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No "echo chambers" in Reddit climate debate

Climate change debates on Reddit don't happen in polarised "echo chambers", new research suggests.

Influence of remarkable Hispanic women honoured though major historical project

More remarkable Hispanic female pioneers in journalism, sport and the arts have been honoured as part of a major historical project.

AI learns coral reef "song"

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can track the health of coral reefs by learning the "song of the reef", new research shows.

British coral predicted to be resilient to climate change

An iconic coral species found in UK waters could expand its range due to climate change, new research shows.

'Fuel of evolution' more abundant than previously thought in wild animals

The raw material for evolution is much more abundant in wild animals than we previously believed, according to new research from the Australian National University (ANU).

New study maps financial ownership of more than $1 trillion of the fossil fuel industry’s projected ‘stranded asset’ losses due to low-carbon transition

Driven by technological, societal and political change, renewable energy technologies are progressively replacing fossil fuels.

Drug resistance molecule can spread though bacterial 'communities'

DNA molecules called plasmids – some of which protect bacteria from antibiotics – can spread rapidly through bacterial "communities" that are treated with antibiotics, new research shows.

People must be 'heart' of climate action

Tackling the climate crisis can only be achieved by "placing people at the heart of climate action", researchers say.

Pioneering study identifies global dynamics of Antibiotic Resistance

Scientists have used ideas from artificial intelligence to identify patterns of antibiotic resistance around the world.

Newly discovered ancient Amazonian cities reveal how urban landscapes were built without harming nature

A newly discovered network of “lost” ancient cities in the Amazon could provide a pivotal new insight into how ancient civilisations combined the construction of vast urban landscapes while living alongside nature.

Study finds crime-cutting benefits of therapy when combined with cash handouts

Spending $500 for therapy and a small cash payment helped reduce crime and violence by half among some of the most troubled young men in West Africa, a new study has found.

'Democracy' governs mass jackdaw take-offs

Jackdaws use a "democratic" process to decide when to leave their roosts en masse, new research shows.

Children who play adventurously have better mental health, research finds

Children who spend more time playing adventurously have lower symptoms of anxiety and depression, and were happier over the first Covid-19 lockdown, according to new research.

'Traffic calming' boosts breeding on coral reefs

Coral reef fish breed more successfully if motorboat noise is reduced, new research shows.

Satellites and drones can help save pollinators

Satellites and drones can provide key information to protect pollinators, researchers say.

University of Exeter’s Q-Step centre helping to plug shortages of graduates able to analyse data, evaluation shows

The University of Exeter’s Q-Step centre is helping to tackle the national shortage of graduates with the skills to use data to better understand society, an evaluation shows.

Uncovering hidden cultures in workplaces can help make businesses more inclusive, according to social mobility expert

Companies should introduce ways of uncovering informal hidden cultures to create more inclusive workplaces, a social mobility expert has told parliamentarians.

Scallops swim into illuminated fishing pots

Scallops are drawn to illuminated fishing pots like moths to a flame, new research shows.

Exeter signs MoU to boost collaboration on Spaceport Cornwall

A strategic partnership, designed to help place Cornwall at the forefront of British science and innovation in space, has received a significant boost. 

Deep ocean warming as climate changes

Much of the "excess heat" stored in the subtropical North Atlantic is in the deep ocean (below 700m), new research suggests.

Track which political parties represent your views with new online tool

A new online tool helps people to see how closely their views match with policies of political parties around the UK.

Pioneering research facility receives funding boost to achieve net zero

A pioneering new research facility, designed to solve some of the most pressing global environmental challenges of our time, has received a near £1 million funding boost to achieve “Net Zero” status.

Asking for ideas boosts collective action

Members of minority groups can boost collective action by seeking the ideas and perspectives of fellow group members, new research shows.

Sea turtle success stories along African east coast – but thousands still dying

Conservation of sea turtles along Africa's east coast has made good progress – but tens of thousands still die each year due to human activity, researchers say.

University of Exeter’s growth in Research Power recognised in REF2021

The University of Exeter’s commitment to producing world-leading research has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Exeter extreme medicine experts deliver £890,000 in life-saving medical aid to Ukraine

Global experts in delivering medical training for people working in remote environments have galvanised more than £645,000 worth of life-saving medical supplies to the frontline of the Ukrainian war zone.

Peru "pinger" trial deters dolphins but not whales

A trial of underwater sound devices called pingers reduced the number of dolphins caught in fishing nets – but did not deter humpback whales.

First detailed academic study of East African maritime traditions shows changes in boatbuilding

The first detailed academic study of East African maritime traditions shows changes in boatbuilding techniques but the continuing use of wooden vessels by fishers.

