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Environmental Science student Marysia Clouter, who was part of the winning team, took our third year module Ecology and Conservation, which she says was instrumental in developing her understanding of the natural world. Scientists discover mechanisms of shape-shifting sea cucumbers 4 October Scientists from Queen Mary University of London QMUL's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences have discovered for the first time how marine animals called sea cucumbers can rapidly change the stiffness of their body, which could provide a useful basis for developing novel biomaterials for applications in medicine.

String pulling bees provide insight into spread of culture 4 October Bumblebees can learn to pull strings for food and pass on the ability to a colony, according to researchers at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL. Big data analysis shows weak link between badgers and cattle for TB transmission 27 September The largest simulation to date of the numbers of cattle and badgers infected with tuberculosis TB casts serious doubts about the extent to which badgers cause TB in cattle, according to research from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL.

Bees remain excellent searchers even when ill 12 September Honeybees are hardwired to efficiently search the landscape enabling them to continue working for the greater good of their hives even when they are sick, according to new research co-authored by the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL. Since then, TIGER has held three events, formed an executive committee, and supported teaching activity in our School and beyond. Could goats become man's best friend? Lost hormone is found in starfish 5 July Biologists from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences SBCS have discovered that the evolutionary history of a hormone responsible for sexual maturity in humans is written in the genes of the humble starfish.

Biologists from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences have attached weather-resistant number tags on the backs of bees, and encourage the public to identify them and take photos for a competition. I was absolutely flabbergasted to have won and am extremely grateful to all the students who took the time to nominate me and other staff for the award.

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SBCS palaeontologist chronicles tyrannosaur evolution in new book 21 April How the dinosaur group, the tyrannosaurs, evolved over the course of million years into the giant carnivorous bone-crushers that are so well recognised today, is charted in a new book by a Zoology lecturer from Queen Mary University of London QMUL. This edition is written by Patrick Hennessey, third year zoology student, who recently went to the Horniman Museum with staff and students from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. What does geographic profiling have to do with modern art?

Flowers tone down the iridescence of their petals and avoid confusing bees 29 February Flowers' iridescent petals, which may look plain to human eyes, produce the perfect signal for bees, according to a new study involving researchers from QMUL's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. Prof Marina Resmini delivers her inaugural lecture 12 February In February , Professor Marina Resmini delivered her inaugural lecture: Why size matters: from antibodies to nanomaterials. Starfish reveal the origins of brain messenger molecules 10 February Biologists from Queen Mary University of London QMUL have discovered the genes in starfish that encode neuropeptides - a common type of chemical found in human brains.

The revelation gives researchers new insights into how neural function evolved in the animal kingdom. And they do it in a remarkably similar way to us. Going postgraduate? Find out all you need to know 4 February Find out more about postgraduate study in Bioinformatics, Ecology, Botany, Chemical Research and more, and discover more about the world-leading research, teaching and support we offer our MSc students. Find out what they got up to. First demonstration of sexual selection in dinosaurs identified 14 January Large ornamental structures in dinosaurs, such as horns and head crests are likely to have been used in sexual displays and to assert social dominance, according to a new analysis of Protoceratops carried out by scientists at the School of Biological and Chemical sciences SBCS at QMUL.

Phytoplankton like it hot: Warming boosts biodiversity and photosynthesis in phytoplankton 21 December Warmer temperatures increase biodiversity and photosynthesis in phytoplankton, researchers at the Queen Mary University of London QMUL and University of Exeter have found.

Globally, phytoplankton - microscopic water-borne plants - absorb as much carbon dioxide as tropical rainforests and so understanding the way they respond to a warming climate is crucial. Five biomedical scientists visit Nanchang University in China 1 December After over 10, miles and 48 hours of travelling, five biomedical scientists from Queen Mary found their way to Nanchang University, China.

New review on origin and evolution of the nervous system 27 November A review from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences highlights the importance of developmental processes in understanding nervous system evolution. Using technology to enhance student outcomes 16 November Dr James Pickering visited Queen Mary in November to give a talk on using technology to enhance student outcomes, attended by academics across the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, the School of Medicine and Dentistry , the E-Learning unit and beyond.

Male bees have more than a one-track mind 16 November Male bumblebees are just as smart as female worker bees despite their dim-witted reputation, according to new research from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.

Where the Irish Spoke of Chemistry

Success at Engagement and Entrepreneurship awards 12 November Academics from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences triumphed at the recent Public Engagement and Entrepreneurship awards , which recognise outstanding staff and student achievement throughout Queen Mary.

This could have implications for creating more durable and longer-lasting fillings in the future. PhD student stumbles upon a new way for producing oldest chemical compounds 28 October A chemistry PhD student has found a simple way for the first time of producing two chemical compounds that were first discovered in late 19th century, entirely by accident.

