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News archive: Research press releases 2024

Fertility control for feral pigeons? Wildlife academics gather in York to debate using contraception to manage animal numbers

Posted on Thursday 13 June 2024

Leading wildlife academics from around the world are set to gather in York for a major workshop exploring how contraception could be used as a humane alternative to controlling animals that have widespread ecological and economic impacts.

Report reveals barriers to providing nutritious food in early years childcare settings

Posted on Tuesday 4 June 2024

Some nurseries are struggling to source healthy local food due to lack of funding and a workforce crisis, with some resorting to going to the local corner shop to buy lunches for children, according to the authors of a new report.

Lost in lockdown: Study reveals feeling isolated from others can warp our perception of time

Posted on Tuesday 4 June 2024

Feelings of loneliness and social isolation during the pandemic left many people confused about the order of events and struggling to remember what day of the week it was, a new study reveals.

Secrets of sargassum: Scientists advance knowledge of seaweed causing chaos in the Caribbean and West Africa

Posted on Monday 27 May 2024

Researchers have been working to track and study floating sargassum, a prolific seaweed swamping Caribbean and West African shorelines, and causing environmental and economic harm.

3D printing explores a ‘Wonder of Pollen’ in new partnership between the University of York and RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Posted on Thursday 23 May 2024

The world of pollen is being explored in a new way, using experimental 3D printing techniques in a pioneering partnership between the University of York and RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

Scientists team up with York Hospital to study DNA mutations behind blood cancers

Posted on Thursday 23 May 2024

Scientists from the University of York are working with doctors and patients at York Hospital to understand the DNA mutations linked to a group of chronic blood cancers, and investigate why, in some cases, they can suddenly become more aggressive.

Protection of saltmarshes is vital for climate change mitigation, researchers warn

Posted on Wednesday 22 May 2024

The UK’s saltmarshes are under threat from climate change, coastal erosion, and sea-level rise, according to a new study.

New drive to put parents and carers at heart of child poverty debate in Scotland

Posted on Monday 20 May 2024

The University of York and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) are launching a drive to engage parents and carers from across Scotland to share their everyday experiences of living on a low income.

UK free school meal allowances not enough to provide healthy lunches, research reveals

Posted on Friday 17 May 2024

Students from lower-income backgrounds are struggling to buy healthy school lunches with free school meal allowances, a new study by the University of York has found.

Archaeologists excavate medieval timber hall at historic Skipsea site

Posted on Monday 13 May 2024

A team of archaeologists at the University of York have returned to Skipsea in East Yorkshire to excavate the remains of a medieval timber hall uncovered near the site of a Norman castle.

Bullying significant issue for young people in aftermath of eye cancer, study shows

Posted on Thursday 9 May 2024

Young people who have undergone successful treatment for eye cancer are often subject to bullying and require psychological support, a new study has revealed.

University of York agrees partnership with U.S company to “revolutionise” MRI technology

Posted on Wednesday 8 May 2024

The University of York is set to transform the landscape of MRI scans through a groundbreaking partnership with the innovative U.S-based tech company, Vizma.AI

Power imbalances and hierarchy prevent doctors from working effectively in teams, new research shows

Posted on Wednesday 8 May 2024

Doctors under pressure are being prevented from working effectively in teams by power imbalances and negative hierarchies, a new study has found.

Who rules the roost? New research reveals tots play key role in shaping the home environment

Posted on Tuesday 7 May 2024

Toddlers call the shots at home, according to new research, confirming what parents have long suspected.

York to co-lead £2.5m project to explore impact of justice system reform and funding cuts

Posted on Wednesday 1 May 2024

A new £2.5m project will explore the effects of significant funding cuts and major procedural reforms on our justice system over the past 15 years.

Report calls for urgent action to boost children’s mental health support through schools

Posted on Friday 26 April 2024

A new report sets out an evidence-based plan to improve the mental health of the one in five children in England with a probable mental health condition.

Climate change set to take over as key driver of biodiversity loss by 2050, experts warn

Posted on Thursday 25 April 2024

By mid-century climate change is set to become the primary cause of biodiversity loss, but there is still time to reduce the impact on global ecosystems and species, scientists say.

Conservation actions are effective at halting and reversing biodiversity loss, study reveals

Posted on Thursday 25 April 2024

Nature conservation is successful in halting and reversing biodiversity loss, according to the findings of a major new study co-authored by a University of York academic.

