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Study finds chocolate and red wine could protect against Type 2 diabetes

Academics at the University of East Anglia in Norwich have found ingredients in chocolate could help protect us from diabetes.

A study of two thousand people discovered that eating high levels of flavonoids - which are found in chocolate, berries and tea - could offer protection from Type 2 diabetes.

Research found the food groups also appeared to lower the inflammation associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

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Online classes launched for budding Bransons

The UEA's campus on the outskirts of Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

The University of East Anglia is set to launch an educational first tomorrow.

The Norwich-based institution is to start the UK's first Massive Open Online course (MOOC).

The Secret Power of Brands, is aimed at those starting a career in marketing.It's a ten-week course by the university's Norwich Business School in conjunction with global brand consultancy Wolff Olins.

It's the first of its kind in the UK, with other leading universities set to launch their own courses on the FutureLearn platform over the coming months.

The MOOC platform allows people from all around the world to access short university courses, free of charge.

Preparations underway for UEA's 50th anniversary weekend

The University of East Anglia is celebrating its 50th anniversary

Preparations are underway for the 50th anniversary festival weekend at the University of East Anglia.

The university is opening its doors on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate its achievements with the public and past and present students.

Taking centre stage at the event will be a three-metre high working model of a volcano.

The weekend will also see performances from Kid Creole and the Coconuts, comedian Nina Conti and BBC 6 Music's Huey Morgan.

Later today, a panel of the university's top academics, including chancellor and author Rose Tremain, will discuss whether UEA is still 'doing different' after 50 years.

Humanity may need to colonise other planets

The UEA say life on earth will end, and we may need to consider living on other planets.

Almost 1,000 planets outside our solar system have been identified by astronomers.

The team of astrobiologists looked at some of these to find out which were best placed to support life.

They found that the recently discovered Gliese 581d could be warm and pleasant for up to 54.7 billion years - 10 times longer than our solar system.

To date, no true Earth analogue planet has been detected.

But it is possible that there will be a habitable, Earth-like planet within 10 light-years, which is very close in astronomical terms.

However reaching it would take hundreds of thousands of years with our current technology.

"If we ever needed to move to another planet, Mars is probably our best bet.

"It's very close and will remain in the habitable zone until the end of the sun's lifetime - six billion years from now."

– Andrew Rushby

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New study says Earth will be uninhabitable in 3bn years

UEA scientists say the Earth has around 3 billion years of habitable life left.

Andrew Rushby, from the university's school of environmental sciences, said:

We estimate that Earth will cease to be habitable somewhere between 1.75 and 3.25 billion years from now.

After this point, Earth will be in the 'hot zone' of the sun, with temperatures so high that the seas would evaporate. We would see a catastrophic and terminal extinction event for all life.

Of course conditions for humans and other complex life will become impossible much sooner.

Humans would be in trouble with even a small increase in temperature, and near the end only microbes in niche environments would be able to endure the heat.

– Andrew Rushby

There's good news and bad news...

Earth: 3bn years left Credit: PA

There's good news and bad news...

Life on earth will continue for three billion years, but humans will die out a lot sooner scientists from the University of East Anglia in Norwich have said.

Climate scientists from the UEA say though our planet is getting closer to the sun, which will eventually make the planet too hot to live on, it's man-made climate change will make human life impossible long before this happens.

Police name woman found in university lake

Nomeda Pundziene Credit: Credit: Norfolk Police

A woman whose body was found in a lake in Norwich has been named. Nomeda Pundziene, who was 43, was discovered in the UEA Broad on the morning of August 1st. She was a Lithuanian national living in Gertrude Road in the city.

A postmortem has proven inconclusive, but her death is not being treated as suspicious. Detectives are now keen to find out exactly what happened to her, and establish her movements in the days leading up to her death.

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