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Environment - Jul 6
Environment
Volunteers surveying dormice and bats in trees have made the unexpected discovery of over fifty common toads in nest boxes and tree cavities at least 1.5 metres high This is significant for our understanding of the ecology and conservation of common toads Silviu Petrovan Until now, common toads were thought to be terrestrial.
Health - Jul 5

Scientists say continuous monitoring of the cholera bug genome is key to preventing outbreaks of new variants There's a real possibility that another cholera variant may emerge with the potential to cause large outbreaks Ankur Mutreja A new study reveals why a highly infectious variant of the cholera bug, which caused large disease outbreaks in the early 1990s, did not cause the eighth cholera pandemic as feared - but instead unexpectedly disappeared.

Life Sciences - Jul 5
Life Sciences

Professor Laurence Hurst from the Milner Centre for Evolution finds solution to the mystery of why most human embryos die young.

Physics - Jul 5
Physics

The Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) collaboration has announced the discovery of three new exotic particles.

Life Sciences - Jul 4
Life Sciences

Blood test could predict future risk of leukaemia, study finds


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Environment - 06.07.2022
Toads surprise scientists by climbing trees in UK woodlands
Toads surprise scientists by climbing trees in UK woodlands
Volunteers surveying dormice and bats in trees have made the unexpected discovery of over fifty common toads in nest boxes and tree cavities at least 1.5 metres high This is significant for our understanding of the ecology and conservation of common toads Silviu Petrovan Until now, common toads were thought to be terrestrial.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.07.2022
Why highly infectious cholera variant mysteriously died out
Scientists say continuous monitoring of the cholera bug genome is key to preventing outbreaks of new variants There's a real possibility that another cholera variant may emerge with the potential to cause large outbreaks Ankur Mutreja A new study reveals why a highly infectious variant of the cholera bug, which caused large disease outbreaks in the early 1990s, did not cause the eighth cholera pandemic as feared - but instead unexpectedly disappeared.

Physics - 05.07.2022
Large Hadron Collider project discovers three new exotic particles
Large Hadron Collider project discovers three new exotic particles
The Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) collaboration has announced the discovery of three new exotic particles. Exotic particles, such as these, had only been theorised but not observed until recently. These exotic particles are built out of quarks. "Like proton or neutrons, the particles that make up the nucleus of the atom, these new particles are made up of quarks", explained Chris Parkes, Professor of Experimental Particle Physics at The University of Manchester.

Life Sciences - 05.07.2022
Why it is so hard for humans to have a baby?
Why it is so hard for humans to have a baby?
Professor Laurence Hurst from the Milner Centre for Evolution finds solution to the mystery of why most human embryos die young. New research by a scientist at the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath suggests that -selfish chromosomes- explain why most human embryos die very early on.

Life Sciences - Health - 04.07.2022
Blood test could predict future risk of leukaemia
Blood test could predict future risk of leukaemia
Blood test could predict future risk of leukaemia, study finds A blood test could predict risk of developing leukaemia in the elderly population years in advance by identifying changes in blood cell production, according to new research. By identifying those most at risk it should be possible to provide preventive or early treatment in the future to improve patient outcomes, experts say.

Veterinary - Health - 03.07.2022
Male dogs four times more likely to develop contagious cancer on nose or mouth than females
Male dogs four times more likely to develop contagious cancer on nose or mouth than females
Sniffing or licking other dogs- genitalia - the common site of Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour - can spread this unusual cancer to the nose and mouth. Although canine transmissible cancer can be diagnosed and treated fairly easily, vets in the UK may not be familiar with the signs of the disease because it is very rare here Andrea Strakova A new study has found that male dogs are four to five times more likely than female dogs to be infected with the oro-nasal form of Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour.

Astronomy / Space Science - 01.07.2022
Slow spin of early galaxy observed for the first time
Slow spin of early galaxy observed for the first time
One of the most distant known galaxies, observed in the very earliest years of the Universe, appears to be rotating at less than a quarter of the speed of the Milky Way today, according to a new study involving University of Cambridge researchers. For the study, published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters , an international team of researchers analysed data from a galaxy known as MACS1149-JD1 (JD1), obtained from observations by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an assembly of radio telescopes in Chile.

Health - Psychology - 01.07.2022
Study highlights heavy mental health burden of Covid-19 for ’shielders’
Research into the mental health impacts of Covid-19 suggests vulnerable groups need increased psychological support as government guidance is reviewed. Research from a new study suggests that health anxiety among the clinically vulnerable groups who shielded at home has risen since the first pandemic wave, despite developments in viral treatment and the roll-out of the vaccination programme.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 01.07.2022
Adolescents more vulnerable to cannabis addiction but not other mental health risks
Adolescents more vulnerable to cannabis addiction but not other mental health risks
Adolescents are over three times more vulnerable to developing a cannabis addiction than adults, but may not be at increased risk of other mental health problems related to the drug, finds a new study led by UCL and King's College London researchers. The study, published today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology , found that adolescents who used cannabis were no more likely to have higher levels of subclinical depression or anxiety than adults who use cannabis, nor were they more vulnerable than adult users to the associations with psychotic-like symptoms.

