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News archive: 2019 releases

UK gets new £5 million climate change research centre

Posted on Thursday 21 March 2019

A new £5 million centre, involving researchers from the University of York, will explore how we can live differently in order to tackle climate change.


Expert Reaction: Security challenges of mobile health apps

Posted on Thursday 21 March 2019

An expert in cyber security at the University of York comments on new research from the University of Toronto on the security issues around data sharing by mobile health apps.


Mathematicians reveal swimming prowess of human sperm

Posted on Wednesday 20 March 2019

Researchers have discovered what gives human sperm the strength to succeed in the race to fertilise the egg.


Trials testing new educational methods in schools often fail to produce useful evidence, say researchers

Posted on Friday 15 March 2019

Educational trials aimed at boosting academic achievement in schools are often uninformative, new research suggests.


Bacteria ‘trap’ could help slow down antibiotic resistance

Posted on Thursday 14 March 2019

Scientists have developed a new and faster test for identifying how single bacteria react to antibiotics, which could help in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.


Expert Reaction: Protecting the Ascension Island

Posted on Wednesday 13 March 2019

An expert in Marine Conservation at the University of York comments on the Chancellor's Spring Statement pledge to declare 445,000 square kilometres of ocean around Ascension Island as a Marine Protected Area.


Brain Awareness Week: How an app could help scientists understand memory

Posted on Monday 11 March 2019

An academic at the University of York is appealing for people to download a free app and take part in a series of games as part of a research project looking at memory and ageing.


Expert Reaction: Deadly tree disease spreading fast

Posted on Friday 8 March 2019

A University of York expert comments on the recent news that the deadly tree fungus, ash dieback, is spreading more quickly than previously anticipated.


Putting the brake on our immune system’s response

Posted on Monday 4 March 2019

Researchers have discovered how a tiny molecule known as miR-132 acts as a “handbrake” on our immune system – helping us fight infection.


Expert Reaction: Conflict over Kashmir

Posted on Wednesday 27 February 2019

An expert in political change and social transformation in the Global South comments on the growing conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.


It might be stretching the point, but you really can feel like Mr Fantastic

Posted on Wednesday 27 February 2019

Everyone dreams of having superhero powers. Well, scientists say it is now possible to believe, albeit fleetingly, that you have the powers of Mr Fantastic.


Disadvantaged boys benefit most from early school years

Posted on Thursday 21 February 2019

Boys from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit most from early schooling, helping to narrow the skills gap with boys from high socio-economic backgrounds, according to new research.


Letters reveal Charles Dickens tried to place his wife in an asylum

Posted on Wednesday 20 February 2019

Analysis of previously unseen letters has shed new light on Charles Dickens’s troubled relationship with his wife Catherine – revealing at one point he attempted to have her committed to a mental asylum.


Catch me if you can: Study reveals disguises are surprisingly effective

Posted on Monday 18 February 2019

Superficial but deliberate changes in someone’s facial appearance – such as a new hairstyle or complexion - are surprisingly effective in identity deception, new research suggests.


Expert reaction: Labour Party split

Posted on Monday 18 February 2019

An expert in British politics from the University of York comments on the news that seven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.


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University pledges commitment to the local community

Posted on Monday 11 February 2019

The University of York is among 30 institutions to sign the new “Civic University Agreement” - pledging to prioritise the economy and quality of life in the local community.


One Planet Week: Waste plastic from science labs would fill over 100 bathtubs a year, say researchers

Posted on Monday 11 February 2019

Researchers at the University of York have created a new system for recycling single-use plastics used in some scientific experiments.


Could theatre be a way forward in communicating conservation messages?

Posted on Thursday 7 February 2019

Theatre performances in zoos can be effective in increasing knowledge of important conservation messages, a study at the University of York has revealed.


Fruit and vegetables important for mental well-being

Posted on Wednesday 6 February 2019

Consuming more fruit and vegetables can improve your mental well-being, according to a new study.


Side-effects not fully reported in more than 30% of healthcare reviews

Posted on Wednesday 6 February 2019

The potential side-effects of health interventions were not fully reported in more than a third of published health study reviews, research at the University of York has shown.


Expert Reaction: Record number of alcohol-related deaths

Posted on Tuesday 5 February 2019

The number of alcohol-related deaths has reached a new high, according to the latest figures from NHS Digital.


