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The following news articles were published in 2021:  

Ankle and foot evolution gave mammals a leg up

The evolution of ankle and foot bones into different shapes and sizes helped mammals adapt and thrive after the extinction of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Early warning system to avert Covid-19 lockdowns

Scientists are developing a coronavirus early warning system that could prevent future lockdowns by combining data on vaccine uptake with wastewater testing.

Earth observation tool ready for trial

An online tool to help train the next generation of earth observation and climate change specialists is available for institutions to trial, so that students can work with satellite data from their homes.

Report aims to boost post-pandemic NHS

Close up of two doctors putting on protective surgical gloves before performing a procedure in a hospital operating room
A new report has suggested a plan for how the NHS might provide a more fair and efficient health and social care service after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vivid shortlist shares journeys of discovery

Vivid shortlist shares journeys of discovery
A compelling collection of books exploring themes such as identity, belonging and the challenges of self-discovery form the shortlist of Britain’s longest-running book awards.

Mini 3D brain models to speed MS research

Mini 3-D brain models to speed MS research
Tiny 3D models that mimic vital aspects of the human nervous system have been developed in a step that could accelerate drug research for neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS).

Dog Mia back to health after sticky situation

A lucky dog named Mia is back to full health after vets removed a large stick from her eye socket following a freak accident.

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

Reusable facemasks made using smartphones and 3D printers

Bespoke, reusable facemasks made using smartphones and 3D printers could help better protect people during future epidemics or further waves of Covid-19, new research suggests.

Rugby stars join dementia prevention study

Close of a rugby scrum with players legs and ball visible
Rugby legends have signed up to a University study to investigate links between the sport and dementia. 

Research result reporting set for boost under new system

Person working on a laptop with notes nearby
A new guideline for reporting research results has been developed to improve reproducibility, replication, and transparency in life sciences.

‘Think like Da Vinci’ to take on climate change

Teaching schoolchildren to adopt the same approach as Leonardo Da Vinci could help them to tackle pressing global challenges, research suggests.