A common insect larva that eats beeswax has been found to break down chemical bonds in the plastic used for packaging and shopping bags at uniquely high speeds. Scientists say the discovery could lead to a biotechnological approach to the polyethylene waste that chokes oceans and landfills.
The largest genomic analysis of puberty timing in men and women conducted to date has identified 389 genetic signals associated with puberty timing, four times the number that were previously known. 
Could waste material from mining be used to trap CO2 emissions? A new £8.6 million research programme will investigate the possibilities. Simon Redfern (Department of Earth Sciences) explains, in this article from The Conversation. 

Forthcoming events

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 - 6.30pm to 9.45pm PDT
Price: $38 per person

Join the Vancouver Island Oxford and Cambridge Society for their 2017 Annual Boat Race Party.

Wild flowers
Sunday, 30 April 2017 - 10.30am CEST

Enjoy a walk through pastures filled with wild daffodils and orchids, gentians, marsh marigolds, scilla, soldanella, buttercups and other spring flowers.

Saint George and the Dragon
Sunday, 30 April 2017 - 4.45pm to 6.30pm PDT

Celebrate St George's Day with alumni in San Diego.

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