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Functioning of terrestrial ecosystems governed by three main factors

Ecosystems provide multiple services for humans. However, these services depend on basic ecosystem functions which are shaped by natural conditions like climate and species composition, and human interventions.

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Limiting the impacts of technology materials for the low carbon transition

Researchers have demonstrated how a detailed ‘cradle to grave’ evaluation at the outset of new metal mining explorations can greatly mitigate against negative environmental impacts. 

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Desert teamwork explains global pattern of co-operation in birds

A new study from the Kalahari Desert finds that teamwork allows birds to cope with brutally unpredictable environments.

 

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Hoverflies navigate using sun and body clock

Hoverflies use a combination of the sun and their body clock to navigate when they fly south for the winter, new research shows.

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Rising research star secures prestigious Fellowship

One of the University of Exeter’s rising research stars has been awarded a prestigious Engineering Research Fellowship, it has been announced. 

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Artificial Intelligence could help predict harmful algal blooms

A new project will develop Artificial Intelligence tools to predict harmful blooms of algae in the ocean.

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Exeter rises in Guardian University Guide ranking

The University of Exeter has been ranked as one of the top 15 UK universities in the influential Guardian University Guide 2022. 

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Roads have far-reaching impact on chimpanzees

Roads have a negative impact on chimpanzee populations that can extend for more than 17 km, new research shows.

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Rapid increase in global light pollution

Global light pollution has increased by at least 49% over 25 years, new research shows.

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Events to celebrate European research

A festival celebrating European research will take place this month with events in Bodmin, Exeter and Lyme Regis.

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Business School academic shortlisted for Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year at THE Awards

A University of Exeter Business School professor is in the running for a prestigious THE Award after being shortlisted for Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year.

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Encyclopaedia chapter will aid UN goal on improving ocean sustainability

The University of Exeter has led a collaboration to define the term “Oceans and Human Health” for a new Encyclopaedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Exeter rises into top 150 in latest influential rankings

The University of Exeter’s global reputation has been reinforced after it rose into the top 150 worldwide in the latest influential league table. 

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‘Tipping points’ in Earth’s system triggered rapid climate change 55 million years ago, research shows

Scientists have uncovered a fascinating new insight into what caused one of the most rapid and dramatic instances of climate change in the history of the Earth.

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Farmers help create ‘Virtual safe space’ to save bumblebees

Solutions to help pollinators can be tested using a “virtual safe space” tool created by scientists at the University of Exeter in collaboration with farmers and land managers.

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Learn Cornish in your own home as part of an exciting new online course

People can learn when to say “dell y'm kyrri”, and understand when it’s better to use “meur ras” as part of an exciting new course which allows them to learn Cornish in their own home. 

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Plastic creates 'evolutionary trap' for young sea turtles

Plastic pollution creates an "evolutionary trap" for young sea turtles, new research shows.

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Hands, face, space to protect great apes

Tourists who visit Africa's gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos should follow social distancing rules, researchers say.

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Exeter in new £7m consortium to boost nature’s impact on health inequalities

A new consortium involving the University of Exeter has been awarded more than £7.1 million from the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) to investigate the impact that nature can have in helping to prevent and reduce health inequalities in urban areas.

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University of Exeter recognised for “financial lifeline” support for students during coronavirus pandemic

The University of Exeter has been recognised for offering a financial lifeline and practical support for students facing hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic

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Making Space for Nature Photography competition winners

The University of Exeter and Cornwall Council recently ran a successful photography competition encouraging people in Cornwall to get out and explore their local green spaces.

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Falmouth Community Youth Football Club hold end of season awards celebration

The Club held the event at Falmouth Rugby Club on Saturday, with ten teams attending to collect their awards, from Under 8s to Under 15s. The Club's president, Arno Canale handed out the awards and trophies.

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Undergraduate student Rachel Poppleton wins Sir Geoffrey Holland Prize

Undergraduate student Rachel Poppleton has been awarded this year’s Sir Geoffrey Holland Prize.

