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History/Archeology - Life Sciences
24.02.2017
Turning the lens on the BBC's Natural History Unit
Turning the lens on the BBC’s Natural History Unit
A new Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project at the University of Bristol is looking at the world of wildlife filmmaking over the last twenty-five years.
Physics/Materials Science - Life Sciences
23.02.2017
New £100 million Rosalind Franklin research institute to improve health through physical science innovation
Oxford University scientists are to play a key role in a new, government-funded research facility, the Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI). Backed by over £100 million of investment, the RFI will be a national centre of excellence in technology development and innovation.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
23.02.2017
Technique that revolutionised biology wins its inventors big science prize
Technique that revolutionised biology wins its inventors big science prize
Imperial's Professor Marin van Heel has been awarded the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences this week for the development of a key imaging technology.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
23.02.2017
MOU with Monash University
Cardiff University's Systems Immunity Research Institute and the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two institutes extend their collaborative activities.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
23.02.2017
Sugar's ‘tipping point' link to Alzheimer's disease revealed
Sugar’s ‘tipping point’ link to Alzheimer’s disease revealed
For the first time a ‘tipping point' molecular link between the blood sugar glucose and Alzheimer's disease has been established by scientists, who have shown that excess glucose damages a vital enzyme involved with inflammation response to the early stages of Alzheimer's. Abnormally high blood sugar levels, or hyperglycaemia, is well-known as a characteristic of diabetes and obesity, but its link to Alzheimer's disease is less familiar.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
23.02.2017
UCL part of new £100 million Rosalind Franklin Institute
UCL part of new £100 million Rosalind Franklin Institute
UCL is involved in the Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI) - a major new £100 million investment by the government into the development of an innovative multi-disciplinary science and technology research centre. The new Institute, announced today by Business Secretary Greg Clark, is named in honour of the pioneering scientist, Dr Rosalind Franklin, whose use of X-rays to study biological structures played a crucial role in the discovery of DNA's ‘double helix' structure by Francis Crick and James Watson.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
23.02.2017
Eating more fruits and vegetables may prevent millions of premature deaths
Eating more fruits and vegetables may prevent millions of premature deaths
A fruit and vegetable intake above five-a-day shows major benefit in reducing the chance of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death. This is the finding of new research, led by scientists from Imperial College London, which analysed 95 studies on fruit and vegetable intake. The team found that although even the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduced disease risk, the greatest benefit came from eating 800g a day (roughly equivalent to ten portions - one portion of fruit or vegetables if defined as 80g).
Life Sciences - Agronomy/Food Science
22.02.2017
Carol Ibe: Making training for African researchers affordable
Carol Ibe: Making training for African researchers affordable
Do you have to choose between an academic career and activism? Gates Cambridge Scholar Carol Ibe is one of an increasing number of students are choosing to keep a foot in both camps.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
21.02.2017
Cocaine addiction leads to build-up of iron in brain
Cocaine addiction leads to build-up of iron in brain
Cocaine addiction may affect how the body processes iron, leading to a build-up of the mineral in the brain, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
21.02.2017
Genetic variation linked to drug-induced liver damage in some patients
Scientists have discovered an uncommon genetic variation that may identify patients with a higher risk of liver damage associated with a range of commonly-prescribed medications. The study, published in the journal Gastroenterology , has been led by academics at the universities of Nottingham and Newcastle in collaboration with a group of scientists in the US.
Life Sciences
21.02.2017
Humans are hard-wired to follow the path of least resistance
Humans are hard-wired to follow the path of least resistance
The amount of effort required to do something influences what we think we see, finds a new UCL study suggesting we're biased towards perceiving anything challenging to be less appealing. ‘Our brain tricks us into believing the low-hanging fruit really is the ripest,' says Dr Nobuhiro Hagura, who led the UCL team before moving to NICT in Japan.
Life Sciences
21.02.2017
Scientists explore the evolution of a ‘social supergene' in the red fire ant
Scientists explore the evolution of a ‘social supergene’ in the red fire ant
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered that the chromosome responsible for the social organisation of colonies of the highly invasive fire ant is likely to have evolved via a single event rather than over time. Red fire ants are found in two different types of colonies: some colonies have a single queen while other colonies contain dozens of queens.
Astronomy - Life Sciences
20.02.2017
Mapping the family tree of stars
Mapping the family tree of stars
Astronomers are borrowing principles applied in biology and archaeology to build a family tree of the stars in the galaxy.
Life Sciences - Business/Economics
17.02.2017
In pictures: Imperial Fringe invests in the public with all things money
In pictures: Imperial Fringe invests in the public with all things money
Hundreds of visitors discovered how money makes the world go round at the latest finance-themed Imperial Fringe event this week.