Research ship delves into ocean history

A research ship is taking seabed samples from the North Sea and North Atlantic to find out what the oceans were like before major changes caused by humans.

AI set to transform science and engineering in Canada

Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to transform how science and engineering is conducted and funded in Canada, bringing both tremendous opportunities and risks, according to a new expert panel report from the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA).

Exeter researcher elected Fellow of Royal Society

A leading University of Exeter climate scientist has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Research unlocks personalised care in type 2 diabetes

Moving away from a “one-size fits all” care regime has the potential to transform care for people with type 2 diabetes, a University of Dundee study has shown.

Major new study will investigate impact of innovative orchestra performances which use dance, drama and film

A major new study will analyse the impact of ‘theatrical’ performances by British orchestras, which use dance, acting and film, and are attracting new audiences.

Historic graffiti made by soldiers sheds light on Africa maritime heritage, study shows

Historic graffiti of ships carved in an African fort were drawn by soldiers on guard duty watching the sea, University of Exeter experts believe.

Smartline shortlisted for the Housing Heroes Awards 2022

Ground-breaking Cornwall-based research project Smartline and Coastline housing have been shortlisted for the Housing Heroes Award 2022 the under the ‘Best company health and wellbeing initiative category’.

Efforts to take fake news and misinformation in Africa must take account of the continent’s unique “pavement media”, study shows

The spread of fake news through “pavement media” in Africa means the continent needs unique techniques to tackle the spread of misinformation, a new study says.

Experts to establish new archive of Kurdistan’s culture, history and politics

An international team of experts are establishing a major new archive of Kurdistan’s culture, history and politics.

GW4 Generator Award: Seven collaborative research communities awarded £125k funding

Projects exploring the circular economy in building construction, net zero transport systems, and antibiotic-resistance genes are among seven research communities awarded £125,000 in GW4 Alliance funding.

Parks and green spaces of England and Wales valued at £25.6 billion a year

Parks and green spaces provide around £25.6 billion of ‘welfare value’ to the health and wellbeing of adults in England and Wales each year, according to a ground-breaking new tool that calculates the economic value of outdoor recreational spaces.

Pandemic left hospitality workers more vulnerable to conflict from customers and less able to challenge managers over safety due to financial insecurity, study shows

Hospitality workers felt less able to challenge and negotiate bad practice or unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study shows.

Resilience of ecosystems can be measured from space

A natural habitat's ability to withstand and recover from damage can be empirically monitored from space.

Loneliness leads to higher risk of future unemployment, study finds

Experiencing loneliness appears to lead to a higher risk of future unemployment, according to new research.

Origin of complex cells started without oxygen

The origin of complex cells started without oxygen, new research suggests.

Lighting Up Artificial Neural Networks

A team of international scientists have performed difficult machine learning computations using a nano-scale device, named an “optomemristor”.

Cut emissions "starting now" – Global Carbon Project experts

The Global Carbon Project has published its full analysis for 2021, reinforcing the need for rapid emissions cuts.

UK wildlife watchers welcome "ecological refugees"

Wildlife watchers generally welcome species that have arrived in the UK due to climate change, new research suggests.

Scientists solve key exoplanet questions through Hubble observations

The quest to solve some of the most crucial mysteries surrounding the atmospheres of planets far outsider the solar system has taken a significant step forward

Protected areas don’t always boost biodiversity

Protected areas such as national parks have a "mixed impact" on wildlife, according to the largest ever global study of their effects.

Researchers discover drug-resistant environmental mould is capable of infecting people

A new study led by Imperial College London, working with the University of Exeter, finds that drug-resistant mould is spreading from the environment and infecting susceptible people’s lungs. 

Multi-million funding for new 'terrestrial blue economy' research

A pioneering new research project, designed to unlock the true potential of sustainable shrimp production in the UK using renewable energy technology, has received a multi-million pound funding boost.

Landmark new technology to improve efficiency of sewer system surveys

A new AI tool is set to improve the efficiency of surveying sewerage systems and has the potential to benefit the entire water industry. 

Blockchain to play a key part in ensuring copyright laws can be used for 3D printing

Blockchain technology will soon be able to be applied within items produced by 3D printers thanks to pioneering work by experts.

Fertility support for people with variations in sex characteristics overlooked by medics, report shows

An over-medicalised approach to support for adults with variations in sex characteristics means their emotional and psychological needs are being overlooked, a new report shows.

Protected areas don’t always boost biodiversity

Protected areas such as national parks have a "mixed impact" on wildlife, according to the largest ever global study of their effects.

