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Pictures show humpback whale breaching in Firth of Forth

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:08
An amateur photographer manages to capture a humpback whale doing a backflip in the Firth of Forth.
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Warning over highly-contagious superbug sweeping the nation

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:55
A new variant of a gene that causes resistance to our strongest antibiotics has been discovered in a healthy person, prompting fears it could be spreading.
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Video: Cable roadworks in Capital suspended due to ‘reckless’ practices

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:42
Broadband cable roadworks in Edinburgh have been suspended work after a “reckless” workman was filmed standing in a manhole in a busy road with two traffic cones for protection.
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Ice hockey – defiant Johnston still hopes for play-off slot

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:43
  Up-beat Jacob Johnston refuses to believe that Sunday’s home defeat at the hands of Dundee Stars ended Edinburgh Capitals’ play-off hopes. The defenceman still believes the Elite League bottom club, who have 34 points, can qualify in the top eight. They trail second-bottom Manchester Storm by five points and Dundee Stars, who occupy the eighth […]
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Tributes paid to Edinburgh basketball legend Bill McInnes

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:30
TRIBUTES have flooded in for an Edinburgh grandad branded one of the best basketball players in the UK.
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EIFF will take a look back this year

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:28
In this the 70th anniversary year of the Edinburgh International Film Festival it is only right that we look back over the years. The festival announced today that it has created an ed film fest memories project designed to be collaborative as it asks for you to share your photos or films alongside the festival’s […]
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Auld Reekie Roller Girls – 12 March at Meadowbank Stadium

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 06:33
Edinburgh’s Auld Reekie Roller Girls will take on both Newcastle Roller Girls and Dundee Roller Girls on Saturday 12 March 2017 at Meadowbank.   The day’s sport is expected to be a game of big hits and wheel spinning action as ARRG’s All Stars take on fierce rivals Newcastle Roller Girls in what will be the first […]
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Amateur football: St Bernard’s win thriller | Barca’s western raid

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 06:30
St Bernard’s and Hermiston Vale served up a nine-goal thriller in the Rex Gallagher Cup quarter-final, with Bernard’s scoring a late winner to triumph 5-4 at Royal High School 3G.
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Autism research at Edinburgh University gets £20m boost

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 06:00

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh hoping to develop new treatments for autism have received a £20m funding boost from a US philanthropic foundation.

The Simons Foundation has pledged the investment for studies into the biological mechanisms that underpin changes in brain development associated with autism.

Autism spectrum disorders affect about 75 million people worldwide. Symptoms include altered social interaction, communication and restricted and repetitive behaviour.

The Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain will be based at the university's Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities.

Centre director Professor Peter Kind said: "This is an amazing opportunity to bring together a range of scientific and clinical expertise at the university with the aim of understanding how the brain develops on multiple levels, including molecular biology, neural circuitry, genetics, behaviour and cognition.

"By combining these approaches, we will learn how a healthy brain matures and gain valuable insights into the developmental origins of autism.

"Using this knowledge, we aim to deliver new diagnostic tools, better therapeutics and new interventions to the clinic that will address the causes and consequences of autism."

Scientists will use advanced techniques to probe brain development in the presence of DNA changes known to cause autism.

They will investigate how variations in the wiring of the brain can impact how it processes information.

It will enable them to work more closely with clinical teams that care for children and their families, and allow the development and testing of new therapies.

Louis F Reichardt, director of the Simons Foundation autism research initiative, said: "We hope the foundation's support will enable them to apply these types of studies to other conditions on the autism spectrum."

Foundation chairman Jim Simons added: "We are confident that the great scientists already in place, coupled with the comprehensive facility being developed, will accelerate understanding of autism and hasten the development of meaningful treatments."

University principal Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea said: "We are tremendously grateful to the Simons Foundation for their generosity and vision.

"Their investment is a landmark commitment amidst an ongoing effort from donors at all levels to deepen our research programmes and accelerate progress in medical science."

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Registering your defibrillator could save lives

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 00:35
  The Scottish Ambulance Service will today appeal to communities across Edinburgh and the Lothians to register potentially life-saving public access defibrillators on its website. Murray McEwan, the community resilience manager for the service, said public access defibrillators can be found all over Scotland. They are, he said, vital pieces of equipment in the crucial […]
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Edinburgh University given £20m for autism studies

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 00:15
Edinburgh University researchers hoping to develop new treatments for autism have received a £20m funding boost from a US philanthropic foundation.
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Joe McElderry to play Joseph at The Playhouse

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 21:01
  X Factor star Joe McElderry will be in Edinburgh next week to wear the coat of many colours in Joseph at The Edinburgh Playhouse. Unbelievably, the show is now in its 36th year and Joe took up the starring role for the first time last year to  many fabulous reviews and standing ovations up […]
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