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Health - Life Sciences - 25.10.2022
New way to label proteins could help track disease
A new method to study the proteins released by cells could lead to the development of new tools to track diseases including cancer. The method for finding new 'biomarker' proteins was developed by scientists at the Francis Crick Institute and Imperial College London. Biomarkers are highly valuable tools that allow doctors to study biology and disease.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 25.10.2022
Mapping the pressures of global food production
A map showing the environmental pressures from global food production has been developed by researchers, to identify ways of creating more sustainable and just food systems. The analysis looked at greenhouse gas emissions, water use, habitat disturbance and pollution, such as effluent or fertiliser run off from farms.

Health - 25.10.2022
Major study into the health of Scottish veterans published
A major study has examined changes in the health of Scottish veterans over time compared with people who have never served, concluding that despite many health outcomes for veterans improving, some important challenges remain. The researchers found that the Defence Health Strategy, implemented from the late 1970s, which introduced mandatory fitness training and health promotion in the Armed Forces, as well the ban on indoor smoking, have been key components in improving the health outcomes for veterans.

Physics - Materials Science - 25.10.2022
New approach to 'cosmic magnet' manufacturing could reduce reliance on rare earths in low-carbon technologies
New approach to ’cosmic magnet’ manufacturing could reduce reliance on rare earths in low-carbon technologies
Researchers have discovered a potential new method for making the high-performance magnets used in wind turbines and electric cars without the need for rare earth elements, which are almost exclusively sourced in China.

Social Sciences - Health - 24.10.2022
Likelihood of receiving an autism diagnosis may depend on where you live
New autism diagnoses tend to be clustered within specific NHS service regions, suggesting that where an individual lives may influence whether they receive an autism diagnosis and access to special education needs support.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.10.2022
New research sheds light on hidden world of viral coinfections
New laboratory research using cells from human lungs has, for the first time, offered insights into the hidden world of viral coinfections. Led by the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research and published in Nature Microbiology, the new research offers a rare glimpse into the world of viral coinfection in human cells.

Health - Psychology - 24.10.2022
Anti-inflammatory drug could help people with PTSD forget traumatic events
The tablet form of the stress hormone cortisol could accelerate the process of forgetting intrusive memories, when given immediately after a traumatic event, finds a new study by UCL researchers. The research, published in Translational Psychiatry , found that hydrocortisone (30mg) - an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat conditions such as arthritis - acts to weaken the emotions that underly painful memories, such as those experienced in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space - 24.10.2022
Science sleuths solve century-old mystery of Martian meteorite’s discovery
A toxin which makes pigs vomit is the surprising key which has unlocked the century-old mystery of the origins of a Martian meteorite, and the possible identity of the Black student who discovered it. In 1931, an unusual stone stored in the geological collection of Purdue University in the USA was identified as a pristine example of a meteorite - a piece of space rock blasted from the surface of Mars millions of years ago before being pulled into the Earth's atmosphere.

Life Sciences - History / Archeology - 24.10.2022
UK's oldest human DNA obtained, revealing two distinct Palaeolithic populations
UK’s oldest human DNA obtained, revealing two distinct Palaeolithic populations
The first genetic data from Palaeolithic human individuals in the UK - the oldest human DNA obtained from the British Isles so far - indicates the presence of two distinct groups that migrated to Britain at the end of the last ice age, according to new research. Published today in Nature Ecology and Evolution, the new study by UCL Institute of Archaeology, the Natural History Museum and the Francis Crick Institute researchers reveals for the first time that the recolonisation of Britain consisted of at least two groups with distinct origins and cultures.

Health - Life Sciences - 21.10.2022
New flexible, steerable device placed in live brains by minimally invasive robot
New flexible, steerable device placed in live brains by minimally invasive robot
Imperial College London scientists have successfully placed a bioinspired steerable catheter into the brain of an animal for the first time. The early-stage research tested the delivery and safety of the new implantable catheter design in two sheep to determine its potential for use in diagnosing and treating diseases in the brain.

