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‘Restore UK bogs’ to tackle climate change

‘Restore UK bogs’ to tackle climate change

Science
Restoring peat moors degraded by farming may prove a relatively inexpensive way of tackling climate change, a report shows.Wet peat bogs store carbon that’s been sucked from the air by plants, but many bogs have been drained for farming.As drained peat dries, CO2 is produced - so in that sense peat’s causing a climate problem like cars, planes and factories.But statisticians say parts of the peat problem may be relatively cheap and easy to solve.They say the benefit of blocking up drainage ditches and bringing back vegetation to the moors shows benefits way higher than the cost.Who has done the numbers?The sums have been done by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which reports to Parliament. It estimates that fully restoring the UK’s lost peatlands
Researchers restore functions to pig brains hours after death

Researchers restore functions to pig brains hours after death

Science
April 17 (UPI) -- Using a solution created to preserve brain tissue and an artificial circulatory system called BrainEx, scientists at the Yale School of Medicine were able to restore some basic cellular functions inside several pigs' brains hours after death. The breakthrough is the latest evidence of cellular resiliency in postmortem tissue. Last year, scientists observed cells continuing to express genes up to 48 hours after death. The latest study suggests a variety of brain functions thought to end within seconds of death -- as a result of a lack of blood and oxygen -- can actually be restored hours later. "The intact brain of a large mammal retains a previously underappreciated capacity for restoration of circulation and certain molecular and cellular activities multiple hours afte...
New Look to slash debt by £1bn to restore profitabilty

New Look to slash debt by £1bn to restore profitabilty

Business
Fashion retailer New Look plans to cut its debt by £1bn and raise more money to turnaround the business. The company, which is closing its remaining 120 stores in China as well as 60 stores in the UK to return to profitability, said it had agreed with key shareholders to slash its debt from £1.35bn to £350m.It will raise £150m in new money to finance its business and by cutting its debt its interest payments would be reduced to £40m from £80m a year.New Look avoided a collapse into administration after creditors and landlords agreed in March to back a plan to close 60 stores in the UK.Executive chairman Alistair McGeorge said: "Today's agreement represents a critical step in our turnaround plans and lays the foundations to secure the future an...
Researchers restore vision in rats after retinal cell transplant

Researchers restore vision in rats after retinal cell transplant

Health
Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Transplanted fetal retina cells successfully restored vision in blind rats by restoring neurons in the vision centers of their brains. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine found that sheets of fetal cells integrated into the retina -- which is in back of the eye -- can generate nearly normal visual activity in their brains. The findings were published Monday in JNeurosci, the Journal of Neuroscience. "It's been known that retinal sheet transplants can integrate into the degenerated eyes and allow the animals to detect light," Dr. David Lyon, associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology at UCI School of Medicine, said in a press release. "But, beyond rudimentary light detection it was not known how well the visual system in the brain fun...
Workers urge Amazon boss to restore share schemes

Workers urge Amazon boss to restore share schemes

Technology
Dozens of UK Amazon warehouse workers have sent emails directly to Jeff Bezos urging him to restore their employee share and incentive schemes, which they say have been cut in order to fund a promised pay rise. Sky News has seen some of the emails, which mainly come from longer-term workers, who say they have been hit hard by the changes.In one, a worker at a fulfilment centre in Dunfermline warns Mr Bezos that the move "may receive major backlash and some disappointed workers".The email continues: "We take great pleasure in receiving our shares as that is what makes Amazon unique and for people that have children it is a delight to have that extra bonus."In another, a worker who says they have worked for seven years in Amazon's fulfilment centre at Doncaster, tells Mr Bezo...