University spin-out company aiming to treat degenerative disease announces funding

A biotech company which aims to harness University of Exeter research to develop new therapeutics to stop the progression of degenerative diseases has received new seed financing. 

'Whup' and 'grumble' calls reveal secrets of humpback whales

Sounds made by humpback whales – including a previously unknown call – have given researchers a glimpse of their lives in the high seas.

Experts develop new ways of visualising ancient small objects by combining technologies from archaeological research, computer graphics and video game development

Experts have developed new ways of visually representing ancient objects such as stone tools and fossils developing technologies currently only used in video games and computer graphics.

New research calls to scrap the smoking prevention/cessation binary when addressing the issue of tobacco use among young adults

A complex array of smoking behaviours and identities among young adults explains why public health initiatives around smoking prevention and cessation are not working for this age group, according to latest research led by Dr Ria Poole at the University of Exeter.

Close bond between two of Spain’s finest female writers brought to life in new stage show

The close bond between two of Spain’s finest female writers will be brought to live in a major new London stage show.

Blockchain has potential to redefine democracy and can support electoral law, an expert has said

Blockchain has the potential to redefine politics and support new electoral law, an expert has said.

Children think farm animals deserve same treatment as pets

Children differ dramatically from adults in their moral views on animals, new research shows.

Surfer science supports seawater study

Seawater samples taken from a surfboard have helped scientists understand microscopic life in the waves, new research shows.

Selective breeding sustainably protects honey bees from Varroa mite

A new breed of honey bees provides a major advance in the global fight against the parasitic Varroa mite, new research shows.

Success for Exeter subjects in influential league rankings

Subjects from across all disciplines at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, according to the latest influential global league table.  

Exeter academic warns of ‘funding issue’ over government’s ambitious tree planting plans

A senior Exeter academic has warned that the government will fail to meet its ambitious tree planting targets without “major and rapid changes” to how the scheme is financed and run.

Spoken descriptions of new technologies provoke more positive attitudes than written ones

People react more positively to new technologies when hearing spoken descriptions of them than when the identical information is written down, a new study finds.

Exeter experts comment on IPCC report

University of Exeter researchers have commented on the new report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Major research effort to save future of European peatlands

A five-year, £3.7m research project involving scientists from the UK and across Europe will assess the risk that climate change poses to peatlands, and improve methods of managing these important ecosystems.

African network protects key turtle sites

A network of West African Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) covers key sites used by green turtles, new research shows.

New research highlights “significant gap” in evidence about effectiveness of relationship education programmes

Educators should have not have ‘high’ confidence in the quality of existing relationship education programmes because there is a lack of robust evaluation, experts have warned.

Exeter partners with National Grid on innovation projects to help deliver Net Zero

The University of Exeter is part of a pivotal new partnership that will help decarbonise the electricity system in Great Britain and accelerate progress towards Net Zero.

Verbal aggression towards women CEOs a result of ‘out of group’ gender bias

Female CEOs face more aggressive questioning from male analysts during earnings conference calls, a new study reveals.

 

Recent reforms are not enough to tackle kleptocracy, new report examining complex web of Kazakhstan property ownership says

Experts have criticised inadequate legislation, failures by the National Crime Agency, and “flawed” legal judgements which led to the dismissal of a high-profile case against the relatives of Kazakhstan’s autocratic first president.

Low Psychological resilience predicts future high blood sugars in type 1 diabetes

New research from the University of Exeter and University of Brighton indicates that people who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are more likely to manage their condition successfully if they have high levels of psychological resilience.

Does living a simpler life mean a happier and healthier life? New TV series co-designed by GW4 experts aims to find out

Could living a simpler life with no modern comforts, cut off from the modern world be better for us?

Radical new Urdu female writers using poetry to call for changes to gender roles in Pakistan, major new study shows

Radical new female writers and performers are transforming Urdu from being a “genteel” language and using their work to call for changes to gender roles in Pakistan, a major new study shows.

Remote Indian Ocean reefs bounce back quickly after bleaching

Coral reefs in remote or protected areas can recover quickly after mass coral bleaching events, new research shows.

Migration across South America led to intensive farming methods spreading across the region, study shows

Human migration from South America back into Mesoamerica thousands of years ago led to the spread of intensive farming methods across the region, according to a new study.

Outstanding Exeter diabetes nurse wins prestigious leadership scholarship

An internationally renowned diabetes research nurse has been awarded a prestigious Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholarship.

South West survey to boost Pacific plastic project

People in the South West of England can help researchers tackle plastic pollution locally – and thousands of miles away – by completing a short survey.

