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News archive: Research press releases 2014

Arabidopsis seeds
Mother knows best: how seeds recognise the seasons

Posted on Monday 15 December 2014

Scientists at the University of York have played a key role in new research into the way ‘mother’ plants use their memory of the seasons to teach their seeds the most advantageous time to germinate.


Experimental (left) and theoretically predicted (right) high-resolution electron microscopy images of the (110) antiphase boundary defect in magnetite.
York scientists resolve spin puzzle

Posted on Wednesday 10 December 2014

Scientists at the University of York have helped to uncover the properties of defects in the atomic structure of magnetite, potentially opening the way for its use in producing more powerful electronic devices.


Credit: Swerz, Flickr
Call to change concept of harm reduction in alcohol policy

Posted on Tuesday 9 December 2014

A new policy paper by a University of York academic calls for limits on the influence of the drinks industry in shaping alcohol policy because it has a ‘fundamental conflict of interest’.


Sewn repair in Archbishop's Register 7 Greenfield, 1306 - 1311 (By permission of The Borthwick Institute for Archives)
Scientists reveal parchment’s hidden stories

Posted on Monday 8 December 2014

Millions of documents stored in archives could provide scientists with the key to tracing the development of agriculture in the British Isles over the last 700 years, according to new research at the University of York and Trinity College Dublin.


Credit: Jonathan Cohen, Flickr
York researchers shed light on Special Guardianship

Posted on Thursday 4 December 2014

New research by academics at the University of York suggests that Special Guardianship (SG), an alternative to adoption, increases the potential for permanent stability for children who are unable to live with their birth parents.


Credit: Carolina Ponce, Flickr
York research spotlights male healthcare attitudes

Posted on Thursday 4 December 2014

A researcher at the University of York, studying male attitudes towards self-managing long-term healthcare issues, has discovered that self-management support is better received by men if it does not threaten aspects of masculine identity.


Dr Turi King (left) and Dr Gloria Gonzalez Fortes working on the analysis of the bones in a laboratory at the University of York. Credit: Carl Vivian, University of Leicester
Richard III – case closed after 529 years

Posted on Tuesday 2 December 2014

An international research team provides overwhelming evidence that the skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester represents the remains of King Richard III, closing what is probably the UK’s oldest forensic case.


A field of oil seed rape. (Photo by Philip Halling from geograph.org.uk).
Research sows the seeds of improved diet

Posted on Thursday 27 November 2014

Scientists in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) at the University of York are part of a major research project launched today to help provide improved crops for the future.


Human mandible with extensive dental calculus deposits dated to the Roman period (1st-4th century CE) from York, UK. The dental calculus pictured above tested positive for milk proteins. Photo Credit: Camilla Speller.
Ancient dental plaque: a ‘whey’ into our milk drinking past?

Posted on Thursday 27 November 2014

We drink milk because it is good for us, but we rarely stop to think “Why?” Archaeologists and geneticists have been puzzling this question since it was revealed that the mutations which enable adults to drink milk are under the strongest selection of any in the human genome.


Exhibition Centre
New Hub to make quantum leap in secure communications

Posted on Wednesday 26 November 2014

Leading researchers from UK universities and industry have come together in a unique collaboration to exploit fundamental laws of quantum physics for the development of secure communication technologies and services for consumer, commercial and government markets.


Mike Brockhurst (credit: Phil Roberts)
Second major research award for York biologist

Posted on Tuesday 25 November 2014

A University of York scientist has won a second major award for his pioneering research in the evolutionary biology of microbes.


Chinese chicken
Researchers discover evidence of earliest domestic chickens

Posted on Monday 24 November 2014

An international research team including a University of York biologist has found the earliest evidence for chicken domestication to date.


