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The following news articles were published in 2020:  

Warm-blooded crocs thrived in Jurassic cold snap

They are revered throughout nature as chilling predators … now research shows crocodiles have not always been the cold-blooded creatures they are today.

Study seeks people with Northern Isles ancestry

Lerwick in Shetland
People with at least two grandparents who were born in Orkney or Shetland are being asked to join a genetic study aimed at improving medical treatments.

Cell research offers diabetes treatment hope

Pancreas
A new cell treatment to enhance islet transplantation could help maintain healthy blood sugar levels in Type 1 diabetes without the need for multiple transplants of insulin producing cells or regular insulin injections, research suggests.

Gut bacteria could guard against Parkinson’s

Bacteria
A common bacteria that boosts digestive health can slow – and even reverse – build-up of a protein associated with Parkinson’s, new research suggests.

Landmark clinical trial seeks people with MND

Hundreds of people living with motor neurone disease are being invited to take part in one of the UK’s most comprehensive clinical trials in a generation.

Antarctic ice sheet melt briefly offset by El Niño

Unprecedented snowfall over Antarctica caused by an unusually intense spell of warming in the Pacific Ocean temporarily offset melting of the world’s largest ice sheet, research suggests.

Colour and creativity usher in Chinese New Year

A spectacular lantern display, a book launch and a martial arts performance are among University events celebrating Chinese New Year.

Annual Report published

A view of Old College quad
​​​​​​​The University has published its Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 31 July 2019.

Staff recognised in New Year’s Honours list

​​​​​​​Two members of University staff have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

New centre for future leaders in Earth observation

A new research centre that will use satellite data and artificial intelligence to tackle global environmental changes has been launched.