Astronomy / Space Science - 30.06.2022
Chandra Observatory shows black hole spins slower than its peers
Chandra Observatory shows black hole spins slower than its peers
Astronomers have made a record-breaking measurement of a black hole's spin, one of two fundamental properties of black holes. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory shows this black hole is spinning slower than most of its smaller cousins. This is the most massive black hole with an accurate spin measurement and gives hints about how some of the universe's biggest black holes grow.

Life Sciences - 30.06.2022
Rare wild ancestors of feral pigeons found living on British and Irish islands
DNA testing reveals that the wild ancestors of the common domestic and feral pigeons, now extinct in many parts of the world, are still living on islands in Scotland and Ireland. Researchers led by members of Oxford University's Department of Biology have found rare colonies of the wild ancestors of common domestic and feral pigeons.

Environment - 30.06.2022
New report examines people's attitudes to climate change and how this translates into action
New report examines people’s attitudes to climate change and how this translates into action
A new report has taken an in-depth look at the UK public's attitudes to climate change - and how this might translate into action. The Net Zero Living report , led by the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), based at Cardiff University, and Ipsos, is launched today at a public webinar.

Computer Science - 30.06.2022
The hawk has landed: braking mid-air to prioritise safety over energy or speed
New research from the Oxford Flight Group using computer simulations and Hollywood-style motion capture shows how birds optimise their landing manoeuvres for an accurate descent. Researchers at the University of Oxford have found that hawks control their flight to ensure the safest landing conditions when perching, even if it takes longer and more energy to do so.

Life Sciences - Health - 30.06.2022
Ten organisations account for half of all animal research in Great Britain in 2021
Ten organisations account for half of all animal research in Great Britain in 2021
Today, 30 June 2022, Understanding Animal Research (UAR) has published a list of the ten organisations that carry out the highest number of animal procedures - those used in medical, veterinary, and scientific research - in Great Britain. These statistics are freely available on the organisations' websites as part of their ongoing commitment to transparency and openness around the use of animals in research.

Environment - Administration - 30.06.2022
Animation highlights importance of microplastics research in driving water company investigations
A new animation has highlighted how The University of Manchester's research on microplastic pollution in rivers has helped to drive investigations into the behaviour of water companies, and the roles of regulators in tacking illegal activity.

Health - Life Sciences - 30.06.2022
UCL releases animal research statistics alongside fellow top institutions
UCL releases animal research statistics alongside fellow top institutions
UCL is releasing its animal research statistics today in collaboration with Understanding Animal Research - a non-profit that promotes open communications about animal research. UCL and nine other institutions together conducted nearly half of all animal procedures - those used in medical, veterinary, and scientific research - in the UK in 2021.

Computer Science - 30.06.2022
AI system that mimics human gaze could be used to detect cancer
A cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) system that can accurately predict the areas of an image where a person is most likely to look has been created by scientists at Cardiff University. Based on the mechanics of the human brain and its ability to distinguish between different parts of an image, the researchers say the novel system more accurately represents human vision than anything that has gone before.

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 30.06.2022
Powerful Tonga volcano eruption triggered atmospheric gravity waves reaching the edge of space
Powerful Tonga volcano eruption triggered atmospheric gravity waves reaching the edge of space
Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha-apai eruption in January was unique in observed science, creating waves that reverberated around Earth, reaching 100km into the ionosphere. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha-apai submarine volcano on 15 January 2022 was one of the most explosive volcanic events of the modern era, a new study has confirmed.

Health - Pharmacology - 29.06.2022
Later diagnosis of children with Wilms tumours in the UK leads to lower survival chances
Children in the UK and Republic of Ireland who are diagnosed with Wilms tumour - the most common children's kidney cancer - are less likely to survive without relapse than those in Germany and France due to later diagnosis, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The study, published in JCO Global Oncology , compared tumour size and stage of cancer at diagnosis with survival chances of 3,176 children with Wilms tumour.

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 29.06.2022
University of Oxford throws open its doors to prospective students
University of Oxford throws open its doors to prospective students
The eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai on 15 January 2022 created waves that reverberated around the earth and reached 100km into the ionosphere. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai submarine volcano in January 2022 was one of the most explosive volcanic events of the modern era, a new study has confirmed.
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