New £10m Marine Lab to be Built in St Andrews

The new £10 million marine laboratory planned to replace the internationally renowned but now outdated Gatty Marine Laboratory at the University of St Andrews should secure the University’s status as frontrunners of Marine Conservation Science in the UK. The new facility will provide a global hub for marine research focused on conservation and understanding the effects […]

Can Mathematics Fight Crime?

Mathematics is providing a helping hand to police forces fighting crime and the results are looking good. PredPol is a company that markets predictive policing software to cities including Atlanta and Tacoma, Washington in the USA. The co-founders, Dr. Jeffrey Brantinham and Dr. George Mohler, were part of a team that published a paper in October […]

Science in 2015: A year in review

2015 has been a big year for science, so as December draws to a close, lets look back on some of the science highlights this year. The UN named 2015 the year of ‘Light and Light-based Technologies’ [1], with countries around the world holding light-based events in celebration. Right here in St Andrews, the School […]

COP21: Historic Deal Reached at UN Summit on Climate Change

Leaders and negotiators from almost 200 countries reached an unprecedented agreement on global climate change in Paris on Saturday (12th December 2015) after years of fruitless attempts to create a legally binding deal to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Representatives from the political and business worlds are already hailing the deal a success, with U.S. President […]

COP 21: The Upcoming U.N. Climate Summit in Paris

A potentially historic U.N. Climate Change Summit will take place later this month in Paris. Negotiators from nearly 200 nations will gather in the city on the 30th November, which will mark the start of two weeks of talks aimed at securing a global agreement to reduce climate pollution. The overall aim of the talks […]

Genetics of baby whales shaped by cultural learning

A new study has suggested that Southern right whales teach their traditional migratory patterns to offspring, which then causes patterns in their genetic make-up. Researchers from the University of St Andrews published their findings earlier this week (Monday 9th November) in Nature Scientific Reports. [1] The lead researcher, Dr Emma Carroll from the School of Biology, […]

Mathematics Tackles Climate Change

Our methods for tackling climate change got a mathematical make-over this summer thanks to Dr Samuel Johnson, from the University of Warwick’s Mathematics Institute. He published a paper that outlined the way in which game theory (a sector of mathematics) could be used by countries to increase cooperation – a method called “targeted punishment” — and help […]

Shine: St Andrews Celebrates the International Year of Light

In December 2013 the UN General Assembly announced that 2015 is the International Year of Light and Light Based Technologies. [1] There are over 85 countries involved and more than 100 partners from these, committed to developing this initiative. This program was set up in order to celebrate innovations in light science, as well as […]

Borrelia miyamotoi in the UK: The Next Lyme Disease?

Scientists from the Porton Down Public Health Lab in England have announced the discovery of Borrelia miyamotoi bacteria in British Ixodes ricinus ticks, which commonly carry Lyme disease [1, 2, 5]. B. miyamotoi is related to the bacteria causing Lyme disease, and was first discovered in Japanese ticks in 1995 [3]. Although no cases of human […]

Nobel Prizes 2015

  How would you react if a stranger phoned you up in the middle of the night? Most people probably wouldn’t be too impressed. But for some scientists this week, being woken up in the middle of the night by a mysterious caller from Sweden could have been the highlight of their careers. That’s right, […]

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