Dark Inventions Ensemble (credit: Dark Inventions)
York wins Arts Council grant to support emerging composers

Posted on Thursday 20 November 2014

Emerging composers and performers are set to benefit after the University of York’s Music Press (UYMP) secured a grant from Arts Council England to establish a new support project.


diseased bone marrow (credit: Ian Hitchcock)
Researchers discover new target for blood cancer treatment

Posted on Monday 10 November 2014

Scientists at the University of York have identified a therapeutic target which could lead to the development of new treatments for specific blood cancers.


ACE satellite in orbit (credit T. Doherty, Bristol Aerospace)
Ozone destroying substances on the rise - but Montreal Protocol on track

Posted on Wednesday 5 November 2014

An international team of scientists, including a researcher from the University of York, has reported a recent increase in atmospheric hydrogen chloride (HCI), an ozone destroying substance.


Scientists at the University of York are helping local companies extract and use chemicals from food waste (credit: Ian Martindale)
Tapping the chemical potential of food waste

Posted on Tuesday 4 November 2014

Scientists at the University of York are helping local companies extract and use chemicals from food waste.


A critically endangered Sumatran orang-utan (Pongo abelii). Photo by Mike Senior.
Research partnership is key to biodiversity conservation

Posted on Monday 3 November 2014

A new policy paper led by University of York scientists, in partnership with Proforest, aims to increase awareness among researchers of the High Conservation Value (HCV) approach to safeguarding ecosystems and species.


Pill bottle (credit: Auntie P, Flickr)
Tackling pharmaceutical fall-out in the environment

Posted on Monday 3 November 2014

Researchers at the University of York say that more should be done to tackle the problem of inappropriate disposal of pharmaceutically-contaminated wastes. They also have a potential solution.


Dr Alex Southern
Alex investigates how sound design makes for sound design

Posted on Friday 17 October 2014

An expert on acoustic modelling is to work with the University of York’s Department of Electronics investigating and developing new methods for architectural and environmental sound design.


Grimsby fish pontoon ca 1905.
Are there enough fish to go around?

Posted on Tuesday 14 October 2014

Scientists from the University of York have released a report highlighting the gap between declining wild fish supplies and healthy eating advice recommending more seafood.


Great crested grebe with roach. Credit: Charles Tyler, University of Exeter
Researchers assess risks to wildlife and ecosystems posed by pharmaceuticals

Posted on Monday 13 October 2014

A University of York researcher has edited a special edition of a Royal Society publication examining the potential risks and impacts of pharmaceuticals in the environment on wildlife and ecosystems.


The Fleece Inn
Study confirms pubs’ key role in rural communities

Posted on Thursday 9 October 2014

A study of rural pubs has provided the first robust evidence of their central role in the life of English rural communities.


Coma Songs (credit: Tim Sanders)
Coma Songs: York and Cardiff academics co-produce BBC Radio 3 programme

Posted on Thursday 9 October 2014

Academic research into the experiences of families of patients with severe brain injuries has been translated into a radio programme, providing insight into the heart-breaking dilemmas they face.


Exam hall: Credit:www.flickr.com/photos/comedynose/3571102858/
Why is educational achievement heritable?

Posted on Tuesday 7 October 2014

New research involving the University of York has found that the high heritability of exam grades reflects many genetically influenced traits such as personality, behaviour problems and self-efficacy, and not just intelligence.


Carpenter bee (credit: Dr Peter Mayhew)
York academics reveal new findings about insect diversification

Posted on Thursday 2 October 2014

Biologists from the University of York have compiled two new datasets on insect evolution, revealing that metamorphosing insects diversify more quickly than other insects and are therefore the biggest contributors to the evolution of insect diversity.


Pharmaceuticals. Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nvinacco/
Scientists identify most pressing environmental issues posed by pharmaceuticals

Posted on Tuesday 30 September 2014

A new study led by the University of York identifies the key research questions about the risks of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment.


Enyzme N-myristoyl transferase with a bound substrate
Protein ‘map’ could lead to potent new cancer drugs

Posted on Friday 26 September 2014

Scientists at the University of York are part of a team of researchers which has gained fresh insights into how a disease-causing enzyme makes changes to proteins and how it can be stopped.