Health - Innovation - 21.10.2022
Imperial students create low-cost technology solutions to build better world
Five teams of undergraduate students have had the opportunity to develop impactful new technologies in Imperial labs this summer. The Faculty of Natural Sciences' Make A Difference (FoNS-MAD) competition, which is open to all undergraduate students from across the College, gives students the resources to develop low-cost technologies that will have a positive impact on society.

Health - Life Sciences - 21.10.2022
Cervical cancer discovery offers major new clue to better understand the disease
Cervical cancer discovery offers major new clue to better understand the disease
Scientists have discovered that cervical cancer can be divided into two distinct molecular subgroups - one far more aggressive than the other - as part of the largest 'omics' study of its kind, led by researchers at UCL and the University of Southampton. Published in Nature Communications , researchers say the breakthrough findings are a 'major step forward' in understanding disease and provide a tantalising new clue in determining the best treatments for individual patients.

Innovation - Computer Science - 20.10.2022
Artificial intelligence powers record-breaking all-in-one miniature spectrometers
Artificial intelligence powers record-breaking all-in-one miniature spectrometers
Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to replace optical and mechanical components, researchers have designed a tiny spectrometer that breaks all current resolution records. We see light and colours around us every day. However, to analyse the information it carries, we must analyse light using spectrometers, in the lab.

Environment - Life Sciences - 20.10.2022
Tiny Antarctic creatures provide US$8.6 billion of carbon storage via their poo
Tiny Antarctic creatures provide US$8.6 billion of carbon storage via their poo
A new analysis by an Imperial researcher for WWF shows krill play a vital role in keeping carbon out of the atmosphere. The analysis, conducted by Dr Emma Cavan from the Department of Life Sciences (Silwood Park) at Imperial, suggests krill should be valued beyond their worth as a fished resource. Life on Earth clearly has an important role in carbon cycling and sequestration.

Innovation - Environment - 20.10.2022
Science, technology and innovation is not addressing world’s most urgent problems - major new study
Global science research serves the needs of the Global North, and is driven by the values and interests of a small number of companies, governments and funding bodies, finds a major new international study published today. As such, the authors find, science, technology and innovation research is not focused on the world's most pressing problems including taking climate action, addressing complex underlying social issues, tackling hunger and promoting good health and wellbeing.

Health - Economics - 20.10.2022
Achieving levelling up health targets could boost local economies
Achieving levelling up health targets could boost local economies
A quarter of a million working-age people aged 50 or older, could have stayed in paid employment for longer, had the levelling up health targets been achieved a decade ago, finds a new UCL-led study. Researchers believe this is important as staying in work can provide both positive health and financial outcomes for individuals.

Health - 19.10.2022
New machine learning tool can help predict patients most at risk of COVID-19
Researchers have created a machine learning tool that can help identify patients who are most at risk of developing COVID-19 while in hospital. The tool, which is a form of artificial intelligence (AI), was able to predict patients at high risk of developing COVID-19 with 87 per cent accuracy in a study.

Health - 19.10.2022
Five hours’ sleep a night linked to higher risk of multiple diseases
Getting less than five hours of sleep in mid-to-late life could be linked to an increased risk of developing at least two chronic diseases, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The research, published in PLOS Medicine , analysed the impact of sleep duration on the health of more than 7,000 men and women at the ages of 50, 60 and 70, from the Whitehall II cohort study.

Career - Economics - 19.10.2022
Over a third of office workers ’hybrid misfits’
Over a third of office staff are working away from home for more days than they would like, according to new research from the University. Some 39% of office workers are so-called hybrid "misfits" and don't have the right balance of home and office working, the survey funded by the Economic and Social Research Council found.

Health - 19.10.2022
Voucher scheme highly effective at helping stop smoking in pregnancy
A high street voucher scheme has been hailed as a highly effective way to help women stop smoking during pregnancy. In a new nationwide UK study, led by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, Queen's University Belfast, and the Universities of Stirling and York, and published in The BMJ, the addition of a Love2Shop voucher incentive scheme alongside regular UK Stop Smoking Services was shown to more than double the number of women who stopped smoking during pregnancy.
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