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News archive: Research press releases 2016

Could disease ‘tolerance’ genes give new life to UK ash trees?

Posted on Monday 26 December 2016

Researchers at the University of York have identified genetic markers for disease tolerance that suggest UK ash trees may have a fighting chance against a lethal fungal infection.


Movement of rainforest butterflies restricted by oil palm plantations

Posted on Monday 19 December 2016

Scientists at the University of York have found that oil palm plantations, which produce oil for commercial use in cooking, food products, and cosmetics, may act as a barrier to the movement of butterflies across tropical landscapes.


Medical Research Council
York awarded Global Challenges funding to tackle parasitic disease

Posted on Friday 16 December 2016

Scientists at the University of York and Hull York Medical School have been awarded two new grants to tackle the parasitic disease leishmaniasis, as part of the new £1.5bn Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).


The Sima del Elefante site
Raw foodies: Europe’s earliest humans did not use fire

Posted on Thursday 15 December 2016

New research conducted by scientists at the University of York and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona reveals for the first time that Europe’s earliest humans did not use fire for cooking, but had a balanced diet of meat and plants – all eaten raw.


University of York contributes to report on anti-corruption

Posted on Wednesday 14 December 2016

Academics from the University of York’s Management School have contributed to a parliamentary report outlining how UK businesses should deal with the risks of bribery and corruption in high-growth markets.


Children's hand (credit: JC Salome, Flickr)
Think with your hands: Gesturing boosts children’s creative ideas

Posted on Wednesday 14 December 2016

New research by a psychologist at the University of York reveals that encouraging children to move their hands while thinking increases their creative ideas.


Fighting contaminated land with help from the humble fruit fly

Posted on Wednesday 7 December 2016

Scientists have discovered that a gene found in the common fruit fly can be successfully expressed in a plant and used to detoxify land contaminated with TNT.


Digitisation of York's Archbishops' Registers
In my will I bequeath you... a brown cow and a chamber pot

Posted on Tuesday 6 December 2016

More than 700 wills and other documents dating from 1576 – 1650 have been digitised, indexed and made freely available by the University of York.


Plant ‘chemical factory’ could produce variety of commercial products

Posted on Monday 5 December 2016

A ‘chemical factory’ on the surface of plant leaves could help produce more commercially useful products, researchers at the University of York have discovered.


Mummified remains identified as Egyptian Queen Nefertari

Posted on Friday 2 December 2016

A team of international archaeologists believe a pair of mummified legs on display in an Italian museum may belong to Egyptian Queen Nefertari – the favourite wife of the pharaoh Ramses II.


The Children's Society
Report reveals tens of thousands of teenagers are neglected at home

Posted on Wednesday 30 November 2016

Researchers from the University of York have contributed to a major new report which reveals that tens of thousands of teenagers across England are suffering neglect at home.


Scientists step closer to halting spread of lung cancer

Posted on Thursday 24 November 2016

Scientists at the University of York and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, have found that a component of cancer cells, which acts like a ‘cellular post office’, could be the key to preventing the spread of lung cancer to other parts of the body.


Early evidence of dairying discovered

Posted on Tuesday 15 November 2016

A team of scientists and archaeologists have discovered widespread evidence of prehistoric milk production in southern Europe.


Autism and human evolutionary success

Posted on Tuesday 15 November 2016

A subtle change occurred in our evolutionary history 100,000 years ago which allowed people who thought and behaved differently – such as individuals with autism - to be integrated into society, academics from the University of York have concluded.


The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change
Global experts launch report on climate change health crisis

Posted on Monday 14 November 2016

A University of York academic is one of 48 world leading experts to contribute to the inaugural Lancet report amid warnings of a “catastrophic risk to human health” from climate change.


Multiculturalism, Higher Education and Intercultural Communication: Developing Strengths-Based Narratives for Teaching and Learning
Multiculturalism in education: York academic sets out benefits

Posted on Friday 11 November 2016

A University of York academic has written a book setting forth the benefits of a multicultural education based on his experiences of teaching African asylum seekers in Malta.


Cape Verde Observatory
10th anniversary for Cape Verde Observatory

Posted on Thursday 10 November 2016

The Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory (CVO), run by chemists from the University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories along with German and Cape Verdean scientists, celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.


Peat bog reveals more than 1,000 years of Tanzanian history

Posted on Tuesday 8 November 2016

Scientists at the University of York have charted more than 1,000 years of Tanzanian environmental history using sediments extracted from a peat bog.


Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group
Classroom-based sex education programmes largely ineffectual, but incentives to stay at school can help

Posted on Tuesday 8 November 2016

A global review of school-based interventions for preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and pregnancy in adolescents shows sex education programmes have no impact in lowering numbers of young people affected, although staying on at school can reduce pregnancy and some STIs.


Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence
Staff trained to support victims of sexual violence

Posted on Monday 7 November 2016

Academics at the University of York are involved in a large EU project which aims to develop training about sexual violence for staff at universities across six different countries.


Archaeologists study earliest recorded human burial site in Ireland

Posted on Thursday 3 November 2016

Archaeologists have shed new light on the belief systems of early Mesolithic hunter-gatherers after analysing cremated remains and artefacts given as grave offerings from the earliest recorded human burial site in Ireland.


Animation still from Breaking Through: Moving on from child sexual exploitation
‘Real life stories’ launched to help young people through child sexual exploitation

Posted on Wednesday 2 November 2016

An academic from the University of York has joined forces with charity Basis Yorkshire to produce an animation and booklets to help those with experience of child sexual exploitation (CSE).


A rare red deer antler head dress. Star Carr is renowned for the unusual artefacts uncovered at the site, aside from the organic materials.
Archaeological evidence at major risk in wetlands

Posted on Monday 31 October 2016

Important archaeological remains at wetland sites across the world could be at immediate risk, say scientists at the University of York.


Health of Europe revealed in new report

Posted on Monday 24 October 2016

Europeans suffer from a wide range of physical and mental health conditions, in part due to their economic and social conditions, a major study co-authored by a York academic reveals.


Elephants in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania (credit: Ashley Coutu)
Mapping the elephant ivory trade: new evidence revealed

Posted on Wednesday 19 October 2016

Archaeologists from the University of York have conducted pioneering analysis on historic ivory, revealing where East African elephants roamed and where they were hunted in the 19th century.


£5M invested in new Centre for Future Health

Posted on Wednesday 19 October 2016

A new virtual Centre for Future Health (CFH) will receive £5 million over the next five years to support research across disciplines aimed at tackling some of the major health challenges of the 21st century.


Study shows why prostate cancer cells develop resistance to treatment

Posted on Tuesday 18 October 2016

A new study at the University of York has shown that a standard hormone supplement, used to boost energy levels in prostate cancer patients following radiotherapy, could potentially increase the chances of the cancer returning.


Decline in global forest diversity could cost billions per year, say researchers

Posted on Friday 14 October 2016

A new study has demonstrated that a decline in forest diversity can have a significant economic impact on productivity that relies on healthy forest systems.


Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles
The pilgrimage revival: Britain’s historic routes revealed by York academic

Posted on Thursday 13 October 2016

A historian from the University of York has written a comprehensive guide on Britain’s most popular pilgrim routes.


Dr Catherine Preston conducts the study to monitor the brain activity of the participant
Perceived obesity causes lower body satisfaction for women than men

Posted on Tuesday 11 October 2016

‘Owning’ an obese body produces significantly lower body satisfaction for females than males, scientists have found.


Department of Health Sciences
Counting the cost of mental health

Posted on Tuesday 11 October 2016

The NHS needs a “clear and transparent” funding system for mental health after research revealed a substantial degree of variability in costs between hospital trusts.


White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership launched

Posted on Tuesday 11 October 2016

A consortium of northern universities is launching a new £16.8 million Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership, which aims to support postgraduate students in accessing the highest quality research training throughout their time at university.


Hull York Medical School
Athena SWAN award for Hull York Medical School

Posted on Monday 10 October 2016

The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) has been recognised for its commitment to women in science with a Silver Athena SWAN award.


A hermit crab emerges from its shell
The effect of global warming on marine diversity

Posted on Wednesday 5 October 2016

Warming temperatures can reduce marine diversity but increase freshwater species – showing responses to climate change could be habitat dependent.


Lobster underwater (credit: Howard Wood)
Community-led marine reserve sees lobsters thrive

Posted on Monday 3 October 2016

The first and only fully-protected marine reserve in Scotland is proving highly beneficial for marine conservation and fisheries, with lobsters more than doubling in numbers and increasing in size.


Ancient eggshell protein breaks through DNA time barrier

Posted on Monday 26 September 2016

Scientists have identified fossil proteins in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell, suggesting that proteins could provide valuable new insights into the evolutionary tree, much further back in time than was previously thought.


The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Childhood obesity, adult drinking and deaths caused by violence named as top UN challenges

Posted on Friday 23 September 2016

A new study assessing the status of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has revealed that overweight children, adult drinking and death caused by violence continue to be significant hurdles in many nations’ development.


Left: Developed scanning electron microscopy image of surface. Right: buried interfaces of a lateral device.
York researcher pioneers new electronics scanning method

Posted on Wednesday 21 September 2016

An academic from the University of York has developed a new method for scanning electronic devices - such as smartphones - for defects, speeding up the production process.