Art Student - Anthony Devas, 1952 (Barbara Pitt) Oil on Canvas (By permission of Nestlé UK and Ireland)
New website charts Aero Girls search

Posted on Thursday 25 September 2014

A new website launched today by the University of York unlocks some of the mysteries surrounding an enigmatic collection of 1950s paintings commissioned by Rowntree and held in York’s Borthwick Institute for Archives.


Brachypodium plant
Plant variants point the way to improved biofuel production

Posted on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Manufacturing biofuels from food crop by-products such as straw could be made quicker and cheaper thanks to a new study led by scientists at the University of York.


Cancer cells.
New approach aims to silence cancer ‘survival genes’

Posted on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Scientists at the University of York are working on a promising new approach for tackling colorectal cancer, the second most common cause of cancer-related death.


computer simulation of granuloma formulation caused by the disease, Leishmaniasis
York research centre in challenge triumph

Posted on Monday 22 September 2014

A team led by the Centre for Immunology and Infection (CII) at York is one of five winners who will share a total of £4.9 million in the UK’s National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), the CRACK IT Challenges programme.


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York academics awarded prestigious research grants

Posted on Monday 22 September 2014

Three academics from the University of York have secured funding totalling more than £3 million from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for two major research projects.


Chronic Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre
York and Cardiff academics launch new resource for family members of people in vegetative or minimally conscious states

Posted on Monday 15 September 2014

A unique online resource for family members and others involved in the care of people with severe forms of brain injury is to be launched this week.


Alcohol Research UK
New national study of alcohol health workers published

Posted on Monday 8 September 2014

A new study of alcohol health workers has found that while many hospitals now employ specialist staff to deal with alcohol problems among patients, the work is often precarious and underfunded.


Barbour's forest tree frog (Leptopelis barbouri) in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. The species is ‘Vulnerable’ on The IUCN Red List. Photo: Michele Menegon.
Near-extinct African amphibians ‘invisible’ under climate change

Posted on Friday 5 September 2014

An international team of researchers has found that the majority of threatened species are ‘invisible’ when using modern methods to predict species distributions under climate change.


Sand lizard. photo credit: James Probert, ARC
Top ten reptiles and amphibians benefitting from zoos

Posted on Thursday 28 August 2014

A frog that does not croak, the largest living lizard, and a tortoise that can live up to 100 years are just some of the species staving off extinction thanks to the help of zoos, according to a new report.


Image of a river by Lynne Kirton [CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Ibuprofen posing potential threat to fish

Posted on Thursday 21 August 2014

Research led by the University of York suggests that many rivers contain levels of ibuprofen that could be adversely affecting fish health.


Railroad crossing. Adapted from www.flickr.com/photos/benadamson
Study reveals the EU is part of most Europeans’ everyday life

Posted on Wednesday 20 August 2014

The EU is becoming part of most Europeans’ everyday life irrespective of social class, according to a study in six countries.


Passport study reveals vulnerability in photo-ID security checks

Posted on Tuesday 19 August 2014

Passport issuing officers are no better at identifying if someone is holding a fake passport photo than the average person, new research has revealed.


A small cluster of atoms
York scientists unveil new technology to better understand small clusters of atoms

Posted on Monday 18 August 2014

Physicists at the University of York, working with researchers at the University of Birmingham and Genoa, have developed new technology to study atomic vibration in small particles, revealing a more accurate picture of the structure of atomic clusters where surface atoms vibrate more intensively than internal atoms.


Bolton Museum, Mostagedda 33.30.57. Late Neolithic. Flax yarn from wrappings, heavily impregnated with resin. © Ron Oldfield and Jana Jones
Embalming study ‘rewrites’ key chapter in Egyptian history

Posted on Wednesday 13 August 2014

Researchers from the Universities of York, Macquarie and Oxford have discovered new evidence to suggest that the origins of mummification started in ancient Egypt 1,500 years earlier than previously thought.


