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Blossoming Future for 3D Printing

by Bethany Day on February 4, 2014

A university design graduate is demonstrating the enormous potential of 3D printing by using the technique to create inflatable rubber-like flowers.

The vast majority of products created by 3D printers are rigid in form but designers like Richard Clarkson, from Victoria University in the New Zealand capital of Wellington, are using new materials to produce morphing 3D shapes.

His ‘seamless blossom project’ includes flowers that open up when air is pumped into them to provide a flash of colour. He believes they are the first ever 3D-printed inflatable products.


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Garden City Competition Springs into Life

by Bethany Day on January 31, 2014

Further details have been revealed about the assessment criteria of a competition to find the best idea for a garden city.

Prize money of £250,000 is on offer to the entrant who submits the most “visionary, economically viable and popular” idea for a garden city that could help ease the current housing crisis.

The competition was launched in November by Tory peer, Lord Wolfson. Speaking at a conference on garden cities this week, he gave more insight into how competition entries would be judged.


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Health Warning over Green Spaces

by Bethany Day on January 30, 2014

A lack of green space in major English cities has been linked to high obesity and diabetes rates among their inhabitants, a new report says.

High percentages of housing and a lack of parkland mean people in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle and other big cities are much more likely to suffer from ill health.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has called for more green spaces and areas for people to walk in to help save the UK an estimated £1 billion lost through poor health.


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Growing for Gold set for Golden Year

by Bethany Day on January 29, 2014

Communities up and down the country will be ‘growing for gold’ this year as Britain in Bloom celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is giving away half a million sunflower seeds to help give this year’s contest the golden theme it deserves.

Seeds of various varieties are being handed out, some of which could produce sunflowers up to 20 feet tall.


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Sunflower fans are seeing double

by Julia Bradley on January 28, 2014

Visitors to the National Gallery are playing spot the difference between two versions of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous ‘Sunflowers’ work.

The two paintings have been brought together for the first time in 65 years at a special exhibition at the gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square.

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Alien Invader Threatens Conker Trees

by Bethany Day on January 27, 2014

Conker trees in England are under attack from an alien invader – otherwise known as the horse chestnut leaf-mining moth.

The insect, which burrows through the leaves of the trees, first arrived in London from the continent back in 2002. It has since spread to almost every corner of the country, leaving a trail of significant damage in its path.

The moths, belonging to the Gracillariidae family, cause the leaves to turn brown, shrivel and fall early.


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Plants to deliver fish oil nutrients

by Bethany Day on January 24, 2014

UK scientists hope to create a genetically modified plant which will produce fish oil nutrients.

Rothamsted Research agricultural institute in Hertfordshire has applied to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for permission to conduct field trials of the GM crop.

They plan to “cut and paste” genes derived from marine algae into Camelina sativa – or “false flax” – to produce the world’s first sustainable plant source of fish oil omega-3 fatty acids.


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UK ready for Garden Birdwatch

by Bethany Day on January 23, 2014

Nature lovers are once again gearing up for the annual Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend amid fears the recent erratic weather has affected the number of birds visiting our gardens.

Over half a million people in the UK are expected to get out in their gardens and get involved in the RSPB initiative, with the charity hoping for a good turnout in order to get a clearer picture of the country’s birdlife.

Last year’s event revealed starling numbers had hit an all-time low, while the number of house sparrows had declined by 17%, bullfinches fell by a fifth and dunnocks were 13% down on the previous year.


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St Dwynwen’s Day

by Julia Bradley on January 22, 2014

In Wales, St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated on January 25 to commemorate the patron saint of friendship and love.

Little is known about the occasion in the rest of the UK, so we’re putting that right with this guide to what it’s all about.

History

The story of Dwynwen is not exactly Mills and Boon, but is inspirational nonetheless.

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New Mum Zara inundated with Flowers

by Bethany Day on January 22, 2014

Zara Phillips has received a flood of floral gifts from friends and family members following the birth of her child, acording to reports.

The daughter of HRH Princess Anne gave birth to a baby girl on an NHS ward at Gloucester Royal Hospital on Friday.

It is understood she was discharged six hours later, returning to the Gatcombe estate near Minchinhampton, where she lives with rugby player husband Mike Tindall.


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