UK Research

Your Body Contains 'Serial Killer' Cells That Can Destroy Cancer Like This

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Tech

Inside each of our bodies live an "army of serial killers" that has the potential to destroy unwanted materials. These assassins go by the name of...

A New Kind of Science Policy - Five Ways for David Cameron's New Government to Support Science

Dr Timo Hannay | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Timo Hannay

Though faced with an unenviable heap of political dilemmas, especially regarding our country's size, shape and place in the world, David Cameron and his colleagues would do well also to pay attention to one of the most important long-term drivers of social progress: science.

Proof That Home Is Where the Heart Is

Katie Palmer | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Palmer

My university days are officially over, and the past three years have flown by horrendously fast. Apart from receiving a 1st for my dissertation, the second most memorable part of my university experience has to be the dreaded move from my home in Essex to Kent...

Time Has Run Out in the Battle to Swing Britain's 'Digital Election'

Dominic Trigg | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dominic Trigg

With 194 marginal seats in the UK, needing only a 5% change in behaviour for them to switch allegiance, the party that has utilised effective online marketing campaigns targeted at voters in these constituencies could have helped provide a deciding factor in these last couple of weeks of the campaign.

Why It Pays to Invest in Research

Paul Breckell | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Tech
Paul Breckell

I've got some good news that I really want to share with you today - the first drugs to treat hearing conditions are expected within five years according to the report published by Action on Hearing Loss. This is a big deal.

Tackling the Stroke Research Crisis Will Save Lives

Jon Barrick | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Jon Barrick

In the time it takes to read this, someone in the UK would have had a stroke. Stroke is cruel. It can rob you of your speech, your ability to walk, your memory, your independence and your dignity - all in the blink of an eye. Twice as many women die from stroke than breast cancer and the condition kills more men than prostate and testicular cancer combined.

Exploring the Genetic Links Between Height and Coronary Heart Disease

Professor Peter Weissberg | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Peter Weissberg

Researchers have known for some time that there is relationship between height and coronary heart disease risk. However this is the first piece of science to establish that this genetic link exists regardless of influences from other socioeconomic or environmental factors.

Reason and Emotion: The Importance of Responsible Health Journalism

Adam Staten | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK
Adam Staten

People are influenced by what the papers say and the decisions they make based on the information they are given are important. Swinging wildly for or against any particular treatment or intervention in order to sell more papers is quite damaging and quite reckless.

What Was That Pilot Thinking?

Ruby Wax | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

How many times can you remind people that it's one in four who have a mental disorder, that means if we prohibited everyone with a mental illness from working there would be empty floorboards in the boardrooms.

Man's Best Friend?

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

While it may seem clear that pets are sometimes a profoundly positive influence on the lives of their owners, people vary enormously in terms of the quality of their relationships, human and animal alike, and the benefits derived from them.

Crossing Your Fingers Could Affect How You Feel Pain

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

While it might not actually bring good luck, scientists have revealed that the action of crossing your fingers could have an impact on pain. The h...

The Government Must Act on Air Pollution

Simon Gillespie | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Gillespie

There is a consensus in the medical community and among the major charities in this area. There is overwhelming and terrifying evidence, which is increasing every year. So we are all calling on the UK Government, ahead of the UK Supreme Court ruling on this issue next month..

The Latest Psychological Research Suggests Daydreams Hold the Secret of Happiness

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

No matter how gregarious you are, a substantial part of each day is typically spent with little positive social activity, and separated from close significant others, for example, being at work.

Meningitis Research Foundation Welcomes Protection Against Rising MenW Meningitis

Chris Head | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
Chris Head

While the rise was initially seen in adults, it has now extended to all age groups and, for the first time in a decade, young children have died as a result of MenW. A rise in cases in students has also been observed.

Academia in Crisis - Liberal Bias Threatens the Integrity of Our Research

Mahmood Naji | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

Crisis may seem a little alarmist. Maybe it is, but probably not. The Enlightment taught us that there exists no better way for us to accrue knowledge about the world than the dispassionate, evidence-driven approach of the scientific method and, conversely, no bigger obstacle to progress than ideology and dogma.

Psychedelic Science Should Not Be Feared, It Should Be Encouraged

Amanda Feilding | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Amanda Feilding

The Home Office has repeatedly stated the substances' scheduling does not impede the development of this type of research; and yet, time and time again the current system has led us to financial and logistic hurdles.

Clinical Trials for the Morbidly Obese

Cameron McCulloch | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Cameron McCulloch

Being one of life's overweight people who are unfortunate enough to be regarded as Morbidly Obese, I am regularly belittled and derided for my size. Even when a trip to a medical establishment looks likely to be on the cards - somewhere a person should be safe from such things.

Unearthing Giants: What Discoveries Are Still Awaiting Us?

Frontier | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Tech
Frontier

Will any animals to evolve so large again, or has the earth's atmosphere moved beyond such possibilities?

We Can Improve the Lives of People Affected By Autism Through Research

Dr James Cusack | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK
Dr James Cusack

My hope is that we can now harness this focus towards the furthering of our knowledge of autism through research. We urgently require evidence-based interventions for autism, but yet the standards of research to support interventions fall significantly below that of other medical conditions.

Breaking Down Barriers to Understanding Research. In A Pub.

Owen Sharp | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Owen Sharp

Scientists too - especially those whose work is more about understanding prostate cancer biology than developing new treatments - can sometimes feel like the clinical sterility of their lab is a long way from the living, breathing men behind the numbers. These men, when you stop to think about it, are the reason they get out of bed in the morning.

Feeling Dirty? Networking Could be to Blame

Andy Lopata | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Andy Lopata

If we feel that we are engaging with people on a level basis, because we can or want to help them or for purely social reasons, there are no issues. But as soon as we have a desired outcome, we start to feel uncomfortable.

Rosetta, Beagle 2 and the Virtue of Science for Science's Sake

Clare Moody MEP | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
Clare Moody MEP

If we are truly to achieve the science of tomorrow that will help us overcome the problems of today, we need to be bold. We need to be brave. We need to dare to dream. Beagle 2 reminds us to keep the dream alive. As for tomorrow, who knows? Let's keep dreaming.

Why we Need to Revolutionise our Study of Cities

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

One of the key questions academics face with this agenda is whether there are limits we will have to heed with urbanisation. Or in other words, can the expansion of cities be a linear scaling driven by the number its inhabitants.

A breath Test to Diagnose Parkinson's - Hard Science or Hot Air?

Steve Ford | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Steve Ford

We've been struggling for decades to find the answer - a definitive diagnostic test for Parkinson's. So far brain scans, blood tests and urine samples haven't come up with the goods. As a result there's often doubt, and even error, in Parkinson's diagnosis, particularly in the early stages.

83% of Articles Uploaded 'Without Websites Even Checking Content'

James Moran | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Comedy
James Moran

Research suggests that as long as interesting, but probably factually inaccurate subheadings are used, writers can get away with putting irrelevant or even dangerous content on the internet.