Modern animal life could have origins in delta

The ancestors of many animal species alive today may have lived in a delta in what is now China, new research suggests.

Sounds of nature benefit mental health and promote environmental protection

The sounds of nature could help us recover from mental fatigue

Switching social identities happens seamlessly

People can switch seamlessly between different social identities, new research shows.

Hundreds of experts sign declaration denouncing religious ideology driving Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine

Hundreds of experts have signed a declaration renouncing the religious ideology driving Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

New hub for the best evidence about promoting good health will help inform new policy

A new hub that aims to present best evidence available on promoting good health will help inform new policy across the world.

Urgent action ‘critical’ to tackling NHS carbon emissions and reaching 2040 net zero target

The NHS and its suppliers have been urged to systemically adopt circular economy practices to stand any chance of meeting the government’s commitment to achieve a net zero NHS by 2040.

Group exercise has long-term positive impacts for over-65s with mobility limitations

Positive results from a major study into the effectiveness of a community-based group exercise programme designed for people aged 65 and over with mobility limitations. 

Medical equality undermined by mistaken male doctors

Progress on gender equality in the medical profession could be hampered by male doctors who overestimate female representation, researchers say.

Repeal of the Human Rights Act would 'wind the constitutional clock back to the 1990s', experts warn

The proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act would “wind the constitutional clock back to the 1990s” and is “particularly unwise” now because of the actions of Russia in Ukraine, experts have warned.

Help needed for major new study on labour shortages and skills crisis in the farming and horticultural industry

A major new study will shed light on the labour and skills shortages responsible for the staffing crisis in the farming and horticultural industry.

New shoe helps older women stay active

Researchers and a shoe manufacturer have joined forces to create shoes to help older women stay active and keep playing sport.

Researchers aim to discover how viruses communicate

The different "languages" used by viruses will be investigated by a new research project at the University of Exeter.

Pivotal technique harnesses cutting-edge AI capabilities to model and map the natural environment

Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that harnesses the cutting-edge capabilities of AI to model and map the natural environment in intricate detail. 

Coronavirus remembrance and memorials should not be led by the Government, new report argues

Events to mark the coronavirus pandemic should not be led by the Government, and must not depersonalise loss, a new report argues.

New toolkit aids discovery of mineral deposits crucial to ‘green economy’ transition.

Scientists have developed a new toolkit for the discovery of mineral deposits crucial to our transition to a ‘green economy’. 

Voles cut grass to watch flying predators

A tiny rodent trims tall grasses so it can watch the skies for flying predators, new research shows.

New targets could help public sector use more local food, according to new report

The public sector can strengthen local supply chains and help local producers access them.

 

Half century of protection pays off for sea turtles

Green turtle numbers continue to rise on a group of islands where the species has now been protected for more than 50 years, new research shows.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy benefits people with depression through promoting self-kindness

New research shows that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can help promote self-kindness in people with a history of depression.

Lady Mireille Gillings to Open Neuroimaging Centre

Global business leader and philanthropist Lady Mireille Gillings, PhD, will officially open the cutting-edge new imaging centre which bears her name on International Women’s Day (March 8).

Laws governing weddings are outdated and too restrictive in contemporary society, new research shows

Current laws governing weddings are too outdated and restrictive and do not reflect the diversity of faith and beliefs in modern society, a new report from experts at the Universities of Warwick and Exeter highlights.

Amazon rainforest losing resilience

The Amazon rainforest is becoming less resilient – raising the risk of widespread dieback, new research shows.

Increasing frequency of El Niño events expected by 2040

Global weather fluctuations called El Niño events are likely to become more frequent by 2040, a new study shows.

Differentiated integration can foster fairer cooperation between EU nations but should be subject to constraints

Allowing European nations to integrate into the EU in flexible ways can foster fairer cooperation – but it should be subject to certain constraints, a new study argues.

Exeter and Potsdam agree 'tipping points' partnership

The University of Exeter and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have signed an agreement to jointly investigate climate change tipping points.

Female chimpanzees avoid humans

Female chimpanzees are less likely than males to go near villages and farmland used by humans, new research shows.

Major new study will show how widening inequalities in education and employment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will impact children’s life prospects

A major new study will show how widening inequalities in education and employment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will impact children’s life prospects.

Mental health impact of Covid still being felt, study finds

The deterioration in people’s mental health linked to Covid-19 is showing no sign of returning to pre-pandemic levels, a new study finds.

