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Brian-Cox-in-Wonders-of-t-007The first in a new much-hyped BBC series presented by Professor Brian Cox, Wonders of Life starts by asking, What is life? Cox uses his natural enthusiasm to communicate the complexities of such a question. This programme achieves that rare balancing act of being both entertaining and educational. The layperson and the science undergraduate will find much to applaud in this series.

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Environmental and Waste Management

Zero Waste (Scotland) Regulations Draft Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment

Energy efficiency and microgeneration in the built environment, SKILLS research for Scotland

Conserve and Save: The Energy Efficiency Plan for Scotland: Annual Report 2010-11

Flood Risk Management in England [PDF file] 


Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Volume 2 Number 12: Determination and Environmental Assessment of Hydrocarbons in Water, Fish and Sediment Following an Oil Spill at the Gannet Oil Field

Statistical Publication: Agriculture Series: First Estimate of the Cereal and Oilseed Rape Harvest 2011 (more…)

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An unusually large number of science-related publications were produced by the Holyrood and Westminster governments in March.  Here is a selection:

Biological Sciences/Environmental and Waste Management

Gamebirds: Code of Practice for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes.

Covers rearing, transportation and release of gamebirds.

2010 Review of Goose Management Policy in Scotland.

Examines future strategies for goose management in Scotland.  (Geese can be considered an agricultural pest in some areas of Scotland, due to their grazing activity.)  Stakeholder responses and the Scottish Government’s response are also available online.

Statistical Publication Agriculture Series: Results from 2010 December Agricultural Survey.

Our Rural Future: The Scottish Government’s response to the Speak Up for Rural Scotland consultation.

Marine and Freshwater policy documents.

Scotland’s National Marine Plan aims to provide “a planning framework to manage competing demands for the use of the sea whilst protecting the marine environment”.

 CAMERAS: Focus on Freshwater Science.

“The Co-ordinated Agenda for Marine, Environment and Rural Affairs Science (CAMERAS) was established to ensure that Scotland’s marine, environment and rural science supports delivery of the Scottish Government’s single purpose, ‘to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth’.”

Consultation on Seal Haul-out Sites.

A haul-out site is a location on land where seals haul themselves out to rest.  The Natural Environment Research Council can designate haul-out sites, which are considered suitable to protect seals from harassment.

Offshore wind energy

Blue Seas – Green Energy.  A Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters.  Part A The Plan

This plan contains proposals for offshore wind energy development in Scottish Territorial Waters up to 2020 and beyond.  It should be read in conjunction with Part B Post Adoption Statement.

Other relevant publications include:



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TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a series of non-profit conferences that are devoted to “ideas worth spreading”. Delivered by many celebrated speakers, the talks are divided into 6 major headings – including Science, Technology and Global Issues – and are now available free on-line. Under Science you will find talks that include, “Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice” and “A tool that finds 3x more breast tumours and why it’s not available to you“.

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Photograph of electricity pylons against skylineUWS staff and students now have access to Greenfile, which indexes environment-related articles on topics such as global warming, green building design and recycling.

Greenfile can be accessed from the A-Z list of databases and the sciences resources page.  Although Greenfile does not include full text articles, it is possible to check using SFX whether access is available via another database.

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The US Department of the Environment produces DOE Green Energy, a database of information sources about renewable energy and conservation of energy.  It indexes information about various forms of green energy, including hydroelectric power, wind power, and biofuels.

Green Energy is a US government project.  All the information in this database is from US government sources, e.g., technical reports and patents, but it can be a useful resource if you are looking for international information on environmentally friendly sources of energy.

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The Westminster and Holyrood Governments publish a number of reports that may contain useful information for scientists. These include:

Health Sciences/Sports Studies

The Scottish Health Survey 2009 – Summary of Key Findings

The Scottish Health Survey looks at the health of people living in private households in Scotland.  It covers areas such as general health and long-term conditions, mental health and wellbeing, eating habits and levels of physical activity.  A technical report giving in-depth information about how the survey was conducted is also available.

Long-term Monitoring of Health Inequalities – Headline Indicators – October 2010

Reports on the correlations between socio-economic deprivation and mental wellness, life expectancy, risk of heart attack, low birth-weight, etc.

Environmental Science

Scotland’s Offshore Wind Route Map: Developing Scotland’s Offshore Wind Industry to 2020

Sets out “the opportunities, challenges and the priority recommendations for action … to realise Scotland’s full potential in offshore wind”.  According to this report “Scotland has an estimated 25% of Europe’s offshore wind potential”.

Conserve and Save: Energy Efficiency Action Plan

The Energy Efficiency Action Plan sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to energy efficiency and microgeneration of energy.

Higher Education

Attainment in Higher Education and Destinations of Qualifiers 2008-09

Statistics on  qualifications achieved by students at Scottish colleges and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the first destinations of qualifiers from HEIs.

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