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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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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.
The first attack occurred at an arts centre, during a seminar by controversial artist Lars Vilks. STR/EPA

Copenhagen shootings target democracy and pluralism

Two people are dead and five injured – including the suspected perpetrator – in what has been described as a cynical act of terror against Denmark. Though they may have resulted in fewer deaths, the twin…
Fulani of northern Nigeria: well aware of the problem. Fulani by Attila Jandi/Shutterstock

Fake animal drugs threaten African livestock and livelihoods

For millions of livestock owners across Africa, a disease in the herd can mean hardship or even ruin. Access to effective veterinary treatment is therefore essential for many people’s livelihoods. Many…
All that research has made Tom a dull boy. BBC/Company Productions Ltd

Wolf Hall may be historically accurate, but it’s also a bit dull

In his biography of Sir Thomas More, Peter Ackroyd audaciously asks us to imagine pre-Reformation London as the street markets of Marrakesh. Cheapside would have been a bustling surge of traders and customers…
Time to take a chance on the European model? De rödgröna/Wikimedia Commons

UKIP is Britain’s most European party – no, really

Don’t tell them this, but UKIP are the most European party out there. Britain’s democracy is increasingly diverse and complex, and with the growth of UKIP on the right and the Greens on the left its political…

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