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Common household products should carry asthma warnings, research concludes

Commonly-used household products should carry a warning that they increase the risk of asthma, according to a new evidence review.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 teaches players about wildlife

Players of the popular game Red Dead Redemption 2 learn how to identify real American wildlife, new research shows.

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Prestigious Award for Making Space for Nature project

A project that’s turning green deserts into wildlife-friendly spaces across Cornwall has received a prestigious award.  

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£250,000 kickstart for University of Exeter microbiologist

Dr Stineke Van Houte has received £250,000 to support her research into antimicrobial resistance.

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Light pollution has complex effects on animal vision

Changes in the colour and intensity of light pollution over the past few decades result in complex and unpredictable effects on animal vision, new research shows.

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Seabird colony creates 'halo' of depleted fish stocks

A vast seabird colony on Ascension Island creates a "halo" in which fewer fish live, new research shows.

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Cornwall Law Society awards prize for Outstanding Legal Academic Performance

Cornwall Law Society are sponsoring a new prize for Law with Business students at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

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Jackdaws don't console traumatised mates

Male jackdaws don't stick around to console their mate after a traumatic experience, new research shows.

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Cornish farmers could unlock 'natural capital' worth millions

Cornwall's farmers could unlock "natural capital" worth millions of pounds, a new report suggests.

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Cornish 'doughnut economy’ requires local action

Progress towards a fair and sustainable "doughnut economy" is happening at differing rates in different parts of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, according to a new report.

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Public concern on human health impact of plastic pollution

The impact of marine plastic pollution on human health tops a list of health-related concerns over marine threats in a large scale survey which could help shape policy over how best to protect our oceans.

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Seabird eggs contaminated with cocktail of plastic additives

Chemical additives used in plastic production have been found in herring gull eggs, new research shows.

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Exeter students embark on a relay walk for climate justice

Two students from the University of Exeter in Cornwall are taking part in a relay walk from St Ives to Glasgow, to campaign for climate justice.

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'Manage tourism and nature to boost both,' report says

Tourism and the natural environment can be managed in ways that benefit both, new research reports suggest.

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Testing of innovative mooring component holds promise for Floating Wind Technologies

The University of Exeter Offshore Renewable Energy Group and Intelligent Moorings Ltd have successfully completed the demonstration testing of an innovative hydraulic nonlinear mooring system. 

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Research establishes safe water thresholds for antimicrobials, advancing the battle against resistance

Researchers have made progress towards a G7 commitment to establish safe standards for the release of antimicrobials into the environment, by developing a new framework that establishes safe thresholds.

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Borneo's women helping to replenish rainforests

A women’s community group is helping to rejuvenate previously deforested areas of Borneo peatlands, with training provided as part of a collaboration between the University of Exeter and Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF).

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G7 'legacy' project launched to protect and restore nature across Cornwall

The UK government has pledged an initial £700,000 for a nature recovery project in Cornwall as a "legacy" of this week's G7 summit.

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Boost for Hydrogen Industry in the Marine sector

A pioneering new research and testing facility, designed to drive the replacement of fossil fuels with hydrogen in the marine and boating sector, is set to be launched in Cornwall.

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Tool developed to measure carbon footprint of a Cornish pasty

Nothing says Cornwall more than a Cornish pasty, but have you ever considered the environmental impact it is having?

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Exeter achieves global top 150 status in influential rankings

The University of Exeter has broken into the top 150 in the QS World University Rankings for the first time.  

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Exeter reinforces position in The Complete University Guide

The University of Exeter has been ranked 13th in the Complete University Guide 2022. 

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Plastic project launches bottle for each G7 nation

On World Ocean Day, June 8, a collaboration of scientific institutions and ocean groups from around the world will launch scientific monitoring devices into the ocean.

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South West scores 65 out of 100 for ocean health

South West England has scored 65 out of 100 for ocean health, a new report reveals.