Left to right: Finn McGuire (ODI Fellow, MoH), Dominic Nkhoma (Head of Policy, Policy Development Unit, MoH) and Gerald Manthalu (Deputy Director of Planning, MoH) outside Health Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Delivering affordable healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa

Posted on Tuesday 20 September 2016

Academics from the University of York have helped develop a healthcare package for one of the poorest countries in the world, which has the potential to be used as a blueprint for other developing countries.


Calls for greater transparency in the release of clinical trial data

Posted on Tuesday 20 September 2016

Researchers have called for greater transparency in the public release of clinical trial data after a study revealed significant under-reporting of side effects in medical treatments.


Unicef Office of Research - Innocenti
Child migration: York academic urges action with UNICEF

Posted on Monday 19 September 2016

A University of York academic has contributed to a new UNICEF campaign urging world leaders to act on improved cooperation on child migration.


Châtelperronian body ornaments and bone points from the Grotte du Renne in Arcy-sur-Cure. Credit: Dr. Marian Vanheren.
Disputed Neandertal region confirmed in France

Posted on Friday 16 September 2016

Researchers from the University of York have helped to solve an archaeological dispute - confirming that Neandertals were responsible for producing tools and artefacts previously argued by some to be exclusively in the realm of modern human cognitive abilities.


I Know Food project researchers
York leads major new UK food sustainability project

Posted on Wednesday 14 September 2016

Researchers from the University of York have been awarded a £2.74 million grant to lead a new food systems resilience project.


New sensor technology could speed up blood test analysis

Posted on Wednesday 14 September 2016

Researchers at the University of York have developed a new sensor that is capable of detecting multiple proteins and enzymes in a small volume of blood, which could significantly speed up diagnostic healthcare processes.


British Medical Journal
No clear threshold to diagnose and treat diabetes during pregnancy

Posted on Wednesday 14 September 2016

A new study conducted by researchers at the Universities of York and Bristol, and the NHS Bradford Institute for Health Research shows there is an urgent need to find the best threshold to balance the potential benefits and harms of diabetes treatment during pregnancy.


Tim Peake to attend UK Space Agency’s Schools Conferences

Posted on Wednesday 7 September 2016

The European Space Agency (ESA) has confirmed that British astronaut Tim Peake will be attending the University of York as part of the UK Space Agency’s Schools Conferences.


Aiming high – bringing low-cost broadband to rural communities in Nigeria

Posted on Wednesday 7 September 2016

Academics from the University of York are to explore ways of bringing low-cost broadband to rural communities in Nigeria via high-altitude platforms (HAPs).


Close-up of human remains from Vlasac, Serbia (credit: Dušan Bori)
Dental plaque sheds new light on diet of Mesolithic foragers in the Balkans

Posted on Tuesday 6 September 2016

Archaeologists from the Universities of York and Cambridge have revealed the first direct evidence that Mesolithic foragers from the Balkans consumed domestic cereals almost half a millennium earlier than previously thought.


Researchers drive personalised medicines approach to prostate cancer

Posted on Monday 5 September 2016

Cancer researcher, Professor Norman Maitland, from the University of York, is part of a new £2.6 million award scheme to further understanding of personalised medicine for prostate cancer.


York chemist awarded Royal Society Research Professorship

Posted on Monday 5 September 2016

University of York Chemist, Professor Gideon Davies, has been awarded the prestigious Royal Society Ken Murray Research Professorship.


Scientists launch research aircraft to track West African pollution

Posted on Thursday 1 September 2016

Scientists operating research aircraft over West Africa have detected organic materials in the atmosphere over a number of urban areas, contributing to concerns of the rise in pollution across the region.


Living with dementia: could life story work help?

Posted on Thursday 1 September 2016

A pioneering study led by researchers at the University of York’s Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) shows that life story work has the potential to help people with dementia.


Scientists show that a ‘Superman’ disguise could actually work

Posted on Wednesday 31 August 2016

Researchers at the University of York have shown that small alterations to a person’s appearance, such as wearing glasses, can significantly hinder positive facial identification.


Childhood report reveals rise in unhappiness for UK girls

Posted on Wednesday 31 August 2016

More than a quarter of a million girls in Britain are unhappy with their lives according research at the University of York and the Children’s Society.


More resources needed to identify bodies of missing migrants, researchers find

Posted on Tuesday 30 August 2016

A new report, by the University of York, City University London and the International Organization for Migration’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, shows that many of the bodies of migrants drowned in the Mediterranean are never identified.


Dr Karla Evans
Half second ‘glimpse’ can identify breast cancer

Posted on Tuesday 30 August 2016

New research by a psychologist at the University of York and colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, US, and University of Leeds shows that radiologists can discriminate between normal and abnormal mammograms in half a second.