Sustainable housing projects should rely less on resident behaviour to succeed

Posted on Friday 1 February 2019

A new report has shown that sustainable housing developments should rely less on residents adapting their behaviour to achieve environmentally-friendly outcomes, and more on built-in home features.


E-cigarettes more effective than nicotine replacement therapies

Posted on Thursday 31 January 2019

E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as nicotine replacement treatments, such as patches and gum, at helping smokers to quit, according to a new clinical trial.


Delays in blood cancer diagnosis could be avoided, study finds

Posted on Tuesday 29 January 2019

Many patients with lymphoma take longer to be diagnosed than expected, with some thinking these delays could have been avoided, a new report from the University of York has found.


Presidents disadvantage a country’s economy, new research suggests

Posted on Wednesday 23 January 2019

New research suggests presidential systems are worse for a country’s economy than parliamentary forms of government.


Emergency caesareans put new mothers at higher risk of developing postnatal depression, according to new research

Posted on Wednesday 23 January 2019

A new study has revealed first-time mothers who give birth via unplanned caesarean section are 15% more likely to experience postnatal depression.


Mental health claimants more than twice as likely to lose their benefits as non-psychiatric claimants

Posted on Tuesday 22 January 2019

People who are mentally ill are 2.4 times more likely than claimants with non-psychiatric conditions to lose their existing benefits following a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) eligibility assessment, research has found.


York and Maastricht universities announce major partnership

Posted on Monday 21 January 2019

The University of York and Maastricht University have now concluded the details of an initial £3m investment deal to position their partnership as a strategic response to Brexit and deliver a suite of collaborative joint initiatives.


Street light switch-off benefits night-time pollinators

Posted on Monday 21 January 2019

Switching off street lights in the middle of the night to save money and energy could have a positive knock-on effect on nocturnal pollinators, according to new research.


Expert Reaction: January's total lunar eclipse

Posted on Friday 18 January 2019

Host of the astronomy podcast Syzygy comments on what to expect from January's total lunar eclipse.


Tanzania forest protected as a result of major scientific discoveries

Posted on Wednesday 16 January 2019

The United Republic of Tanzania has announced it will protect a globally unique forest ecosystem in East Africa, following research that demonstrated it is under threat from illegal activities including tree-cutting for charcoal and the poaching of elephants and other animals.


Dr Peter Hurst, Senior Technologist, working in the BDC’s process development scale-up facility.
New funding available to develop Yorkshire’s bioeconomy

Posted on Monday 14 January 2019

The University of York has been awarded £1.5m to support the growth of Yorkshire businesses that deliver innovative products, processes or services related to renewable, biological resources.


Expert reaction: Defra’s clean air strategy

Posted on Monday 14 January 2019

An expert in atmospheric chemistry from the University of York reacts to the Government’s new plans to tackle air pollution.


Tate Modern director and Hollywood film editor among University honours

Posted on Monday 14 January 2019

Director of Tate Modern, Frances Morris, and British film editor, Joe Walker are among six leading figures to receive honorary degrees from the University of York this week.


£10m Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity announced

Posted on Friday 11 January 2019

The Leverhulme Trust Board has announced it will fund up to £10 million over the next 10 years to establish a new centre for research on biodiversity change at the University of York.


New £2.17m centre for excellence to boost modern foreign language skills

Posted on Thursday 10 January 2019

The University of York has been awarded government funding to launch England’s first modern foreign languages (MFL) centre for excellence.


Lighting up the way medical students learn anatomy

Posted on Thursday 10 January 2019

Body painting is considered by some to be the most ancient form of art. Its origins stem from tribal cultures, where its use was for ritual and ceremony. Today it is a familiar sight at carnivals and sporting events.


Ultramarine pigment may reveal forgotten female scribes of medieval monasteries

Posted on Wednesday 9 January 2019

Precious blue pigment preserved in the dental plaque of an 11th-century woman has revealed the earliest evidence that medieval women may have been the artists behind some of Europe’s most richly illustrated books.


University of York generates £1.8 billion for UK economy

Posted on Wednesday 9 January 2019

The University of York generates £1.8 billion for the UK economy according to an independent report by London Economics.


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