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The following news articles were published in 2017:  

Climate change scholars begin online studies

Students from countries at high risk from climate change have begun new charity funded scholarships at Edinburgh.

Acclaimed poet considers her craft

An award-winning writer and Edinburgh alumna will reflect on how poetry is presented to the world at a University event.

University joins BBC data science partnership

BBC Research & Development has announced a five-year research partnership with eight UK Universities, including Edinburgh, to unlock the potential of data in the media.

Hardy corals make moves to build reefs from scratch

Resilient species of coral can move to inhospitable areas and lay the foundations for new reefs, a study shows.

Biotech company raises $42.5m to treat sight loss

Edinburgh researchers are scientific co-founders of a new medical therapeutics company developing treatments for a common cause of blindness.

Worms aid quest for asthma therapies

People with asthma could be helped by a new therapy based on a molecule produced by parasitic worms, research suggests.

Scientists help chart neutron star collision

Edinburgh scientists have taken part in the first detection and analysis of a powerful astronomical event – the merger of two very dense neutron stars.

Learning and staying in shape key to longer lifespan

People who are overweight cut their life expectancy by two months for every extra kilogramme of weight they carry, research suggests.

Satellites reveal secrets of hidden ice canyons

Satellite images have helped scientists shed light on melting from the underside of Antarctica’s ice shelves.

Deep mine research to aid future Mars missions

Scientists from around the world are gathering in a deep mine to research new technologies for future exploration of the Moon and Mars.

Parasite study paves way for infection therapies

Fresh insight into how a harmful parasite harnesses the energy it needs to function could point towards therapies to prevent potentially fatal diseases.

Lecture series puts health in the spotlight

Preterm birth, vitamin D and liver cancer are among topics to be discussed at public talks hosted at the University.