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Health - Oct 26
Researchers involved in a major COVID-19 study - launched in Scotland earlier in the year to understand the long-term health of people who have had COVID-19 - are encouraging the public to participate if they receive a new invitation. Led by the University of Glasgow, in collaboration with Public Health Scotland and the NHS in Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office, the ambitious research project is seeking to better understand how many people have long-term problems after COVID in Scotland, using an app-based questionnaire that will enable people to explain how COVID-19 is still affecting their lives.
Research Management - Oct 25

New research by University of Warwick researchers highlights the challenges faced by hospices in West Midlands. Early findings of a new research project have found that hospices in the West Midlands felt they were "overlooked" at key moments during the pandemic.

Health - Oct 22

There were nearly twice as many unplanned pregnancies during the first lockdown compared to before, finds a major study led by researchers from UCL and University College London Hospital.

Life Sciences - Oct 25

The sharpest images ever of living bacteria have been recorded by UCL researchers, revealing the complex architecture of the protective layer that surrounds many bacteria and makes them harder to be killed by antibiotics.

Law - Oct 22
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What happens to all the sensitive personal information our smart devices collect from us? Where does the data picked up by our smart watches, speakers and TVs go, who has access to it and how is it used? It's often unclear what happens with the data these devices collect: where that data goes and how it is used.


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Health - Social Sciences - 10:07
Scotland’s Long COVID study encourages public to participate if invited
Researchers involved in a major COVID-19 study - launched in Scotland earlier in the year to understand the long-term health of people who have had COVID-19 - are encouraging the public to participate if they receive a new invitation.

Research Management - 25.10.2021
Hospices ’overlooked’ during key moments of pandemic
New research by University of Warwick researchers highlights the challenges faced by hospices in West Midlands Early findings of a new research project have found that hospices in the West Midlands felt they were "overlooked" at key moments during the pandemic. Researchers from the Universities of Warwick, Sheffield and Hertfordshire, alongside end of life charity Marie Curie, are investigating the impact of the pandemic on hospices across the West Midlands region, in a bid to use the findings to improve clinical practice for people dying now and in the future.

Life Sciences - Health - 25.10.2021
Sharpest images ever reveal the patchy face of living bacteria
The sharpest images ever of living bacteria have been recorded by UCL researchers, revealing the complex architecture of the protective layer that surrounds many bacteria and makes them harder to be killed by antibiotics. The study, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and done in collaboration with scientists at National Physical Laboratory, King's College London, University of Oxford and Princeton University, reveals that bacteria with protective outer layers - called Gram-negative bacteria - may have stronger and weaker spots on their surface.

Health - Social Sciences - 22.10.2021
Unplanned pregnancies nearly doubled during lockdown
There were nearly twice as many unplanned pregnancies during the first lockdown compared to before, finds a major study led by researchers from UCL and University College London Hospital. The study, published today in BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health, is the first to assess changes in women's self-reported access to contraception as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.

Law - 22.10.2021
The Internet of Stings: research will probe privacy and legal concerns of smart devices | University of Cambridge
The Internet of Stings: research will probe privacy and legal concerns of smart devices | University of Cambridge
What happens to all the sensitive personal information our smart devices collect from us? Where does the data picked up by our smart watches, speakers and TVs go, who has access to it and how is it used? It's often unclear what happens with the data these devices collect: where that data goes and how it is used.

Health - Social Sciences - 21.10.2021
Policymakers must prepare for pandemics as if readying for war
Policymakers must prepare for pandemics as if readying for war
Politicians and businesses must treat pandemics as if their country is preparing for war - they are too focused on the current pandemic and not paying enough attention to developing strategies to lessen the impact of the next one, researchers reveal.

Life Sciences - Health - 21.10.2021
Lab-grown 'mini brains' hint at treatments for neurodegenerative diseases | University of Cambridge
Lab-grown ’mini brains’ hint at treatments for neurodegenerative diseases | University of Cambridge
Cambridge researchers have developed 'mini brains' that allow them to study a fatal and untreatable neurological disorder causing paralysis and dementia - and for the first time have been able to grow these for almost a year.

Computer Science - 21.10.2021
UofG launches blockchain research lab with VB Hyperledger
A £1.3m new research partnership is setting out to find ways to make blockchain technology better-suited for high-volume applications, and potentially more environmentally-friendly. The Moshan Blockchain Lab at the University of Glasgow, officially launched today (Thursday 21 October), is a collaboration between researchers from the University's James Watt School of Engineering and Chinese tech company Victory Bench (VB) Hyperledger.

Astronomy / Space Science - 20.10.2021
Researchers call for armchair astronomers to help find unknown hidden worlds
Astronomers at the University of Warwick have joined partners around the world in launching a new online initiative, calling for volunteers to come forward and help to search for extrasolar planets. The online citizen project, Planet Hunters Next-Generation Transit Search (NGTS), is enlisting the help of the public to examine five years' worth of digital footage showing some of the brightest stars in the sky.

