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Read the latest press releases from ESRC and our major investments. You can access press releases that we have published since 2009.

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Vampire

Can we share vampires’ appetite for synthetic blood?

Vampires on the True Blood television series are already enjoying the advantages of synthetic blood. While this may seem to be only the imagination on the big screen, the true benefits of blood manufactured from embryonic stem cells may be less than a decade away.

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Older people are happier in Brazil and South Africa

Contrary to belief, older people in South Africa and Brazil become happier as they age. New research suggests that, with the right policies in place, a developing country can significantly improve the wellbeing of its older citizens.

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New software brings science to life for young people

Researchers funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have developed a software toolkit that shows how such an approach sparks and sustains students’ interest in science.

Old Lady

Living with dementia and making decisions

People with dementia can still make decisions in their everyday lives and with support from partners can continue to do so as their condition advances. This is one of the preliminary findings of a two-year research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Formula

ESRC-funded projects mean business

The ESRC is pleased to announce that it is supporting five new projects in partnership with business which will continue to apply academic knowledge and thinking to business problems.

United Together

New approach for university and community engagement

Current policy pressures on universities to focus on improving their research excellence and to widen participation make it hard for them to engage meaningfully with excluded communities, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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South-East universities turn their knowledge into wealth

In these tough economic times, universities are under pressure to use their knowledge and discoveries to drive economic growth, but an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) study reveals that not all universities are equal.

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E coli in the countryside: whose problem is it anyway?

Researchers have found that people believed others should do more to reduce the risk of E. coli O157 infection, but the most effective would be for everyone to adopt behaviours and strategies to reduce risks.

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Public radio exposes injustice

Malawi’s public radio station broadcasts are providing an alternative programme of news stories. The programme features contributions by ordinary Malawians, highlighting their everyday experiences of abuse and violation.

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Working mothers and the effects on children

Parents struggling to combine paid work with bringing up their children now have some positive news thanks to a new study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on maternal employment and child socio-emotional behaviour in the UK

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What does Scottish independence really mean?

Following the victory of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the recent Scottish elections on May 5, a unique in-depth survey of the entire SNP membership conducted throughout 2008, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), reveals a range of views on Scotland’s constitutional status.

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Resilience amongst the long term ill

People who have a long term debilitating physical illness demonstrate mental resilience according to Understanding Society. The first findings reveal that people diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, respiratory or cardiovascular disease report similar mental health scores to those without physical illness.

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Research reveals unexpected differences in privacy regulations

The regulation of personal data varies hugely across countries and sectors, research funded by the ESRC reveals. Privacy regulations in the UK, the United States, Germany, and Sweden is highly dependent on local context and institutional arrangements in each country.

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Fathers find financial crisis hits family life

The ESRC-funded research study 'Changing Lives and Times' has explored the impact of the financial crisis on the daily lives and future plans of new fathers, finding that several men were making significant life changes.

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Cuts are likely to hit charities harder than expected

Around one third of voluntary and charitable organisations in England receive public money to support their work and over 20,000 organisations say that the public sector is their most important source of income, according to initial findings from research funded by the ESRC.

Teacher and pupil

Teachers need greater awareness of language disorders

Greater awareness of 'specific language impairment' (SLI) is needed to ensure better outcomes for the 3-6 per cent of UK school children affected by this disability, which may have a greater impact on children than dyslexia.

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