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Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 31.12.2017
The 10 most popular Imperial news stories of 2017
The 10 most popular Imperial news stories of 2017
The past 12 months have provided many eye-grabbing headlines from the Imperial community from world-leading research to incredible inventions. Before 2018 is upon us with its own wave of news, we take a quick look back at the most popular articles on our award-winning news site (ranked by the number of page views).

Medicine/Pharmacology - Chemistry - 27.12.2017
Which Imperial research papers topped the charts in 2017?
Which Imperial research papers topped the charts in 2017?
Harvesting energy from our movements and a method for determining the composition of cement were two of the most widely downloaded papers in 2017. Spiral - Imperial College London's open access repository - allows academics to make journal articles and other research outputs open access, meeting the requirements of the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Computer Science/Telecom - Chemistry - 26.12.2017
Five AI breakthroughs that could change the face of science
Five AI breakthroughs that could change the face of science
Following years of research, AI is starting to have an impact on the way science is done, as these five Imperial studies from 2017 show. Barely a week has gone by in 2017 without warnings in the media about how Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics is threatening to make all human workers redundant.

Life Sciences - 25.12.2017
Computer game highlights stroke paralysis partly due to a lack of ’mental focus’
Computer game highlights stroke paralysis partly due to a lack of 'mental focus'
An inability to focus the brain on tasks may partially explain why paralysis commonly occurs in people following a stroke, according to a news study. Patients who have suffered a stroke - where the blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a clot or bleed - often experience a degree of paralysis on one side of the body, termed hemiplegia, affecting the strength and dexterity in their limbs.

Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 25.12.2017
8 times Imperial research made you double-take in 2017
8 times Imperial research made you double-take in 2017
Some surprise research headlines need a second look, but quirky studies can often reveal serious science. From a geological Brexit to jellyfish computers, some research announcements are more than a little bit quirky.

Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 23.12.2017
7 times Imperial research blew your mind in 2017
7 times Imperial research blew your mind in 2017
Robotic prosthetics, AI guessing your brain age and much, much more. It's been quite a year for research, so here's just a few of the top stories... At times this year it may have seemed like science took a back seat, with politics bullying its way to the forefront and Brexit shoehorned into every headline to contend with.

Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 22.12.2017
New marker in blood could detect fatal breast cancer up to one year earlier
New marker in blood could detect fatal breast cancer up to one year earlier
A new marker that could be used to diagnose fatal breast cancer up to one year ahead of current methods has been identified in a study led by UCL. The study, published in Genome Medicine today, found that changes detected in a part of DNA which the researches named EFC#93 could suggest early signs of deadly breast cancer.

Physics/Materials Science - 22.12.2017
Researchers chart the ’secret’ movement of quantum particles
Researchers chart the 'secret' movement of quantum particles
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have taken a peek into the secretive domain of quantum mechanics. In a theoretical paper published in the journal Physical Review A , they have shown that the way that particles interact with their environment can be used to track quantum particles when they're not being observed, which had been thought to be impossible.  We can verify old predictions of quantum mechanics, for example that particles can exist in different locations at the same time.

Innovation/Technology - Social Sciences - 21.12.2017
Technology not taking over children’s lives despite screen-time increase
New Oxford University research has revealed that as digital past-times have become intertwined with daily life, children have adapted their behaviours to include their devices. Much like adults, they are able to multi-task and do all the things that they would do anyway, such as, homework and playing outdoors with friends.

Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 21.12.2017
Leukaemia treatment can be made more effective by using a drug for iron overload
Chemotherapy for one type of leukaemia could be improved by giving patients a drug currently used to treat an unrelated condition, new research shows. Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer that stops healthy blood cell production.

Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science - 21.12.2017
A century of galaxy discrimination revealed by giant European astronomy survey
A huge European astronomy survey, whose results are released today (21 December 2017), has revealed that the view of the Universe provided by traditional optical telescopes is seriously biased. The Herschel ATLAS (H-ATLAS) was a survey carried out by an international team led by researchers at Cardiff University with European Herschel Space Observatory in the far-infrared waveband, which consists of electromagnetic waves with wavelengths 200 times greater than optical light.

Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science - 21.12.2017
Sunlight holds the key to planet’s shine
Scientists have discovered how the sun's influence on the remote planet Uranus changes its brightness in the sky. Changes in solar activity influence the colour and formation of clouds around the planet, researchers at Oxford and Reading universities found.

