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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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Put your feet up as sunlight does all the hard work!

The sun breaks through the clouds - and surfaces start cleaning themselves! It may sound like magic, but in fact it's all thanks to the addition of titanium dioxide molecules. Activated by UV light, they trigger a reaction which destroys bacteria, algae and fungi, keeping items such as such as walls glass surfaces and garden chairs with a 'just cleaned' look.

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Virtual reality concept eases plant retrofit, training & maintenance

Process plants have useful lives of thirty to fifty years, during which time they are routinely retrofitted. Virtual reality (VR) software simplifies and helps keep track of retrofit planning and testing. Now, researchers and a global chemicals company are taking the technology one step further by jointly developing VR solutions for the plant life cycle.

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