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The following news articles were published in 2017:  

Experts map hillforts of UK and Ireland

The locations and details of ancient hillforts in the UK and Ireland have been mapped in an online database.

Middle-aged as sedentary as pensioners

Most middle-aged office workers now spend as much time sitting down as older pensioners, according to a report.

GPs key to reducing alcohol harm

The importance of primary care in reducing alcohol-related harm in Scotland has been emphasised by two reports.

Crops’ sweet bribes for ants help them bear fruit

Flowering crops such as beans and cotton offer their sweetest nectar to recruit colonising ants.

Sun effects on skin reveal eczema therapy clues

Exposure to sunlight releases a compound from the skin that can alleviate symptoms of eczema, research has found.

Piling on pressure solves mystery about metal

Scientists have solved a decades-old puzzle about a widely used metal, with extreme pressure experiments and powerful supercomputing.

Scientists apply fingerprint test for CO2 storage

A test developed by University scientists to check for leaks from carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites has been used for the first time.

Clinics cut pregnancy risks for obese women

Specialist antenatal clinics for severely obese mums-to-be can help cut rates of pregnancy complications, research has found.

Have your say on new student centre

People are being asked to have their say on design proposals for an ambitious new Student Centre at the University.

Rugby legend joins quest to tackle MND

Scotland rugby legend George “Doddie” Weir is joining forces with researchers to help tackle motor neurone disease (MND).

Staff recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Four current or former members of University staff have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Edinburgh hub tackles global economic issues

Some 650 delegates are meeting in Edinburgh to assess the impact of labour and financial markets on the global economy.