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Crunchy new apples to be grown in Kent

Now, do you like golden delicious or do you prefer a cox or a pink lady? Well the next apple to hit the shop shelves could come from the south east.

Researchers in Kent are working on a new project to develop a new variety of apple that lasts longer and suits our changing tastes.

Tom Savvides talks to Richard Harrison and Professor Peter Gregory from East Malling Research and Tony Harding from Worldwide Fruit.

Seasonal changes in vegetation key to findings

University of Southampton research suggests that the end of Autumn is taking place later in the year and Spring is starting earlier. Researchers examined satellite imagery covering the northern hemisphere over a 25 year period (1982 - 2006).

They then looked for any seasonal changes in vegetation by making a measure of its ‘greenness’. They examined in detail, at daily intervals, the growth cycle of the vegetation – identifying physical changes such as leaf cover, colour and growth.

This delay in the signs of Autumn was generally more pronounced than any evidence for an earlier onset of Spring, although there is evidence across the groups that Spring is arriving slightly earlier.


Are we squeaky clean? Research shows we are taking fewer showers

Nearly 75 per cent of people living in the South East have a full body wash at least seven times a week. And close to a third of that number say they're washing more than seven times a week according to Southampton University Research.

The researchers say less frequent showering - more likely to be a habit of the elderly - is dying out. They also add that the implications on the demand for water and energy are huge.

The results of the 1,802 people who took part in the survey showed that the days of bathing and flannel washing are nearly over - people are now showering with more than ever before.

Southampton scientists get £10million donation for cancer research

The fight against cancer has been given a major boost - with an anonymous donation of £10million to a research team in the South.

The scientists - based at the General Hospital in Southampton - will use the money to develop their work in cancer immunology. Which is - using the power of the body's immune system - to fight tumours. Experts say it's already showing very positive signs.

The money means they can expand the team and build new facilities at Southampton - and speed up their research. Click below for Andrew Pate's full report


University of Southampton "grateful for investment"

The University of Southampton has received a £10 million pound donation from an anonymous donor to further its research into the causes of cancer. Cancer Research UK say they have also received a donation of £10 million from the same anonymous donor, the biggest single donation in their history.

"This remarkable gift allows us to build on our expertise and expand the research teams in Southampton to make even greater progress in developing new treatments.

– Professor Don Nutbeam, vice chancellor of the University of Southampton