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Happy tube-nosed fruit bat (credit: Dr Nancy Irwin)
Yoda bat gets happy: New species officially recognised

Posted on Thursday 10 August 2017

An unusual breed of fruit bat - previously nicknamed ‘Yoda’ due to its resemblance to the Star Wars Jedi Master - has now officially been registered as a new species and renamed the happy (Hamamas) tube-nosed fruit bat.


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York researcher awarded £1.2 million for new blood cancer research

Posted on Thursday 10 August 2017

A University of York scientist has been granted significant new funding from Cancer Research UK to carry out research into a specific kind of blood cancer.


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North-South health divide bigger than ever with alarming rise in deaths of northern 25-44 year olds

Posted on Tuesday 8 August 2017

Dying early (under age 75) is 20% more likely in northern compared with southern England, according to research conducted by the Universities of York and Manchester.


On a wing and a prayer: Marcel the nightjar on the hunt for love

Posted on Tuesday 8 August 2017

A lovelorn nightjar bird has travelled more than 600 miles across the UK in a quest to find a mate – an unusual occurrence for this nocturnal species in the breeding season.


Expert Reaction: Record number of drug-related deaths

Posted on Wednesday 2 August 2017

The number of drug poisoning deaths reached record levels in England and Wales last year, official data shows. York academic Ian Hamilton looks at the possible reasons behind the figures.


Historical wildlife trends reliable for predicting species at risk

Posted on Wednesday 2 August 2017

Scientists at the University of York have shown that using historical wildlife data provides a more accurate measure of how vulnerable certain species might be to extinction from climate change.


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