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News archive: 2018 releases

Fungal enzymes could hold secret to making renewable energy from wood

Posted on Friday 16 February 2018

An international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, has discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one of the main components of wood.

GP funding has “unfair London bias”

Posted on Thursday 15 February 2018

New research involving researchers at the University of York has revealed that primary care funding in England is not distributed according to local health needs.

Self-delivered cardiac rehabilitation programmes could benefit harder to reach communities

Posted on Thursday 15 February 2018

Self-delivered cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programmes could benefit some “harder to reach” members of society, new research by the University of York reveals.

Expert Reaction: Anti-harassment guidelines announced for film industry

Posted on Wednesday 14 February 2018

Actress and HeForShe spokesperson, Emma Watson, has welcomed new guidelines to help prevent sexual harassment and bullying in the British film, television and gaming industry.

Could sugar chains be the answer to bone growth in osteoporosis?

Posted on Wednesday 14 February 2018

Scientists at the University of York have shown that altering the structure of sugar chains on the surface of stem cells could help promote bone growth in the body.

Carefully managed fire can promote rare savannah species

Posted on Wednesday 14 February 2018

Carefully managed fires generate the maximum diversity of birds and mammals in savannahs, new research from the University of York suggests.

Valentine's Day: Is Jane Austen really that romantic?

Posted on Wednesday 14 February 2018

Is Jane Austen as romantic as her readers think she is or could she be a good antidote to Valentine's Day? Dr Emma Major, from the University of York's Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, discusses Austen's depiction of marriage in one of her most celebrated works, Sense and Sensibility.

Widower begins fundraising campaign for lung cancer scholarship at University of York

Posted on Thursday 8 February 2018

A widower is set to run two miles every day for a year to help raise money for a lung cancer research scholarship set up in honour of his wife who died from the disease aged just 37.

New technology could reduce spread of antibiotic resistance genes through compost

Posted on Wednesday 7 February 2018

Scientists at the University of York have found a way to remove antibiotic resistant genes from industrial compost, which could prevent them entering the food chain.

Expert Reaction: #Vote100 in the words of Virginia Woolf

Posted on Tuesday 6 February 2018

Professor Helen Smith, Head of the Department of English and Related Literature, comments on how Virginia Woolf's work gave a voice to the concerns surrounding women's right to vote and earn a reasonable wage:

Rapid land changes forecast for East African savannahs

Posted on Tuesday 6 February 2018

A study, presenting a 5,000-year environmental history of the popular tourist destination, Amboseli National Park in Kenya, has shown that the impact of climate change on land is more rapid than previously thought.

Expert Reaction: 100 years of women's right to vote

Posted on Tuesday 6 February 2018

This year it is 100 years since the Representation of the People Act 1918 - the act which allowed some women in the UK the right to vote.

Patient exposure to X-rays depends on how dentists are paid

Posted on Tuesday 30 January 2018

A major study has found a marked increase in the number of X-rays given by dentists who receive payment for doing them.

Ancient lake reveals a colourful past

Posted on Thursday 25 January 2018

Archaeologists say they may have discovered one of the earliest examples of a ‘crayon’ – possibly used by our ancestors 10,000 years ago for applying colour to their animal skins or for artwork.

Prime Minister announces £20 million for Institute of Coding

Posted on Thursday 25 January 2018

A consortium of more than 60 universities, businesses and industry experts will receive £20 million to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap through a new Institute of Coding.

Sex Pistol cartoons to go on display

Posted on Wednesday 24 January 2018

Artwork sketched on the walls of the Sex Pistols’ London home has gone on display in York.

Gap between rich and poor widening, according to Oxfam report

Posted on Tuesday 23 January 2018

The gap between the super-rich and the rest of the world widened last year as wealth continued to be owned by a small minority, a report by Oxfam has revealed.

Not just for Christmas: Study sheds new light on ancient human-turkey relationship

Posted on Wednesday 17 January 2018

For the first time, research has uncovered the origins of the earliest domestic turkeys in ancient Mexico.

University to award eight Honorary Degrees

Posted on Tuesday 16 January 2018

Leading figures from the world of journalism, politics, business and performing arts are to receive honorary degrees from the University of York this month.

No evidence to support link between violent video games and behaviour

Posted on Tuesday 16 January 2018

Researchers at the University of York have found no evidence to support the theory that video games make players more violent.

York Talks puts University research in the spotlight

Posted on Thursday 11 January 2018

More than 700 people attended a day of inspirational short talks outlining some of the world-leading research taking place at the University of York.

Prestigious Breakthrough Prize awarded to York graduate

Posted on Thursday 11 January 2018

A University of York graduate has been announced as one of five recipients of the prestigious 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

Mental health training for North Yorkshire Police

Posted on Tuesday 9 January 2018

Officers and staff at North Yorkshire Police are to receive mental health training developed through a partnership between the police, the University of York and Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV).

Researchers unlocking potential for next-generation medical scanning

Posted on Monday 8 January 2018

Researchers have developed a new way to magnetise molecules found naturally in the human body, paving the way for a new generation of low-cost magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology that would transform our ability to diagnose and treat diseases including cancer, diabetes and dementia.

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