Research News - 2010

Research suggests climate change target ‘not safe’

An analysis of geological records that preserve details of the last known period of global warming has revealed ‘startling’ results which suggest current targets for limiting climate change are unsafe.

Report highlights cost of Bovine TB to South West farmers

A new report highlighting the economic impact of Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) to the South West’s farming industry has been produced by experts at the University of Exeter.

Outstanding award for drama

A major American prize for books on theatre practice has been awarded to an Exeter drama academic.

Genetic test for early menopause

Researchers from the University of Exeter are working on a study which could lead to a test to predict a woman's reproductive lifespan.

Sex before the sexual revolution

What did sex mean for ordinary people before the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s? is a question that University of Exeter historian Dr Kate Fisher and Professor Simon Szreter from the University of Cambridge set out to answer in their new book.

Research proves ‘gender-bending’ chemicals affect reproduction

New research has provided the first evidence that ‘gender bending’ chemicals which find their way from human products into rivers and oceans can have a significant impact on the ability of fish to breed in UK Rivers.

A future for farmed uplands

The distinctiveness and future of the South West’s farmed uplands is under discussion following recent research by the University of Exeter’s Centre for Rural Policy and Research.

New research on Highland witch

The witchcraft confessions of Isobel Gowdie in Scotland, 1662, are widely celebrated as the most extraordinary on record in Britain.

Stone Age humans needed more brain power for tool design

Stone Age humans were only able to develop relatively advanced tools after their brains evolved a greater capacity for complex thought, according to a new study investigating why it took early humans almost two million years to move from a razor-sharp stones to a hand-held stone axe.

No easy solution to genetic ‘battle of the sexes’

A study involving researchers at the University of Exeter shows a genetic ‘battle of the sexes’ could be much harder to resolve and even more important to evolution than previously thought.

Concern over traumatic brain injury in youth offenders

A new study of young offenders has revealed they have a significantly higher rate of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) than that expected in society as a whole.

The art of presenting art

A striking new exhibition looking at the current trend for setting or presenting performance work in art galleries is now on show in the Drama department at the University of Exeter.

Research reveals impact on endangered turtles

New research has revealed up to 16,000 endangered turtles are being caught each year by villagers in just one region of Madagascar, despite a government ban.

Discovering the secrets of Stonehenge

A revolutionary new idea on the movement of big monument stones like those at Stonehenge has been put forward by an archaeology student at the University of Exeter.

Study finds gender bias in diagnosing autism

Social factors can play a key role in whether or not a child is diagnosed as autistic, a new study has found.

Local, national and international firms meet in France for high technology workshop

A distinguished selection of academics and leading industry figures met in Roscoff to discuss the next steps in the development of Marine Renewable Energy and Technology.

Global CO2 emissions back on the rise in 2010

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – the main contributor to global warming – show no sign of abating and may reach record levels in 2010, according to a study led by the University of Exeter.

Muslims face higher level of threats outside the big cities

Muslims and their mosques face a higher level of threats and intimidation in UK suburbs and market towns than in big cities, according to a new report.

Partnership joins Exeter’s weather and climate experts

The world-class weather and climate expertise of the Met Office and the University of Exeter will enter a new era of collaboration with the launch today of an in-depth research partnership.

Exeter climate research highlights the ‘compost bomb’

The rate of global warming could lead to a rapid release of carbon from peatlands that would further accelerate global warming.

New report highlights low carbon opportunities for Devon

A new report created by the University of Exeter for Devon County Council has highlighted a number of opportunities for the county as part of the examination of the Low Carbon Transition Plan (LCTP).

Exeter contributes to the history of the world

History experts from the University of Exeter have contributed their geographical and subject knowledge to the latest edition of the prestigious copy of The Times Complete History of the World.

University forges stronger research links with Fera

The internationally recognised research expertise of the Biosciences department at the University of Exeter and the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) will now work in closer collaboration following a new agreement.

High profile research to tackle plant disease

Researchers from the University of Exeter have played a key role in research which aims to tackle plant disease and contribute to future food security.

University scheme ‘dramatically improved’ career prospects

University of Exeter graduate, Jason Williams, has recently landed a high-flying job with top service provider to the defence industry, Harmonic Limited.

Intrepid researchers heading to Antarctica

Two researchers from the University of Exeter will be braving temperatures of -30C as they head to Antarctica to carry out important research on one of the world’s largest ice sheets.

A new perspective on Palestine in print

The boundaries between professional historiography, moral commitment and fiction have been re-examined in new publications on the troubled land of Israel and Palestine.

Beetroot juice could help people live more active lives

New research into the health benefits of beetroot juice suggests it’s not only athletes who can benefit from its performance enhancing properties – its physiological effects could help the elderly or people with heart or lung-conditions enjoy more active lives.

Cinema shows of Christmas past

Well before the invention of cinema, different types of moving and projected images were the height of sophistication for an evening’s entertainment.

Finding new ways to tackle environmental diseases

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a new approach to studying potentially deadly disease-causing bacteria which could help speed up the process of finding vaccines.