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The following news articles were published in 2022:  

Social media aids quest for beauty perfection

Influencers on social media have contributed to an uptake of people using cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance, research suggests.

Al and robots could help detect UTIs early

Scientists are developing artificial intelligence and talking robots to help to detect urinary tract infections in vulnerable people early.

AI tools could boost social media users' privacy

Smart AI tools could protect social media users’ privacy by tricking algorithms designed to predict their personal opinions, a study suggests.

A tribute to Doddie Weir

Doddie Weir (right) at a MND charity event with Euan MacDonald (centre, bottom), co-founder of The Euan MacDonald Centre
The University is saddened to hear of the death of Scottish Rugby legend and MND ambassador George “Doddie” Weir OBE.

Travel emissions drop aided lockdown methane surge

Sharp falls in transport emissions during Covid-19 lockdowns partly explain why a key greenhouse gas hit record high levels in 2020, research suggests.

Quantum lab set to boost discoveries

Edinburgh scientists are set to lead a major new research programme to expand the University’s world-leading expertise in quantum computing.

Elite sport linked with osteoarthritis risk

Competing at elite level in sport is linked with an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis and joint pain in later life, a study suggests.

Edinburgh success in vital European research awards

View of Europe with beams of light coming from countries
Seven early career Edinburgh academics have secured highly competitive and prestigious European awards that support emerging scientists to pursue their most promising ideas.

Experts urge action on medical test kit waste

Spiralling use of throwaway medical testing kits is having a major environmental impact that must be urgently addressed, experts say.

Winter graduations

Image of students at a graduation ceremony in McEwan Hall
The University’s winter graduations will take place between Wednesday 23 November and Friday 2 December.

No increased miscarriage risk due to vaccine

Photograph of the hands of a healthcare worker in rubber gloves preparing a covid vaccne
There is no evidence of higher risk of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy following vaccination against Covid-19 or infection with the disease, according to a new study.

Christmas tree to light up Old College quad

Students and staff are invited to watch the switching on of the Christmas tree lights in Old College quadrangle.