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The Environment and Sustainability Institute launches new film to highlight the importance of working with partners to secure a sustainable future

With a week to go before the G7 conference starts in Cornwall, the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, is launching a new film that documents the power of investing in ideas, research and partnerships to secure a more sustainable future.

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Exeter consolidates position in influential global rankings

The University of Exeter has maintained its position amongst the leading universities both nationally and internationally, according to the latest influential global rankings. 

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Marine-i supports innovative application of space data for renewable energy

Marine-i has agreed to support a pioneering new approach to using space data to support the development of renewable energy sites, such as floating offshore wind. This new system could help reduce the risks and costs associated with these developments. 

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Blue Abyss brings world’s biggest and deepest pool to Cornwall with £150m project

The world’s biggest and deepest pool for testing the latest underwater technology, helping advance subsea robotics and even training astronauts is being planned in Cornwall. 

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Budding photographers invited to take part in urban nature photo competition

Photographers of all ages are being invited to take part in a photo competition celebrating nature in urban spaces across Cornwall.

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Universities in South West vow to help region bounce back stronger from Covid-19

Universities, employers, and local leaders will be working together to create thousands of local jobs as the recovery from the pandemic gathers pace.  

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Exeter subjects ranked in the world top 100

Subjects from across the sciences and humanities at the University of Exeter have been ranked amongst the world’s best, according to an influential international league table. 

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Camborne School of Mines Trust funds pioneering scholarships

The Camborne School of Mines Trust has generously bestowed a significant financial gift to support students embarking on the first steps towards forging a successful mining career. 

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Road verges provide opportunity for wildflowers, bees and trees

Road verges cover 1.2% of land in Great Britain – an area the size of Dorset – and could be managed to help wildlife, new research shows.

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New handbook to help prescribe nature for mental health and wellbeing

Understanding how the power of nature can help people improve their mental health and overcome conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress has been boosted thanks to a new handbook.

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Cornwall EU leave voters wanted to 'take back control' and express concern about immigration, new research shows

Leave voters in Cornwall wanted to exit the EU to “take back control” and express concern about immigration.

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G7 ministers must 'listen to the science'

G7 ministers meeting this week must "listen to the science" and protect the world's ocean, according to researchers and conversation organisations.

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University of Exeter launches Green Futures campaign in critical year for climate action

The University of Exeter has launched a ‘Green Futures’ campaign and website to drive action on the environment and climate emergency ahead of the G7 in Cornwall and COP26 in Glasgow this year.

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Study uncovers drivers of fishers' decisions of where to fish

A team of researchers from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology and the University of Exeter, alongside Oceanswell, have used a new approach to understand the movement and drivers of commercial fishing fleet activity in one of the world’s most over-exploited oceans.

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New documentary series shows mystery, history and beauty of Cornwall’s maritime churches

A new documentary series shows the mystery, beauty and history of Cornwall’s stunning maritime churches.

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Using green social prescribing to prevent and tackle mental ill health

Lockdown highlighted the impact of green spaces on our mental health and wellbeing – and now researchers are investigating whether prescribing nature can help prevent and tackle mental ill health.

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Mediterranean turtles recovering at different rates

Numbers of two Mediterranean turtle species have risen in the last three decades – but in Cyprus the recoveries are happening at different rates, new research shows.

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Sharks in protected area attract illegal fishers

Thousands of sharks have been illegally caught in a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Indian Ocean, new research shows.

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Penryn labs receive golden sustainability award

Labs at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus have received top level recognition for introducing and improving sustainable practice and reducing research impact on the environment.

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University of Exeter to host first-of-its-kind Research Ethics Conference

A cross-disciplinary team of researchers has pioneered a professional development event designed to facilitate provocative and innovative thinking about ethics.

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Scientists have developed a new “key-hole surgery” technique to extract metals from the earth - which could revolutionise the future of metal mining

A team of international researchers, including Dr Rich Crane from the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, have developed a new method to extract metals, such as copper, from their parent ore body. 

