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News archive: Research press releases 2019

Unique Iron Age shield gives insight into prehistoric technology

Posted on Thursday 23 May 2019

A unique bark shield, thought to have been constructed with wooden laths during the Iron Age, has provided new insight into the construction and design of prehistoric weaponry.


Expert Reaction: India election results 2019

Posted on Thursday 23 May 2019

An expert in politics of the Global South at the University of York comments on the latest poll count in the India elections 2019.


Thoughts on body image in pregnancy important indicator of emotional wellbeing

Posted on Thursday 23 May 2019

Researchers have shown that a new way of assessing women’s relationship with their bodies during pregnancy could help predict how well the mother might bond with her unborn baby and her longer-term emotional wellbeing.


University of York researcher named among Nation’s Lifesavers

Posted on Thursday 16 May 2019

Professor Stephen Smith and his team have been recognised for their research into the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s.


York researcher to study medicinal potential of East Asian tree

Posted on Thursday 9 May 2019

A University of York researcher has been awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to investigate how a small tree native to East Asia could help in the creation of new medicines.


York theatre expert advises on new Royal Shakespeare Company production

Posted on Thursday 9 May 2019

A specialist in 17th century theatre at the University of York is Expert Advisor to the new Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production of John Vanbrugh’s The Provoked Wife.


Expert Reaction: Meghan Markle and pregnancy body image

Posted on Wednesday 8 May 2019

An expert in body image at the University of York comments on the pressures and anxiety that pregnant women and new mothers can experience, following the first interview with the Duchess of Sussex since giving birth.


University of York academic to explore ethics of face transplants

Posted on Tuesday 7 May 2019

A University of York academic has been awarded a Future Leader Fellowship from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to study the emotional history and ethics of face transplants.


Research reveals freshwater mussel shells were material of choice for prehistoric craftsmen

Posted on Tuesday 7 May 2019

A new study suggests that 6,000 years ago people across Europe shared a cultural tradition of using freshwater mussel shells to craft ornaments.


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York researchers appointed to UK government programme

Posted on Friday 3 May 2019

Researchers from York have been appointed to a new UK government programme examining some of the UK’s most pressing environmental issues to ensure that future policies are informed by the best possible research.


Expert Reaction: House of Lords inquiry into forensic science

Posted on Wednesday 1 May 2019

An expert in digital forensic science at the University of York, and one of the witnesses called to give evidence at the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, reacts to the latest report on reforms to forensic science provision.


Theresa May – the evasive Prime Minister?

Posted on Wednesday 1 May 2019

Research at the University of York has shown that British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is the most evasive when responding to questions compared to the last four Conservative Prime Ministers.


Chatterbox parents may boost tots’ intelligence

Posted on Monday 29 April 2019

Researchers have found that young children who are exposed to large amounts of adult speech tend to have better cognitive skills.


Expert reaction: Spain election

Posted on Monday 29 April 2019

An expert in Spanish politics comments on the results of Spain’s election, where the country’s governing socialists have won, but fallen short of a majority.


Mind the gap – new study examines pay and job rank among academic economists

Posted on Monday 29 April 2019

The pay gap between male and female economists at UK universities has not fallen for 20 years, a new study has revealed.


Expert Reaction: Notre Dame Cathedral fire

Posted on Tuesday 16 April 2019

Experts in archaeology, music, history, history of art, and medieval studies at the University of York give their reactions to the Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris.


Expert Reaction: Disney+ makes its mark

Posted on Friday 12 April 2019

An expert in film and television production at the University of York comments on Disney’s latest project announcements for its new Disney+ streaming service.


Researchers call for rethink of external NHS inspections amid questions of effectiveness

Posted on Friday 12 April 2019

Researchers at the University of York have shown that costly external NHS hospital inspections are not associated with improvements in quality of care.


Expert Reaction: Apple TV announce Oprah and Prince Harry TV project

Posted on Wednesday 10 April 2019

An expert in film and television production at the University of York comments on the latest announcement from Apple TV that Oprah Winfrey and the Duke of Sussex will be working together on a series about mental health.