Whole-genome sequencing reveals new secrets about killer fungus

New research from the University of Exeter reports largest ever whole-genome sequencing project for the potentially fatal yeast infection Candida glabrata from hospitals across Scotland

Experts mark centenary of key election battle crucial for survival of Cornish liberalism

Experts are marking the centenary of a key South West political battle which proved crucial for Liberalism to survive in Cornwall.

Plastic labelling needs 'sustainability scale'

Labelling of plastic products needs a drastic overhaul including a new "sustainability scale" to help consumers, researchers say.

IPCC report highlights need for climate action and adaptation

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights the need stop carbon emissions and adapt to "unavoidable risks", according to one of its Lead Authors.

Bid to protect "blue food" revolution

Scientists have developed a new way to identify and reduce the impact of chemicals and diseases in global aquaculture (fish farming).

Racing looks through eyes of horses to help deliver improved safety at all British jump courses

Racing at Stratford Upon Avon on 14 March will mark the start of a new era over jumps in Britain as obstacles begin turning white as part of a welfare-driven project to develop new ways to help make hurdle and fence design safer.

Celebrate Cornish innovation past and present at exciting St Piran’s Day event

Cornwall’s unique heritage and identity will be celebrated at a special St Piran’s Day event which marks innovation in the county.

New documentary tells the story of the “Red River” – the powerful symbol of Cornish identity

A new documentary by a University of Exeter expert celebrates the unique Cornish Red River – a powerful symbol of the county’s identity.

Over two thirds of UK social scientists warn their academic freedom is under threat, new study shows

Academics have said their freedom is under threat with evidence suggesting one of the reasons for this concern is the effect of internationalisation including risks associated with the rising influence of authoritarian states such as China.

Leading UK marine scientists welcome move towards global plastics pact ahead of major UN meeting

Plastic pollution is universally accepted as having dire effects on the world’s marine life and ecosystems, in addition to presenting risks to human health including through the leaching of chemical additives and consumption of microplastics contained in seafood

Step back in time to explore Exeter with characters living through the city’s most dramatic moments

A colourful cast of characters living through Exeter’s most dramatic moments are bringing the city’s history to life thanks to new research.

Hubble detects exotic water cycle and metal clouds in a hot Jupiter exoplanet atmosphere

Scientists have explored the nightside hemisphere of an enormous planet, far outside our solar system for the first time – revealing metal clouds and rain made of liquid gems. 

Exeter professor named among most influential women in psychedelics

University of Exeter Professor Celia Morgan has been named as one of the 16 most influential women shaping the future of psychedelics, by global news publication Insider. 

Zoo visits focused on sound give visitors new perspectives on the lives of animals, study suggests

Encouraging zoo visitors to focus on sounds as much as sights can help them feel a sense of connection with the lives of animals, a study indicates.

Sexual orientation linked to choice of transport to work

Men and women in same-sex couples are more likely to commute by public transport and less likely to drive to work than those in different-sex couples, according to a new study.

More research needed into negative effects of loneliness, say experts

A new report has highlighted where more research is needed into the negative effects of loneliness on the UK’s population.

Researchers win Medical Research Foundation’s Changing Policy and Practice Award

Two University of Exeter researchers have won a prestigious award, to help fund work to improve the accuracy of genetic testing in epilepsy.

'Freeze or flee' reactions run in fish families

Families of fish tend to share similar reactions to stressful situations, new research shows.

Decolonise research to save heritage threatened by climate change

Climate change threatens to destroy invaluable heritage sites and traditions in marginalised countries – but empowering local people is key to adaptation, according to a new study.

UK biodiversity renewal project to revive nature and communities receives £10 million investment

Researchers at the University of Exeter have received £10 million to investigate and tackle biodiversity loss in the UK through partnerships and community action.

African Heritage Sites threatened by coastal flooding and erosion as sea-level rise accelerates

Important heritage sites on the African coast classed as having “outstanding and universal value” are threatened by flooding and erosion because of the climate emergency, a new study warns.

Research aims to improve sleep for people with dementia

Two new research programmes are helping find new ways to support people with dementia who experience problems with sleep.

Waiting over five hours at A&E increases risk of death

Patients made to wait longer than five hours at A&E face an increased risk of death within 30 days, a new study shows.

Three Exeter researchers win Discovery Fellowships

Three University of Exeter researchers have been awarded prestigious Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Discovery Fellowships.

New butterfly-inspired museum installation highlights LGBTQ+ voices

 A new installation inspired by butterflies showcases LGBTQ+ responses to objects at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery.

Gabon provides blueprint for protecting oceans

Gabon's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) provides a blueprint that could be used in many other countries, experts say.

