UK Research

Robin Hood 2.0: A New Hope for Cancer Patients?

Dr Penny Woods | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Dr Penny Woods

It is estimated that more than 60,000 people will die from this dreadful disease over the next 30 years unless new treatments are discovered. Yet research into meso - the only thing that is likely to find those treatments - is shamefully underfunded, receiving a fraction of the investment received by diseases that kill similar number of people, such as skin cancer.

Why Volunteers Are Vital to Conservation Research Projects

Frontier | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Frontier

When volunteers come out to conservation projects they like to get involved with surveys in the hope of seeing interesting animals. But volunteers don't always realise where the data they are helping to collect goes.

Reaction to No Makeup Selfies Reveals How Most of Us Really Feel About Cosmetics

The Conversation UK | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Conversation UK

What do you think the opposite sex finds attractive in you? If you're a guy, do you think that women prefer bulging muscles and washboard abs? Or, if you're a woman, maybe you think men prefer skinny girls, like the ones we see on the catwalk? If so, you're likely mistaken.

New Study Questions Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease

Layne Lieberman | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Layne Lieberman

In my opinion, based on the findings of this paper there is no evidence to tell people to consume a diet high in saturated fat. It is still a bad idea to eats lots of fast-food burgers and processed hot dogs. Yet, a diet rich in plant-based foods protects our health.

Neknominate: Getting Behind a Viral Craze

Adam Burgess | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Tech
Adam Burgess

Researchers at the University of Kent and Royal Holloway are in the process of studying the motivations, responses and concerns of those who have been NekNominated. We're interested in the role that peer pressure is playing in how people respond to these social media-based nominations...

No, We Haven't Closed the Gender Gap, But We Are Getting Closer - Why Education is the Key to Equality

Marianne Stenger | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marianne Stenger

Whenever I bring up the topic of gender equality, be it with friends, co-workers or acquaintances on social media, there is always someone who will try to point out that gender inequality is no longer really an issue in Western society...

A No-brainer for Unlocking Science

Alice Bonasio | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Tech
Alice Bonasio

It's no secret that better collaboration between scientists can lead to new insights and faster discoveries, and the world's richest countries are now using this idea globally to push for a dementia cure.

If It Heals You Does It Need to Be Measured?

Tony Lobl | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a "divine connection" - often called prayer - are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life's immeasurables.

The Promise of Placebos - and the Promise Beyond?

Tony Lobl | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

"The placebo effect is real, quantifiable and in fact you're doing quite well with an active therapy if you can get as good a response as the placebo response," said Professor Jon Stoessl, director of the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia.

New Research Shows Why Retailers Must Harness Digital to Turn Off Shopper 'Auto-pilot'

Mark Artus | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Artus

This new era means that the customer is in total control and will treat standard operating procedures with disdain. Catalina's research shows retailers and brands alike must embrace this new dawn, innovate around these new digital enablers and create enjoyable, meaningful shopping experiences.

Understanding Social Media in the Middle East

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

In my part of the world, the Middle East, Facebook is equally popular. In fact there are those who have argued that Facebook played a fundamental role in some of the political changes we have seen in the past couple of years.

Will 2014 Be Another Year of Tears or the Beginning of Real Hope That We Will See an End to FGM?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

Later this week I am travelling to East Africa and I will spend a month meeting with anti-FGM campaigners, representatives from governments and non-governmental organisations working on development programmes and/or violence against women initiatives...

Finding the Right Student House

Danielle Lowe | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Time at university flies by for most students. Days blend in with the next as we stay up late reading for tomorrows class, getting that essay written, preparing for that exam next week or having a good time with friends.

Openness in Animal Research Must Mean More Than a Pre-Arranged Visit Around a Laboratory

Michelle Thew | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

We assume we live a free country; we can speak freely and know the truth. But I believe that being confronted by the truth can be a reminder of how elusive a commodity truth is and how often - quite deliberately - we're kept in the dark.

A Large-Scale Research Project Into Early Signs of Autism and ADHD Is Long Overdue

Dr Emily Jones | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Emily Jones

On Thursday 23 January, my team at the Babylab at Birkbeck, University of London, together with similar teams from across Europe, is launching a new study of infants with older siblings with autism or ADHD. For infants with an older sibling with autism or ADHD, the chances of also having one of the conditions may climb to 20%.

Companies Need to Put Data at the Heart of All Communications Strategies

Sara Benwell | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Sara Benwell

Data has always been important in communications, but it has never been more critical than it is now. In today's world, newspapers are facing increasing pressure to cut costs and produce more news in less time.

The View From Benefits Street

Laurence Stellings | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Laurence Stellings

While few political commentators, bloggers and pundits have yet to offer a view on Channel 4's Benefits Street, a programme dubbed 'poverty porn' by critics, there is one voice largely missing from the debate: that of those receiving benefits across Britain.

Legacy of Horsemeat Scandal Hangs Over Food Industry

Gavin Megaw | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Gavin Megaw

George Bernard Shaw once said, "Success does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same one a second time." One year on from the horsemeat scandal and the food industry is in danger of doing exactly that.

How Your Medical Records Could Save Lives

Professor Peter Weissberg | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Peter Weissberg

We've seen examples of this in the past where researchers have been able to highlight aspects of lifestyle that affect the risk of developing disease. This past week marked the 50th anniversary of the US Surgeon General report on smoking, which for the first time in the US highlighted the significant health harms to the general public from smoking.

Why Things Can Only Get Worse in 2014

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

The dawn of a New Year is a looking forward to what is to come and for reflection, a time for taking stock. There are two things we know will happen during 2014...

Lies, Damned Lies and Rhetoric

Jane Mansour | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Mansour

The issues most susceptible to the rhetoric over research approach from politicians and the media - welfare, immigration, spending - are likely to be central to elections in both the US and the UK over the next few years.

Maintaining Public Trust in Film Classification

David Cooke | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
David Cooke

We believe that public consultation is crucial to continued public trust in what we do. Our new Classification Guidelines reflect explicitly concerns raised by the public during the 2013 consultation and will, I believe, ensure that we continue to be in step with what the public wants and expects in order to make sensible and informed viewing decisions.

The Terror in a Space Odyssey

Victoria Martindale | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Victoria Martindale

Iran's announcement that it has sent a monkey into space has caused a bit of a stir. Space exploration- that highest frontier of transformative technology pushing out beyond the Earth- has long reigned as futuristic and radical as science can get.

Lucy Sherriff

Newcastle Uni Ends Capture Of Wild Primates For 'Disturbing' Animal Experiments

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Newcastle University has announced it will be stopping its controversial capturing of wild primates for animal experiments, following public pressure....

Making Personal Technology, Professional: Where Will We Go Next?

Brendan Walsh | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Walsh

Individual employees can use the cloud to connect with each other even when working outside the office, and mobiles are today as ubiquitous as having a pen to write with.