UK Research

Creativity to Enterprise

Professor Christina Slade | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Professor Christina Slade

The UK creative industries are worth £84.1 billion a year to the UK economy*; an incredible contribution and an area in which the UK shines on a global stage. Our creative exports span across film, music, gaming and publishing (to name but a few), continuously breaking new ground and contributing to the cultural landscape of countries across the world.

Psychiatry, The Brain and the Deep Blue Sea

Professor Sir Simon Wessely | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Tech
Professor Sir Simon Wessely

It has been said that there are still two great unexplored regions left on earth- the deep oceans and the human brain. But whilst much about how the ...

Your Blood Type Is 'Best Indicator' Of Your Risk Of Heart Disease

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Tech

New evidence shows that a patient’s blood type could be the best indicator of their risk of developing heart disease. Published in the journal of Mo...

Researcher Claims To Have Found A Sixth Sense In Humans

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Tech

Humans have a sixth sense that allows them to detect the earth’s magnetic field, according to a scientist. Joe Kirschvink, a researcher from the Cal...

Scientific Research Is Like Lasagne - Here's Why

Dr Helen Rippon | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Helen Rippon

When cancer research hits the headlines it's usually to announce the latest big breakthrough. With cancer affecting so many of us, the media know we are desperate for any new information that genuinely offers hope.

We Created a Tool So Students Can Share Their Work Online to Help Inspire Tomorrow's Researchers

John Hammersley | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Tech
John Hammersley

I'm delighted that a tool we built to help with our own research is now being used by others around the world, and our team is especially proud to have helped support the Nano Ninjas in their robot escapades.

Today's Teenagers Are the Real Education

Trevor Hardy | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Trevor Hardy

Exam season is upon us again, and as the nation's teenagers and young adults look forward to a sweaty summer of swotting up and settling down to a gru...

NHS: Open for Business

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

To try to address some of these challenges, we designed the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) last year. Like many ideas it was taken from another sector. Accelerators aim to support the growth and spread of technologies, in the past developing solutions such as AirBnB and Dropbox. Microsoft, IBM and MIT all have accelerators, and now we do too.

Asthma Inhalers - Why the Life-Saver in Your Pocket Is Not, and Never Will Be, a Fashion Accessory

Sonia Munde | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sonia Munde

Did you know that three people will die today because of asthma attacks? Preventable asthma attacks. We all know someone who has asthma, 1 in 11 people have the condition, but because of this there is a common misconception that as an illness it is sorted; 'you just take a puff on your inhaler and you'll be fine'. But many people are not fine.

Choirs for Cancer Patients and Carers: The Science and the Magic

Rosie Dow | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Dow

As a non-scientist but a lifelong music advocate, it was a hugely exciting adventure for me to be talking to choir members about lab research and finding out whether the obvious power of the choirs that I saw every day could actually be having an impact on their biology, too.

The Misleading Research at the Heart of Disability Cuts

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

In the wake of the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the UK Government's attack on disability benefits has only just started to receive mainstream cov...

Five Things We Learned About Fitness This Month

Chris Hall | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hall

While some developments in the health and fitness industry may just be common sense, or knowledge we already have, it's always great when new studies support them, and new training principles come out all the time. How many of these factors will you adopt in your next training regime?

Why the World Needs More Women in Scientific Research

Ulrike Decoene | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Tech
Ulrike Decoene

By supporting our research scientists in popularizing their research and findings through innovative and impactful formats, we want to demonstrate that science is accessible -- not to mention exciting and rewarding! -- as well as useful, if not crucial, for society.

Now Is the Time for Freelancers to Work

Ed Mayo | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Ed Mayo

With more than a quarter of the UK workforce now self-employed, and new evidence showing this is set to grow this year, the rise of freelancing signals a fundamental shift in the nature of work.

Dolphin Watching: The Benefits and the Future

Frontier | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Frontier

Dolphin watching has grown to be one of the most successful types of tourism in the world, offering economic returns as well as educational, research,...

Science Research: Why Stealing Is Okay If You Are Being Robbed

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Tech
Adrienne Macartney

It would take a single mum, working a backshift in Asda for £6.70 an hour before tax, half a day's labour to access just one science article on a topic that interests her. As a researcher with free access, it often takes me 5-6 articles before I manage an informed opinion on a matter.

Five Ways We Can Take Action to End Early Death in Autism

Dr James Cusack | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Dr James Cusack

I remember experiencing the shock and devastation when I read and reviewed the existing research on a Saturday morning in November. I thought of every autistic person I knew, every family member. When you do that, it is hard to deal with such a tragic inequality in outcomes.

What Do We Mean By 'Bipolar Disorder'? It's a Life and Death Question

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Cynthia Joyce

Over a decade. That's how long someone with bipolar disorder can wait before they get a diagnosis for their condition. And during this time that person will receive an incorrect diagnosis on average four times.

Deception and Decease: Human Shields In Syria Were Never Just A Deterrent

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sophia Hyatt

"How can we stop Bashar al-Assad's air strikes on a Damascus suburb?" he inquired. "I know" said one. "We'll booby trap the area with cages containi...

Six Tips for Cultivating Confidence

Karen Pine | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

I am currently conducting a survey into confidence and one of the things I'm interested in is the way a person's body is when they lack confidence. They tend to slump, they withdraw physically, their head drops and their eyes look away.

Women's Sport: Not Just for Women

Alexandra Kyrke-Smith | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Sport
Alexandra Kyrke-Smith

Whilst other sponsors are beginning to follow suit (Kia Motors made history with a stand-alone sponsorship of England women's cricket in 2014), the potential for growth and investment remains huge. The general public, both male and female, are increasingly seeing the value in women's sport. Now it's for the media, rights holders and sponsors to ensure they are doing the same.

The Economic Impact of Open Data: What Do We Already Know?

Jeni Tennison | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Tech
Jeni Tennison

Open data fuels economic growth. Many believe in the theory and ask for the proof. A new report by Nesta and the ODI adds to the evidence of the impac...

A World Where People Can Live Active Lives, Free From Arthritis Pain

Dr Wendy Holden | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Wendy Holden

This week marks National Arthritis Week, a critical moment in the history of the condition, which, I hope, will help to focus policymakers' attention on the plight of millions lacking mobility and experiencing pain as a result.

Seven Questions We Must Answer to Beat Cancer

Nick Peel | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Peel

Seven months ago Cancer Research UK set about finding the biggest challenges in cancer research. Here's the result.

Workplace Mindfulness: Does the Science Stack Up Yet?

Jutta Tobias | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jutta Tobias

Mindfulness training programmes are en vogue in forward-looking workplaces. Advocates often refer sceptics to the impressive evidence base around mindfulness: literally thousands of scientific papers have been published on mindfulness. However, there are three problems with this...