Researchers to use algae to clean up mine water, are we programmed to make bad decisions?


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A fortnight of studies around the world for Penryn students and staff

290 students and 27 academics have packed their bags and jetted off to 5 countries around the world to study local ecology. For two weeks they are cataloguing and learning about exotic ecosystems, from coral reefs in the Bahamas to dense rainforest in Borneo.

They have been sharing pictures from their travels on the Field Course Fortnight website, like this great white shark that they spotted off the shore of South Africa.

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Field Course Fortnight
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Researchers to use algae to clean up mine water

Researchers from Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter universities are taking untreated mine water from the Wheal Jane tin mine in Cornwall to explore how effective algae is at removing poisonous materials such as arsenic and cadmium from the water.

The researchers are collaborating with the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Veolia and the Coal Authority to also find out if the process can be economically sustainable by extracting precious metals from the algae after the cleanup.

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Herd Mentality: Are we programmed to make bad decisions

A natural desire to be part of the ‘in crowd’ could damage our ability to make the right decisions, a new study has shown.

Led by Dr Colin Torney of the Penryn Campus, the research indicates that we have evolved to be overly influenced by our neighbours, rather than rely on our own instinct. As a result, groups become less responsive to changes in their natural environment.

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University of Exeter to help Cornwall’s young people access higher education

Not all childen see going to university as an option for them but a new network of colleges and universities is looking to change this.

Improving access to outreach activities, as well as providing advice about progression into higher education, the Combined Universities in Cornwall network will help young people reach their full potential.

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University of Exeter rising star of internationally excellent research

Wolfson Foundation donates £2m towards future of science at Exeter

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The University of Exeter has been ranked 16th nationally in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) with 82% of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

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The University of Exeter has received a £2 million gift from The Wolfson Foundation to support the establishment of a new Living Systems Institute, which will pioneer a new approach to treating the world’s most serious diseases. 

South West wins national Genomics Medicine Centre

New study will examine environmental antibiotic resistance

Dementia

A ground-breaking genomic medicine project, which aims to establish England as a world leader in the fight against cancer and rare disease, will be led in the South West by the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) working with other health trusts and universities.

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A new £1.2million grant from the Natural Environment Research Council is hoping to boost our understanding of how pollution can promote antibiotic resistance.

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Forthcoming events in Cornwall

 

30 January: Lecture on responsible development imperatives in mining (download flyer)

Exchange Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus | RSVP to Edvard - e.glucksman@exeter.ac.uk by 23 January

 

16 March: Women in Science Lectures

The Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus

 

27 March: The Place Symposium - celebrating 10 years at Penryn

The Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus

 

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