Lobster boats in Blue Rocks harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada. Credit: Murray Rudd
York survey highlights ocean research priorities

Posted on Wednesday 13 August 2014

Declines in ocean productivity, increases in ocean acidification, and the cumulative effects of multiple stressors on ocean health are among the most pressing issues facing coastal and maritime countries, according to a survey of scientists by a University of York researcher.


Image of the bacterium Neisseria meningitides. Credit: Dr James Moir and Dr Peter O'Toole.
New insights into why adolescents carry meningitis-causing bacteria

Posted on Monday 4 August 2014

University of York scientists have shed new light on why teenagers and young adults are particularly susceptible to meningitis and septicaemia.


Artwork submitted for the CHIESA art competition
Art for education: African schoolchildren inform York environmental project

Posted on Thursday 31 July 2014

Environmentalists from the University of York, a partner in the CHIESA (Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa) project, are to showcase winning entries from an East African school art competition that was used to celebrate International Mountain Day.


 Youthful-Attractiveness dimension
Facial features are the key to first impressions

Posted on Monday 28 July 2014

A new study by researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of York shows that it is possible to accurately predict first impressions using measurements of physical features in everyday images of faces, such as those found on social media.


Arabidopsis thaliana (credit: Rea Brinkhoff)
Scientists throw light on the mechanism of plants’ ticking clock

Posted on Friday 25 July 2014

Scientists from the University of York are part of an international team of researchers who have made a significant step in discovering the genetic mechanisms that plants use to fight for light.


Small-scale fisheries support the livelihoods of over 500 million people worldwide. Training and supporting communities to manage and conserve their natural resources is vital to help rebuild tropical fisheries. (Credit: Blue Ventures / Garth Cripps)
Western Indian Ocean communities play vital role in conservation

Posted on Thursday 24 July 2014

An international team of researchers led by the University of York has carried out the first assessment of community-led marine conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.


One of the three richest Late Meroitic graves identified at the cemetery, that of a young male. Credit: Donatella Usai/Centro Studi Sudanesi and Sub-Sahariani (CSSeS)
Tooth plaque provides unique insights into our prehistoric ancestors’ diet

Posted on Wednesday 16 July 2014

An international team of researchers has found new evidence that our prehistoric ancestors had a detailed understanding of plants long before the development of agriculture.


smoke
Researchers demonstrate health risks posed by ‘third hand’ tobacco smoke

Posted on Wednesday 16 July 2014

Research led by the University of York has highlighted the potential cancer risk in non-smokers – particularly young children – of tobacco smoke gases and particles deposited to surfaces and dust in the home.


Cooleys House Ennistymon Co Clare
Report highlights pubs’ role in creating economic development and social wellbeing in rural Ireland

Posted on Wednesday 16 July 2014

A new study by the University of York and the Newcastle Business School (Northumbria University) has revealed the central role pubs play in creating economic development and social wellbeing in rural Ireland.


Professor Susan Stepney
When does a physical system compute?

Posted on Thursday 10 July 2014

Can physical systems from bacteria to black holes act as a computer? A University of York computer scientist and colleagues from the universities of Oxford and Leeds address this question in newly published research which seeks to define unconventional computational devices.


Professor Jenny Southgate
Research points to new therapies for bladder cancer

Posted on Wednesday 9 July 2014

A University of York scientist has played a key role in research that could help to improve the treatment of muscle-invasive bladder cancer, one of the most common cancers, particularly among men.