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Cayman Islands sea turtles back from the brink

Sea turtles in the Cayman Islands are recovering from the brink of local extinction, new research shows.

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Oceans may become a less efficient carbon sink

The world's oceans could soak up less carbon or even beginning emitting carbon in the future, a new UNESCO report warns.

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Ship traffic dropped during first months of Covid pandemic

Ship movements on the world's oceans dropped in the first half of 2020 as Covid-19 restrictions came into force, a new study shows.

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UK’s top five most influential climate scientists from University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is home to the UK’s top five most influential climate scientists - the only UK climate scientists to secure places in the global top 21 - according to a prestigious new list.

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Experience nearly a decade of stunning arts/science collaborations inspired by research in Cornwall

2021 marks almost a decade of the ESI Creative Exchange, a rich and absorbing programme of arts/science collaborations between researchers at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) and South West based creative practitioners.

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Exeter ranked 63rd in the world in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

The University of Exeter’s commitment to sustainability and tackling inequality on the global stage has been recognised in the latest influential rankings. 

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Making spaces on the high street for clothing repairs could transform “make do and mend” into the “hipster’s’ equivalent of a spa day”, experts say

Making space in high street shops for people to repair clothes could mend the damage caused by fast fashion and transform sewing into a wellbeing activity, experts say.

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UK waters are home again to the bluefin tuna

Atlantic bluefin tuna have returned to UK waters and can once again be seen during the summer and autumn months.

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Marine-i supports pioneering marine renewable energy project for the Isles of Scilly

Marine-i has agreed to support a year-long research programme to identify the potential for wave, tidal and floating wind technologies to be deployed around the Isles of Scilly. It is expected that this will lead to long-term economic, societal and environmental benefits for the communities living on the islands.

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Café reopening highlights Cornish circular economy drive

The reopening of a café – a year after closing due to lockdown – could mark a milestone in Cornwall's drive towards a "circular economy" with little or no waste.

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Michelmores awards prize for commercial awareness to University of Exeter Law with Business student

We are delighted to confirm that this year’s prize winner is Irina Campan.

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Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) launches

The University of Exeter’s commitment to providing key benefits to business, society and the economy has been recognised in a comprehensive national assessment. 

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Friends and enemies 'make sense' for long-lived animals

It makes evolutionary sense for long-lived animals to have complex social relationships – such as friends and enemies – researchers say.

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The Crown Estate decision will accelerate FLOW development in the Celtic Sea, says Marine-i

The Marine-i Project has voiced its strong support for this week’s decision by The Crown Estate, which has announced that it is commencing work to design and deliver a new leasing opportunity for early commercial-scale floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea.

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Ocean's mammals at crucial crossroads

The ocean’s mammals are at a crucial crossroads – with some at risk of extinction and others showing signs of recovery, researchers say.

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Online tool measures community carbon footprint

Communities can measure their carbon footprint using a new online tool.

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Amphibians that produce fewer offspring have increased extinction risk

The risk of extinction among amphibians – the most endangered animals on the planet – increases for species that produce fewer babies per birth, new research shows.

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Pioneering study gives new insight into formation of copper deposits

A groundbreaking study has given new insights into how copper deposit-forming fluids are transported naturally from their source deep underground towards the Earth’s surface.

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Combining public health and environmental science to develop pollen forecasting

New research, which brings healthcare data together with ground-breaking ecological techniques, could set a roadmap for refining pollen forecasts in the future.

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Data science boosts Trusts’ ability to manage ambulance demand

A University of Exeter Data Science team have helped develop a tool that could modernise the way Ambulance Trusts predict and respond to demand, at a critical time for the NHS.

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Fishers at risk in 'perfect storm'

Stormier weather will increasingly force fishers to choose between their safety and income, researchers say.

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Female gannets go the extra mile to feed chicks

Female gannets travel further than male gannets to find fish for their chicks in some years but not others, new research shows.

