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A tiny fly, a significant crop-killing pest

A tiny fly, with a wingspan of up 6.5mm, is advancing through Europe and North America with devastating effects on the fruit industry.  Read more »

400,000 year old CO2 reservoir in Utah reveals risks and rewards of Carbon Capture Storage

Carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are rising. Rapidly. We’ve known this for a few years now, and ways to actively reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air seem to be few and far between. However, a 400,000 year old CO2 reservoir in Utah could hold some clues on how to lock our carbon emissions into the ground. Read more »

11th March- Renewable energy symposium: fundraising event for Fukushima

Join the Day After the Tsunami Committee and a host of researchers and political speakers for the Renewable Energy Symposium- taking place on the 11th March; the second anniversary of the nuclear tragedy in Fukushima. Read more »

New plastic bone scaffold provides grip for stem cell bone growth

We all know that breaking a bone becomes a more serious issue as we get older. For example, a sprightly young undergrad will probably bounce back within a couple of months whereas a more mature person (say, a PhD supervisor) might need a bit longer to recover*.  Read more »

Shetland at the heart of disease research

A grant of £600,000 has been awarded to scientists at the University of Edinburgh to support a project that, with a little help from the residents of Shetland, promises to unravel how our genes play a part in diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.  Read more »

New water-based gels provide life-line for stem cell growth

They are often heralded as the future of medicine and could soon be used in anything from transplant surgeries to determining which drugs will work best in our bodies, but growing stem cells in the lab still represents something of a challenge. Read more »

New research reveals a hidden world of water beneath the streets of Istanbul

Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, is a rapidly growing place, home to over 13 million people. However, beneath the bustling pavements lies a hidden secret – an extensive water system dating from the fourth century. Read more »

Researchers need YOU to help understand dark matter

 

Researchers from Edinburgh University, currently on the hunt for dark matter, are looking to people from around the world to help them understand one of the greatest mysteries in the universe. Read more »

Presidential talking heads let you chat anytime with a digital Obama or Romney

Would you have loved the chance to pick Barack Obama’s or Mitt Romney's brains during the run up to the 2012 presidential elections? Even though election mania is over, here’s your chance to have a conversation with the presidential candidates. Read more »

Exercise keeps the brain young in old age

 

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that exercise later in life may protect the brain from ageing.

Ageing is associated with changes in the volume and health of brain tissue. These changes have also been linked to disorders of memory and thought, which are particularly prevalent in individuals later lives. Read more »

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