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The following news articles were published in 2020:  

Pregnancy stress may shape baby brain

Infants’ brains may be shaped by levels of stress their mother experiences during pregnancy, a brain scanning study has revealed.

Galaxy encounter violently disturbed Milky Way

The long-held belief that the Milky Way, the galaxy containing Earth and the solar system, is relatively static has been ruptured by fresh cosmic insight.

Use pandemic recovery to build green future

A view of the Earth from space with a flare of sunlight appearing on the horizon.
An international coalition of leading climate research universities – including the University of Edinburgh – has issued its first declaration ahead of the G20 Summit.

Dieting and weight worries on rise among teens

Female legs on electronic scales on wooden floor
Teenagers from the so-called Generation Z are dieting to lose weight more than their predecessors, research has found.

Games alliance plays to historians’ strengths

Historians at Edinburgh are using video and table top games to help build a better understanding of the past.

Trainee teachers focus on pupils’ mental health

Student teachers are strengthening their understanding of pupils’ mental health needs thanks to a University partnership with a leading charity.

Social class still dictates graduate job trends

Initiatives that encourage people from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at university do not automatically improve access to top-level jobs, a study suggests.

Nominate your next Rector

"Chairing" of the Rector - 8 students in red roles with the Rector in a special seat resting on their collective shoulders
Nominations for the prestigious role of University Rector are now being accepted ahead of elections in 2021.

Mining rocks in orbit could aid space missions

The first mining experiments conducted in space could pave the way for new technologies to help humans explore and establish settlements on distant worlds, a study suggests.

Babies breastfed for longer gain emotional benefits

Children who are breastfed for three months or more develop fewer behavioural difficulties than those who are not, research suggests.

Action urged to ease refugees’ alcohol plight

Crucial policy changes are needed to reduce the alcohol-related harm being experienced by refugees and asylum seekers across the UK, researchers say.

Ancient crocodiles’ family tree reveals unexpected twist and turns

Scientists probing a prehistoric crocodile group’s shadowy past have discovered a timeless truth – pore over anyone’s family tree long enough, and something surprising will emerge.