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What if we could we eat what we want without putting on weight. Newcastle University scientists are close to achieving that using seaweed.

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£4m research programme into child brain tumours

Scientists at Newcastle University are leading a £4m research programme aimed at saving children's lives by beating brain tumours.

New screening techniques will identify genetic and biochemical features of aggressive brain tumours in youngsters.

By matching their laboratory findings to the progress of children with these tumours in the clinic, they hope to find out how such characteristics affect the way the tumours grow.

Newcastle is one of three UK centres that make up the INSTINCT network, created to further the understanding and treatment of aggressive childhood brain tumours.

Student found in River Tyne 'died by accident'

Newcastle University student Jason Fyles went missing in May.
Newcastle University student Jason Fyles went missing in May. Credit: PA wire

An inquest has found that a student, whose body was found in the River Tyne, died by accident.

Jason Fyles, 19, was in his first year at Newcastle University, when he went missing in May.

The inquest in Newcastle heard there was no sign of injury, and no evidence that he intended to take his own life.


Homeland actor drops into university

Actor Damian Lewis with Newcastle University archivist Geraldine Hunwick Credit: Newcastle University

It's not everyday a famous actor decides to take a look around your library, but that's exactly what happened to Newcastle University on Monday (January 13th).

Damien Lewis, who is best known for his role in the Channel 4 series Homeland,used the Robinson Library to carry out some character research.

Mr Lewis was looking through the Gertrude Bell archives as he’s playing her married lover Charles Doughty Wylie in a new film.

He stars alongside Nicole Kidman, who plays Gertrude Bell, in a movie called Queen of the Desert by Werner Herzog.

Wayne Connolly, University librarian says:

The character he plays in the new film was considered the love of Gertrude Bell’s life."

"Charles Doughty Wylie was married and they had an unconsummated affair but it’s believed he is the reason Gertrude Bell never wed."

Damian was extremely interested in our archive as it contains correspondence between them and was able to give him a unique perspective on their relationship."

Now, we are looking forward to next year when the film is released.”

The secret to younger looking skin?

Researchers at Newcastle University have found a type of anti-oxident which totally protects against some types of skin damage and may help our skin look younger for longer.

Scientists carried out a series of tests and discovered anti-oxident 'Tiron' provided 100% protection against UVA sun damage.

"To discover that Tiron offers complete protection against UVA damage is exciting and promising, however, it is early days as Tiron is not a naturally occurring compound and has not yet been tested for toxicity in humans although there have been a few studies on rats."

– Professor Mark Birch-Machin, Newcastle University

"This finding on Tiron provides us with a platform to study an antioxidant - preferably a naturally occurring compound with a similar structure which could then be safely added to food or cosmetics."

– Dr Anne Oyewole, Newcastle University

UVB radiation causes sunburn but UVA penetrates deeper, damages our DNA which harms the skins elasticity.

Anti-oxidents are man made or natural substances that may delay or prevent some types of cell damage. Some anti-oxidents can be found in many fruits and vegetables.

Scientist uncover mouse gene that could lead to alcoholism

Scientists say they have uncovered a gene that may lead to alcoholism.

Researchers at Newcastle University have found a mutation in a particular gene in mice leads to excessive drinking.

Now they are working to establish whether the gene has a similar influence in humans.

With the cost of alcohol misuse in the region estimated at one billion pounds a year the discovery could have significant benefits.

Julie Harrison reports.

Call for outright ban on mobiles in cars

Using a hands-free kit in the car can be almost as distracting as talking on a mobile phone, according to research by Newcastle University.

It's been illegal to drive whilst talking on your phone for almost a decade, but a road safety charity has found thousands of drivers in the region have been caught. Now they're calling for an outright ban, as Katie Oakes reports.


Unite: Action over "five-year pay drought"

Unite members working in universities across the country, including Newcastle University, are taking strike action today.

Unite national officer for education Mike McCartney said:

"Our members are taking this action with a heavy heart, but they have endured a five-year pay drought. We are calling for the employers to get around the table urgently so that our members contribution to the prestige and reputation of higher education is recognised.

"You have the curious scenario of highly-paid vice-chancellors at UK universities travelling the world extolling the merits of their universities to attract more foreign students.

"Yet, at the same time, our members, who underpin these highly regarded institutions of academic excellence, are treated with disdain when they ask for a decent pay rise, at a time when household bills, such as energy costs, are going through the roof.

"We hope that the strike will focus employers' minds and they realise their staff are their most important asset and reward them accordingly."

– Mike McCartney, Unite national officer for education

Unite staff to strike in Newcastle

Newcastle University Credit: Tom White/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Members of the Unite union who are working in universities across the UK are taking strike action today in a row with the Government over pay and working conditions.

Lectures will be cancelled as staff form picket lines in cities around the country this morning, including Newcastle.

Unite is taking industrial action in a joint operation with the University and College Union (UCU) and Unison. The move is expected to cause the most widespread disruption at universities for years.

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