News archive 2016

Eyes on the horizon

Threats to species can come from a huge variety of sources, which is why it's worth looking hard and looking often.

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Soil Culture: Young Shoots at The Eden Project

Exhibition featuring ex-ESI creative affiliate highlights the overlap between art and science.

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Giving the Lords the low-down on drones

The ESI's drones-expert has been talking to MPs and Lords about the emergent technology's use in research.

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Land management could help wildlife beat the challenges brought by climate change

The harmful effects of climate change on wildlife habitats can been counteracted by localised land management, a new research paper has suggested.

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Tagging project confirms Sea of the Hebrides importance to basking sharks

A pioneering three-year project to learn some of the secrets of Scotland’s basking sharks by using satellite tag technology has shown an area off the west coast to be truly important for these giant fish.

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The Bishop of Truro at the ESI

The Bishop drops in to find out what we're doing.

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Showing the next generation what we do

If you want to know what the biggest environmental challenge we face is, ask 100 15-year-olds ...

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A new mobile phone app for grassroots mapping

Exeter academics have created an app which could help aid humanitarian rescue work in disaster-struck regions by using geographic data to map landscapes.

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South West MEP takes policy advice from scientists at Penryn Campus

South West MEP Clare Moody has visited the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus to take advice from leading academics.

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What we don't know can harm us

A bit more knowledge would be a less dangerous thing ...

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Camouflage influences life-and-death decisions that animals make

Nesting birds time their escape from an approaching predator depending on how well camouflaged their eggs and their own bodies are.

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Renewable energy expert to take part in key discussion at Houses of Parliament

A University of Exeter expert will take part in a round-table discussion at the Houses of Parliament.

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Showcasing the ESI

The ESI at three years old: the story so far and the way ahead.

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From Tehran to Penryn

Dynamical systems theory and the thawing of UK-Iranian relations.

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Be wary of knotweed advice on the web, researchers warn

Gardeners turning to the internet for advice about Japanese knotweed are likely to find a wide range of potentially misleading advice.

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Experts listen in on noisy Falmouth seas

A long-term plan for managing noise in shallow parts of the ocean such as Falmouth Bay is needed to protect the environment, scientists have said.

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Scavenger crows provide public service, research shows

Crows are performing a useful function and keeping our environment free from rotting carcasses, research carried out at the University of Exeter in Cornwall has discovered.

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Subtropical Cornwall climate could mean exotic new crops

The subtropical weather in Cornwall means new exotic crops such as quinoa and Japanese persimmon are now more likely to succeed, according to a new technique.

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Solar energy professor wins top Indian community accolade

A University of Exeter professor and solar energy expert has been honoured for his services to education.

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Ocean fronts attract ocean wanderers – foraging gannets on the front line

Foraging seabirds use oceanic fronts as an efficient means to forage for food, according to an international study that could help safeguard the future of protected species.

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Wave energy device successfully deployed at BiMEP site

The final section of a sophisticated wave energy device has been successfully installed by a collaborative research team in the Bay of Biscay, on the northern coast of Spain.

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Production of seedless fruits an under-estimated tool for improving food security, research shows

The opportunity to produce bountiful levels of vital food crops such as apples, tomatoes and watermelons could be boosted by reducing a crop’s demand for pollinators, new research has shown.

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Electronic Tracking of Song Birds Shows Roads and Urban Features Influence Choice of Gardens

Bird feeders visited more often in suburban gardens than terraced streets.

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World-leading Ocean Energy Professor receives prestigious international scholarship

One of the world’s leading Renewable Energy experts has received a prestigious international award, in recognition to his ground-breaking research into ocean energy and technology.

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Exeter professor appointed to influential global research advisory group

A world-leading social scientist from the University of Exeter has been appointed to an influential global research group, designed to pioneer new ways to tackle some of today’s greatest challenges.

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Laser technique boosts aerial imaging of woodlands

A ground-breaking technique which allows green spaces to be mapped in 3D from an aircraft could boost biodiversity, aid human wellbeing and even help protect rainforests.

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