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Ever wondered what it would be like to play football using the 1858 rules of the game? Charging other players and catching the ball allowed; players must provide their own flannel caps to identify which side they’re playing on and referees wear tophats!

The Sheffield: Home of Football project organised an event on 26th June this year which saw teams from local Sheffield schools replace their modern kits and rules for those of 1858. It is thought that this is the first time since the Football Association came into being in 1863 that the original 1858 rules have been used. Using the traditional heavy leather ball, the event demonstrated how much the game has changed over time.

The project has involved a number of schools, working with many hard to reach pupils and communities, investigating the history of football in the Sheffield area. By using local resources such as archives, libraries and football clubs, pupils have created a historical record of the game.

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leather_footballCan the pressure of perfectionism put on young elite footballers lead to a form of burnout?
What is burnout? Are there psychological aspects to it, or does the multidimensional side of things make it very difficult to tie down?
For anyone involved in youth soccer there are aspects of this interview with Dr Andrew Hill, Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Leeds, which make for uncomfortable reading.

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leather_footballThe November issue of Journal of Sports Sciences is a special issue devoted to the topic of identifying and developing elite soccer players. The emphasis is very much on the science underpinning talent identification and development in soccer. Several sports science discipline areas are represented with specific papers focusing on anthropology, pedagogy, physiology, psychology, sociology and coaching science. There is an in-depth look at the multidimensional nature of talent development.
This journal can be accessed in the following ways:
Hamilton Campus Library holds hard copies of Journal of Sports Sciences from 2004 to the present.
SPORTDiscus has full-text on-line coverage from 1996 – 2011.
Taylor and Francis has full-text on-line coverage from 1996 to the present.

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Science Omega Newsletter has an interview with Professor Jirí Dvorák, FIFA Chief Medical Officer, about how he and his colleagues are working to improve the health of players and of the general public. The interview touches on the work of the FIFA Medical and Research Centre (F-MARC) and ‘The FIFA 11+’ programme.

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

An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland – Research Findings

“This report presents the findings from an evaluation of football banning order (FBO) legislation in Scotland. Football Banning Orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from attending matches and/or otherwise engaging in violence or disorder linked to football.  … From the introduction of banning orders in late 2006 up to the end of November 2010, a total of 101 FBOs have been issued.”

Pesticide poisoning of animals in 2010 investigations of suspected incidents in Scotland

“The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) … investigates suspected poisoning of wildlife, beneficial insects, companion animals and livestock if there is evidence to indicate that pesticides or biocides may be involved.”

Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2010

A report on the effectiveness of cage-level and farm level fallowing for the control of diseases (BKD and sleeping disease) on large cage-based trout farms in Scotland

Progress Report: The Scottish Government’s Response to the Foot and Mouth Disease Review (Scotland) 2007


Annual Reports

Veterinary Laboratories Agency annual report and accounts 2010-2011 [PDF file]

Drinking Water Quality in Scotland 2010 Annual Report by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland


Scottish Government Consultations

Consultation on Fisheries Management in Luce Bay Special Area of Conservation


You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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

Planning our electric future: a White Paper for secure, affordable and low-carbon electricity [PDF file]

“This White Paper sets out the Government’s commitment to transform the UK’s electricity system to ensure that our future electricity supply is secure, low-carbon and affordable.”

Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals [PDF file]

An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland and An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland – Research Findings

Evaluation of the use of football banning order legislation in Scotland.

Recommendations from the Joint Action Group set up following the Football Summit on March 8, 2011

Scottish Government Consultations


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A mid-month roundup of some recent science reports from blogs and news sites.

Soccer Refs Subconsciously Call More Fouls on Plays to the Left

“Referees are more likely to make foul calls when they see the action moving from right to left, or leftward, according to a new study by brain researchers at the University of Pennsylvania” – from wired.com

Henrietta Lacks: the mother of modern medicine

Cells from Herietta Lacks, who died of cervical cancer in 1951, have been used in the development of  the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, cloning, gene mapping, IVF, and many other medical advances.  Read more about her life, and the events after her death, in this article on The Guardian website.


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