COP26 deal sparks hope for positive tipping points

The Breakthrough Agenda agreed at COP26 could help trigger positive tipping points to tackle the climate crisis, researchers say.

How do pathogens learn to be pathogens: partnerships between microbes leading to human disease

New research discovered that the fungus Rhizopus fights back against soil predators and human immune cells by partnering with a bacteria called Ralstonia in a two way partnership.

Hurricane may have caused 'accelerated ageing' among monkeys

Monkeys that survived a major hurricane show signs of "accelerated ageing", according to new research.

Legal “sunset clauses” should be used to limit use of covid certificates to current pandemic

“Sunset clauses” should be introduced into relevant legislation to limit the use of coronavirus certificates to just the current pandemic and not beyond, a study warns.

Exeter biologists investigate smallest propeller on earth

University of Exeter scientists have discovered new information about the tiny propellers used by single-cell organisms called archaea.

Fact checks on COVID-19 misperceptions are effective initially but do not stick over time

As the COVID-19 global epidemic persists, misinformation continues to circulate widely. Journalists and public health officials continue to struggle to debunk these false and misleading claims.

Construction 4.0 technologies key to improving sustainability of sector

Technologies forming part of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ can improve the economic and environmental sustainability of an industry that contributes around 11% of all global carbon emissions, a new study shows.

New research sheds light on dramatic criminal trials of authors in 17th century France

A major new study has explored the dramatic criminal trials of authors accused of subversion in 17th century France.

Scouse musician living with dementia writes song for research project

A Scouse musician who has dementia has written an uplifting song to help support others living with the condition, as part of a major research project. 

Councils urged to sign 'motion for the ocean'

UK councils are being urged to sign a "motion for the ocean" – pledging to engage with citizens to promote ocean recovery.

Can beetroot juice help keep our brains sharp in later life? New study investigates

An innovative clinical trial will investigate how drinking beetroot juice impacts brain function in older adults, via the bacteria that live in our mouths. 

Social sciences to play vital role in meeting UK’s net zero goals

The UK’s journey to net zero by 2050 is set to be bolstered by the social sciences, thanks to a major new investment from ESRC.

Experts warn of the increasing overmedicalisation of death, call for radical rethink of how society cares for dying people

Health and social systems around the world are failing to give appropriate, compassionate care to people who are dying and their families.

Fuel poverty can increase mental health risks for social housing tenants

New research published in Wellbeing, Space and Society, highlights the increased mental health risks of fuel poverty, for people living in social housing.

Investment in research pays off for GW4 Alliance with record return

GW4’s return on research investment is at its highest level to date, highlighting the value in community building and networking funding.

Expansion of university accelerator will benefit North Devon businesses

North Devon based Start Ups and early-stage businesses will be able to connect more easily with the business support and acceleration services offered by the University of Exeter as a result of the recently announced collaborations with partners across Devon.

Wider-reaching solutions urgently needed to reach realistic ‘net zero’, warn researchers

There should be greater investment in using a wider group of experts to make decisions about how the landscape is managed if the UK is to reach climate targets such as net zero, a new report warns.

Turf cutting ceremony celebrates start of construction on a £30m water research centre in Exeter

Last week a turf cutting ceremony took place to mark the beginning of construction of a pioneering new facility for the Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW), a partnership between the University of Exeter and South West Water.

Zoo enrichment could go further

Zoos and aquariums could improve the lives of a wider range of their animals, new research suggests.

Forest emissions scheme makes “tiny” contribution to Indonesia’s Paris targets

More than 70 million tons of carbon were prevented from being released into the atmosphere under a deforestation emissions reduction scheme in Indonesia – but researchers point out this is only 3 per cent of the total required by Indonesia’s Nationally Defined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement.

Seeing the same GP improves treatment for people with dementia, study finds

People with dementia who see the same GP each time have lower rates of health complications and fewer emergency hospital admissions, according to a new study. 

Lucky genes can help protect people with obesity from some disease

Geneticists from the University of Exeter and Brunel University London have revealed why some people with obesity remain relatively healthy, whilst others suffer from life-changing ailments such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 

University of Exeter ranked as 46th most international in the world

The University of Exeter has been ranked as the 46th most international university in the world, based on data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Bid to discover how immune systems recognise fungal invaders

A new research programme aims to define the vital first step in how human immune systems recognise fungal invaders.

English Channel stops new rockpool species reaching UK

The English Channel prevents many rockpool species "making the jump" from Europe to the UK, new research shows.

Fish study shows role of oestrogens in sense of smell

Steroid oestrogens play an important role as embryos develop a sense of smell, new research shows.

