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The following news articles were published in 2020:  

Edinburgh joins drive for action on climate change

Glacier collapsing into water - ©  Don Mennig via Getty Images
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh are to join 40 of the world’s leading climate research universities to form an alliance to address the threat posed by climate change.

Respiratory disease expert wins alumni award

Zhong Nanshan, an epidemiologist renowned for discovering the SARS coronavirus, has won the first Being Edinburgh award.

Coronavirus update from the Principal

Principal Peter Mathieson
In his latest message, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor thanks all members of the University community for their courage, conviction, passion, and innovation in responding to the challenges of the pandemic and looks forward to a strong future.

Sea-themed music score is breath of fresh air

A senior lecturer has completed a musical collaboration with Edinburgh schoolchildren that explores people’s relationships with the sea.

Raise cigarette price to lower health risk, experts say

Minimum tobacco pricing could significantly improve the health of people living in Scotland’s most economically disadvantaged areas, experts say.

Footprints show stegosaurs left mark on Skye

They are among the most recognisable dinosaurs … now Edinburgh palaeontologists have discovered that stegosaurs left a lasting impression on a Scottish island.

Physical activity aids pupil attention in class

Outdoor classroom breaks involving 15 minutes of physical activity may improve children’s attention, memory and wellbeing, a study suggests.

Facility to boost research into animal and human health

Ribbon cutting at the opening of the Large Animal Research and Imaging Facility
A world-leading research facility that will provide unprecedented insights into livestock and human health has opened.

Jim Jefferies kicks off heart disease trial

Jim Jefferies at launch of SCOT-HEART 2 trial with James Jopling, Gary Locke, Pat Stanton and Professor David Newby
Tynecastle legend Jim Jefferies has teamed up with the cardiologist who helped save his life to support a research study aiming to prevent heart attacks.

Leaky vaccines part in Marek’s disease management

Vaccines that do not prevent onward transmission or infection are more effective than previously thought in controlling the severity of a viral disease in chickens.

Causes of loneliness differ between generations

People of different generations are equally lonely but for different reasons, a study suggests.

Shrubs and trees take root as climate shifts

Wild, treeless landscapes are becoming more wooded as climate change leads to warming temperatures and wetter weather, research suggests.