New research examines the risk of developing Long Covid

Posted on Thursday 25 April 2024

A new study carried out by researchers at the University of York suggests that on average 9% of people who catch COVID-19 may be at risk of developing Long Covid.

University of York awarded £1.1 million to lead the first stage of UK’s first comprehensive study on devolution and social security

Posted on Thursday 25 April 2024

The University of York will lead a new multi-institutional partnership to explore the differences in how social security is designed and delivered across different parts of the UK.

More hybrid and nature-based solutions are urgently needed to protect coastal communities from climate change

Posted on Wednesday 24 April 2024

Coastal areas can be better protected from the effects of climate change and rising sea levels if both nature-based solutions are combined with ‘hard’ coastal defences, a new study has found.

New butterfly species created 200,000 years ago by two species interbreeding

Posted on Thursday 18 April 2024

Researchers have shown that an Amazonian butterfly is a hybrid species, formed by two other species breeding together almost 200,000 years ago.

Children in the North at greater risk of entering care

Posted on Wednesday 17 April 2024

A new report has revealed the £25 billion burden placed on stretched services for children in care in the North of England.

Boreal forest and tundra regions worst hit over next 500 years of climate change, study shows

Posted on Monday 8 April 2024

The boreal forest, covering much of Canada and Alaska, and the treeless shrublands to the north of the forest region, may be among the worst impacted by climate change over the next 500 years, according to a new study.

Researchers developing ultra-sensitive blood test with potential to revolutionise diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

Posted on Thursday 4 April 2024

Researchers at the University of York are using light-based technology to develop a simple and cost-effective blood test for Alzheimer’s disease.

Attitudes to being an adult are shifting as traditional milestones become out of reach, new study finds

Posted on Wednesday 27 March 2024

Attitudes towards what it means to be an adult are shifting as traditional milestones such as marriage and parenthood become out of reach, a new study suggests.

Scientists uncover evidence that microplastics are contaminating archaeological remains

Posted on Thursday 21 March 2024

Researchers have for the first time discovered evidence of microplastic contamination in archaeological soil samples.

More evidence needed to understand consumer behaviour around no and low-alcoholic drinks

Posted on Tuesday 19 March 2024

There is not yet enough data on consumer behaviour around no-and-low alcoholic (NOLO) drinks to position them as the ‘healthy’ alternative to alcoholic beverages, say researchers.

Researchers call for support for traditional Nigerian bakeries to shift to clean energy to reduce deforestation

Posted on Tuesday 19 March 2024

Bakeries in Nigeria which use traditional open ovens fuelled by hardwood cut from local forests are contributing to rapid deforestation and climate change, according to a study from academics working in Nigeria and from the University of York and UCL.

Menopause explains why some female whales live so long

Posted on Wednesday 13 March 2024

Females of some whale species have evolved to live drastically longer lives so they can care for their families, new research involving a University of York academic shows.

York researchers receive funding to train scientists and engineers leading the way on fusion energy and net zero goals

Posted on Tuesday 12 March 2024

Researchers at the University of York will receive funding for three Centres of Doctoral Training (CDTs) from the UK’s biggest-ever investment in engineering and physical sciences doctoral skills.

Researchers set to tackle the growing wild boar problem with oral contraception in innovative wildlife fertility programme

Posted on Friday 8 March 2024

Wild boar are to be given oral contraception in a pioneering programme to control the numbers of an animal that is becoming an increasing problem around parts of Europe.

Loss of nature costs more than previously estimated, according to new study

Posted on Thursday 7 March 2024

Researchers propose that governments apply a new method for calculating the benefits that arise from conserving biodiversity and nature for future generations.

New dressing robot can ‘mimic’ the actions of care-workers

Posted on Monday 4 March 2024

Scientists have developed a new robot that can ‘mimic’ the two-handed movements of care-workers as they dress an individual.

New UK-wide project launched to transform the culture and practice of research supervision

Posted on Tuesday 27 February 2024

The £4.6m Next Generation Research SuperVision Project (RSVP) was officially launched today, celebrating the project’s ambition to enhance and provide consistency in the supervision of postgraduate research across the UK.

