A survey of Welsh voters found more thought they'd heard of MEP "Elwyn Davies", who doesn't exist, than all but one of the four real ones.Read the full story ›
Researchers from the Cardiff Catalysis Institute uncover new method to produce a graphene-related catalyst.Read the full story ›
Researchers develop novel way of deriving hydrogen from grass using just sunlight and a cheap catalyst.Read the full story ›
Cardiff researchers say putting a 1% duty on alcohol could be more effective than introducing a minimum price for a unit.Read the full story ›
Researchers at Cardiff University say babies born with a low birth weight are at an increased risk of death in infancy through to adolescence compared to babies born at a normal birth weight.
A team from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, led by Professor Sailesh Kotecha, examined official death rates in low birth weight babies among over 12m births in England and Wales.
The study reaffirms the need to tackle important factors such as maternal smoking and deprivation which are well known to contribute to low birth weight.
By better understanding and ameliorating influences that lead to low birth weight, deaths in infancy and beyond could be cut.
A pioneering scheme developed in Cardiff to reduce violence from alcohol is to be rolled out in Australia.
The so-called Cardiff model uses data from hospital emergency departments to identify and target violence ‘hotspots’, significantly reducing cases of violence.
Now its being trialled in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
Details from hospitals such as the precise violence location, time, days and weapons will be shared with police, helping them to build a monthly ‘hotspot map’ of the nature, timing and characteristics of violence showing where their presence is most needed.
Quick and efficient way of producing hydrogen peroxide could help provide clean water to the poorest and most remote populations.Read the full story ›
Researchers from Cardiff University have found a "substantial" reduction in serious violence across Wales and England.
They found a reduction in the number of people having to go to hospital over the last five years.
Our study is very encouraging in demonstrating a consistent and substantial decline in violence in England and Wales, including among children.
There is increasing evidence to suggest that this decline can be attributed in part to public health interventions and improved information-sharing between health services, police and local government.
Researchers also think a decline in alcohol consumption has helped the situation, but do add there are areas of concern with young men between 18 - 30 still the most likely to be injured in violence.
Scientists at Cardiff University hope their work on white blood cells could help fight cancer.
The cells are part of the immune system that protect the body against infectious diseases. Now, scientists at Cardiff University hope that by redesigning those cells, they could help to fight against cancer.
If it works, it could be a major breakthrough.
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Take a look at the image above. It probably looks like a meaningless pattern of black and white blotches.
But now take a look at the image below and then return to the picture: it’s likely that you can now make sense of the black and white image.
It is this ability that scientists at Cardiff University and the University of Cambridge believe could help explain why some people are prone to hallucinations.
Researchers are exploring the idea that hallucinations come from our normal tendency to interpret the world around us by making use of predictions.
Our brains fill in any missing information by using past experiences.
A bewildering and often very frightening experience in some mental illnesses is psychosis – a loss of contact with external reality. Hallucinations can accompany psychosis.
Researchers showed black and white images to individuals showing the very early signs of psychosis along with healthy volunteers.
They were asked whether or not the image contained a person.
They were then shown a series of full colour original images, including those from which the black and white images had been derived.
The researchers reasoned that, since hallucinations may come from a greater tendency to superimpose one’s predictions on the world, people who were prone to hallucinations would be better at using this information.
They found a larger performance improvement in people with very early signs of psychosis in comparison to the healthy control group.