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The following news articles were published in 2018:  

Navigation in insects inspires robot design

Research into the complexities of how insects navigate is enabling the design of robots that mimic their behaviour.

Laser experiments shed light on Earth’s core

Scientists have discovered fresh insights into the metallic core at the centre of our planet.

Praise for Sir David Smith, former Principal

Tributes have been paid to former Edinburgh Principal and Vice-Chancellor Sir David Smith, who has died at the age of 88.

Drug hope for dementia and stroke

Scientists have uncovered a potential approach to treat one of the commonest causes of dementia and stroke in older people.

Erupting volcano to shed light on earthquake link

Scientists are monitoring one of the world’s most active volcanoes to study the link between earthquakes and eruptions.

Exotic bird back to health after swallowing metal screw

An exotic bird whose life was threatened after swallowing a metal screw is back on her feet thanks to cutting-edge hospital equipment and quick-thinking vets.

Students on quest for high-speed success

A team of Edinburgh students is the UK’s sole representative in a prestigious engineering contest to help develop a futuristic form of transport.

Extra year in class raises IQ, study finds

An extra year of schooling can noticeably increase a person’s IQ, research suggests.

Inbred animals at risk from environmental change

Animals that are inbred make mistakes in response to changes in their surroundings, which threatens their survival, research has found.

Research set to transform next 70 years of NHS care

As the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary, Edinburgh Medical School highlights its work to shape the future of healthcare in the UK and beyond. It is also taking this opportunity to reflect on key achievements that have improved patient care.

Students help shape new centre designs

Feedback from students has informed plans for an ambitious new hub that houses a range of support services.

Mental health boost for African mothers

A new initiative highlights that maternal mental health across Africa must be addressed as a priority to combat significant human and economic costs.