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Extreme Winters: Advance Warning

Severe UK winters, like the ‘big freeze’ of 2009/10, can now be better forecast months in advance using the Met Office’s latest model.

A new study, published today, Friday 14 September, in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters, compares the latest seasonal forecast system to the one previously used and shows that it can better warn the UK of extreme winter weather conditions. (read more)

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Glass Half Full?

The speed at which an alcoholic beverage is drunk will influence the level of intoxication experienced, and also the number of drinks consumed in a single drinking session. Therefore, slowing drinking rates is likely to have positive impact for the individual and also at a population level. (read more)

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Hangover? Might Be Better Than You Think

Alcoholic drinks aren’t generally put into the category of health food, but in some cases they might be just the cure for nasty parasites. That’s according to a study published online on February 16 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, showing that fruit flies will actually seek out alcohol to kill off blood-borne parasitic wasps living within them. (read more)

Computers Sing a Beautiful tune
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Computers sing to a better tune

Now, Akio Watanabe and Hitoshi Iba have turned to evolution to help them devise a novel algorithm that compares the frequency curves from real human performances and uses them to home in on a more realistic curve to apply to the synthetic song. The team has simplified the optimization process for creating vocal frequency curves and have developed a frequency model that can emulate human expression in a synthetic vocal. (read more)