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The following news articles were published in 2021:  

Graduate Show unleashes wave of creative talent

Sarah Ogilvie still life
Evocative and inventive artworks from more than 400 graduating Edinburgh College of Art students are being shared with a global audience via a virtual graduate show and a smaller on campus exhibition. 

Fast, precise, unintrusive Covid tests trialled

Girl providing a saliva sample for Covid-19 testing through the TestEd research programme
A potentially more accurate, less invasive and cheaper method of screening for Covid-19 is being piloted at the University of Edinburgh.

Delta variant impact on hospitalisation revealed

A nurse putting a vaccine in a man's arm who is sitting down
The Delta variant of Covid-19 is associated with approximately double the risk of hospitalisation compared with the Alpha variant, according to a new nationwide study.

UN collaboration aims for greener value chains

A new partnership with the United Nations has been launched that will develop a system for businesses to measure – and reduce – the greenhouse gas emissions in every part of their operations.

Astronomers spot giant ‘blinking’ star

Astronomers have spotted a giant ‘blinking’ star, 100 times the size of the sun, towards the centre of the Milky Way.

Staff recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

honours for alumni
Four members of the University community have been recognised for their achievements in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Crop map gives insights into rural land use

Satellite imagery has captured crops in every field farmed in Scotland to create a new interactive map that breaks down agricultural land use.

Bacteria serves tasty solution to plastic crisis

Scientists have devised a novel way of tackling the mounting issue of plastic pollution… by using bacteria to transform plastic waste into vanilla flavouring.

Covid vaccine linked to low platelet count

A photograph of a row of covid-19 vaccine vials
A condition that affects the blood, known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), may be associated the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in rare cases, a nationwide study suggests.

Covid-19 vaccine study for pregnant women launches

The first Covid-19 vaccine study for women who are pregnant has been launched across the UK – with Edinburgh playing a key role in the research.

Walkabout app sheds light on climate concerns

Help is at hand for anyone who finds the enormity of climate change just a little too hard to grasp.

Covid-19 antibiotic use could be improved, says study

Frequently prescribing antibiotics for patients with Covid-19 in hospital is often unnecessary and risks making more bacteria drug-resistant, research suggests.