Butterflies mimic each other’s flight behaviour to avoid predators

Posted on Monday 26 February 2024

Researchers have shown that inedible species of butterfly, that mimic each other's colour patterns, have also evolved similar flight behaviours to warn predators and avoid being eaten.

Diagnosing endometriosis takes an average of almost 7 years, study shows

Posted on Thursday 22 February 2024

Endometriosis takes an average of 6.6 years to be diagnosed worldwide, with delays of up to 27 years reported in the UK, researchers at the University of York have found.

Research reveals GCSE results may have far-reaching impact on adult life

Posted on Thursday 22 February 2024

GCSE grades are a powerful predictor of future life outcomes, particularly for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, new research suggests.

Net zero policy risks making the poor poorer, according to new study

Posted on Wednesday 21 February 2024

The poorest 40 per cent of UK households will be most impacted by existing net zero policies, leading to further deprivation and exclusion, new research reveals.

Report calls for urgent changes to social security system to “lift one million from poverty overnight”

Posted on Wednesday 21 February 2024

A University of York academic has co-authored a report offering costed recommendations to alleviate poverty for one million people.

Could AI and robotics reduce emergency room waiting time?

Posted on Tuesday 20 February 2024

Scientists are investigating the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics to support medics in triaging patients that visit hospital emergency rooms.

University of York part of project to look at how AI could reshape the museum and heritage sector

Posted on Thursday 15 February 2024

AI could be responsibly used in the museum and heritage sector to enrich the way stories about human and natural history can be told, according to a University of York academic.

New research asks: what could motivate global action on climate change?

Posted on Tuesday 13 February 2024

With the window for climate action closing fast, scientists have posed the question: what would motivate people to change their behaviour?

York researchers to receive UKRI funding to transform solutions in food production, metal contamination and agricultural waste

Posted on Tuesday 13 February 2024

University of York researchers have won three awards under a new £100m Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council initiative to unlock the UK's Engineering Biology potential.

Green doesn’t always mean clean: cleaning products urgently need better regulation, researchers warn

Posted on Friday 9 February 2024

Many cleaning products labelled as “green” emit just as many harmful chemicals as regular products, new research has revealed.

Social media adverts impact vaping behaviours among young people, study shows

Posted on Thursday 8 February 2024

Viewing e-cigarette adverts and content on social media - often endorsed by celebrities and social media influencers - is fueling the popularity of vaping among young users, according to a study from researchers at the University of York.

New research reveals too many ‘broken promises’ in the fishing industry post-Brexit

Posted on Wednesday 7 February 2024

Rebuilding trust in fisheries governance will be vital in creating a sustainable industry post-Brexit, according to new research involving the University of York.

York academics collaborate on soundtrack of BAFTA-nominated film

Posted on Wednesday 7 February 2024

An academic from the University of York, who mixed the soundtrack to a short film about the healing power of knitting, has spoken of her pride after it was nominated for a prestigious BAFTA 2024 Best Short Animation Award.

Psychological care delivered over the phone is an effective way to combat loneliness and depression, according to a major new study

Posted on Thursday 1 February 2024

Depression and loneliness can be prevented using structured, telephone-based psychological care, delivered over eight weeks, according to new research.

Huge tsunami may have wiped out Stone Age communities in Northumberland, according to study

Posted on Thursday 25 January 2024

An enormous tsunami with gigantic waves reaching 20 metres submerged large parts of northern Europe and may have wiped out populations of people in Stone Age Britain, a new University of York study has discovered.

Urgent reform is needed to help prevent veterans’ homelessness, according to new report

Posted on Tuesday 23 January 2024

A new report calls for reform to help ex-Service personnel avoid homelessness and rough sleeping.

Trophy fishing, what’s the catch? Decline in record catches for threatened species, research shows

Posted on Friday 19 January 2024

New research mapping long-term international trends in trophy fishing has found declines in the number of record catches for threatened species, adding to a growing body of evidence that these types of fish and sharks are becoming increasingly scarce.

First prehistoric person with Turner syndrome identified from ancient DNA

Posted on Thursday 11 January 2024

Researchers have identified the first prehistoric person with mosaic Turner syndrome - characterised by one X chromosome instead of two - who lived about 2500 years ago.

University spin-out company to tackle rheumatoid arthritis

Posted on Tuesday 9 January 2024

A University of York spin-out company aims to produce a novel treatment created from engineered human stem cells in the fight against arthritic disease in both adults and children.

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