Bluefin tuna tagged for the first time in UK waters with acoustic ‘residency’ tags

Bluefin tuna have been tagged with state-of-the-art acoustic tracking tags for the first time in UK waters.

Shared political views have moderating influence on cross-border mergers and acquisitions

Investors react more negatively to transactions between firms in different countries if there is evidence of weak political affinity, a new study suggests.

Trust in the UK Government, social norms, and privacy concern associated with uptake of NHS Covid-19 app, study shows

Uptake and continued use of the NHS Covid-19 app last year depended on people’s trust in the UK Government, their concern about privacy, and crucially whether other people in their social networks endorse it, a new study shows.

4°C warming by 2100 'can't be ruled out'

Global warming of 4°C by 2100 still cannot be ruled out, according to experts whose work informed a new UK government report.

US early Cold War hostility towards Chinese Communist Party due to the influence of Truman’s nationalist beliefs, new research argues

US hostility towards the Chinese Communist Party in the early years of the Cold War stemmed from the influence of President Truman’s nationalist beliefs, a new study argues.

Talent in rural areas of Cornwall “wasted” because of poor public transport and lack of internet access, study warns

The skills of talented people in living in rural Cornwall are being wasted because of poor public transport and lack of internet access, a new study warns.

Study finding “recurrent delirium over 12 months predicts dementia” wins prestigious prize

A research paper involving the University of Exeter has been awarded the prestigious Dhole-Eddlestone Memorial Prize 2022. 

One in ten people may still be infectious for COVID after ten days, new research indicates

One in 10 people may have clinically relevant levels of potentially infectious SARS-CoV-2 past the 10 day quarantine period, according to new research.

Bid to understand how bacterial defences affect the spread of 'mobile genetic elements'

A major new project will investigate how bacterial defences influence the spread of segments of DNA called mobile genetic elements (MGEs) between bacteria.

New project to provide evidence on hormone therapy for transgender people

A new project will provide transgender people with evidence-based information on what to expect when undergoing gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT).

New discovery on regulation of organelle contact

A pioneering study has revealed how cellular compartments (organelles) are able to control how much they interact and cooperate.

Are you Britain’s next super-matcher? Take our test to find out!

The quest to discover how some people can compare or “match” the intricate details of faces, fingerprints and even firearms only by sight has taken a new, exciting twist. 

From telegrams to Twitter – archives of letters sent to party leaders will uncover impact of political correspondence

Whether being treated like celebrities with thousands of adoring fans or being demonised by online ‘trolls’ today’s politicians receive a never-ending barrage of public communication.

New bacteria in UK waters as temperatures rise

Rising temperatures are causing a "growing diversity" of Vibrio bacteria in the sea around the UK, new research shows.

Medieval warhorses were surprisingly small in stature, study shows

Medieval warhorses are often depicted as massive and powerful beasts, but in reality many were no more than pony-sized by modern standards, a new study shows.

Using a different language can reduce vaccine hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy could be reduced by providing health information in a foreign language, a new study finds.

Ketamine and psychological therapy helped severe alcoholics abstain for longer in trial

People with severe alcohol disorder were able to stay off alcohol for longer when they were treated with low doses of ketamine combined with psychological therapy in a clinical trial.  

Play featuring 83-year-old actress will involve audiences to understand experiences of dementia

At 83, Gill Cree thought her acting days were behind her, yet she is now part of a cast who will involve audiences in an innovative play designed to share understanding of the experience of living with dementia.

Pheasants lose their cool after fighting

Pheasants' heads cool rapidly as they prepare to fight – then heat up afterwards, new research shows.

Exeter secures significant grant to revolutionise wireless and computing technologies

The University of Exeter has received a £1.8 million research grant for a collaboration with the National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Metamaterials (CfM) 

£6 million-funded studies into Parkinson’s disease seek participants

People affected by Parkinson’s disease are being invited to take part in a series of cutting-edge trials enabled by nearly £6 million in funding to the University of Exeter.

More trusting societies have been more successful at reducing coronavirus cases and deaths

Countries where people have more trust in each other have been more successful in bringing down waves of coronavirus cases and deaths, a new study shows.

Parents more climate conscious under their children’s watchful eye

Parents are more likely to take action against climate change if observed by their children, a study reveals.

Major new study to track spread of Incel ideology online will help inform counter-extremism efforts

A major new study to track the spread of Incel ideology online will help academics and practitioners better understand the spread of extremist ideologies and aid the development of intervention measures.

Ancient DNA reveals the world’s oldest family tree

Analysis of ancient DNA from one of the best-preserved Neolithic tombs in Britain has revealed that most of the people buried there were from five continuous generations of a single extended family.

