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Kingston University scientists help unlock DNA of tropical snail that spreads deadly disease

Posted Tuesday 4 July 2017

Kingston University scientists help unlock DNA of tropical snail that spreads deadly disease

Scientists from Kingston University have played a pivotal role in uncovering vital information about the biology of a snail that spreads a deadly parasitic disease in tropical rivers and lakes.

The small freshwater snail, Biomphalaria glabrata, is known to carry parasitic worms called schistosomes – which, when released into rivers, can infect people causing human schistosomiasis. The tropical disease affects more than 260 million people in developing countries and leaves many with chronically debilitating damage to organs, particularly the bladder and liver. Adults and children are at risk when they fish, swim or play in water infested with the parasite, which is estimated to contribute to the deaths of around 200,000 a year in sub-Saharan Africa alone....


Developing country's young talents vital to borough's growth, Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier tells Kingston Futures conference

Posted Monday 3 July 2017

Developing country's young talents vital to borough's growth, Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier tells Kingston Futures conference

Continuing to forge strong links with local businesses, community groups and the council was key to developing the country's brightest young talents – and then keeping them in the area, according to Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Spier.

Speaking at the second annual Kingston Futures conference at the borough's Rose Theatre, Professor Spier outlined the role the University can play in the regeneration and growth of Kingston-upon-Thames to ensure it continues to be a leading London destination to visit, work and study in....


New letterpress facility at Kingston University, named in honour of former academic Ian Noble, reflects growth of hands-on learning in the digital age

Posted Thursday 29 June 2017

New letterpress facility at Kingston University, named in honour of former academic Ian Noble, reflects growth of hands-on learning in the digital age

A letterpress and bookbinding workshop has officially opened at Kingston University's Knights Park campus. Housed within a bespoke glass walled space, the facility provides students with the opportunity to study art and design by taking a hands-on approach to design practice.

Known as Noblepress, the facility is named in memory of the former Head of MA Communication Design Ian Noble who passed away in 2013. The workshop boasts collections of both lead and wooden typefaces, with students able to hand set the type and print on machines made in the 1960s using a process invented by German Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th Century....


Diaries of a writer – Kingston University's recently acquired Iris Murdoch journals mark new research chapter exploring work of late novelist and philosopher

Posted Wednesday 28 June 2017

Diaries of a writer – Kingston University's recently acquired Iris Murdoch journals mark new research chapter exploring work of late novelist and philosopher

Iris Murdoch fans and scholars finally have an opportunity to read between the lines as 15 volumes of the writer's private journals, covering the period from 1939 to 1996, become available at Kingston University. The documents – which until now have been kept privately – have been donated to the University by Audi Bayley, the widow of John Bayley, who was married to Iris Murdoch from 1956 until her death in 1999.

The gift also includes hundreds of unpublished poems, manuscripts, notebooks and letters, adding to the comprehensive collection already owned by the University which encompasses the late writer's Oxford and London libraries along with more than 3,500 letters written by Murdoch....


Is your child a crybaby? New comparison chart developed by Kingston University researcher sheds light on tiny tots' tears

Posted Tuesday 27 June 2017

Is your child a crybaby? New comparison chart developed by Kingston University researcher sheds light on tiny tots' tears

A chart that enables parents to calculate if their baby is crying more than it should in the first three months of its life has been created by a Kingston University researcher, following a study of colic and crying in babies from across the world.

The data is based on analysis of existing studies of almost 8,700 babies – and has resulted in the first universal chart which shows the average amount of crying in babies during the first three months, plus compares colic and crying in babies from a number of different countries....


Research reveals vapers who continue to smoke are in denial about their addiction and could struggle to kick the habit

Posted Monday 26 June 2017

Research reveals vapers who continue to smoke are in denial about their addiction and could struggle to kick the habit

People who vape as well as smoke traditional cigarettes may find it harder to quit as they don't see themselves as smokers, according to research undertaken by Kingston University.

Describing a typical smoker as smelly, inconsiderate and lacking self-control, many who use e-cigarettes – also known as vaping – while continuing to smoke traditional cigarettes are likely to try to distance themselves from a group they regard negatively, the research found....


British Council collaboration sees Kingston University students help shape exhibition celebrating design in Kazakhstan

Posted Friday 16 June 2017

British Council collaboration sees Kingston University students help shape exhibition celebrating design in Kazakhstan

A group of Kingston University students have travelled to Kazakhstan at the invitation of the British Council to help plan an exhibition which hopes to raise the profile of Kazakh design.

The British Council gave the Curating Contemporary Design MA students a project brief - to research Kazakhstan's emerging design identity. The groups explored the Kazakh people's nomadic heritage, disrupted by Soviet rule for much of the 20th Century until independence was declared in 1991....


For the first time, renewable energy has generated more than half of all UK electricity – is this a one-hit wonder, asks Kingston University professor

Posted Tuesday 13 June 2017

For the first time, renewable energy has generated more than half of all UK electricity – is this a one-hit wonder, asks Kingston University professor

Professor of Innovation and Technology Management, Audley Genus, says Kingston University research is shedding new light on the success of renewable energy in the United Kingdom.

"On 8 June, as reported by the BBC, the National Grid announced that for the first time electricity generated from renewable energy sources in the UK had outstripped the amount generated from coal and gas combined....


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