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Micro-algae concept brings 50 shades of green to building’s fa__ade

A zero-energy house under construction in Germany is set to provide the first real-life test for a new fa__ade system that uses live microalgae to provide shade and generate renewable energy at the same time.

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Nearly six million Brits could be allergic to their office

The summer holiday season is officially over and the nation is knuckling down to work. But a national charity is warning that the office could actually be bad for our health.

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Shaping the future

Costain has won a potentially significant role in shaping the future of urban development through a five-year research project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Its input to the Liveable Cities study will help academics from four universities - Birmingham, Lancaster, Southampton and University College London - focus their research on this area.

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UK tsunami threat to be assessed in

The threat posed to the United Kingdom by tsunamis that are triggered by colossal - but extremely rare - underwater landslides will be assessed in a National Oceanography Centre-led research project that has won

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Airports ranked in order of pandemic spread likelihood

A new model of disease contagion that ranks U.S. airports in terms of their spreading influence has listed New York, Los Angeles and Honolulu as the 'likeliest to play a significant role in the growth of a pandemic'.

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Opening the concept of electricity-generating windows

UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that is an advance toward giving windows in residential and commercial properties the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. Their study appears in the journal ACS Nano.UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that is an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. Their study appears in the journal ACS Nano.

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Olympics on-site occupational hygiene team significantly reduced downtime & costs

The potential economic benefits of preventing work-related ill-health has been highlighted by new research on the construction of the Olympic Park and Olympic and Paralympic Village. Estimates were made of the likely economic benefits of having a team of occupational hygienists available on site. The scale of the savings was likely to run into millions of pounds.

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Green walls shown to be superior at reducing air pollutants

Scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Lancaster argue that by 'greening up' our streets a massive 30% reduction in pollution could be achieved, according to research published yesterday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

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Councils to outsource a third of all services by 2015

Local authorities plan to outsource 32 per cent of all services by 2014/15, according to the latest research by YouGov, for support services and construction company, Interserve.

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Definitive study to determine true value of copper on hospital infection prevention

Hospital-acquired infections are a huge public health burden and hospital environments play a key role in harbouring potentially deadly bacteria such as E. coli, C. difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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