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Being vegetarian ‘decreases heart problem danger however increases possibility of stroke’

Vegetarians have a lower risk of coronary heart disease than meat-eaters but a greater risk of having a stroke, researchers have found. Meat-eating has been decried as damaging for the environment, while there are also health concerns: the World Health Organization has classed processed meat as a cause of cancer, and red meat as a…

UK to alleviate visa constraints on the top researchers post-Brexit

Boris Johnson is to abolish any immigration restrictions on top scientists to counter fears that the UK’s research reputation could be seriously damaged by a no-deal Brexit. The prime minister will instruct the Home Office and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to work on a new plan to ease entry to the…

Radical change from Australian research study guarantees super-fast computing power

An Australian research team led by the renowned quantum physicist Prof Michelle Simmons has announced a major breakthrough in quantum computing, which researchers hope could lead to much greater computing power within a decade. Simmons, a former Australian of the Year, and her team at the University of New South Wales announced in a paper…

Tree planting ‘has astonishing capacity’ to take on environment crisis

Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas. As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide…

Research study misbehavior claim supported versus previous head of UCL laboratory

A lab run by one of Britain’s foremost academics published fraudulent scientific papers for more than a decade, according to investigators. Work at Prof David Latchman’s laboratory at UCL Institute of Child Health came under scrutiny from senior academics after an anonymous whistleblower alleged that dozens of papers from the lab were doctored. Latchman, a…

Insecure work for postdoc scientists is causing bad science

Behind most of the technological advances we take for granted are brilliant researchers working long hours to complete experiments and advance our understanding. The backbone of this labour is made up of junior university researchers, or postdocs, who suffer poor progression opportunities, low job security and a dependence on their line managers for continued employment.…

Teacher who connects vaccines to autism moneyed through university website

A British professor who has claimed that aluminium in vaccines is linked to autism has raised more than £22,000 to support his work through a Keele University online donations portal, the Guardian can reveal. Prof Chris Exley angered health experts for claiming that tiny amounts of aluminium in inactivated vaccines, such as the HPV and…

‘It’s cut-throat’: half of UK academics worried and 40% thinking about...

When Ed Harris, a management lecturer at a modern university, stopped sleeping and began having marriage problems, he realised he was no longer coping with the pressures of his job. “Most of the time you handle it, but the anger and unhappiness build up,” says Harris (not his real name). “I was constantly stressed. There…

A Day in the Life of an Earth Science Trainee

Being an MSci Earth Science student, no two days are the same! After 3 years of attending lectures and practicals, with roughly 17 hours of teaching a week, this year is completely different. I am conducting my own Research Project on a volcano in Iran called Mount Damavand, and the other modules I am doing…

Journal of an environment researcher: ‘I see a mess of damaged...

4 April, 1.35pm As the Twin Otter plane engines roar into action, the familiar sound triggers a tingle of excitement in my stomach: I’m out on fieldwork. We are the European Space Agency (ESA) land ice ground team. Our goal is to make measurements of the snow density and layering on the Greenland ice sheet.…

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