Oil palm plantations store between 30 and 40 tonnes of carbon per hectare, averaged over their lifetime (credit: Jane Hill)
York-led network releases first oil palm policy report

Posted on Tuesday 8 July 2014

A knowledge exchange network led by the University of York, which aims to increase the use of scientific evidence to guide oil palm policy, has produced its first science for policy report. The report – ‘Change in carbon stocks arising from land-use conversion to oil palm plantations’ – focuses on identifying low carbon stock landcover types which could be converted to oil palm production.


gavel
York economist bids to change the way auctions work

Posted on Friday 4 July 2014

A University of York economist has developed a new approach to auctions which could help to transform the way multiple goods are sold.


quadcopter (credit: Yorkshire Arboretum)
An eye in the sky: quadcopter sees the woods and the trees

Posted on Friday 27 June 2014

Academics at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York are capitalising on the opportunities offered by the development of low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to monitor, map and explore our cities, countryside and changing environments.


Facelock
New password alternative plays to strengths of human memory

Posted on Tuesday 24 June 2014

Forgotten passwords are a serious problem for both IT managers and users. The root of the problem is a trade-off between memorability and security: simple passwords are easy to remember but easy to crack; complex passwords are hard to crack but hard to remember. Now a University of York academic, Dr Rob Jenkins, is proposing an alternative based on the psychology of face recognition. Dubbed ‘Facelock’, it could put an end to forgotten passwords, and protect users from prying eyes.


A Nucella (common dog whelk)
What amino acids in shells can tell us about Bronze Age people

Posted on Thursday 19 June 2014

A new study by scientists at the University of York has shed new light on the use of mollusc shells as personal adornments by Bronze Age people.


UK poverty study calls on Government to tackle rising deprivation
UK poverty study calls on Government to tackle rising deprivation

Posted on Thursday 19 June 2014

The percentage of households who fall below society’s minimum standard of living has increased from 14 per cent to 33 per cent over the last 30 years, despite the size of the economy doubling.


Professor Callum Roberts
Government policy to protect UK seas ‘has drifted far off course’

Posted on Monday 16 June 2014

The Marine Conservation Zone network now under construction was heralded as a new beginning for life in UK seas. But on present evidence – as Professor Callum Roberts of the University of York will explain in a speech at the Zoological Society of London on the 17 June – it will be worse than useless, giving the illusion of protection while offering virtually none.


Sunlight to biomass to biofuels (credit: Julia Walton)
York scientists provide new insights into biomass breakdown

Posted on Friday 6 June 2014

Scientists at the University of York are playing a key role in the quest for a better understanding of how a recently discovered family of enzymes can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars.


Writing. Image adapted from www.flickr.com/photos/jjpacres. Credit: Jeffrey James Pacres.
Trial shows benefits of structured approach to teaching writing

Posted on Wednesday 4 June 2014

Researchers at the University of York have found that a structured approach to teaching writing about a memorable experience can make a significant improvement to children’s writing skills.


Chandra X-Ray Observatory Image of Cassiopeia A (credit: NASA)
Lasers create table-top supernova

Posted on Monday 2 June 2014

Laser beams 60,000 billion times more powerful than a laser pointer have been used to recreate scaled supernova explosions in the laboratory as a way of investigating one of the most energetic events in the Universe.


A map of the distribution of threatened bird species in the Americas, showing their concentration in the coastal forests of Brazil and in the northern Andes. Red means more species. [Image courtesy of Clinton Jenkins]
New technologies ‘making it easier’ to protect threatened species

Posted on Friday 30 May 2014

Human actions have pushed extinction rates to 1000 times faster than the natural rate. New research says that without urgent action, further rises are likely heralding what many believe could become the sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history.


cauliflower
York scientists’ role in genome sequence lays foundation for better cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli

Posted on Friday 23 May 2014

Scientists at the University of York have contributed to a new study which represents a significant step forward in understanding the molecular processes which underpin the evolution of genomes in Brassica species.


Pilot volunteer Mr John Sneddon records the grave of Corporal Herbert St Clair Marlatt of the Canadian Engineers who was wounded in the Battle of the Somme in October 1916, but died 2 months later in England and was buried in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
York academic’s key role in Home Front research offensive

Posted on Friday 16 May 2014

An archaeologist at the University of York has played a key role in a pioneering project to discover the scope of the First World War’s impact on England.


