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Flying fish – from Africa to the Amazon

- Scientists have uncovered the natural fertiliser contained within Saharan dust that plays an important role in the health of the Amazon rainforest when it is blown across the Atlantic: fish bone.

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Peacock’s train is not such a drag

- The magnificent plumage of the peacock may not be quite the sacrifice to love that it appears to be, University of Leeds researchers have discovered.

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Research may have identified Jack the Ripper

- Crucial DNA testing of a Victorian shawl, undertaken by a University of Leeds expert, may have helped solve the enduring riddle of the identity of Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper.

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University of Leeds teams up with M&S for new free online course in business innovation

- World class innovation by leading retailer Marks & Spencer is featured in a new University of Leeds free online course starting 15 September.

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New satellite maps out Napa Valley earthquake

- Scientists have used a new Earth-observation satellite called Sentinel-1A to map the ground movements caused by the earthquake that shook up California’s wine-producing Napa Valley on 24 August 2014.

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Mimicking natural evolution with ‘promiscuous reactions’ to improve the diversity of drugs

- A revolutionary new scientific method developed at the University of Leeds will improve the diversity of ‘biologically active molecules’, such as antibiotics and anti-cancer agents.

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