Predictive tool vital to sustainable environmental futures

Posted on Friday 26 August 2016

A new predictive tool, which for the first time combines human perception of the environment with land-use planning and socioeconomic data, could help governments mitigate the impact of climate change in developing countries.


NHS adopts inequality monitoring system to reduce potentially avoidable A&E admissions

Posted on Monday 22 August 2016

Indicators of how well the NHS is tackling health inequality across the country have now been adopted by the NHS.


Elephant in east Africa (September 2014), credit: Dr Colin Beale
Poaching patrol: new ranger methods decrease illegal activities

Posted on Wednesday 17 August 2016

Ecologists from the University of York have tested a new method to detect and decrease wildlife poaching, using data to better predict where illegal activities occur in protected areas.


Selection of bone fragments from Cnoc Coig (credit: Sophy Charlton)
Britain’s last hunter-gatherers discovered using breakthrough analysis of bone fragments

Posted on Thursday 11 August 2016

Archaeologists from the Universities of York, Cambridge and UCL have identified rare human bones from the UK dating to the Late Mesolithic era (around 4000 BC, just prior to the arrival of farming in Britain) using an innovative new bone collagen analysis technique.


A resident killer whale breaches out of the water (Copyright - Kenneth Balcomb, Center for Whale Research)
Experts to use drones to discover more about killer whales

Posted on Wednesday 10 August 2016

Drones will be used to discover more about the social lives of killer whales as part of new research which could help protect the species.


Trypanosoma brucei. Credit: Elmarie Myburgh
New drugs hope to fight neglected tropical diseases

Posted on Monday 8 August 2016

Scientists say they are a step closer to providing effective treatments for three “neglected” diseases after making a chemical which can kill the parasites that cause the illnesses.


Silent Shakespeare
Silent Shakespeare: York academic contributes to new DVD

Posted on Monday 1 August 2016

A University of York academic has collaborated with the British Film Institute (BFI) to produce a new DVD about Shakespeare in silent film.


A fifth of global warming ‘hidden’ from climate data, scientists find

Posted on Wednesday 27 July 2016

Global warming has been underestimated by approximately 19 per cent, scientists at the University of York say.


Lasius neglectus (credit: Phillip Buckham-Bonnett)
Invasive garden ‘super ants’ take hold faster than ever in UK, new research finds

Posted on Tuesday 26 July 2016

Three new infestations of an invasive garden ant - known for building massive colonies of tens of thousands of insects - have been found in the UK this year, with researchers at the University of York warning their impact on biodiversity could be huge.


Biorefinery (credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr)
York chemist creates solution to boost biorefineries

Posted on Monday 25 July 2016

University of York chemists have come up with a unique solution to ensure biorefineries are economically resilient to oil price fluctuations.


Ceredit: IAR
‘Positive activity’ as effective as ‘positive thinking’ in treating depression

Posted on Friday 22 July 2016

A simple and inexpensive therapy is equally as effective at treating depression as the ‘gold standard’ of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), scientists at the University of York have found.


Credit: Dr Andy Marshall, University of York
Can’t see the wood for the climbers – the vines threatening our tropical forests

Posted on Friday 22 July 2016

Woody climbing vines, known as lianas, are preventing tropical forests from recovering and are hampering the ability of forests to store carbon, scientists are warning.


Children will be children – the doodles unearthed in a medieval manuscript

Posted on Tuesday 12 July 2016

A series of crude doodles and drawings discovered in the margins of a medieval manuscript were probably made by children, a University of York historian has revealed.


Credit: David Holt
Calls for more research to test the accuracy of low-cost air pollution monitors

Posted on Thursday 7 July 2016

The increasing popularity of low-cost air pollution monitors with members of the public could generate large volumes of untested and questionable data, two leading atmospheric scientists from the University of York have warned.


Born in Bradford
Born in Bradford awarded new research grant

Posted on Wednesday 6 July 2016

The landmark Born in Bradford project - tracking the lives and health of more than 13,500 children across the city - has been awarded a £3m grant to expand its research.


Scanning electron microscope images of phages
Viruses turbo-charge bacterial evolution in cystic fibrosis infections

Posted on Tuesday 5 July 2016

Scientists at the University of York have found new evidence that tiny viruses called bacteriophages turbo-charge the evolution of bacteria that cause lung infections in Cystic Fibrosis patients.


Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station (credit: Leo McArdle, Flickr)
York chemists lead breakthrough in carbon capture

Posted on Monday 4 July 2016

Scientists from the University of York have developed an innovative new green method of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power stations, chemical and other large scale manufacturing plants.


Credit:Secretlondon123
Why the day of the week matters when it comes to elections

Posted on Thursday 30 June 2016

Holding elections on a Thursday could favour conservative outcomes, according to research by University of York psychologists.


