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GripHero protect millions against Covid-19 at the fuel pump and reduces environmental impact in the process

Devon-based GripHero Ltd, the developer of the world’s only ‘on-the-nozzle’ fuel pump hand-protection, has released figures which show that during the coronavirus pandemic, over 60 million drivers have been protected from contracting Covid-19 at the fuel pump, thanks to GripHero’s availability...

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Watching over the chubby unicorns of Zimbabwe

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Money spent by guests having a great day out in South Devon is directly helping to protect some of Southern Africa’s most iconic animals.

Wild Planet Trust is the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall. It helps fund conservation on the ground in one of the hardest countries in the world to work in - Zimbabwe. The Matobo Hills area, in...

PSP companies shortlisted or prestigious business awards

Authored by Duncan Little

Top business accolades potentially await four prestigious Plymouth Science Park based companies which have been shortlisted for the annual Plymouth Business Awards, being held at the Plymouth Pavilions on Friday, 17 May.

Scores of companies were nominated for the accolades which are eagerly awaited by the corporate world as they cover more than 15 categories.

Moortec and Sponge...

‘Hear Asbestos, Think Prevention!’ – Global Asbestos Awareness Week

Authored by SWMSG

The first week of April is Global Asbestos Awareness Week. This is a campaign by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) which is the largest independent asbestos victims’ organisation in the United States. Its aims and objectives are to give victims a united voice, to educate and raise awareness and to push for a global asbestos ban.

This year’s campaign will translate...

Global Asbestos Awareness Week: 1-7 April 2016

Authored by SWMSG

The first week of April is Global Asbestos Awareness Week which is a campaign by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) to help promote awareness of asbestos related illnesses such as Mesothelioma, Pleural Thickening, Asbestosis, Fibrosis and Lung Cancer in the hope that more and more countries will ban its use.

Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur...

Earliest known portrait of Francis Drake on display

Authored by Mary

Visitors to Sir Francis Drake’s former home Buckland Abbey in Devon can now see a newly identified portrait of the Elizabethan seafarer on public display for the first time.

The painting, believed to be the earliest likeness of Drake, will be on loan from a private collector, Dirk T. Griffin, for the next 12 months and will be hanging in the Drake Chamber at the National Trust’s...

Sea turtles face plastic pollution peril

Authored by Mary

A new global review led by the University of Exeter that set out to investigate the hazards of marine plastic pollution has warned that all seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that currently litters the oceans.

The research, which was carried out in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory, North Carolina Wildlife Resources...

Plymouth University agrees to play enhanced role in ESRC Festival of Social Science

Authored by Mary

Plymouth University has forged a partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which will see it expanding its role in a major national festival taking place this autumn.

The ESRC stages the Festival of Social Science every November, with the aim of enhancing public engagement with academics and social science research.

Plymouth was among the universities to...

DEC rallies further support from British public

Authored by Sarah Parker

On Saturday 25 April a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It severely shook the lives of at least 8m people and left many homeless. Nepal’s major cities, including the capital Kathmandu, have been badly damaged and rural areas near the epicentre have been completely cut off by avalanches.

The UK public has donated £45 million to the DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal since it...

Flatulent cows cause methane blast

Authored by News Desk

An explosion in a cow shed in the German town of Rasdorf yesterday afternoon (Monday 27 Jan) was caused by a build-up of flatulent gas, German police have said.

The blast caused damage to the shed’s roof and left one of the cows with injuries.

Police believe that the shed became filled flammable methane gas released by the flatulence and belches from the 90 cows.

It is...

Increasing risk of “Extreme El Niños”, research shows

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

The risk of extreme versions of the El Niño weather phenomenon will double over the coming decades due to global warming, new research has shown.

The frequency of ‘extreme El Niños’ could see a twofold increase as the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean warms faster than the surrounding regions.

The last major events in 1982-3 and 1997-98, when sea surface temperatures exceeding...