New intervention doubles quit rate among smokers with severe mental illness

Posted on Monday 8 April 2019

A dedicated intervention to help people with severe mental illness stop smoking can double quit rates at six months compared to standard care, research by the University of York has revealed.


Expert Reaction: Parker Solar Probe orbit of the Sun

Posted on Thursday 4 April 2019

An expert in astrophysics at the University of York comments on the NASA mission to study the Sun using the Parker Solar Probe. The mission aims to make a close flyby of the Sun, attempting to go faster and closer than before.


Scientists map out how to protect third of the world’s oceans by 2030

Posted on Thursday 4 April 2019

Scientists at the University of York have mapped out how to protect over a third of the world’s oceans by 2030, in order to safeguard wildlife and mitigate the impacts of climate change.


More policy work needed to reduce use of smokeless tobacco, say researchers

Posted on Wednesday 3 April 2019

Researchers at the University of York have shown that regulations on smokeless tobacco are still lacking, despite 181 countries agreeing to a common approach to controlling the demand and supply.


Home rehabilitation to help people with heart failure achieve better quality of life

Posted on Tuesday 2 April 2019

A new rehabilitation programme which significantly improves the quality of life of patients with heart failure from the comfort of their own homes will be rolled out at four NHS centres across the UK.


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Lost in translation – how English and German textbooks differ over Europe

Posted on Tuesday 2 April 2019

The way Europe is depicted in some English textbooks for secondary schools could be helping to fuel negative attitudes towards the continent, a study has suggested.


Expert Reaction: Exhibitions mark 500 years since death of Leonardo Da Vinci

Posted on Monday 1 April 2019

An expert in 15th and 16th Century Italian art at the University of York comments on the nationwide exhibitions of Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawings to mark the world-famous artist’s death, 500 years ago.


Expert Reaction: Gabapentin and pregabalin become class C drugs

Posted on Monday 1 April 2019

An expert in mental health and addiction at the University of York comments on the Government’s move to make gabapentin and pregabalin a class C drug.


Feeding red squirrels peanuts may make natural diet a tough nut to crack

Posted on Saturday 30 March 2019

New research suggests a population of red squirrels on the Lancashire coast may have developed weaker bites after snacking on peanuts.


Researchers explore John Ruskin’s ‘Storm Cloud’ in 200 year celebration

Posted on Friday 29 March 2019

Art historians at the University of York have co-curated a major new exhibition and co-edited a book on how John Ruskin’s views on the natural world and environmental change were influenced by the celebrated artist JMW Turner.


Drones could protect coffee plants from devastating fungal disease

Posted on Friday 29 March 2019

A team of UK scientists, including researchers at the University of York, are researching how to apply drone technology to prevent the spread of a fungal disease which devastates coffee crops.


Expert Reaction: New order to exterminate sick grey squirrels and muntjac deer

Posted on Friday 29 March 2019

An expert in ecology, evolution and conservation at the University of York comments on a new government order that requires the extermination of sick or abandoned grey squirrels and muntjac deer in animal care and wildlife rescue centres.


The Serengeti-Mara squeeze – one of the world’s most iconic ecosystems under pressure

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2019

Increased human activity around one of Africa’s most iconic ecosystems is “squeezing the wildlife in its core”, damaging habitation and disrupting the migration routes of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, an international study has concluded.


Expert Reaction: ‘Ruskin, Turner & The Storm Cloud’ exhibition launch

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2019

An art historian at the University of York comments on the launch of the ‘Ruskin, Turner, and the Storm Cloud’ exhibition at York Art Gallery, which marks 200 years since John Ruskin’s birth.


UK’S first ultra-secure quantum network link between research and industry launched

Posted on Tuesday 26 March 2019

Researchers at the University of York have teamed up with colleagues at the University of Cambridge and BT to build a new high-speed link which will enable the development and testing of new quantum technologies.


Expert Reaction: Apple announce video and news streaming service

Posted on Monday 25 March 2019

An expert in film and television production at the University of York comments on Apple's announcement that it will launch a new video and news streaming service.


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.


Expert Reaction: Full moon in March Equinox

Posted on Wednesday 20 March 2019

Director of the University of York's Astrocampus comments on the full moon as it coincides with the March Equinox.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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