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News archive

The following news articles were published in 2020:  

AI centre stage in new take on Festival Fringe

Since the Edinburgh Festival Fringe began, its events listings have paraded an eclectic mix of shows.

Dark matter riddle comes to light in galaxy study

Astronomers are grappling with a puzzle that suggests dark matter is more evenly spread across the Universe than previously thought.

Data gets to root of crop yields problem

The resilience and yields of food crops worldwide could be improved by a new technique that monitors the growth of plant roots, scientists say.

Blood iron levels could be key to slowing ageing

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Genes that could help explain why some people age at different rates to others have been identified by scientists.

New group will boost impact of Edinburgh research

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Edinburgh is to be a founding member of an international initiative that will increase the social and economic value of its research.

Early warning system to spot overlapping threats

Edinburgh scientists are working with the United Nations to develop an early warning system to spot where climate change could impact areas already affected by conflict or natural disasters.

Wildlife checks vital to avoid future pandemics

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Global wildlife experts are calling for improvements to how pathogens – organisms that cause disease – are tested and tracked in wildlife to reduce the risk of future pandemics.

Experts call for sustainable city recovery

Investment in jobs, community wellbeing and net zero transport are among proposals made by an expert group involving University academics to help Edinburgh recover from the Covid-19 crisis.

Debates examine role of arts in Covid recovery

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People from around the world are being invited to take part in a series of online events which will examine how the arts and creative sectors can help society recover from the effects of Covid-19.

Data reveals effect of pandemic on ceasefires

The Covid-19 pandemic has not paused conflict around the world – despite calls for a global ceasefire, researchers have found.

Historical figure’s slavery links in spotlight

Scholars are to debate the slavery links of a key historical figure whose statue has prompted public protest.

Emerging trends in Higher Education examined

University leaders are to hold a public event to discuss the role of higher education in tackling the world’s most immediate challenges.