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Researchers To Use Supercomputer To "hack" Ebola
Scientists at the University of Leeds will run the equivalent of password cracking software to find the chemical keys to defeating the Ebola virus. A team from the University's schools of Chemistry…
photo - UNMIL/Emmanuel Tobey

Zika Virus Disease

Anopheles albimanus mosquito - photo James Gathany
Anopheles albimanus mosquito - photo James Gathany
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), as a member of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA), has pledged its support to the World Health…

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Wed 10th Feb, 2016 | 2:12pm

Women In Yorkshire Fail To Take Part In Cervical Screening

photo - Sascha Kohlmann
photo - Sascha Kohlmann
A quarter of women in Yorkshire eligible to take part in screening for cervical cancer are failing to attend appointments.

Figures provided by Yorkshire Cancer Research show that during 2013/14,…

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Mon 25th Jan, 2016 | 3:17pm

Pioneering Bradford Nurse Consultant Is Honoured By Queen

Kathryn Vowden
Kathryn Vowden
A dedicated Bradford Nurse Consultant has been honoured in the 2016 Queen's New Year's Honours for her pioneering work in wound care.

Kathryn Vowden, Nurse Consultant for Acute and Chronic Wound…

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Sat 2nd Jan, 2016 | 10:00am

Researchers Uncover The Key To The Rise Of The Animal Kingdom

Fictional Snowball Earth - courtesty of Neethis
Fictional Snowball Earth - courtesty of Neethis
A new study may have resolved a fundamental question concerning the development of Earth as a planet on which animals could flourish: what came first, increasing levels of oxygen or complex…

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Fri 18th Dec, 2015 | 4:42pm

40 Trees For 40th Anniversary

Dave Tayler, YDMT Deputy Director, planting trees
Dave Tayler, YDMT Deputy Director, planting trees
It is National Tree Week - the UK's largest celebration of trees which launches the start of the winter tree planting season - and this year marks the 40th anniversary of this annual festival.

To…

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Thu 3rd Dec, 2015 | 8:30pm

Bradford Leads The Way In National Ground-Breaking Dermatology Study

Eczema research team
Eczema research team
A nationwide ground-breaking study to look into the most effective treatment for chronic hand eczema has recruited its first patients - in Bradford.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals researchers are…

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Wed 18th Nov, 2015 | 4:26pm

Researchers Have Successfully Used Computers To Tackle One Of Chemistry's Greatest Challenges


Researchers from the University of Bradford have joined forces with German high-tech company, Avant-garde Materials Simulation, to successfully predict the crystal structures of small organic…

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Thu 12th Nov, 2015 | 1:45pm

Bradford's Innovative Surgical Robot Notches Up 500th Patient Milestone

Team L-R Consultants, Mr Rajindrah Singh, Mr Rohit Chahal, Mr Sanjai Addla with theatre scrub team
Team L-R Consultants, Mr Rajindrah Singh, Mr Rohit Chahal, Mr Sanjai Addla with theatre scrub team
Bradford's revolutionary surgical robot has notched up a milestone, completing its successful 500th operation.

The da Vinci robot is an innovative machine which acts as an extension of the…

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Mon 9th Nov, 2015 | 12:01am

Tinnitus And Hearing Loss "Conspire Together" To Negatively Impact Quality Of Life

photo - Travis Isaacs
photo - Travis Isaacs
"Conspiring Together: tinnitus and hearing loss" - a report commissioned by Sheffield based the British Tinnitus Association to investigate people's experiences of different degrees of hearing…

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Wed 30th Sep, 2015 | 4:07pm

Dark Skies For The National Park

The sky above the Ribblehead Viaduct. Photo by Martin Eastwood
The sky above the Ribblehead Viaduct. Photo by Martin Eastwood
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is the place to visit for a spot of serious star gazing - and that's official.

Three new Milky Way class sites at Hawes, Malham and Buckden that were nominated by…

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Mon 14th Sep, 2015 | 5:24pm

Government To Fast Track Funding For Research Into Zika

Aedes aegypti mosquito - photo Marcos Freitas
Aedes aegypti mosquito - photo Marcos Freitas
Initially, up to £1 million from the government's Global Challenges Research Fund will be made available through the UK Medical Research Council (UK MRC) to researchers applying for grants…

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Thu 4th Feb, 2016 | 4:16pm

Big Numbers For The Tiny Tansy

photo - Steven Falk
photo - Steven Falk
The number of Tansy beetles found along the banks of the River Ouse has grown again in 2015, taking the estimated number of beetles to just over 24,000.

Geoff Oxford, who co-ordinates the annual…

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Wed 6th Jan, 2016 | 8:10am

Heavy Horse Goes With The Flow In Driffield

Heavy Horse 'Blue' at Skerne - photo Tom Marshall
Heavy Horse 'Blue' at Skerne - photo Tom Marshall
A conservation charity has called in some four-legged hired help to make a difference for rare river wildlife near Driffield.

For nearly a decade Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been working hard in…

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Mon 21st Dec, 2015 | 10:15am

Plants Help To Treat Cerebral Malaria

Foleshade Ogunrinade and Olumayokun Olijade
Foleshade Ogunrinade and Olumayokun Olijade
A doctoral project that aims to combat some of the worst effects of malaria in Africa has earned researcher Folashade Ogunrinade valuable funding from a global foundation. The award also bolsters…

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Mon 7th Dec, 2015 | 3:24pm

New Code Aims To Restore Peatlands Such As Yorkshire Dales

Professor Mark Reed with peat
Professor Mark Reed with peat
A new Government backed code which could slash UK CO2 emissions by 220 million tonnes and protect rare wildlife by restoring moors, bogs and mires is set to be launched.

The Peatland Code was…

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Sun 29th Nov, 2015 | 8:13am

On Course For Cleaner Rivers

River Esk near Glaisdale
River Esk near Glaisdale
A new initiative - the River Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership - has brought together the Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust (YERT) and the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) to…

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Tue 17th Nov, 2015 | 12:36pm

Boost For Bees Thanks To New Projects For Pollinators

photo - Mark Moschell
photo - Mark Moschell
Thousands of people are signing up to schemes to create new habitats for bees and pollinators as part of the government's National Pollinator Strategy.

A year on from the launch of the Strategy,…

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Thu 12th Nov, 2015 | 12:09pm

Pioneering Projects In Food And Agriculture Win 17.8 Million

One project is examining the feasibility of rearing scallops on ropes
One project is examining the feasibility of rearing scallops on ropes
Pioneering projects to improve agriculture and food production at home and overseas, have been funded to the tune of £17.8 million, under the latest round of the Government's Agri-Tech…

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Tue 27th Oct, 2015 | 4:10pm

Yorkshire Gears Up For National Coding Week 2015


National Coding Week, the week-long event offering adults an insight into digital industries, is set to return to Yorkshire for the second time. With events planned up and down the country,…

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Mon 14th Sep, 2015 | 5:35pm

New Hearing Device Is First For Leeds Teaching Hospitals


A Leeds man has become the first in the city to be fitted with a new type of implanted hearing aid (the Cochlear Attract) which includes a magnet placed under the patient's skin, greatly improving…

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Sat 29th Aug, 2015 | 10:49am