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Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities. It is globally recognised for its research, development and high-quality teaching, attracting some of the world’s leading thinkers to work and study. The University is one of the UK’s top five universities for research and its academics' research achievements have global implications. Its scientists created Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be genetically cloned from an adult cell. The University developed the first genetically engineered hepatitis B vaccine, pioneered the first automated industrial assembly robot, and devised technology used in today’s smartphones. It is working towards many more historic firsts. With one of the most diverse populations of any Scottish University, two thirds of the world’s nationalities are represented in a student body of more than 31,000

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Former Chadian leader Hissène Habré reacts as he is escorted by Senegalese police into the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal, on July 20. He is accused of crimes against humanity and mass murder. EPA

Chadian dictator’s tactics mimic script of former rulers facing criminal charges

Former Chadian President Hissène Habré's disruption of his trial, questioning its authority over him, is a tried and tested defence strategy used by revolutionaries and rulers for eons.
Gird your loins. Shutterstock

Are plastics making men infertile?

Recent research into the health effects of the plastic-making chemicals phthalates has reignited concerns about low sperm counts. But the evidence is far from conclusive.
Women’s football isn’t popular? Pull the other one. Chris Ison/PA

Debunked: four myths about women’s football

The progressive march of women’s football offers a refreshingly different FIFA story from that which has dominated the headlines over the past few weeks.
Despite not being able to swim anymore, fossil fish could help find the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. US navy/flickr

How fish fossils can help us build better submarines

Understanding the evolution of fossil fish could help us explore the ocean and build better underwater vehicles, such as the equipment used in the search for flight MH370.

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