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University of Texas Dallas: Study - Crowdsourced Data Could Help Map Urban Food Deserts
RICHARDSON, Texas, July 4 -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news release:

New research from The University of Texas at Dallas suggests food deserts might be more prevalent in the U.S. than the numbers reported in government estimates.

In a feasibility study (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2020.00071/full) published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, scholars found that the methods used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to identify areas with low access to healthy food are often outdated and narrow in scope.

Their findings indicate ... Show Full Article

University of Tartu Scientists are Developing Bioplastics to Replace Fossil-Based Materials
TARTU, Estonia, July 4 -- The University of Tartu issued the following news release:

Scientists at the University of Tartu have started work on an international project aiming to develop a novel technology to produce eco-friendly plastics. Finding an alternative to oil-based plastics is one of the greatest challenges for scientists in the 21st century.

Widely used plastics are largely based on fossil fuels. This has caused significant environmental pollution and contributed to climate change. Furthermore, the recycling of plastic packaging is complicated as most packages are made from a mixture ... Show Full Article

University of Manchester: Multimillion Pound Scheme Could Make Early Diagnosis of Liver Disease a Reality
MANCHESTER, England, July 4 -- The University of Manchester issued the following news release on July 3:

A new consortium, led by The University of Manchester (UoM) and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), has been awarded pound sterling4.5 Million to help patients with liver disease receive earlier, more accurate, and potentially life-saving diagnoses.

The UK Government's Innovate UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund will provide pound sterling2.5 million, with another pound sterling2 million matched in-kind funding from industry partners GE Healthcare and Roche Diagnostics

The ... Show Full Article

University of Macau, NKOIL Sign Agreement to Strengthen Collaboration in Smart City Development
MACAU, China, July 4 -- The University of Macau issued the following news release:

The University of Macau (UM) and Nam Kwong Petroleum & Chemicals Co.,Ltd (NKOIL) have signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement. Through this agreement, both parties hope to promote the commercialisation of research results, cultivate talent, and jointly create a smart city in Macao. Both parties will give full play to their respective advantages and carry out cooperation in four areas, namely gas pipeline network optimization, energy internet of things, comprehensive utilisation of distributed energy, ... Show Full Article

Swansea University: Welsh Super Database and Technology Platform Play Major Role in New International COVID-19 Research Collaboration
SWANSEA, Wales, July 4 -- Swansea University issued the following news:

The Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) Databank, funded by Health and Care Research Wales, has been selected to play a key role in an international collaboration to accelerate Covid-19 research.

Established by Health Data Research UK and partners, following funding announced by the Covid-19 Therapeutics Accelerator and the Gates Foundation, the new International Covid-19 Data Research Alliance and Workbench will support the rapid development of therapies to combat the global effects of Covid-19.

Many organisations ... Show Full Article

Imperial College London: Investing in Clean Energy Makes Financial Sense Say Experts
LONDON, England, July 4 -- Imperial College London issued the following news on July 3:

Investing in clean energy rather than fossil fuels is an attractive choice for investors concluded experts at a Business School event.

In a webinar hosted by the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment with the International Energy Agency (IEA) academics and industry leaders gathered for a discussion on how capital allocation and financial performance are shaping the future of the energy sector.

Drawing upon insights from a recent IEA and Imperial joint report Energy Investing: Exploring Risk and Return in ... Show Full Article

Bevill State Begins Strategic Planning for the Future
JASPER, Alabama, July 4 -- Bevill State Community College issued the following news:

Bevill State Community College (BSCC) met with faculty, staff, and administrators from all five locations on Monday, June 29, to continue the development of a new strategic plan. The College began this process earlier this year. However, recent statewide developments make the timing of this planning process optimal.

At the close of the regular legislative session, Alabama lawmakers approved a $1.25 billion bond issue for school construction in the largest capital improvement project in more than a decade. The ... Show Full Article