University of Plymouth

Plymouth office block's new lease of life from university

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A landmark building in the centre of Plymouth looks set to be transformed by the city's university.

Intercity House

It's announced plans to rejuvenate the Intercity House office block next to the railway station.

The idea is to use it for the university's health, nursing and midwifery work.

It's hoped the new role will act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the railway station area.

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In the bag: Carrier in sea for years still holds shopping


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Here we can see scientist Imogen Napper showing how a biodegradable shopping bag can still carry a full load of shopping after more than three years suspended in the sea.

She worked on a study by the the University of Plymouth which concluded that manufacturers were complying with current guidelines, but that also recommended the use of better labelling to explain how people should to dispose of them.

Biodegradable bags 'can still carry full loads for years'

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Some biodegradable shopping bags can still carry a full load of shopping after more than three years buried in soil or suspended in the sea, according to scientists at the University of Plymouth.

They say manufacturers are complying with current guidelines and have called for better labeling to explain how to dispose of them.

The British Plastics Federation has welcomed the research and says biodegradable bags are not designed to break down in the natural environment.

Professor Richard Thompson is from the University of Plymouth...

The government says it is working to develop a biodegradable standard to give consumers and the recycling industry confidence.

Ethiopian Airlines crash: Uni 'deeply saddended'

Sarah Ransome

BBC Radio 5 live

Investigators have found the flight data recorders from an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday.

The plane was en route from Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, when it crashed six minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board.

Joanna Toole, a 36-year-old from Exmouth, Devon, and Sarah Auffret, a University of Plymouth graduate died in the crash.

The University of Plymouth said: "The university was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Sarah Auffret over the weekend and sends its deepest condolences to her family and friends.

"Sarah was an exemplary student who fully embraced university life and took every opportunity to develop herself while she was here.

"She is remembered as someone who had a passion for learning about Europe and a strong moral compass.

"In her role at the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, Sarah had also met several of the university's leading scientists at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromso this year. They, like many others in the audience, had been deeply impressed with her presentation on plastic pollution and her evident passion for the planet."

Seagull concerto: The idea 'came in a dream'
Musician Nuria Bonet created the piece to improve the public's image of the "misunderstood" birds.

Snappy! Crabs help scientists learn about animals fighting

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A new study of hermit crabs is helping scientists learn more about why animals fight and what makes a good fighter.

The three-year study is being carried out by experts at the University of Plymouth.

They're using crabs that battle over empty snail shells used for protection.

Professor of Animal Behaviour Mark Briffa said such studies told a lot about a species...