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University of Portsmouth scientists find first fossil plant gum on record

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Fossil gum in thin section of the fossilised leaf.

A remarkable new treasure has been found by scientists from the University of Portsmouth – the first fossil plant gum on record. The beautiful, amber-like material has been discovered in 110 million year old fossilised leaves.

University of Portsmouth PhD student Emily Roberts made the discovery while examining fossilised leaves of the Welwitschiophyllum plant, found in the Crato Formation in Brazil. Emily noticed thin amber-coloured bands locked inside some of the fossilised leaves she was studying.

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Hovertravel chosen as Government Case Study

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Hovertravel’s accessibility initiative, HoverCare, has been chosen by the UK Government as a case study to provide guidance on the just launched Inclusive Transport Leaders Scheme which aims to improve transport for disabled people.

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Portsmouth Festivities secures National Lottery support for Submerged

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Portsmouth Festivities has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant for their arts and heritage project “Submerged” which will be led by Young Carers, to create multi-media art installations drawing inspiration from the 475th anniversary of the sinking of the Mary Rose, King Henry VIII’s flagship, a key part of Portsmouth’s heritage.

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Free breakfast briefing for city businesses

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Portsmouth City Council 2016Local businesses are invited to find out about Portsmouth City Council's vision for the city, hear from key speakers and network with partner organisations, at a free breakfast networking event on Friday 6 March 2020.

The annual Future Portsmouth event takes place from 7.30am - 10am at the Village Hotel, Lakeside North Harbour. The Leader of the Council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, will be sharing the vision for Portsmouth and there will be an opportunity to ask the questions that really matter about the great waterfront city.

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