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I was extremely pleased to see the Government recommending that all research funded by Research Councils UK be posted on a new open-access website, freely available to anyone and everyone. The Government also suggested that this site, Gateway to Research, eventually publishes research funded by other bodies.

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How do you feel about the idea of going home this evening and cooking a lovely seared chicken breast – lightly cooked so it’s pink and bloody in the middle? Not tempted? I should hope not!

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I woke up this morning to hear that one of my great footballing heroes, Socrates, has died aged just 57 years. Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, to give him his full name, was the captain of one of the great Brazilian sides and he played his football with style and intelligence. For him, football was an art – rather different from the modern midfield machines!

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Caffeine is certainly sending our pulses racing this week – or at least those of the headline writers. More seriously, some Glasgow University researchers have found that pregnant women could unwittingly be consuming more than their recommended maximum of 200mg daily dose of caffeine in one single shot. The research tested espresso shots from 20 high street coffee shops and found levels of caffeine in the coffee varied markedly from 50mg to 322mg. These results are similar to a survey we carried out in 2004 on caffeine levels in hot drinks.

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I was on BBC Breakfast earlier this week discussing the findings of our research into norovirus in oysters. And although it may sound alarming that 76% of the oysters tested contained norovirus (and unsurprisingly it’s this figure that made the headlines) this doesn’t actually tell us what the likelihood is of oysters making you ill.

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