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Mum Sets Up ‘Uniform Drop Box’ To Give Free School Uniform To Families Struggling With The Cost

  A mum is trying to ease the expense of the back to school period for families struggling to buy new uniforms for their kids. Charlene Paterson, 33, from Newcastle, was throwing out old school uniform that her kids didn’t need, but realised she could do something much better with their cast offs. “I decided that instead of throwing…

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Genetic Test Could Save Lives As It Allows Faster Meningitis Diagnosis

A new genetic test could help doctors rapidly diagnose meningitis and other killer bacterial infections and help save lives. Currently when a child arrives at a hospital medics have no fast way of identifying whether they are suffering from meningitis or a less serious viral condition with similar symptoms.  Gary Ombler via Getty Images Professor…

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When Life And Love Began

When I was at university, I hated Biochemistry. I hated Organic Chemistry. I hated those incomprehensible, complex shapes with significant alphabets attached to them, whose significance I never quite figured out. I would rush through those sections, praying that none would come up in the exams. Now, thirty years later, I am back again between…

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Becoming, by Chris Ord

The old world has gone. All that remains is the community – a harsh, brutal, primitive regime that governs through control and fear. Gaia is one of the young, trapped on an island off the coast of Northumberland. Gaia longs to escape before ‘becoming’ – the time when she is forced to serve the society…