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Turtle hearts, solving solar cell mysteries and other discoveries from UoM this June

June marks the end of the academic year for many of our students, but UoM researchers have not stopped making discoveries!

We’re at the end of the month and once again we’re sharing our favourite discoveries from University of Manchester researchers.
Here’s what happened in June:

Turtle study shows hearts can be programmed to survive without Oxygen

Manchester scientists are the first to show that an embryonic living heart can be programmed to survive the effects of a low oxygen environment in later life. Dr Gina Galli from The University of Manchester noted the study could lead the way in protecting “individuals at risk of heart attack or protect organs for transplantation.”

Spending lots of time online may be changing our brains

An international team featuring a University of Manchester scientist have found that the constant stream of prompts and notifications online may decrease our capacity for maintaining concentration on a single task. Having the world at our fingertips, they say, may also affect our attention span, memory processes, and social interactions.

One in four UK children have a mother with mental illness

A new study from The University of Manchester has discovered that one in four UK children between the ages of 0 and 16 have a mother with a mental health condition. According to the study, just over a half of UK children will have had a mother who has experienced mental illness by the age of 16.

Trial starts for phone app which uses light, sound and brainwaves to treat pain

Scientists at The University of Manchester are developing a smart phone application connected to goggles which flash light at a special frequency to tune patients’ brains in a ground-breaking treatment for chronic pain.

Solar cell defect mystery solved after decades of global effort

A team of scientists at Manchester have resolved a key fundamental issue of solar cells impacting its efficiency. The problem has been known about and studied for over 40 years, with over 270 research papers attributed to the issue with no solution.

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