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Exeter subject success in influential league rankings

The University of Exeter’s subjects from across disciplines have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, according to the latest influential global league table

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Rarest seal breeding site discovered

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown breeding site used by the world's rarest seal species.

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Transmission risk of COVID-19 from sewage spills into rivers can now be quickly quantified

Scientists have identified that the COVID-19 virus could be transmitted through faecal contaminated river water.

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Global warming poses threat to food chains

Rising temperatures could reduce the efficiency of food chains and threaten the survival of larger animals, new research shows.

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Exeter researcher writes book for Attenborough series

A University of Exeter scientist has written a book to accompany a new Sir David Attenborough TV series.

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“Stark warning”: Combating ecosystem collapse from the tropics to the Antarctic

Eminent scientists warn that key ecosystems around Australia and Antarctica are collapsing, and propose a three-step framework to combat irreversible global damage

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Chimpanzees and humans share overlapping territories

Chimpanzees and humans "overlap" in their use of forests and even villages, new research shows.

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£4 million Deep Digital Cornwall project launched to unlock underground environment

The underground environment is the subject of a major new £4 million project launched to create a world-leading cluster of research-intensive digital businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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Play and meaty food reduce hunting by cats

Domestic cats hunt wildlife less if owners play with them daily and feed them a meat-rich food, new research shows.

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Common pipistrelle bats attracted to wind turbines

One of the most abundant bats in Europe may be attracted to wind turbines, a new study shows.

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CSM experts play lead role in pioneering UNESCO Lecture Series

Geologists from the Camborne School of Mines are taking part in a high-profile lecture series, designed to highlight the pivotal role Earth materials such as minerals can play in developing a sustainable global society.

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Marine-i helps Morek pioneer new approach to seafastening

Marine-i research expertise has enabled Morek Engineering to create innovative software to streamline the development of seafastening designs for the offshore renewables market.

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Lord Myners to retire as Chancellor of the University of Exeter after five years

Lord Myners of Truro will retire as Chancellor of the University of Exeter after five years in the role, it has been announced.

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Marine-i supports pioneering 3D printing innovation for floating offshore wind

Expert support from Marine-i is helping 3D printing specialist J-Supplied to develop large scale technology to produce bespoke parts for the floating offshore wind industry, such as custom-designed turbine blades.

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Internationally renowned artist J.R. Carpenter joins the University for a special online poetry reading

This February, the Humanities department at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus are delighted to be joined by internationally renowned artist, writer, researcher, and performer J.R. Carpenter for a virtual public reading of a selection of her poetry works.  

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Ocean sharks and rays threatened with extinction

Three quarters of ocean shark and ray species face an elevated risk of extinction, according to new research.

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New nature experiment launched with BBC Music

A new experiment goes live today, investigating how people respond to different kinds of digital nature experience

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Comedy and academia collide in a special Arts and Culture online event

Stand-up comedian Siân Docksey and Dr Ina Linge from the University of Exeter’s Department of Modern Languages and Cultures have been collaborating on a series of special online events which explore what queerness in nature can tell us about ourselves

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Exeter research receives global recognition

Research conducted by University of Exeter experts has been recognised among the most shared and discussed of 2020.

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Genital shape key to male flies' sexual success

Having genitals of a certain shape and size gives male flies a major reproductive advantage, new research shows.

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Exeter researcher receives prestigious Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) Award

Dr Neeltje Boogert from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall has won the 2021 ASAB Christopher Barnard Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator.

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Tevi business support to continue until December 2022

Tevi has been granted a two year project extension to continue supporting Small & Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) across Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly to transition to more sustainable ways of working.

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Grey camouflage 'better than zebra stripes'

Dull, featureless camouflage provides better protection from predators than zebra stripes, according to a new study.

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Stephen Fry announced as special guest for Exeter’s online ‘Creative Dialogues’ event

Stephen Fry, one of the UK’s best loved and most prodigious talents of the small and big screen, will give a fascinating insight into his influential and innovative work, during a special event at the University of Exeter.

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