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Health - Aug 14
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Skip to main content Current students - People outside of early hit cities may be particularly vulnerable in a second wave due to the large susceptible populations Research finds that the death rate in London is 35% lower than elsewhere in UK The data shows that as many as 45% of Londoners could have been infected compared to just under 20% for the rest of the country Had the UK government kept up the original lockdown, the UK could now have entered a containable situation.
Environment - Aug 13

Researchers have identified the optimal dish positions to help "nudge" diners into picking more planet-friendly meals in cafeterias. More research is needed on how to set up our society so that the self-interested default decision is the best one for the climate Emma Garnett Meat-heavy diets not only risk our health but that of the planet, as livestock farming on a massive scale destroys habitats and generates greenhouse gases.

Materials Science - Aug 12
Materials Science

Using an alcohol mixture, researchers modified how ink droplets dry, enabling cheap industrial-scale printing of electronic devices at unprecedented scales.

Environment - Aug 13

The oceans play an important role in regulating our climate and its change by absorbing heat and carbon. Scientists from the Department of Physics at Oxford University have discovered that the influence of circulation changes on shaping ocean warming will diminish in the future. This is despite having been identified and modelled as a key factor over the past 60 years.

Agronomy - Aug 12
Agronomy

Households eat more healthily when retailers display clear nutritional information on own-brand food products, say researchers.


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Health - 14.08.2020
People outside early-hit cities may be most at risk from second Covid wave
People outside early-hit cities may be most at risk from second Covid wave
Skip to main content Current students People outside of early hit cities may be particularly vulnerable in a second wave due to the large susceptible populations Research finds that the death rate in London is 35% lower than elsewhere in UK The data shows that as many as 45% of Londoners could have been infected compared to just under 20% for the rest of the country Had the UK government kept up the original lockdown, the UK could now have entered a containable situation.

Environment - 13.08.2020
Adding a metre between meals boosts vegetarian appeal - study
Researchers have identified the optimal dish positions to help "nudge" diners into picking more planet-friendly meals in cafeterias. More research is needed on how to set up our society so that the self-interested default decision is the best one for the climate Emma Garnett Meat-heavy diets not only risk our health but that of the planet, as livestock farming on a massive scale destroys habitats and generates greenhouse gases.

Environment - 13.08.2020
Researchers identify human influence as key agent of ocean warming patterns in the future
The oceans play an important role in regulating our climate and its change by absorbing heat and carbon. Scientists from the Department of Physics at Oxford University have discovered that the influence of circulation changes on shaping ocean warming will diminish in the future. This is despite having been identified and modelled as a key factor over the past 60 years.

Materials Science - Physics - 12.08.2020
Coffee stains inspire optimal printing technique for electronics
Coffee stains inspire optimal printing technique for electronics
Using an alcohol mixture, researchers modified how ink droplets dry, enabling cheap industrial-scale printing of electronic devices at unprecedented scales. The natural form of ink droplets is spherical - however, because of their composition, our ink droplets behave like pancakes Tawfique Hasan Have you ever spilled your coffee on your desk? You may then have observed one of the most puzzling phenomena of fluid mechanics - the coffee ring effect.

Agronomy / Food Science - 12.08.2020
Shows nutrition labelling is improving nation's diet
Shows nutrition labelling is improving nation’s diet
Households eat more healthily when retailers display clear nutritional information on own-brand food products, say researchers. Nutritional information displayed prominently on food products which give consumers information on salt, sugar and calorie content play a significant role in nudging people towards better dietary choices, according to new research.

History / Archeology - Earth Sciences - 12.08.2020
Step change in our ability to unlock secrets of the past with radiocarbon dates
Step change in our ability to unlock secrets of the past with radiocarbon dates
Radiocarbon dating, a technique widely used in archaeology and geoscience, is set to become more accurate than ever after an international team of scientists have shared much-anticipated new calibration curves based on data from ancient trees, lake and ocean sediments, cave deposits and more.

Environment - History / Archeology - 12.08.2020
Researchers unlock secrets of the past with new carbon dating standard
Radiocarbon dating is set to become more accurate than ever after an international team of scientists improved the technique for assessing the age of historical objects. The team of researchers at the Universities of Belfast, Sheffield, Bristol, Glasgow, Oxford, St Andrews and Historic England, plus international colleagues, used measurements from almost 15,000 samples from objects dating back as far as 60,000 years ago, as part of a seven-year project.

Life Sciences - 12.08.2020
TV-watching snackers beware: you won't notice you're full if your attention is elsewhere
TV-watching snackers beware: you won’t notice you’re full if your attention is elsewhere
Eating while doing something perceptually-demanding makes it more difficult to notice when you feel full, shows new research from the University of Sussex. Professor Martin Yeomans , Dr Sophie Forster and colleagues found that when your senses are taken up by an engaging task, you are less likely to be able to adjust how much extra food or drink you consume.

