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Wintry weather, super-rats and South Africa – Reading in the news Thurs 15 Feb – University of Reading

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Wintry weather, super-rats and South Africa – Reading in the news Thurs 15 Feb

Release Date 15 February 2018


Winter weather this weekend: The Daily Express reports that snow and ice are forecast this weekend as warm air developing above the Arctic ice is set to send freezing winds to the UK. Dr Peter Inness (Met) explains the science behind why this happens.

Super-rats: The Daily Star, Farming UK, Food Manufacture and Somerset County Gazette report on Reading research into ‘super rats' who have become resistant to some rodenticides. 

Zuma's time is up: Dr Heike Schmidt (History) wrote a blog for The Conversation on the political situation in South Africa and what this means for the country. The blog is also featured on inews.

The benefits of plant-based diets: An article in New Food Magazine features research published in the Journal of Nutrition which has found that if more people were to follow a plant-based diet it could save millions off a country's annual health bill. Prof Ian Rowland (Nutrition) shows his support for the findings. 

Protecting bats from white nose syndrome: Dr Joanna Bagniewska (Biological Sciences) explains in a piece for The Conversation how the latest research shows there might be hope for researchers trying to battle the deadly white nose disease which has been responsible for killing millions of bats across the US and Canada.

Other coverage:

  • West Sussex County Times report on a student studying for a Masters Degree in Building Surveying via a distance learning course based at the University of Reading.
  • The Museum of English Rural Life is listed among 10 activities to do in Reading on a rainy day, featured in GetReading.
  • The University's study into the effect of climate change on apple species is mentioned in an article in Produce Business UK.
  • BBC Radio Berkshire repeated its interview with Dr Jonathan Mitchley(Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) about the University being home to one of the world's smelliest plants - The Devil's Tongue - and the reasons behind its unpleasant aroma.
  • Henley Business School South Africa is offering a record number of scholarships in 2018 that will cover its international MBA and executive education programmes, writes The Skills Portal.
  • An article on Conservative Home features comment from a University of Reading student on the debate around fox-hunting.
  • RSVPOnline and report on Reading research that shows drinking champagne could boost brain performance.



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