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Universities criticised for potentially “very dangerous” collaboration with Iranian University 

Researchers from the UK, the US, and Australia, collaborated with researchers at an Iranian university, which could potentially be “very dangerous” according to experts. The research focused on the use…

Edinburgh professor secures memory of daring escape from slavery

A professor at the University of Edinburgh has successfully secured a ‘blue plaque’ in memory of two escaped slaves and abolitionist campaigners. An English Heritage London blue plaque will now…

Edinburgh study shows future measures must avoid prolonging the pandemic

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have concluded that long-term deaths will increase as a result of blanket lockdown measures being reintroduced, having reanalysed government data. In a broad study…

Let sleeping lizards lie and dream their sweet dreams

Sleep is a big part of human lives. A healthy night’s sleep is meant to be seven to nine hours per night, making up roughly one third of our 24-hour…

Humans may be able to sense the magnetic field of the earth

Humans may just have become members of a very eclectic club. Fruit flies, homing pigeons, bats, mole-rat, and turtles are among the diverse creatures unified by an intriguing characteristic: the…

The lessons learnt from the lamprey’s spinal cord regeneration

You could be forgiven for never having heard of the lamprey, an obscure lineage of fish that shared a common ancestor with humans approximately 550 million years ago. In fact,…

Study finds potential link between Alzheimer’s disease and gum disease

A landmark study published in Science Advances has found evidence suggesting that the bacterium responsible for gum disease, called Porphyromonas gingivalis, may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s…

New study finds blood vessels passing through ‘solid’ bone

As a species, humans understand a lot about their own physiology. Right down to the microscopic scale, we can describe systems and components that affect our health and wellbeing. And…