Health - Transport - 12.08.2020
Car passengers can reduce pollution risk by closing windows and changing route
Drivers and passengers can inhale significantly lower levels of air pollution by setting their vehicle's ventilation systems more effectively and taking a ‘cleaner' route to their destination, a new study reveals. Road transport emissions are major source of urban air pollution - nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) coming from vehicle exhausts, plus non-exhaust emissions such as brake dust, tyre wear and road dust in the case of PM.

Environment - 12.08.2020
Britons hope to keep sustainable habits beyond Covid-19 lockdown
Britons are keen to continue with low-carbon lifestyle choices adopted during lockdown, according to research by Cardiff University and The University of Manchester. Two wide-ranging surveys conducted by the UK Centre for Climate and Social Transformation (CAST), which is coordinated by Cardiff University, suggested lockdown had upended people's habits, from buying and travelling less, to reduced energy use and cutting down on food waste.

Health - Pharmacology - 12.08.2020
Meditation-relaxation therapy may offer escape from the terror of sleep paralysis
Meditation-relaxation therapy may offer escape from the terror of sleep paralysis
Sleep paralysis - a condition thought to explain a number of mysterious experiences including alleged cases of alien abduction and demonic night-time visits - could be treated using a technique of meditation-relaxation, suggests a pilot study published today. I know first-hand how terrifying sleep paralysis can be, having experienced it many times myself.

Pharmacology - 11.08.2020
What patients want most from their GP is trust and respect, finds study
Relationships between GPs and patients are changing. It is becoming more difficult for patients to see their preferred GP. In a study by researchers from the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care, patients reported that, regardless of whether they were able to see the same GP or not, what they most wanted is to be trusted and respected by their GP.

Linguistics / Literature - 11.08.2020
Get smart about your summer revision
Discover some of the best strategies for successful revision in this article by English Literature student Evie Robinson, who shares her top tips for acing late summer exam season. Exam seasons can be super stressful, and it's very easy to feel overwhelmed - but there are plenty of things you can do to make this mountain far easier to climb.

Health - Life Sciences - 11.08.2020
Enzyme discovered in the gut could lead to new disease biomarker
Enzymes used by bacteria to break down mucus in the gut could provide a useful biomarker for intestinal diseases, according to new research published. Researchers at the University of Birmingham and Newcastle University have successfully identified and characterised one of the key enzymes involved in this process.

Health - 11.08.2020
Impact of Covid-19 has created stark discrepancies in students’ experiences of taking A Levels says new study
Research from the University of Birmingham and University of Nottingham has indicated some stark discrepancies in students' experiences of taking A-levels this year. The researchers, Professor Kalwant Bhopal at the University of Birmingham and Dr Martin Myers at the University of Nottingham, conducted over 500 survey questionnaires (to date) over a four month period, between April and July with students whose A levels were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Veterinary - 10.08.2020
A quarter of puppies are taken from their mothers prematurely
One in four people acquired their puppies before the advised age of eight weeks old, according to new findings from Dogs Trust's pioneering dog welfare study 'Generation Pup'. The 'cohort' study follows a generation of puppies over the course of their lifetime, to investigate how factors such as environment, social interaction, diet and exercise can impact their development in later life.

Health - 10.08.2020
Coronavirus-related children’s diseases linked to blood cell changes - study
A newly-described disease occurring in children and linked to COVID-19 has significant changes in white blood cells - a discovery that may allow doctors to better assess their young patients' condition and predict their resistance to current treatments, a new study reveals. Paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection (PIMS-TS) is a new disease which shares some features with Kawasaki disease, as well as toxic shock syndrome.

Life Sciences - 10.08.2020
Metallic blue fruits use fat to produce colour and signal a treat for birds
Metallic blue fruits use fat to produce colour and signal a treat for birds
Researchers have found a common plant owes the dazzling blue colour of its fruit to fat in its cellular structure, the first time this type of colour production has been observed in nature. The plant, Viburnum tinus , is an evergreen shrub widespread across the UK and the rest of Europe, which produces metallic blue fruits that are rich in fat.

Health - Life Sciences - 09.08.2020
Cannabidiol improves blood flow to brain’s hippocampus
A single dose of cannabidiol (CBD) helped increase blood flow to the hippocampus, an important area of the brain associated with memory and emotion, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. Researchers say the findings could be an important discovery for conditions which affect memory, such as Alzheimer's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and could help better target therapies.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 07.08.2020
A novel strategy for using compounds as 'anti-evolution' drugs to combat antibiotic resistance
A novel strategy for using compounds as ’anti-evolution’ drugs to combat antibiotic resistance
The rise of antibiotic resistance in many pathogens has been driven by the spread of a small number of strains, suggesting that some bacteria may be genetically pre-disposed to evolving resistance. Researchers at Oxford University have tested this hypothesis by quantifying differences in evolvability between pathogen strains and by searching for 'potentiator' genes that accelerate the evolution of resistance.
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