The discovery could have implications for fighting disease and growing crops, where the sulfur containing compounds called sultones and sultines, play a significant role. Industry collaboration drives Queen Mary research into higher yields in agricultural crops 28 October Scientists from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences have teamed up with industry to create the next generation of lighting systems. Professor Alexander Ruban, Professor of Biophysics, collaborated with Finnish company Valoya and Microsoft to create a novel solution for simulation of natural outdoor light.

Is happiness a matter of our genes? Giraffe, impala and boomslang - our South Africa field trip 6 October Lecturer Dr Dave Hone shares his experience of our recent field trip to South Africa, open to undergraduate students on our biology, genetics and zoology programmes. First imagery from echolocation reveals new signals for hunting bats 14 September The ability of some bats to spot motionless prey in the dark has baffled experts until now. By creating the first visual images from echolocation, researchers reveal we have been missing how bats sense their world.

Freshers week tips from our undergraduates 26 August Starting your undergraduate degree at Queen Mary soon?

Have dozens of questions or concerns? Some of our lovely student ambassadors have shared their experiences. Take a look below to get a taste of what your Freshers Week will be like. Fallow deer are all about the bass when sizing up rivals 17 August Research published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, has found that fallow deer bucks make judgements about the possible threat from competitors from the sound of their calls.

In addition, molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry teaching was ranked fourth in London. Find out about our outstanding year in our annual report 21 July We've released our first ever annual report, looking back at this year's exciting developments at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. Study finds pet owners reluctant to face up to their cats' kill count 10 July Cat owners fail to realise the impact of their cat on wildlife according to new research from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and the University of Exeter.

Naked mole-rats anti-cancer gene is unique among mammals 6 May Researchers have found that the gene which gives naked mole-rats their natural resistance to cancer is unique among mammals. Bumblebees use nicotine to fight off parasites 28 April Bumblebees that have been infected by parasites seek out flowers with nicotine in the nectar, likely to fight off the infection, new research has found.

The nicotine appears to slow the progression of disease in infected bees but has harmful effects when consumed by healthy bees. Proteins that control anxiety in humans and cause insects to shed their skins have common origin 22 April Researchers have discovered that a protein which controls anxiety in humans has the same molecular ancestor as one which causes insects to moult when they outgrow their skins.

Studies on sea urchins provided the missing link because they have a protein with elements common to those in both humans and insects and reveal a common ancestry hundreds of millions of years ago. New evidence that tyrannosaurs fought and ate each other 10 April Examination of a Daspletosaurus skull by Dr David Hone of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences found signs that it had been bitten by another tyrannosaur during its lifetime as well as after it had died. Researchers believe this could be because groups of flowers arranged horizontally, like those in a meadow, often include several different species, while those arranged vertically, like in blossoming trees are likely to all be the same species.

Cold-blooded animals grow bigger in the warm on land, but smaller in warm water 23 March Scientists studying arthropods, the group of cold-blooded animals that includes crabs and insects, have found that individuals within species living on land tend to grow to a larger size in the warm and nearer the equator, but that the reverse is true of species found in water. False memories have never been observed in non-human animals before. Tropical wasps attack intruders with unfamiliar faces 4 February Researchers at Queen Mary University of London QMUL in collaboration with the University of Florence, have discovered that a species of tropical wasps can memorise the faces of members of their colony and will attack any individual with an unfamiliar face.

These wasps can also recognise the smell of their nestmates, but pay more attention to the unique facial patterns in their species when considering whether an individual is friend or foe. Life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex skull arrives on campus 16 January The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences SBCS has taken delivery of a life-sized cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull that will be used for school visits, public engagement and outreach.

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Research highlights from our REF submission 18 December Academics within the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences are involved in a wide range of ground breaking projects across the broad sweep of biological, chemical and psychological sciences. Do you speak cow?

Dr Isabelle Mareschal conducts experiments with Science Museum visitors 8 December Londoners are notorious for avoiding eye contact with each other but how bad are we really? Did Christopher Columbus really bring syphilis back to Europe? Animal welfare could be improved by new understanding of their emotions 5 December A new study from researchers at Queen Mary University of London looking at how goats express subtle positive emotions could lead to greater understanding of animal welfare.

Join us at the Science Museum to see how long you can hold a stare 29 October Dr Eizaguirre involved in a study of loggerhead turtle hatchlings around Cape Verde 24 October Students make important dinosaur discovery in Canada 21 October Final year undergraduate students from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences studying a new module called Species and their Relationships: Dinosaurs to DNA have uncovered a rare and important dinosaur skull while on a trip to Canada as part of the course. What will you discover? Queen Mary ranked among the top 20 universities in the UK 17 September Chemistry students discover new way of identifying hydrogen peroxide 12 September Chemists from Queen Mary University of London have discovered a new way of identifying peroxide-based explosives, which could make detection of suspect devices more cost-effective in the future.

