UK Research

In Defence of Bedsharing - Dispelling the Shoddy Science and Examining the Facts

Zion Lights | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zion Lights

We need to inform parents about their choices instead of scaring them into avoiding bedsharing.

We Don't Really Know Why or How Psychological Treatments Work, and We Need To

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cynthia Joyce

The development of effective and evidence-based psychological treatments is one of the major triumphs of the last decades. And based on this triumph, some folks say we don't really need to know why they work, we just need more of them. But that is jumping the gun on policy, and may just further embed the status quo into our management of mental health problems.

What You Need to Know About the Next Generation of Women

Jenny Garrett | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

Contrary to the common portrayal of young women as selfie taking celebrity obsessives, wrestling with self-confidence and body issues, the findings offer an alternative perspective on a generation of girls comfortable in their own skin, driven by opportunity and liberated by technology.

Is Organic Food Better for You? Nutrition, Anti-Oxidants and New Research

Guy Watson | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Guy Watson

An international panel have looked at the data from 343 peer-reviewed, published studies in every possible way, and concluded that there are very significant nutritional benefits to be had from eating organic food.

Europe Needs Smarter Investment in Education and Research Infrastructure

Anka Mulder | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech
Anka Mulder

The return on investment will be high for Europe if we get it right, including: a reinvigorated research and education infrastructure, attraction of the best students and faculty, a better skilled workforce, and enhanced competitive advantage vis a vis the rest of the world.

Facebook Mood Manipulation Is Bad for Us All

Matt Churchill | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Matt Churchill

What they did was not ethical. By testing out a theory on unsuspecting users, they were deliberately interfering with the choices they made, whether it is in terms of what status updates they published or what content they interacted with. That doesn't sit right with me.

How University Research Inspired the Public During Universities Week 2014

Nicola Dandridge | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nicola Dandridge

UK universities are at the forefront of some of the most pioneering and innovative research found in the world today. We are one of the most significant research powers, competing with the best internationally.

Is Erotica Bad for the Brain?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Frequent brain activation caused by pornography exposure could lead to structural 'wearing' and reduced activity of the underlying brain regions. This in turn results in a higher need for external stimulation of this reward system. This then produces a tendency to search for novel and more extreme sexual material.

Generation NCD: Searching For the Scientists to Tackle Africa's Next Healthcare Challenge

James Shannon | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK
James Shannon

Africa and its healthcare needs are changing. As its economic landscape shifts, burgeoning wealth co-exists with extreme poverty. While infectious diseases like malaria and HIV still place huge pressure on Africa, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and diabetes pose an increasing threat.

Unpeeling the Impacts of Poverty

Harriet Lamb | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade is a large, complex work in progress. We have never claimed to tackle all the many injustices that grind down people living in poverty, or to have achieved trade nirvana balancing all of global trade's problems with a magic Mark...

Australia Needs a Killer App

Alex Malley | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Tech
Alex Malley

How do you develop a culture of innovation? This is the question vexing governments the world over as they struggle to harness the potential of changes in the global economy and seize the opportunities of technological and biomedical advancements.

Socialising the Web of Data

Alice Bonasio | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Tech
Alice Bonasio

What we see with data today is a similar situation to what we had in the era prior to Web 2.0, where there was a lot of content around, but socialisation over that content was not enabled. Just as we've seen with the social media boom of recent years, however, there is now an opportunity and appetite for creating communities of interest around the socialisation of data.

Cancer Survival Rates - We're Getting Better at It

Sue Dewey | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Dewey

The improved statistics are clear justification of the billions of pounds that are currently being spent on cancer research in the quest for earlier and more accurate diagnosis - particularly for hard to pinpoint cancers.

When to Talk About Research?

Karen Sadler | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Sadler

Women who are obese and develop breast cancer are 41 per cent more likely to die earlier than women who are in the normal weight range before diagnosis.

Chemsex and the City

Robert Ince | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Ince

It seems incongruous and a little ironic that in the same month that gay marriage became legal in the UK, a new report sheds light on an emerging phenomenon involving some gay men who seemingly have their finger on the self-destruct button.

World Day for Animals in Laboratories 2014

Victoria Martindale | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Victoria Martindale

Countries like the EU, Israel and India have already banned the use of animals in cosmetic testing because animals don't predict the human response. We know this. We know that animals do not provide biologically meaningful human substitutes- and yet we continue to sustain these methods in medical research with our funds and faith.

Innovation Is the Product of Differences

Ehsan Khodarahmi | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK
Ehsan Khodarahmi

In the old days, people had one job throughout their entire life or if they felt very brave, they had two jobs. They worked 30 years or more to retire; but things have changed and the old days are nothing other than history for the youths and memories for those lived those days.

Disney Has Created a Robot Army (and They're Adorable)

Mat Greenfield | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mat Greenfield

Each Pixelbot manoeuvres around a surface on two magnetic wheels, altering its position and colour to act as one pixel in a larger image. Disney Research has developed algorithms based on swarm robotics, which allows the emergence of group behaviour through the actions of individual agents.

Robin Hood 2.0: A New Hope for Cancer Patients?

Dr Penny Woods | Posted 13.06.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 25.05.2014 | 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 17.05.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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 04.05.2014 | 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 30.04.2014 | 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.