Life Sciences - 20.10.2021
Scientists uncover a gene involved in sexual conflict in fruit flies
Sexual conflict in fruit flies is governed by specifically wired neurons in the brain which have been pinpointed by scientists at the University of Birmingham, UK. The research uncovers a gene directing development of these neurons and sheds new light on how certain behaviours - in this case sexual behaviours - are 'hardwired' into the brain.

Health - 20.10.2021
The key to understanding asthma may lie in our body clock
Our body clock allows bodily processes to occur at certain times of the day, like eating, sleeping and body temperature. But did you know that monitoring a person's body clock (or circadian rhythm) could help diagnose and treat asthma? New research supported by Asthma UK, a charity which provides health advice and a helpline to people with asthma as well as funding research into the condition, has revealed that asthma is "highly rhythmic", meaning it is impacted by a person's body clock.

Innovation - Life Sciences - 20.10.2021
New tool can identify harmful blue-green algae
A new way to detect early signs of harmful blue-green algae, which bloom in lakes, rivers and reservoirs around the world, has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham together with researchers at the Culture Collection of Algae & Protozoa (CCAP), based at the Scottish Association of Marine Science.

Materials Science - Physics - 20.10.2021
Flexible sensors slide into the future with new approach to electronic printing
A new method of 'sliding' delicate high-performance electronics onto flexible surfaces could enable future developments in electronics, scientists say. Engineers from the University of Glasgow claim they have found a way to solve one of the key problems of contact printing - a method of planting electronics onto bendable plastic surfaces to create flexible electronic circuits and devices.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 19.10.2021
Cambridge physicists announce results that boost evidence for new fundamental physics | University of Cambridge
Cambridge physicists announce results that boost evidence for new fundamental physics | University of Cambridge
Results announced by the LHCb experiment at CERN have revealed further hints for phenomena that cannot be explained by our current theory of fundamental physics. The fact that we've seen the same effect as our colleagues did in March certainly boosts the chances that we might genuinely be on the brink of discovering something new Harry Cliff In March 2020, the same experiment released evidence of particles breaking one of the core principles of the Standard Model - our best theory of particles and forces - suggesting the possible existence of new fundamental particles and forces.

Environment - 19.10.2021
Curbing spread of waterborne diseases through new water monitoring method
An innovative way of identifying contaminated drinking water could reduce the spread of deadly diarrhoeal diseases by enabling communities to take action more quickly to limit exposure, a new study co-led by UCL academics has found. The paper, published in Water Research , shows how a technique exploiting the fluorescent properties of microbiological materials in water can instantly detect faecal contamination and is a more reliable indicator of the risk of impurities than previous testing methods.

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 19.10.2021
Largest ever global study of tuberculosis identifies genetic causes of drug resistance
Using cutting-edge genomic sequencing techniques, researchers at the University of Oxford have identified almost all the genomic variation that gives people resistance to 13 of the most common tuberculosis (TB) drug treatments. The Comprehensive Resistance Prediction for Tuberculosis International Consortium (CRyPTIC) research project has collected the largest ever global dataset of clinical M. tuberculosis samples from across the world consisting of 15,211 samples from 27 countries on five continents.

Research Management - 19.10.2021
New report reveals hidden complexities of uplift for Universal Credit claimants
New report reveals hidden complexities of uplift for Universal Credit claimants
A new IPR policy brief suggests that the way the Universal Credit uplift was experienced highlights hidden complexity at the heart of the benefit calculation. Last updated on Tuesday 19 October 2021 A new report released today [Tuesday 19 October] shows that the cut in benefit caused by the withdrawal of the £20 uplift in Universal Credit will have a significant impact, especially for claimants without other sources of income.

Life Sciences - Health - 19.10.2021
DNA tangles can help predict evolution of mutations
DNA tangles can help predict evolution of mutations
Researchers from the Milner Centre for Evolution have identified evolutionary hotspots in DNA where mutations are more likely. Last updated on Tuesday 19 October 2021 Tangles in unwound DNA can create mutational hotspots in the genomes of bacteria, according to a new study by the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath.

Economics / Business - 19.10.2021
Great minds don't think alike - why companies need to understand cognitive diversity
Great minds don’t think alike - why companies need to understand cognitive diversity
Companies must do more to understand and act on cognitive diversity in their boardrooms, according to a new report Last updated on Tuesday 19 October 2021 Companies must do more to understand cognitive diversity and foster a culture of 'constructive disagreement' within their boardrooms to make better decisions, according to a new report published today.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 18.10.2021
Uncovering the secrets of ultra-low frequency gravitational waves
Uncovering the secrets of ultra-low frequency gravitational waves
New methods of detecting ultra-low frequency gravitational waves can be combined with other, less sensitive measurements to deliver fresh insights into the early development of our universe, according to researchers at the University of Birmingham. Gravitational waves - ripples in the fabric of Einstein's spacetime - that cross the universe at the speed of light have all sorts of wavelengths, or frequencies.
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