New drug prevented changes in fruit flies' visual function.
Visual clue to new Parkinson’s Disease therapies

Posted on Thursday 15 May 2014

A biologist and a psychologist at the University of York have joined forces with a drug discovery group at Lundbeck in Denmark to develop a potential route to new therapies for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease (PD).


black swan on campus (credit: Amanda Wright)
Bird invaders ‘moving in’ to UK’s nature reserves

Posted on Tuesday 13 May 2014

A new study by scientists at the University of York and the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science has demonstrated that nature reserves and other areas specially protected for wildlife, as well as being vital for native species, are very important for helping European birds to expand their ranges into Britain naturally. The catch is that protected areas are also at increasing risk of invasion by species that have been introduced from further afield.


Medicato truncatula shoot and flower.
Research shows how plant welfare is improved by fungi in soil

Posted on Monday 12 May 2014

A University of York biologist is part of an international team of scientists that has discovered how plants use fungi to help them to gather vital nutrients from the soil.


Imaging the distribution of a pesticide in a freshwater shrimp. Blue and green indicate low concentrations, red and brown indicate high concentrations. Credit: Eawag/Harlan Laboratories
Pesticides: research provides new insights into their effects on shrimps and snails

Posted on Thursday 8 May 2014

Ground breaking research by an international team of scientists has resulted in greater understanding of the effects of pesticides on aquatic invertebrates such as shrimps and snails.


Werner Heisenberg
Proving uncertainty: New insight into old problem

Posted on Friday 2 May 2014

Nearly 90 years after Werner Heisenberg pioneered his uncertainty principle, a group of researchers from three countries has provided substantial new insight into this fundamental tenet of quantum physics with the first rigorous formulation supporting the uncertainty principle as Heisenberg envisioned it.


Caption: The Staphylococcus aureus protein FnBPA (pink) binds to a human fibrinogen peptide (blue)
How bacteria exploit proteins to trigger potentially lethal infections

Posted on Friday 2 May 2014

New research by scientists at the University of York sheds light on how bacteria exploit human proteins during infections.


Paul Genever
York researchers to develop better therapies for osteoarthritis by rejuvenating old stem cells

Posted on Friday 25 April 2014

Researchers at the University of York are aiming to develop better therapies for the painful condition of osteoarthritis by rejuvenating old stem cells and using them to repair cartilage damage.


Tsetse fly (credit: Geoffrey M. Attardo)
The Tsetse fly genome: unlocking the secrets of a blood-sucking insect

Posted on Friday 25 April 2014

Scientists at the University of York are part of an international team of researchers that has sequenced and analysed the genome of the tsetse fly, the blood-sucking insect that is the source of sleeping sickness which kills thousands of people every year.


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Breast cancer replicates brain development process

Posted on Thursday 24 April 2014

New research led by a scientist at the University of York reveals that a process that forms a key element in the development of the nervous system may also play a pivotal role in the spread of breast cancer.


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Home or care? Researchers investigate what works best for abused or neglected children

Posted on Tuesday 22 April 2014

University of York researchers are launching a new multi-disciplinary project to examine what works best for abused or neglected children – going into care or staying at home with support.


killer shrimp (credit: Environment Agency)
Water users can reduce the risk of spreading invasive species

Posted on Thursday 10 April 2014

Foreign species that are devastating water ecosystems could be “hitchhiking” around Britain on canoeists’ and anglers’ kit, according to a new study.

Neanderthals - Artist's rendition of Earth approximately 60,000 years ago (artist: Randii Oliver) via Creative Commons
Researchers say Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting

Posted on Wednesday 9 April 2014

Archaeologists at the University of York are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous.

