What if we could we eat what we want without putting on weight. Newcastle University scientists are close to achieving that using seaweed.
The term dyslexia has been described as unscientific and not fit for purpose a psychologist and professor of education at Durham University.
Newcastle City Council have launched plans to become one of the UK's first 'super-connected' cities.
Scientists at Newcastle University have done research which suggests seaweed could help you stay slim.
Scientists have identified a natural seaweed fibre, called alginate, that prevents the body absorbing fat.
Dr Matthew Wilcox was part of the research team.
Fat-busting seaweed could be the future of slimming, new research suggests.
Scientists have identified a natural seaweed fibre that prevents the body absorbing fat.
Tests show that alginate can suppress the digestion of fat in the gut.
– Professor Jeff Pearson, from the University of Newcastle's Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences
"We have already added alginate to bread and initial taste tests have been extremely encouraging.
"Now the next step is to carry out clinical trials to find out how effective they are when eaten as part of a normal diet."
The researchers found that alginates containing more of a sugar molecule called guluronate were best at blocking fat digestion.
They compiled a list of the most promising seaweeds, including a brown sea kelp known as "tangle" or "cuvie", bladderwrack, and bull kelp.
The findings, published in the journal Food Chemistry, showed that a four-fold increase in one type of tangle alginate boosted anti-fat absorption activity by 75%.
Dietary fibre avoided the side effects of conventional anti-obesity drugs that inhibit enzyme activity, said the researchers.
"The inclusion of an alginate into foods.. has the potential to reduce the intake of dietary triacylglycerol (fat) and could greatly help in weight management."
According to a Northumbria University academic, humans are attracted to plant based substances such as tea, tobacco and drugs because our brains are similar to those of insects.
Professor David Kennedy has written a book showing how human brains are just a more complex version of those of insects.
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.
– Professor Mark Birch-Machin, Newcastle University
"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."
– Dr Anne Oyewole, 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."
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.
It is an ambitious plan: turn Newcastle into a centre for scientific innovation and attract businesses that will create thousands of jobs. But the so-called Science Central development in the city centre has remained little more than a construction site.
Two years ago the project hit a wall when the Government pulled part of its funding. Newcastle University is now spending another £50 million on the site and they say the first building will be ready next year. Dan Ashby went to see it.
Olympic football star Steph Houghton and world-renowned neurosurgeon Professor Sir Graham M Teasdale are to be honoured by the University of Sunderland.
They will receive honorary degrees from Chancellor of the University, Steve Cram, in December.