Chemistry - Life Sciences
17.02.2017
Scientist discusses the effects of algal blooms on world's oceans
Scientist discusses the effects of algal blooms on world’s oceans
Dr Susan Little talks about the effects that pinhead-sized algae have on the chemistry of the world's oceans when they 'binge' feed in summer.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
17.02.2017
Foot-and-mouth crises to be averted with vaccination strategy
Foot-and-mouth epidemics could be controlled quickly and effectively by rapidly establishing how many animals can be vaccinated per day of an outbreak.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
16.02.2017
Forging new links with China
Cardiff University has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sun Yat-sen University that will see the two institutions working together in the field of breast cancer research.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
16.02.2017
Biology through the looking glass: Sir Paul Nurse speaks at Imperial
Biology through the looking glass: Sir Paul Nurse speaks at Imperial
Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse delivered Imperial's Peter Lindsay Memorial Lecture this week.
Earth Sciences - Life Sciences
16.02.2017
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
16.02.2017
Under pressure: the battle to have a baby in Africa
Under pressure: the battle to have a baby in Africa
A complication of pregnancy that causes the mother's blood pressure to rise - often fatally - is more common in women of African descent than any other.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
15.02.2017
Families join forces to raise money to detect brain cancer early
Families affected by childhood cancer joined forces to launch a new fundraising campaign celebrating 20 years of the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC).
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
15.02.2017
Opinion: Why medical technology often doesn't make it from drawing board to hospital
Opinion: Why medical technology often doesn’t make it from drawing board to hospital
Medical imaging is a brilliant field filled with brilliant minds, writes Matthew Leming, PhD candidate in Psychiatry for The Conversation.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
15.02.2017
Alien species on the rise globally
Alien species on the rise globally
The number of alien species is increasing globally, and does not show any sign of saturation, finds an international team involving UCL researchers. Led by scientists from Senckenberg, Germany, and the University of Vienna, Austria, the team found that during the last 200 years, the number of new established alien species has grown continuously worldwide, with more than a third of all first introductions recorded between 1970 and 2014.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
13.02.2017
Of cabbages and cows: increasing agricultural yields in Africa
Of cabbages and cows: increasing agricultural yields in Africa
Africa's food requirements, along with its population, are growing fast. Three research programmes ask how a better understanding of viruses, parasites and the spread of disease can pave the way to improving agricultural yields.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
13.02.2017
Proteins are 'virtually' knotted
Proteins are ’virtually’ knotted
Many of the processes essential to life involve proteins - long molecules which 'fold' into three-dimensional shapes allowing them to perform their biological role. Consisting of strings of amino acids, a folded protein molecule resembles a coiled, tangled piece of wire, which, as everyday experience suggests, may be knotted.
Life Sciences - Event
13.02.2017
Scientists cause a buzz in Brighton city centre
Scientists cause a buzz in Brighton city centre
Scientists cause a buzz in Brighton city centre Scientists at the University of Sussex caused a buzz when they exhibited a colony of bees in Brighton last week.
Life Sciences
11.02.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
10.02.2017
Scientist calls for industrial scale-up of greenhouse gas-eating microbe technology in UK
A leading green energy scientist who uses bacteria to turn greenhouse gases into usable chemicals is calling for more investment from industry and government subsidies to scale up this newest of technologies.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
10.02.2017
Virtual reality journey through a tumour: Cambridge scientists receive £40 million funding boost
Cambridge scientists have received two of the biggest funding grants ever awarded by Cancer Research UK, with the charity set to invest £40 million over the next five years in two ground-breaking research projects in the city.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
09.02.2017
Tributes to Professor Sir Peter Mansfield
Tributes have been paid to Nobel laureate Professor Sir Peter Mansfield, who has died at the age of 83.
Life Sciences
09.02.2017
Mosquito research receives $2 million grant to speed the development of new vector control products
A major grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been made for a research programme to develop novel test protocols to accelerate development and bring to market, the next generation of vector control products. The University of Warwick has worked in close collaboration with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) who led the study.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
08.02.2017
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
08.02.2017
Have some hands-on fun at the Brighton Science Festival
Have some hands-on fun at the Brighton Science Festival
Have some hands-on fun at the Brighton Science Festival University of Sussex scientists are inviting children and adults from the local community to enjoy some hands-on science fun at a bumper Brighton Science Festival this month.