Physics/Materials Science - 21.12.2017
Increased physical fitness may offset cognitive deterioration in dementia
Increased physical fitness may offset cognitive deterioration in dementia
Physical fitness is associated with better cognitive performance in older adults with dementia, according to a new study from UCL. The positive effects were found to be independent of past levels of exercise and illness duration, suggesting it's never too late to benefit from good levels of physical fitness, even after the onset of dementia.

Medicine/Pharmacology - Veterinary Science - 20.12.2017
Novel tool for vets and farmers to monitor and reduce antibiotics on dairy farms
Veterinary researchers at the University of Nottingham have produced a new tool to help UK dairy vets and farmers monitor and reduce use of antibiotics in their dairy herds to help combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the farming industry and beyond.

Astronomy - Earth Sciences - 20.12.2017
Mars: Not as dry as it seems
Image shows modern Mars (left) dry and barren, compared with the same scene over 3.5 billion years ago covered in water (right). The rocks of the surface were slowly reacting with the water, sequestering it into the Martian mantle leading to the dry, inhospitable scene shown on the left.

Environment/Sustainable Development - Politics - 20.12.2017
Political instability and weak governance lead to loss of species, study finds
Political instability and weak governance lead to loss of species, study finds
Big data study of global biodiversity shows ineffective national governance is a better indicator of species decline than any other measure of "anthropogenic impact". Even protected conservation areas make little difference in countries that struggle with socio-political stability.

Environment/Sustainable Development - Administration/Government - 20.12.2017
Wildlife conservation needs effective governance more than GDP or space
Wildlife conservation needs effective governance more than GDP or space
Protecting an area for wildlife can work-but only if there is robust political governance. That's the research conclusion of twenty-three years of bird counting by an international team of researchers, including a scientist from the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath and published in the journal Nature .

Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology - 19.12.2017
Early disease diagnosis could be dramatically improved with new detection system
Early disease diagnosis could be dramatically improved with new detection system
By attaching specialised molecules to the backbone of DNA, researchers have made it easier to detect rare molecules associated with early disease. The presence of, or changes in the concentration of, certain proteins in biological fluids can be indicators of disease.

Environment/Sustainable Development - 19.12.2017
Untouched forests fight climate change, but face threats
Untouched forests fight climate change, but face threats
The world's rainforests take up extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but their ability to do so is threatened by drought and fragmentation. Human activities pump extra carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, but only around half of it stays there.

Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 19.12.2017
Could deer hold clues about the link between malaria resistance and sickle cell?
Could deer hold clues about the link between malaria resistance and sickle cell?
Scientists have identified the genetic mutations that cause sickle cells in deer, according to new research Ecology & Evolution. The scientists from Imperial College London say although their research is in its early stages, it shows promise that certain species of deer might potentially be a surprising model in which to study the effects of sickling in humans such as resistance to malaria.

Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development - 19.12.2017
Study into catastrophic population decline for flying insects is UK’s most discussed scientific paper of 2017
Study into catastrophic population decline for flying insects is UK's most discu
Study into catastrophic population decline for flying insects is UK's most discussed scientific paper of 2017 A research project involving the University of Sussex detailing the catastrophic loss of insect populations on nature reserves has been named the most discussed journal article in the UK in 2017.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 18.12.2017
Birds learn from each other’s ’disgust’, enabling insects to evolve bright colours
Birds learn from each other's 'disgust', enabling insects to evolve bright colou
A new study of TV-watching great tits reveals how they learn through observation. Social interactions within a predator species can have "evolutionary consequences" for potential prey - such as the conspicuous warning colours of insects like ladybirds.

Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 18.12.2017
Dementia with Lewy bodies: unique genetic profile identified
Dementia with Lewy bodies: unique genetic profile identified
Dementia with Lewy bodies has a unique genetic profile, distinct from those of Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease, according to the first large-scale genetic study of this common type of dementia which was led by UCL.

Medicine/Pharmacology - Psychology - 18.12.2017
Could cognitive interventions be useful in treating depression?
Could cognitive interventions be useful in treating depression?
A new study by experimental psychologists from the University of Bristol has examined whether cognitive bias modification (CBM) for facial interpretation, a digital health intervention that changes our perception for emotional expressions from negative to positive, might be useful in treating depression.

