuclear capability.

Speakers to debate challenges for Haiti
(25 Feb 2010)
A group of influential speakers in an event at The University of Manchester on 26 February, are to explore what the future holds for Haiti following last month’s devastating earthquake.

Social care services are failing deaf children, says report
(25 Feb 2010)
University of Manchester research has revealed that the majority of social care services are failing deaf children and their families – despite the fact that deaf children are more than twice as likely to experience abuse and many face significant challenges to personal and social development.

Food of the Gods is a killer
(26 Feb 2010)
Rich ritual offerings blocked ancient Egyptian priests’ arteries