Dark Bordered Beauty moth (Epione vespertaria)
Rare moth in severe decline at its last English site

Posted on Wednesday 22 June 2016

Numbers of a rare species of moth - found only in York in England – have tumbled in recent years, a team including researchers from the University of York have discovered.


Digital reconstruction of the Anglo-Saxon church on the site of Glastonbury Abbey, eighth century.
York academics reconstruct Glastonbury Abbey church

Posted on Friday 17 June 2016

Historians at the University of York have helped to produce a series of digital reconstructions depicting how the Anglo-Saxon church on the site of Glastonbury Abbey looked in the eighth century.


Credit: Phoenix Law
Study suggests fracking is responsible for a reversal in atmospheric hydrocarbon trends

Posted on Tuesday 14 June 2016

An international team of scientists, including academics from the University of York, have identified an increase in the concentrations of ethane and propane gas over much of the Northern Hemisphere since around 2009, probably due to increasing North American oil and natural gas production.


Credit: Margaux Soland
University of York develops app for Barbican Centre

Posted on Friday 10 June 2016

Researchers at the University of York have developed an app which allows visitors to London’s Barbican Centre enjoy a self-guided audio journey.


Common Pipistrelle bat (credit: JP, Flickr)
Metal exposure – a factor in bat population decline

Posted on Thursday 9 June 2016

Scientists at the University of York have led the first full-scale national assessment of metal contamination in bats, showing that many bats in the UK contain levels of metals high enough to cause toxic effects.


Credit: University of York
Researchers develop app to help smokeless tobacco users quit

Posted on Wednesday 8 June 2016

Researchers at the University of York have developed an app to help users of smokeless tobacco quit.


Big Bug Hunt
Appy gardening: York scientist develops early warning system for garden pests

Posted on Thursday 2 June 2016

A computer scientist from the University of York will play a key role in developing an app and email alert system for gardeners as part of the Big Bug Hunt – a global citizen science project that warns gardeners of pests.


Credit: Dr Andy Marshall
Schoolchildren name new Tanzanian tree species while fundraising for tropical forests

Posted on Wednesday 1 June 2016

A University of York conservationist who put out a call for schools to name a new species of tropical tree has found a winner.


Anxiety and depression linked to recurrence of inflammatory bowel disease

Posted on Wednesday 1 June 2016

Researchers at the University of York have discovered a link between a recurrence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and anxiety and depression.


View of the paintings from the interior of the rock shelter with the rock art colours enhanced with DStretch (Photo: Loïc Damelet, CNRS/Centre Camille Jullian; enhancement: C. Defrasne)
High altitude archaeology: prehistoric paintings revealed

Posted on Wednesday 25 May 2016

Archaeologists at the University of York have undertaken pioneering scans of the highest prehistoric paintings of animals in Europe.


Pencils (Flickr)
Academies: what does the evidence tell us?

Posted on Wednesday 25 May 2016

A new report from the University of York-based Cambridge Primary Review Trust reviews evidence and presents recommendations on the government’s academies policy.


Prestigious award for University of York psychologist

Posted on Wednesday 25 May 2016

A University of York academic has been awarded the 2016 Major Advancement in Psychological Science Prize.


Wellcome Trust
Wellcome Trust grants for York researchers

Posted on Tuesday 24 May 2016

Three University of York academics have been awarded prestigious Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards for their work in biomedical research.


Admiral Sir John Jellicoe (credit: Alice Hughes, 1857 - 1939)
Playing the numbers game - why Jellicoe got his maths right at the Battle of Jutland

Posted on Monday 23 May 2016

Researchers have used mathematical modelling to re-analyse the Battle of Jutland and help shed new light on the biggest naval engagement of World War One.


credit: University of Reading
Key motivations for citizen scientists revealed

Posted on Friday 20 May 2016

A study part-conducted by researchers at the University of York shows that ‘helping wildlife’ and ‘contributing to scientific knowledge’ are among the key motivating factors for citizen scientists.


York Minster (credit: John Houlihan)
York partners plan city environment observatory

Posted on Thursday 19 May 2016

The University of York and City of York Council are to establish a unique City Environment Observatory (YCEO) to further our understanding of how health, wellbeing and economic issues are linked to the quality of the environment.


Stethoscope. Credit: Dr Farouk/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Incentives paid to general practitioners to improve health care have little impact on patient outcomes, new study reveals

Posted on Wednesday 18 May 2016

The world's largest primary care pay-for-performance programme, designed to improve patient health care and outcomes, has failed to save additional lives according to joint research by the Universities of York, Manchester and Michigan.


Credit: Andy G
Researchers say inequality costs the NHS £4.8 billion a year

Posted on Tuesday 17 May 2016

Socio-economic inequality costs the NHS in England £4.8 billion a year, almost a fifth of the total NHS hospital budget, according to researchers at the University of York.