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York’s key role in research on ‘self-management support’

Posted on Monday 31 March 2014

Health economists at the University of York are to carry out research into the value that people with chronic long-term conditions, such as asthma, cancer, and coronary heart disease, place on interventions aimed to support self-management of their health condition.

The geometric organisation of the genomic RNA inside a virus particle is key for virus assembly efficiency. It can be characterised in terms of the graph theoretical concept of a Hamiltonian path (shown here in yellow inside the protein container of MS2).
Researchers take mathematical route to fighting viruses

Posted on Tuesday 25 March 2014

Mathematicians at the University of York have joined forces with experimentalists at the University of Leeds to take an important step in discovering how viruses make new copies of themselves during an infection.

two people holding hands
Pooling budgets no panacea for integrated care

Posted on Friday 21 March 2014

New research published today by the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York says that pooling funds across health and social care services is not a panacea that will lead to the successful delivery of integrated care.

Scanning tunnelling microscopy image of Bi2Se3 topological insulator thin films
Research brings new control over topological insulator

Posted on Friday 21 March 2014

An international team of scientists investigating the electronic properties of ultra-thin films of new materials – topological insulators (TIs) - has demonstrated a new method to tune their unique properties using strain.

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Research celebration marks new White Rose College launch

Posted on Wednesday 19 March 2014

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities which aims to train more than 300 doctoral students over the next five years is formally launched today.

Ash trees
Ash research reveals first genetic clues to fight dieback

Posted on Monday 17 March 2014

Scientists collaborating on ash dieback research can reveal the first genetic clues that could help them identify and breed trees tolerant to the disease.

Professor Karen Mumford (credit: Suzy Harrison)
Review calls for major reform of minimum wage

Posted on Thursday 13 March 2014

A University of York economist has played a key role in a major review of the future of the minimum wage in the UK by the Resolution Foundation.

The post-war years were a golden era for British football which led to England becoming hosts of the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Photo from the 1950s.
Lessons from the past: York academics investigate 1966 World Cup

Posted on Thursday 6 March 2014

University of York researchers are carrying out a pioneering study of the management history of the 1966 FIFA World Cup, investigating the tournament’s impact on local and national economic development.

How the Star Carr site might have looked 11,000 years ago. Image by Dominic Andrews
Public decides Stone Age research has Star quality

Posted on Wednesday 5 March 2014

A study of one of the Europe’s most important Early Mesolithic sites -- Star Carr, near Scarborough -- has won "Research Project of the Year" in the national Current Archaeology Awards 2014.

Schematic diagram of all-optical thermally induced magnetic switching. Credit: R F L Evans, University of York.
York physicists pave the way for more energy efficient technology

Posted on Friday 28 February 2014

An international team of scientists led by physicists from the University of York has paved the way for a new class of magnetic materials and devices with improved performance and power efficiency.

Fossilised dental plaque (calculus) on the teeth of a middle-aged man from the Medieval site of Dalheim, Germany, ca. AD 1100. Photo credit: Christina Warinner.
Scientists unlock a ‘microbial Pompeii’

Posted on Monday 24 February 2014

An international team of researchers including scientists from the University of York have discovered a ‘microbial Pompeii’ preserved on the teeth of skeletons around 1,000 years old.

Eurasian beaver Castor fiber (credit: Christof Angst, Biberfachstelle)
Researchers shed new light on the genetic history of the European beaver

Posted on Monday 17 February 2014

An international team of scientists has used detailed analysis of ancient and modern DNA to show that the distribution and lack of genetic diversity among modern European beavers is due largely to human hunting.

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Waste not, want not: York scientists plot green route to polymer production

Posted on Thursday 13 February 2014

Scientists at the University of York are to lead a new Government-backed research project to investigate the potential conversion of waste biomass and waste carbon dioxide into safer and more sustainable raw materials.

Nanostructure Binding Hepar
From surgery to laboratory and back again

Posted on Thursday 13 February 2014

A University of York scientist’s experience in seeing his partner in hospital recovering from a double lung transplant prompted him to design and synthesise new chemical agents that could revolutionise post-operative patient care.

