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Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change
(University of Cambridge) Healthier diets and reducing food waste are part of a combination of solutions needed to ensure food security and avoid dangerous climate change, say the team behind a new study.

Invisible blood in urine may indicate bladder cancer
(University of Exeter) Scientists at the University of Exeter Medical School found that one in 60 people over the age of 60 who had invisible blood in their urine -- identified by their GP testing their urine -- transpired to have bladder cancer. The figure was around half those who had visible blood in their urine -- the best known indicator of bladder cancer. However, it was still higher than figures for other potential symptoms of bladder cancer that warrant further investigation.

Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate
(University of Southampton) A new study of satellite data from the last 19 years reveals that fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2 cm more than the global average of 6 cm.

Report advocates improved police training
(Queen's University) A new report released yesterday by the Mental Health Commission of Canada identifies ways to improve the mental health training and education that police personnel receive.

China's reform of R&D budget management doesn't go far enough
(University of Nottingham) China's budget management is lagging behind countries which spend similar amounts on research and development, and recent reform has not gone far enough.That is the view of the University of Nottingham's Dr. Cong Cao, whose research is published on Aug. 29, 2014, in the prestigious academic journal, Science.

Science advice to governments comes of age at Auckland conference
(International Council for Science) Responding to the increasingly global nature of societal challenges, practitioners of science advice to governments formed a global network to share practice and strengthen their ties, at the first global conference on science advice to governments, which was held in Auckland, New Zealand this week.

Quentin Bryce receives first Alliance honorary doctorate
(Monash University) The former Australian Governor-General the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO has received the first joint honorary doctorate from the Monash Warwick Alliance.The honorary degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa, conferred by the Alliance yesterday, recognizes Ms. Bryce's contribution to advancing human rights and equality, the rights of women and children, and the welfare of the family.

Climate change puts endangered Devils Hole pupfish at risk of extinction
(University of Nevada, Reno) Climate change is hurting reproduction of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish, threatening the survival of this rare species that has numbered as few as 35 individuals, new research by the University of Nevada, Reno and Desert Research Institute shows.

Second-hand e-cig smoke compared to regular cigarette smoke
(University of Southern California) Second-hand e-cig smoke has 10 times less particulate matter than regular cigarette smoke; but higher levels of certain toxic metals.

Informing NASA's Asteroid Initiative: A citizen forum
(Arizona State University) An innovative project between NASA (the US government's space agency) and a group led by Arizona State University called ECAST -- Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology -- is planning to hold citizen forums to engage ordinary citizens in active dialogue about NASA's Asteroid Initiative.

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