Welfare conditionality
Effects of welfare sanctions and conditional support “profoundly negative” say researchers

Posted on Wednesday 11 May 2016

Reform of the welfare and benefits systems - and in particular the emphasis on trying to change behaviour through sanctions - has had a “profoundly negative effect” on the people that receive them, according to a collaborative study led by the University of York.


The skulls of a falconet and a vulture, the smallest and largest  birds the team studied. Specimens located at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA (credit: Dr Jen Bright)
Birds of prey constrained in the beak evolution race

Posted on Friday 29 April 2016

New research by scientists at the Universities of York, Bristol, Sheffield and Madrid, reveals that eating different foods does not determine how birds of prey’s beaks evolve.


Breakthrough in the treatment of inherited genetic disease

Posted on Thursday 28 April 2016

Scientists at the Universities of York and Leiden have made a significant breakthrough in the treatment of an inherited genetic disorder which damages muscle and nerve cells in the body.


Senior lecturer Steve Roskams on the site near Malton (credit: Alistair Keely)
Military veterans join archaeologists on Roman excavation

Posted on Tuesday 26 April 2016

A group of military personnel and veterans, including those injured in Afghanistan and other operations, are taking part in a unique project which uses archaeology to help assist with their recovery.


Swiss cheese (credit: Janeen, Flickr)
Iron age people were as fondue of Swiss cheese as we are

Posted on Friday 22 April 2016

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that Swiss cheesemaking dates back to prehistoric times, paving the way for such delicacies as Gruyere and Emmental.


Dr Who female companion, based on the face average of 27 actresses
Doctor Who: could researcher's 'average' faces help to identify new companion?

Posted on Thursday 21 April 2016

A scientist at the University of York has used cutting-edge facial recognition software to provide an insight into the next face of Dr Who’s companion.


Ceredit: IAR
Loneliness can lead to increased risk of heart disease and stroke

Posted on Wednesday 20 April 2016

People who feel lonely or socially isolated are at increased risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke, researchers from the University of York have concluded.


Credit: Akira Furusawa's Group
Seeking quantum communication’s Holy Grail

Posted on Thursday 14 April 2016

Establishing a quantum internet to transfer huge amounts of quantum information within a split second across the world is the ‘Holy Grail’ of the future quantum technologies for the computer engineering and communications industries.


Placing clay-covered crania onto fire pit
Headdress reconstruction throws light on hunter-gatherer rituals

Posted on Wednesday 13 April 2016

A research team led by archaeologists at the University of York used traditional techniques to create replicas of ritual headdresses made by hunter-gatherers 11,000 years ago in North Western Europe.


EU flag (credit: MPD01605, Flickr)
EU membership: new report shows key risks and opportunities for the environment

Posted on Monday 11 April 2016

A major new report, involving academics from the University of York, reveals that EU membership has transformed the UK’s environmental protection policies since 1973.


Biophysics of immunity and infection; from single molecule imaging, bacterial pathogen membrane dynamics to inflammatory immune cell (neutrophil) migration in response to pathogen infection. Credit: Christoph Baumann, Mark Leake, Mark Coles
Using physics to tackle biomedical challenges

Posted on Thursday 7 April 2016

Scientists at the University of York aim to unleash the untapped potential of the physical sciences in the search for new treatments for human infection and inflammatory diseases.


Credit: Steve Cinderby
Residents asked to participate in online survey exploring mobility in York

Posted on Wednesday 6 April 2016

Residents in York are being encouraged to take part in an online survey exploring mobility and wellbeing in older people.


Map of Europe (credit: Steve Morton, Flickr)
Online international collaboration shows reliability of quantum simulations for materials design

Posted on Thursday 31 March 2016

Scientists from the University of York teamed up with colleagues from over 30 universities and institutes across Europe to investigate to what extent quantum simulations of material properties agree when they are performed by different researchers and with different software.


The Well-Being of Children in the UK
Is life good for children in the UK?

Posted on Wednesday 30 March 2016

A new book, edited by a University of York Professor in Social Policy, reveals that since 2009 UK children's physical health is improving, but they are more unhappy.


Credit: Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Solving the mysterious handwriting of a medieval scribe

Posted on Tuesday 29 March 2016

A scholar from the University of York has helped identify the type of tremor a prolific 13th century scribe suffered from after carrying out forensic analysis of his distinctive handwriting.


Media technology – the cure for modern loneliness?

Posted on Wednesday 23 March 2016

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of York, in conjunction with charity WaveLength, shows that media technology can help to alleviate loneliness.


