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Health and ageing

Chancellor commits £20m ‘big picture’ data projects to tackle major health and social care challenges

The Chancellor has announced £20m in the Budget to fund new health and social care information projects, aimed at tackling major health challenges by using ‘big picture’ data.
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Rare African bush may help kidney cancer treatment

New University of Leeds research has shown why a bush that is only found in some African countries could hold a key to killing renal (kidney) cancer cells.
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Long-term risks of taking paracetamol may have been underestimated by clinicians

Doctors may have underestimated the risks to patients of taking paracetamol on a long-term basis, suggests research led by experts from the University of Leeds.
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Researchers to build smart trousers and sensitive bionic hand

University of Leeds researchers will play key roles in two innovative projects using futuristic engineering to assist the human body.
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Culture

Balancing prosperity and sustainability: a role for arts and culture

Researchers from the University of Leeds are to play a key role in exploring how arts and culture contributes to sustainable prosperity.
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Collection highlights JRR Tolkien’s time at the University of Leeds

A collection of letters, poems and prose by The Hobbit creator JRR Tolkien has been acquired by the University of Leeds, where he taught in the 1920s.
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University backs Leeds 2023 European Capital of Culture bid

The University is backing a bid for Leeds to be the 2023 European Capital of Culture. The city will have to declare its intention to bid by December 2016, with the successful city announced in 2018.
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The unlikeliest of Pals? An Indian soldier alone among Yorkshiremen

A shattered pair of spectacles in an Indian museum has helped shed light on the fascinating story of a lone non-white soldier among Yorkshire volunteers fighting on the Western Front.
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Society

Balancing prosperity and sustainability: a role for arts and culture

Researchers from the University of Leeds are to play a key role in exploring how arts and culture contributes to sustainable prosperity.
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Chancellor commits £20m ‘big picture’ data projects to tackle major health and social care challenges

The Chancellor has announced £20m in the Budget to fund new health and social care information projects, aimed at tackling major health challenges by using ‘big picture’ data.
read more

Collection highlights JRR Tolkien’s time at the University of Leeds

A collection of letters, poems and prose by The Hobbit creator JRR Tolkien has been acquired by the University of Leeds, where he taught in the 1920s.
read more

The unlikeliest of Pals? An Indian soldier alone among Yorkshiremen

A shattered pair of spectacles in an Indian museum has helped shed light on the fascinating story of a lone non-white soldier among Yorkshire volunteers fighting on the Western Front.
read more

Read more society news

Science and technology

Amazon’s carbon uptake declines as trees die faster

The most extensive land-based study of the Amazon to date reveals it is losing its capacity to absorb carbon from the atmosphere.
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Parasite turns shrimp into voracious cannibals

Parasites can play an important role in driving cannibalism, according to a new research which looked at cannibalism among freshwater shrimp in Northern Ireland.
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Epoch-defining study pinpoints when humans came to dominate planet Earth

The human-dominated geological epoch known as the Anthropocene probably began around the year 1610, according to new research published today in Nature.
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Researchers to build smart trousers and sensitive bionic hand

University of Leeds researchers will play key roles in two innovative projects using futuristic engineering to assist the human body.
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Sustainable environments

Amazon’s carbon uptake declines as trees die faster

The most extensive land-based study of the Amazon to date reveals it is losing its capacity to absorb carbon from the atmosphere.
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Epoch-defining study pinpoints when humans came to dominate planet Earth

The human-dominated geological epoch known as the Anthropocene probably began around the year 1610, according to new research published today in Nature.
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New ozone-destroying gases on the rise

Scientists report that chemicals that are not controlled by a United Nations treaty designed to protect the Ozone Layer are contributing to ozone depletion.
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Arctic ice cap slides into the Ocean

Satellite images have revealed that a remote Arctic ice cap has thinned by more than 50 metres since 2012 – about one sixth of its original thickness – and that it is now flowing 25 times faster.
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