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The Boutique Box Warehouse

The Boutique Box Warehouse - Europe’s largest indoor shipping container boutique warehouse, is opening it’s doors this summer!

Macerich UK are opening a series of new indoor pop-up style warehouse shopping malls across the UK. The first of which opens to the public this July in Southampton.

“The Boutique Box Warehouse is a brand new concept in local street trading that encompasses the thrill of bargain hunt shopping with the exciting feel of urban street chic retail – all within a warm and dry eclectic style warehouse”. Says Pascal Molliere, UK Sales Director. “We are the first in the UK to use industrial style steel shipping containers as custom designed retail units within a huge indoor space. It enables small businesses to test new products, sell at competitive prices and develop their brands, without it costing a fortune to rent an expensive shop and pay expensive rates etc”.

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Local Southampton News

People with higher bonuses don’t give more to charity

Research by economists at the University of Southampton has shown people who receive higher bonuses are less likely to give to charity than those on lower earnings.

The study by Dr Mirco Tonin and Dr Michael Vlassopoulos shows higher earners are less inclined to give, and donate a similar share of their money compared to those on lower incomes.

The researchers also found that people getting high bonuses tended to attribute their windfall to their own hard work or achievement, even if in fact it was actually just down to good fortune.

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going out Southampton

Biochar stimulates more plant growth but less plant defence

New study finds biochar stimulates more plant growth but less plant defence.

In the first study of its kind, research undertaken at the University of Southampton has cast significant doubt over the use of biochar to alleviate climate change.

Biochar is produced when wood is combusted at high temperatures to make bio-oil and has been proposed as a method of geoengineering. When buried in the soil, this carbon rich substance could potentially lock-up carbon and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The global potential of biochar is considered to be large, with up to 12 percent of emissions reduced by biochar soil application.

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Is laughter the best medicine?

Is laughter the best medicine?

Cartoons could help patients cope with their chronic conditions.

Researchers from the University of Southampton have shown that cartoons could be a beneficial way of educating patients and empowering them to cope better with their long term conditions.

“Humour is frequently and naturally used by people with chronic illnesses to help them adjust and understand what is happening to them,” explains Associate Professor Dr Anne Kennedy, who led the study. “Our study has shown that cartoons could provide clarity to patients and be a way to engage with them. It is an untapped resource and could be a potential approach to support self-management.”

Cartoons are already used in patient information but the content is sourced from health professionals rather than directly from patient experience, a unique aspect of the Southampton study.

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southampton news

Blood test may help predict if a child will become obese...

Blood test may help predict whether a child will become obese

Scientists have found that a simple blood test, which can read DNA, could be used to predict obesity levels in children.

Researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Exeter and Plymouth used the test to assess the levels of epigenetic switches in the PGC1a gene – a gene that regulates fat storage in the body.

Epigenetic switches take place through a chemical change called DNA methylation, which controls how genes work and is set during early life.

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southampton news

Children’s activity levels

Children’s activity levels are influenced by how active their mother is, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics.

The study, from the Medical Research Council Units and the Universities of Southampton and Cambridge, showed that mothers’ activity levels differed depending on her level of education, number of children and weekly working hours. It also showed that many mothers were not meeting the government’s recommended amount of physical activity per week.

Researchers suggest that interventions to increase physical activity in preschool children should include an element which involves the mother, while also targeting specific times of the day, to achieve maximum impact.

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Travel in Southampton

Travel Disruption in Southampton

5 March 2014

Southampton Rail Improvements

Train services going through Southampton Central will be disrupted on weekends between 15 March and 4 May. The disruptions are due to £20 million worth of rail improvements by Network Rail which aim to improve the reliability of services.

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venus awards

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is fast approaching – who not show the women around you how much you appreciate their efforts?

Now in its third year in Southampton and under the umbrella of the Venus Awards, nominations are open to women across the SO Postcode region. The Venus Awards recognises the efforts and talents of local business women, and are split into thirteen categories covering all aspects of business and personal achievement.

Founded by working mother-of-four, Tara Howard, the Venus Awards were created to give due credit to women in business who can sometimes be overlooked and undervalued.

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Southampton research

Degree educated nurses can reduce hospital deaths

Hospital nurse staffing, and the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s education, are associated with significantly fewer deaths after routine surgery, according to research published today (Wednesday 26 February 2014) in the Lancet.

A team of researchers, including lead investigators from England, Professor Peter Griffiths from the University of Southampton and Professor Anne Marie Rafferty from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, conducted the study across nine European countries and found that a better educated nursing workforce reduced unnecessary deaths. Every 10 per cent increase in the number of bachelor’s degree educated nurses within a hospital is associated with a seven per cent decline in patient mortality.

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Activities in Bournemouth

RED ARROWS CONFIRMED FOR BOURNEMOUTH AIR FESTIVAL

RED ARROWS CONFIRMED FOR ALL FOUR DAYS OF THE 2014 BOURNEMOUTH AIR FESTIVAL

18th February 2014: It’s officially a first for the Bournemouth Air Festival, but the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows have confirmed today they will be displaying at all 4 days of the much anticipated summer event.

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tour dates for Southampton

Sandi Thom set to make live DVD concert

Sandi Thom set to make live DVD concert with special guests as part of April UK tour

"Authentic and Intimate" says The Independent

"Pure, Flowing Vocals" says The Guardian

"Exquisite"
says The Times

Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sandi Thom, widely recognised for her million selling debut 'Smile…It Confuses People' will make a Live Concert DVD at the newly refurbished Historic Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen during her UK tour in April. Hot off the heels of the release of her 5th album, the Classic Rock covers album, simply entitled ‘The Covers Collection', the DVD will be released in Autumn 2014.

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southampton news

Research gives new insight into diet of large ancient mammal

An international team of researchers, including Professor Mary Edwards at the University of Southampton, has used DNA testing to give a unique view of the diet of large mammals which roamed the northern hemisphere in the last ice-age.

The researchers, led by the University of Copenhagen, sequenced DNA taken from samples of frozen soils and the stomachs of creatures preserved in the permafrost of Siberia and Alaska-Yukon – an area many times the size of the UK. Their results show that around 25,000 years ago vegetation in this area was rich in ‘forbs’ – herbaceous flowering plants usually found in grasslands, meadows and tundra.

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