Credit: Ian Martindale
Cartoons daubed on London home used by Sex Pistols given listed status

Posted on Tuesday 22 March 2016

An archaeologist who carried out detailed analysis of artwork daubed on the walls of a flat by the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten today said he had “mixed feelings” after it was announced the building had been given listed status.


Credit: Coralie Ferreira
Academics to examine impact of sugar tax in Chile

Posted on Tuesday 22 March 2016

Health economists from the University of York are to spearhead a research project in Chile examining the impact a sugar tax has on the health of the population.


One of several thousand Jomon pots from Torihama in Western Japan dating to ca. 6,000 to 7,000 years ago (credit: Fukui Prefectural Wakasa History Museum)
Why did we invent pottery?

Posted on Monday 21 March 2016

Archaeologists at the University of York, leading a large international team, have revealed surprising new insights into why pottery production increased significantly at the end of the last Ice Age – with culture playing a bigger role than expected.


Credit: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Protecting 30 percent of the ocean has many benefits, study suggests

Posted on Monday 21 March 2016

Protecting large stretches of the ocean from human influence may well be good for conservation. But a new study by University of York scientists Professor Callum Roberts and Dr Bethan O’Leary suggests that setting aside at least 30 percent of it would also benefit fishermen and other stakeholders.


The mitochondria of bladder epithelial cells in culture.  One set of cells have been exposed to ketamine and show very bright staining as the cell's mitochondria struggle to survive (credit: Dr Simon Baker)
New effects of ketamine abuse uncovered

Posted on Friday 18 March 2016

Research conducted by scientists at the University of York has revealed how recreational ketamine abuse damages the bladder.


STP, viewed from Pontcysyllte Aquaduct (credit: Velodenz, Flickr)
Antibiotic resistance: it’s a social thing

Posted on Tuesday 15 March 2016

Trace concentrations of antibiotic, such as those found in sewage outfalls, are enough to enable bacteria to keep antibiotic resistance, new research from the University of York has found. The concentrations are much lower than previously anticipated, and help to explain why antibiotic resistance is so persistent in the environment.


A new beginning for Egypt’s ancient capital

Posted on Monday 14 March 2016

A team of archaeologists from the University of York is playing a pivotal role in a major project to give a new lease of life to the ruins of the capital of Ancient Egypt.


Revealing how the brain is configured to process complex spatial forms
Grid cells’ role in human imagination revealed

Posted on Friday 11 March 2016

New research conducted by a University of York scientist has found the first evidence of grid cell activity in healthy volunteers asked to imagine moving through an environment.


Oak tree (credit: Dr Alison Dyke)
York scientists join research to improve oak tree health

Posted on Thursday 10 March 2016

Scientists at the University of York are part of a new £1 million research team to help combat the spread of new diseases in oak trees.


A close-up of worms in a waste water treatment system (trickling filter system) credit: Professor Alistair Boxall
What happens to pharmaceuticals in the digestive system of a bird?

Posted on Wednesday 2 March 2016

Scientists at the University of York have conducted new research into measuring how commonly-prescribed pharmaceuticals behave in the guts of starlings.


Leaf (credit: Julia, York Structural Biology Laboratory)
Researchers’ new advance in quest for second generation biofuels

Posted on Tuesday 1 March 2016

Scientists at the University of York are part of an international research team that has made a significant step forward in understanding the processes naturally occurring enzymes use to degrade microbe-resistant biomass, a key aim in the development of biofuels.


Digitisation of York's Archbishops' Registers
Launch of a digital goldmine: York’s Archbishops’ Registers online for first time

Posted on Monday 29 February 2016

The University of York has launched a website that makes one of the most important collections of historical materials to survive in England today available online.


Facing up to the facts – the Met’s super-recognisers work

Posted on Friday 26 February 2016

Psychologists at the University of York have concluded that officers in an elite face recognition squad in the Metropolitan Police possess extraordinary powers of perception.


The Star Carr Pendant, credit: Harry Robson
11,000 year old pendant is earliest known Mesolithic art in Britain

Posted on Thursday 25 February 2016

An 11,000 year old engraved shale pendant discovered by archaeologists during excavations at the Early Mesolithic site at Star Carr in North Yorkshire is unique in the UK, according to new research.


Credit: Steve Speed
Call to action to improve protest policing

Posted on Tuesday 23 February 2016

Researchers at the University of York and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) have published a new report into the policing of an anti-fracking protest site, calling for an overhaul in police tactics and policies.


Research reveals sea-level changes over nearly three millennia

Posted on Monday 22 February 2016

A new study by an international research team suggests that global sea level rose faster in the 20th century than in any of the 27 previous centuries.


Zanzibar mangroves (credit: Paramita Punwong)
Creation of an island: the extinction of animals on Zanzibar

Posted on Monday 22 February 2016

Researchers at the University of York have been part of the first comprehensive study of how Zanzibar was formed, charting the extinction of various animals from the island.