History/Archeology - Business/Economics - 18.12.2017
Calf’s foot jelly and a tankard of ale? Welcome to the 18th century Starbucks
Calf's foot jelly and a tankard of ale? Welcome to the 18th century Starbucks
Researchers have published details of the largest collection of artefacts from an early English coffeehouse ever discovered. Described as an 18th century equivalent of Starbucks, the finds nonetheless suggest that it may have been less like a café, and more like an inn.

Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government - 15.12.2017
Screening could catch a quarter of hip fractures before they happen
Screening could catch a quarter of hip fractures before they happen
Community screening for osteoporosis could prevent more than a quarter of hip fractures in older women - according to new research involving researchers from the Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol and local hospitals, and led by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Administration/Government - 15.12.2017
Could a new app help cure loneliness?
Screening could catch a quarter of hip fractures before they happen
Researchers from Lancaster University are exploring whether technology could be the key to tackling the UK's loneliness epidemic by better connecting older adults with their communities. Ironically, isolation and loneliness have spread rapidly as communication has become easier - particularly among older adults.

History/Archeology - Medicine/Pharmacology - 15.12.2017
Ancient faeces reveal parasites described in earliest Greek medical texts
Ancient faeces reveal parasites described in earliest Greek medical texts
Earliest archaeological evidence of intestinal parasitic worms infecting the ancient inhabitants of Greece confirms descriptions found in writings associated with Hippocrates, the early physician and 'father of Western medicine'.

Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 14.12.2017
Toxic agents behind Parkinson’s disease seen at work for the first time
Toxic agents behind Parkinson's disease seen at work for the first time
Researchers get their first look at how the toxic protein clusters associated with Parkinson's disease disrupt the membranes of healthy brain cells. Parkinson's disease is a degenerative nervous system disorder that affects more than six million people worldwide and causes nearly 120,000 deaths per year.

Psychology - Innovation/Technology - 14.12.2017
Children’s screen-time guidelines too restrictive, according to new research
Digital screen use is a staple of contemporary life for adults and children, whether they are browsing on laptops and smartphones, or watching TV. Paediatricians and scientists have long expressed concerns about the impact of overusing technology on people's wellbeing.

Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 14.12.2017
Gene mutation causes low sensitivity to pain
Life Sciences - Chemistry - 13.12.2017
Even wild mammals have regional dialects
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 11.12.2017
Twitter can reveal our shared mood
Medicine/Pharmacology - Agronomy/Food Science - 11.12.2017
Over 50s with fewer teeth at risk of frailty
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 8.12.2017
Depression’s causal mechanisms identified with new method
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development - 5.12.2017
Air pollution from London traffic is affecting the health of unborn babies
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 5.12.2017
Most people in favour of screening for spinal muscular atrophy
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 5.12.2017
New TB drugs possible with understanding of old antibiotic
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 4.12.2017
Cells rebuild after division
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences - 4.12.2017
Medium-sized carnivores most at risk from environmental change
Medicine/Pharmacology - 1.12.2017
Rising levels of HIV drug resistance
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 1.12.2017
Residents of major Pakistan city are exposed to harmful pesticides
Innovation/Technology - Medicine/Pharmacology - 1.12.2017
Cannabis linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 30.11.2017
Study resolves dispute about the origin of animals
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 30.11.2017
Behaviour not indicative of pain in stressed babies
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences - 30.11.2017
Migration makes breeding harder for seabirds
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 30.11.2017
Squeezing light into a tiny channel brings optical computing a step closer
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 30.11.2017
Lifespan prolonged by inhibiting common enzyme
Medicine/Pharmacology - Innovation/Technology - 30.11.2017
New techniques needed to help children with gut disease in developing countries
Medicine/Pharmacology - 29.11.2017
Marriage may help stave off dementia
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 29.11.2017
Eye contact with your baby helps synchronise your brainwaves
Earth Sciences - Life Sciences - 29.11.2017
Feathered dinosaurs were even fluffier than we thought
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Earth Sciences - 28.11.2017
Himalayan river system influenced ancient Indus Civilisation
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science - 28.11.2017
Revolutionary microscope and labelling technique maps DNA mutations
Environment/Sustainable Development - Astronomy - 24.11.2017
Can citizen scientists locate the world’s seagrass?
Medicine/Pharmacology - Computer Science/Telecom - 24.11.2017
Research collaboration aims to improve breast cancer diagnosis using AI
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development - 24.11.2017
Going underground: Cambridge digs into the history of geology with landmark exhibition
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 23.11.2017
Radiographs of Dolly's skeleton show no signs of abnormal osteoarthritis
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy - 23.11.2017
Antarctic telescope shows how the Earth stops high-energy particles
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences - 23.11.2017
Ocean floor mud reveals secrets of past European climate
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Administration/Government - 23.11.2017
GP online consultations: not the panacea policy makers are hoping for
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 22.11.2017
New mechanisms of cell death in neurodegenerative disorders
Physics/Materials Science - 22.11.2017
How to cut your lawn for grasshoppers
Medicine/Pharmacology - 21.11.2017
Does common NHS shoulder surgery work?
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 21.11.2017
Atopic eczema: one size does not fit all
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development - 20.11.2017
Homes should not be abandoned after a big nuclear accident
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 17.11.2017
Improved method of engineering T-cells to attack cancer
Medicine/Pharmacology - Psychology - 16.11.2017
Teenage depression linked to father’s depression
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 16.11.2017
’Mini liver tumours’ created in a dish for the first time
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 15.11.2017
Raising ’good’ cholesterol fails to protect against heart disease
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 15.11.2017
Optically tunable microwave antennas for 5G applications
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 15.11.2017
Signalling protein found to drive heart scarring and organ failure
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences - 15.11.2017
Amazonian streams found teeming with fish species are lacking protection
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 15.11.2017
Improving clinical trials with machine learning
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy - 15.11.2017
Hunt for dark matter is narrowed by new University of Sussex research
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 14.11.2017
Antibiotic Discovery in the Abyss
Medicine/Pharmacology - 14.11.2017
Targeting cancer without destroying healthy T-cells
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences - 13.11.2017
Society’s excluded people ten times more likely to die early
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science - 8.11.2017
Height and weight evolved at different speeds in the bodies of our ancestors
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 8.11.2017
Sheep are able to recognise human faces from photographs
Medicine/Pharmacology - Veterinary Science - 7.11.2017
Current cattle injections increase the risk of injury, research finds
Astronomy - Environment/Sustainable Development - 7.11.2017
First coast-to-coast land motion map of Scotland derived from satellite radar images
Environment/Sustainable Development - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 6.11.2017
Wallpaper bio-solar panel developed by researchers
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development - 3.11.2017
Atmospheric rivers could increase flood risk by 80 per cent
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science - 3.11.2017
Scientists identify mechanism that helps us inhibit unwanted thoughts
Sport Sciences - Careers/Employment - 3.11.2017
Retired professional footballers at higher risk of knee osteoarthritis
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development - 2.11.2017
New great ape species uncovered in Indonesia
Business/Economics - Medicine/Pharmacology - 2.11.2017
Child neglect linked to parental unemployment
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 2.11.2017
Colon cancer breakthrough could lead to prevention
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences - 1.11.2017
Life on the Edge
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 1.11.2017
Nobel Prize-winning technique sheds new light on DNA replication
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 31.10.2017
Reviving old drugs could help to stem the rise of drug-resistant gonorrhoea
Life Sciences - Earth Sciences - 31.10.2017
Aliens may be more like us than we think
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences - 30.10.2017
The advent of "green” cattle
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 30.10.2017
Scientists pinpoint genetic risk factors for asthma, hay fever and eczema
Medicine/Pharmacology - 27.10.2017
UofG leads new global diabetes guidelines
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 26.10.2017
New device developed that can weigh a single cell
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 25.10.2017
Skin found to play a role in controlling blood pressure
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics - 25.10.2017
Global biodiversity conservation does save species, but could be done smarter
Environment/Sustainable Development - Administration/Government - 25.10.2017
How 14 Billion Dollars Protected Earth’s Species
Physics/Materials Science - Computer Science/Telecom - 24.10.2017
Quantum computing breakthrough: Imperial scientist reveals latest findings
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 24.10.2017
Study raises possibility of vaccines against allergies and Alzheimer’s
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology - 24.10.2017
Self-esteem mapped in the human brain