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Young people lead the way in communities working together

As police and politicians seek fast-track solutions to the recent violence on the streets of England’s cities, student volunteers and teachers from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have started a new project, ‘Global Youth Leaders’, which is part of a long-term programme using young people as mentors in deprived communities in Britain and abroad.

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Good parenting is just a joke

Parents who joke and pretend with their toddlers are giving their children a head start in terms of life skills. Most parents are naturals at playing the fool with their kids, says a new research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Zombie

UK brains are under threat

The British appetite for zombies is becoming a growing trend. From computer games and films to organised zombie walks though Britain’s cities, the proliferation of zombies seems to be everywhere.

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The 2012 Olympic surveillance legacy

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are one of the most prestigious events in the world and in 2012 all eyes will be on London. The well published post - 2012 Games legacy includes world class sports facilities, a woodland park, new homes, shops and restaurants. What isn’t clear is what will happen to the high level security measures that will be left behind after the Games.

Black and White youth

Leeds puts Britain on trial

The young people of Leeds will have a unique opportunity later this month to come together and discuss institutional racism and other social issues facing Britain today. The event coincides with the start of a retrial of two men charged with the murder of black student Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago.

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Can we share vampires’ appetite for synthetic blood?

Vampires on the True Blood television series are already enjoying the advantages of synthetic blood. While this may seem to be only the imagination on the big screen, the true benefits of blood manufactured from embryonic stem cells may be less than a decade away.

African Lady

Older people are happier in Brazil and South Africa

Contrary to belief, older people in South Africa and Brazil become happier as they age. New research suggests that, with the right policies in place, a developing country can significantly improve the wellbeing of its older citizens.

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