Children's Worlds
How do children around the world feel about their lives?

Posted on Tuesday 16 February 2016

A major international study, which involved researchers from the University of York, has provided a fresh perspective on how children around the world feel about their lives.


Credit: Jason Bachman
Sweet discovery in leafy greens reveals how sulphur is used by living organisms

Posted on Monday 15 February 2016

A critical discovery about how bacteria feed on an unusual sugar molecule found in leafy green vegetables finally reveals how sulphur is harnessed by living organisms. The work may inform strategies to boost our ‘good’ gut bacteria and promote digestive health.


ADS Club, previously Maria's - photographed in 2009 (credit: Professor John Schofield)
Is Berlin’s underground scene in danger of going to the wall?

Posted on Thursday 11 February 2016

Berlin’s underground heritage – characterised by its alternative techno club scene - is at risk from “gentrification” and there needs to be greater recognition of its cultural significance and contribution to the city’s distinctive character, an archaeologist from the University of York has said.


London skyline (credit: Armando G Alonso, Flickr)
London’s ‘temporary accommodation’ market drives up the costs of homelessness

Posted on Thursday 11 February 2016

A perfect storm of high rents and benefit restrictions means that the cost of homelessness is spiralling in London, according to independent research by the University of York.


The picture shows a model of one of the SAPN particles that has been constructed by Newton Wahome based on a tiling by Giuliana Indelicato, illustrating how tiling theory predicts the surface architecture of the nanoparticle. Wahome and Indelicato are the joint first authors of this paper.
Using mathematics to improve human health

Posted on Tuesday 2 February 2016

Scientists at the Universities of York and Torino have used mathematics as a tool to provide precise details of the structure of protein nanoparticles, potentially making them more useful in vaccine design.


N8 appoints Koen Lamberts, Vice Chancellor of the University of York, as Chair of Board of Directors

Posted on Monday 1 February 2016

The N8 Research Partnership (N8) has announced that Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice Chancellor of the University of York, will take over from Sir Alan Langlands as Chair of the N8 Board of Directors from 1 February 2016.


lightbulb (credit: Thomas Hawk, Flickr)
Research aims for justice in energy policy

Posted on Thursday 21 January 2016

A major new research project led by the University of York will examine the way energy efficiency policies in the UK affect groups who are vulnerable to fuel poverty, and identify a sustainable direction for future policy which is fair to all consumers.


One of the Roman-age skulls found at Driffield Terrace in York (credit: York Archaeological Trust)
Piecing together the gruesome story of York’s headless Romans

Posted on Tuesday 19 January 2016

University of York archaeological scientists were part of an international team that used cutting edge genome technology to cast more light on a mystery that has perplexed archaeologists for more than a decade.


Researchers develop inequality monitoring system to reduce preventable A&E admissions

Posted on Tuesday 19 January 2016

Researchers have developed a set of indicators which could help reduce preventable A&E admissions arising from social inequality – as figures reveal there were almost 38,000 deaths in England in one year from treatable conditions.


Stepping beyond our 3D world

Posted on Monday 18 January 2016

Since the dawn of time, humans have endeavoured to unravel the laws governing the physical world around us. Over centuries we have tried to discover a Theory of Everything.


Science and Technology Facilities Council
York develops UK nuclear theory hub

Posted on Thursday 14 January 2016

University of York physicists will host a series of courses, meetings and a visitor programme bringing together the UK nuclear theory community this year.


Screening technique to reinforce fight against ash dieback

Posted on Wednesday 13 January 2016

Researchers at the University of York led a pioneering study which opens up a new front in the battle against a disease affecting ash trees across Europe.


Piperazine structure
York chemists develop new drug synthesis method

Posted on Tuesday 12 January 2016

Scientists from the University of York have developed a new approach for the synthesis of piperazines – drug compounds used to treat hay fever and HIV.


Professor Jon Timmis
Spin-out wins Innovate UK grant to develop ‘virtual’ drug lab

Posted on Thursday 7 January 2016

A University of York spin-out backed by the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Hub, has been awarded a £300,000 grant from the UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK, sponsored by NC3Rs, to develop a ‘virtual laboratory’ to establish the environmental impact of drugs earlier in discovery and development.


Credit: Mark Woodward
WR universities’ new platform will highlight academic excellence

Posted on Tuesday 5 January 2016

Three of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities have joined forces to set up a new open access digital platform to publish scholarly articles across the academic disciplines.


A far from perfect host

Posted on Monday 4 January 2016

Biologists at the universities of York and Exeter have published new research which shows that an ancient symbiosis is founded entirely on exploitation, not mutual benefit.


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