High oleic hemp oil
Oil composition boost makes hemp a cooking contender

Posted on Monday 10 February 2014

Scientists at the University of York today report the development of hemp plants with a dramatically increased content of oleic acid.

The balance of retinoic acid and male sex hormones involved in the process is highly regulated in a normal prostate gland. When this balance is tipped to the left, prostate cancer can occur
Prostate development discovery could lead to new treatments

Posted on Thursday 6 February 2014

SCIENTISTS at the University of York have discovered how the prostate gland develops for the first time, according to research published today (Thursday, February 6) in Stem Cell Reports.

image courtesy of Murray Rudd
Water supply availability ‘to dominate US natural resource management’

Posted on Wednesday 5 February 2014

Water supply is the most pressing environmental issue facing the United States according to a survey of policy makers and scientists revealed in a new publication in BioScience by researchers at the University of York and the University of California, Davis.

Stethoscope. Photo: Flickr/apoxapox
British medical tourists seeking treatment overseas without sufficient information and advice

Posted on Tuesday 4 February 2014

A team of researchers has found that British people travelling abroad for medical treatment are often unaware of the potential health and financial consequences they could face.

Report shows poverty influences UK survival rates for treatable leukaemia

Posted on Monday 3 February 2014

Patients from less affluent backgrounds have a greater chance of dying from a form of chronic blood cancer than those from more affluent areas, according to a comprehensive study carried out by researchers at the University of York.

University of York steps up quantum research drive

Posted on Monday 3 February 2014

The University of York has announced the establishment of a new centre to provide a focus for its growing inter-disciplinary research into quantum technologies.

Herdwick sheep
Scientists shine spotlight on Herdwicks’ origins

Posted on Thursday 30 January 2014

A new study highlights surprising differences between Herdwick sheep and their closest neighbouring UK upland breeds.

Differentiated prostate cancer cells
New prostate cancer drugs may not be targeting root cause of disease, York scientists warn

Posted on Friday 24 January 2014

New drugs being developed for the treatment of prostate cancer may not be targeting the root cause of the disease, according to research published today (Friday, 24 January 2014) in Cell Death & Differentiation.

3D structure of a key enzyme used by gut bacteria to digest fruit and vegetables
York scientists investigate the fibre of our being

Posted on Monday 20 January 2014

We are all aware of the health benefits of "dietary fibre". But what is dietary fibre and how do we metabolise it?

Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Study reveals the role of sex in spread of deadly disease

Posted on Friday 17 January 2014

Research involving scientists at the University of York has provided important new information about transmission of human leishmaniasis, a group of infectious diseases which kills more than 100,000 people a year.

Professor Celia Kitzinger
Some families would consider terminal sedation for brain injured relatives in a permanent vegetative state

Posted on Wednesday 15 January 2014

The families of some very severely brain injured patients believe that once all treatment options are exhausted, allowing their relatives to die with the help of terminal sedation would be a humane and compassionate option, research carried out by the University of York and Cardiff University has revealed.

credit: Neil Ross
What lies beneath – scientists discover giant trench under Antarctic Ice

Posted on Wednesday 15 January 2014

A massive ancient subglacial trough – deeper than the Grand Canyon - has been discovered by a team of UK scientists, including experts from the University of York.

Adonis blue and the chalkhill blue butterfly use the same host plant, Horseshoe Vetch, and are found in similar habitats in the south of England. However the adonis blue has shown positive abundance changes and has expanded its distribution area, while the chalkhill blue has shown a negative abundance trend and has not expanded its range. Credit: Peter Eeles/Butterfly Conservation
Population stability ‘hope’ in species’ response to climate change

Posted on Monday 6 January 2014

Stable population trends are a prerequisite for species’ range expansion, according to new research led by scientists at the University of York.

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