It's a do or die situation in this clash of the ash 20 August Dr Richard Buggs has been working with Teagasc researchers, and other partners, to counter ash dieback disease by crossing Asian and Irish species of the tree. Students give us their seal of approval 13 August Molecular Biology and Chemistry programmes at Queen Mary University of London are ranked second in London for student satisfaction, according to the latest results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates.

Congratulations to our academic excellence prizewinners! Most of the prizes were awarded to graduating students but a few were given to first and second year students who have done exceptionally well in their studies so far. Scientists improve metal detectors for early diagnosis of lifestyle and age-related diseases 10 July Sensors created by chemists at Queen Mary University of London could lead to a set of new tools for researchers to investigate conditions like diabetes resulting in earlier diagnosis and new treatments.

Silver lining found for making new drugs 26 June Chemists at Queen Mary University of London have discovered a new chemical to aid drug manufacturing processes, making it more environmentally-friendly and easier to scale up for industry. Chemistry festival for secondary school pupils returns with new science challenges 24 June Students from schools across London, Hertfordshire and Kent enjoyed an exciting day of hands-on fun activities at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry at Queen Mary University of London on Wednesday 14 May.

Criminal profiling technique targets killer diseases 3 June A mathematical tool used by the Metropolitan Police and FBI has been adapted by researchers at Queen Mary University of London to help control outbreaks of malaria, and has the potential to target other infectious diseases. These two awards are in addition to a major grant awarded by European Research Council last month.

Crayfish study provides complicated web of interactions 17 February How different species of invasive crayfish interact with each other and affect their local environment has been uncovered for the first time by scientists at Queen Mary University of London. Fight or flight? Vocal cues help deer decide during mating season 10 February Male fallow deer are sensitive to changes in the groans that rivals make during mating season when competing for the attention of female deer, and can assess the level of threat other males pose simply from vocal cues, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London.

Scientists map UK ash tree genome 23 September Hidden similarity found between bats and dolphins 4 September The new dawn of the dinosaur 22 August Playing Starcraft can increase your cognitive abilities 22 August ISIS is helping to close the gap in the race to develop novel antibiotics 16 August Can video games make you smart or at least more flexible? Jack the Ripper and tyrannosaurs 31 July Could this creature help mankind protect itself from cancer? Revolutionary device turns sound into images 8 July Doing it for the kids 7 July Fishy business as Queen Mary 'boffins' test humans for impulsive behaviour 1 July The last stand?

Ash trees under threat 29 June Chemistry festival creates a bang at Queen Mary 18 June You previously purchased this article through ReadCube. Institutional Login. Log in to Wiley Online Library. Purchase Instant Access. View Preview. Learn more Check out. Volume 75 , Issue 20 October Pages Related Information. Close Figure Viewer. Browse All Figures Return to Figure. Previous Figure Next Figure. Email or Customer ID. Andrew says that the reasons for figures like this may be down to the fact "this recession resulted in a lot of young people going abroad and they are the very demographic that goes to the cinema, so attendances through the recession didn't grow through that period.

However, the Light House, with its savvy mix of art house and mainstream offerings, has bucked this trend since opening in The recession also saw a somewhat unlikely boon for the production industry here. Estimated spending nationally on film and television production increased by 50pc from to , for example, and the country's well-established film facilities, experienced crew members and generous tax breaks brought in a number of big international productions. We did the League Of Gentlemen film in and we needed to find an empty office block and it was almost impossible.

A lot of that is gone now, the recession cleared that out. The money behind the productions is industry money, put up by people who believe in a project, rather than just a reason for some accountant to get some tax advantage after which the films may or may not have been seen.

Guiney continues: "Starting with The Guard, our films have been fairly straightforward to finance. Room was another example of something very easy to finance. Although a lot of hedge fund money left Ireland to go to Hollywood, you also had depressed interest rates - which were a factor. I think the issue for us wasn't so much raising money as finding the right projects and finding the talent. Once that is found, the money isn't the defining factor as to whether it happens or not. But the most important relationship for Element is the one they have with each other.

They're old friends, southside boys who've known each other for 35 years. Guiney grew up in Ballsbridge while Andrew grew up on Baggot Street.

Guiney went to Trinity College, where he met also met Lenny Abrahamson and started making films in college with him. Andrew was a production accountant and they worked together for the first time on Sweety Barrett, starring Brendan Gleeson. We have great people working with us, it's not all about us.

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The first decade saw an uphill battle for the company to establish itself and things were looking dicey by the time they went into production on The Guard. We were co-founders and directors and we had reinvested everything we'd ever earned back into the company. It was a real backs-to-the-wall moment.