The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is a public research university located in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university. Edinburgh receives approximately 47,000 applications every year, making it the third most popular university in the UK by volume of applicants. Entrance is intensely competitive, with 12 applications per place in the last admissions cycle. It was the fourth university to be established in Scotland and the 6th in the United Kingdom, and is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The university is ranked the top rated in Scotland and the 6th and 7th in Europe according to the 2011 QS and Times Higher Education Ranking Globally, the 2011 QS rankings placed the university 20th in the world. It is the only Scottish university to be a member of both the elite Russell Group, and the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 21 of Europe's most prominent and renowned research universities.
Protected forests in developing nations are losing large numbers of trees and creating significant carbon emissions, despite their special status.
Scientists have shown how earthquakes and storms in the Himalaya can increase the impact of deadly floods in one of Earth's most densely populated areas.
Skeletons and shells first came into being 550 million years ago as the chemical make-up of seawater changed, a study suggests.
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Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests.
Hens that do not produce their own chicks have been developed for use as surrogates to lay eggs from rare breeds.
Carpets of bluebells have long been a feature of spring woodlands - but the flowers may not be at their best in years to come as climates get warmer, research suggests.
Astronomy experiments could soon test an idea developed by Albert Einstein almost exactly a century ago, scientists say.
A grisly method by which bacteria dispatch their distant relatives also creates conditions in which the attackers can thrive, research has found.
Scientists have identified the origin of key stardust grains present in the dust cloud from which the planets in our Solar System formed, a study suggests.