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WATCH: Scientists turn sea water into drinking water

It's the new discovery made right here in the North West - which could help solve the world's shortage of clean drinking water. Scientists working with the material graphene think it could be used to effectively sieve the salt out of sea water and make it drinkable.

They say that could mean millions of people across the globe given access to a regular supply of clean water - combating drought, disease and famine.

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Play brings Alan Turing's story back to Manchester

A new production of the Tony-nominated play Breaking the Code is shining a light on the life of Alan Turing, the genius mathematician who developed some of the world's first computers when he worked at the University of Manchester.

In this revival of Hugh Whitemore's play, Turing is played by the BAFTA award winning actor Daniel Rigby.

The Manchester born actor leads a cast of eight in the Royal Exchange theatre's new production.

  • Featuring footage from 'The Imitation Game', courtesy of Studio Canal

Poet Lemn Sissay elected Chancellor of University of Manchester

Lemn Sissay Credit: University of Manchester

The poet Lemn Sissay has been announced as the next Chancellor of the University of Manchester.

He fought off competition from former Labour cabinet minister Lord Peter Mandelson and Halle Music Director Sir Mark Elder to win.

Sissay will take up the mostly ceremonial post at the beginning of August from current Chancellor Tom Bloxham MBE.

He said:

“Reach for the top of the tree and you may get to the first branch but reach for the stars and you'll get to the top of the tree. My primary aim is to inspire and be inspired. "

“I am proud to be Chancellor of this fantastic University and extremely grateful to everyone who voted for me.”

– Lemn Sissay


Report: Manchester medics join the fight against Ebola

Two medics from our region are co-ordinating a dangerous mission to West Africa to combat the threat of the disease.

The World Health Organisation, says the virus has claimed more than 4,000 lives, largely in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The experts run a charity based in Manchester called UK Med which recruits NHS workers from all over the country to help out in emergencies overseas.

They'll soon be flying to Sierra Leone.

Our correspondent Ashley Derricott reports:

Manchester medic set to join Ebola fight

Dr Amy Hughes speaking at an Ebola conference in London. Credit: PA

A medic based at the University of Manchester has completed an induction session as she prepares to travel to West Africa to help the fight against Ebola.

Dr Amy Hughes, who works as a Clinical Academic Lecturer in Emergency Response at the University attended the session at the Department of Health in London along with other health professionals who have expressed an interest in traveling to Sierra Leone.

As part of her work within the University’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Dr Hughes is an experienced volunteer to international emergencies, having previously travelled to Sri Lanka to help with the recovery from the aftermath of the conflict there and to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

I’ve been involved with humanitarian work for the past six years. I love the challenge it presents and the privilege of engaging with different communities.

“Of course we will be apprehensive, and it is always a shock when you are first confronted with the devastation. We will be subjected to sights unlike anything we’ve encountered back home.”

– Dr Amy Hughes, University of Manchester
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