Report into possible new public sector model for Lancashire published

Lancashire County Council has published a report into how public services in the county could be reformed. The report, produced for the council by professional services firm PwC, suggests how services could work together more efficiently, focusing on individuals and the neighbourhoods they live in, while tackling the financial challenges facing the sector. The proposals … Read more

Library’s sold-out theatre performance engages residents on homelessness

St Helens Central Library hosted a sell-out theatre production about one family’s decline into homelessness as part of the Cultural Hubs – Arts in Libraries programme. The play, called Cathy, is inspired by the landmark television play Cathy Come Home written by Jeremy Sandford and directed by Ken Loach, first aired on BBC in 1966. … Read more

Witnessing the wild phase of star formation

Have you ever seen a stellar embryo? A research team that includes an MPIA astronomer has inspected the birth places of stars: the FU Orionis objects, a class of very young stellar objects. These protostars are surrounded by large asymmetrical disks, indicating a short, violent episode during the early formation of the star. By employing … Read more

UK receives “final warning” from Europe for breaching air pollution limits

The UK government must introduce Clean Air Zones across the country and commit to cleaning up the UK’s air faster says Friends of the Earth, as the European Commission today (15 February) issues a “final warning” demanding that the UK comply with EU air pollution rules. The Commission has sent a formal request to the … Read more

Lack of sex education fuelling sexually transmitted infections

Making sex and relationship education (SRE) compulsory in secondary academies and free schools could reduce the thousands of sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in young people later on in life, councils say today. The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, says age-appropriate SRE needs to be an essential part … Read more

Black-Hole-Powered Jets Forge Fuel for Star Formation

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy where it resides. Powerful radio jets from the black hole – which normally suppress star formation – are stimulating the production of cold gas in the galaxy’s extended halo of hot gas. This newly … Read more