Life Sciences
08.02.2017
Imperial commits to San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
Imperial commits to San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
Imperial has affirmed its commitment to the fair assessment of research achievements through the signing of an international declaration.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
08.02.2017
Decline in genetic diversity of black rhino
A new strategy of conservation must be adopted if the black rhinoceros is to be saved from extinction, concludes a study involving scientists from Cardiff University. An international team of researchers compared, for the first time, the genes of all living and extinct black rhinoceros populations and found a massive decline in genetic diversity, with 44 of 64 genetic lineages no longer existing.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
07.02.2017
Bristol part of European initiative to study diabetic kidney disease
Bristol part of European initiative to study diabetic kidney disease
Researchers from the University of Bristol are part of a major pan European €28.9 million initiative that aims to improve the prevention and management of diabetic kidney disease (DKD), which is the leading cause of kidney failure in the world.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
07.02.2017
Vietnam workshop discusses traditional medicine and skin research
Vietnam workshop discusses traditional medicine and skin research
A researcher at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has co-organised a workshop that focuses on herbal medicine in Vietnam and its application in translational research on skin.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
06.02.2017
Life Sciences - Earth Sciences
06.02.2017
Spiny, armoured slug reveals ancestry of molluscs
Spiny, armoured slug reveals ancestry of molluscs
Scientists from the University of Bristol have uncovered a 480-million-year-old slug-like fossil in Morocco which sheds new light on the evolution of molluscs - a diverse group of invertebrates that includes clams, snails and squids. One of the defining characteristics of the molluscs is the possession of a radula, a kind of toothed-tongue which is used to rake up or rasp food.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
06.02.2017
Cambridge-Africa Programme: 58 institutions, 26 countries, and growing
Cambridge-Africa Programme: 58 institutions, 26 countries, and growing
We ask how a 'matchmaking' programme that teams up Cambridge and African researchers is making expertise and resources available to support Africans working in Africa.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
01.02.2017
The good, the bad and the ugly – the many roles of mushrooms
The good, the bad and the ugly – the many roles of mushrooms
A new review that investigates the true magic of mushrooms and the many roles they play in our lives, in science and in nature has been published by scientists from the University of Bristol.
Chemistry - Life Sciences
31.01.2017
Lancaster University's Chemistry Department celebrates first PhD graduate
Lancaster University’s Chemistry Department celebrates first PhD graduate
Lancaster University's relaunched Chemistry department is celebrating the landmark graduation of its first PhD student.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
31.01.2017
Over 100 new blood pressure genes may provide targets for treating hypertension
Over 100 new blood pressure genes may provide targets for treating hypertension
Scientists have found 107 new genes linked to high blood pressure, potentially enabling doctors to identify at-risk patients and target treatments. The study, led by Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) , suggests that by using genetic testing, doctors could target medication to certain high blood pressure (hypertension) patients and advise on appropriate lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Life Sciences
31.01.2017
Lost in translation: traffic noise disrupts communication between species
Lost in translation: traffic noise disrupts communication between species
Research by scientists at the University of Bristol has found that man-made noise can hinder the response of animals to the warning signals given by other species, putting them at greater risk of death from predators. Many animals are known to eavesdrop on the alarm calls of other species, effectively translating a foreign language to gather valuable information about the presence of predators.
Physics/Materials Science - Life Sciences
30.01.2017
Find elusive particles from your phone with Oxford’s new neutrino viewer app
A 3D platform, VENu works with Google Cardboard and is designed to exhibit both virtual and augmented reality features.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
30.01.2017
Over 100 new blood pressure genes could provide targets for treating hypertension
Over 100 new blood pressure genes could provide targets for treating hypertension
Scientists have found 107 new gene regions associated with high blood pressure, potentially enabling doctors to identify at-risk patients and target treatments.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
30.01.2017
New technology to speed up testing of cancer drugs
A new technology that could speed up the testing of drugs and reduce the use of animals in the lab has been developed by scientists at The University of Nottingham. The researchers in the University's Division of Cancer and Stem Cells have designed a device that allows dozens of tiny balls of cells, called spheroids, to be sliced simultaneously to examine their structure and function.
Life Sciences - Event
27.01.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
25.01.2017
Tropical forests need birds in order to recover from deforestation
Tropical forests need birds in order to recover from deforestation
Research in the Amazon suggests that loss of birds through deforestation prevents the recovery of rainforests, due to birds' roles in the ecosystem. Biodiversity is essential for the health and resilience of tropical forests, and birds are a prime example. They provide a range of ‘biodiversity services' through their interaction with other species in the ecosystem, for example by keeping populations of plant-eating insects in check through predation and dispersing the seeds of more than 90 per cent of rainforest tree species.
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