Reduce frailty to lower dementia, study finds

Reducing frailty in older adults could be an effective strategy to prevent dementia, according to a largescale new study.

Skateboarding helps middle-aged people navigate depression and bond with their children, study shows

Skateboarding helps middle-aged people navigate depression and bond with their children, study shows

Wise old elephants keep the young calm

Male elephants are more aggressive when fewer older males are present, new research suggests.

Ketamine therapy swiftly reduces depression and suicidal thoughts

Ketamine therapy has a swift short-term effect on reducing symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a review of all the available evidence.

New research moves closer to harnessing viruses to fight bacteria and reduce antibiotic use

New research has moved a step closer to harnessing viruses to fight bacterial infection, reducing the threat of antibiotic resistance.

 

Pioneering new technique to barcode cells

Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique to barcode individual cells more accurately and efficiently - which could help pave the way for quicker disease diagnosis. 

Pioneering new collaborative research centre a step closer with 25-year agreement

South West Water and the University of Exeter have marked major progress towards a new collaborative research centre with the signing of a 25-year partnership agreement confirming more than £20 million of funding from South West Water.

Research takes early step towards drug to treat common diabetes complication hypoglycaemia

New research has taken an important step towards the goal for a treatment for the common diabetes complication hypoglycaemia, or low blood sugar.

Meat eating causes 75,000 Chinese deaths a year through air pollution

Dietary shifts towards eating more meat causes 75,000 premature deaths a year in China through air pollution, a study shows. 

Pressure to be ‘perfect’ causes mental health issues for teenage girls, research shows

Pressure from schools and families to live up to society’s expectations of the “ideal” girl and be “good” causes mental health issues in teenage girls, a study shows.

Artificial intelligence accurately predicts who will develop dementia in two years

Artificial intelligence can predict which people who attend memory clinics will develop dementia within two years with 92 per cent accuracy, a largescale new study has concluded.

Mystery behind formation of surface ice-shapes on Pluto unravelled

Scientists have unravelled a fascinating new insight into how the landscape of the dwarf-planet Pluto has formed. 

Unique data creates 'fair and robust' online exams

Researchers have developed a new way of reinforcing "fair and robust" online exams, a study reports.

First degree apprentices graduate from the University of Exeter

The first degree apprentices have graduated from the University of Exeter.

Repair cafes and “20 minute neighbourhoods” should be used to revitalise Cornish high streets

New repair cafes where people can mend and modify clothing and creating “20 minute neighbourhoods” would help to revitalise Cornish high streets, a new report says.

Global Extreme Medicine expert receives honorary degree

A global expert in extreme medicine has been awarded an honorary degree.

Pioneering analysis of ancient food remains will show impact of migration on diet in the Roman Empire

Analysis of ancient food remains will be used to examine the impact of migration on diet during the Roman Empire as part of pioneering new research.

Revolutionising 3D imaging with an endoscope the width of a human hair

Scientists have developed a new form of endoscope, just a hair’s width in diameter, that could transform 3D imaging for a wide range of applications from industrial inspection to environmental monitoring, and eventually make medical imaging less uncomfortable for patients.  

Coronavirus pandemic could serve as a catalyst to build better digital identity systems, study argues

The coronavirus pandemic could act as a catalyst for a qualitative leap forward in the field of digital identity, a study argues.

Exeter to play pivotal role in new research into sustainable mineral production in the Philippines

The University of Exeter has helped secure more than £3 million in funding to lead pioneering new research into sustainable mineral production in the Philippines. 

Quest to deliver ultra-fast and energy efficient magnetic recording moves step closer

The quest to deliver ultra-fast and energy efficient magnetic recording could be a step closer to fruition, due to pioneering new research on all-optical switching of magnetization. 

Solicitors Regulation Authority asks University of Exeter to research examination attainment gap

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has commissioned the University of Exeter’s Schools of Law and Business to look at what causes different levels of attainment for ethnic groups in professional assessments.

One in six children has probable mental disorder in 2021 – continuing 2020 peak

A survey published today by NHS Digital found one in six children in England had a probable mental disorder in 2021 – a similar rate to 2020 but an increase from one in nine in 2017.

Report: UK professions supporting ‘laundering of money & reputations’ of post-Soviet elite

Elite individuals from post-Soviet states are laundering their wealth and reputations in the UK, knowingly and willingly supported by a network of British professions, new research claims.

“Vast increase” in resources and teacher training needed for Cornish language to be taught in schools, research shows

Offering Cornish lessons in secondary schools will only be possible if there is a “vast increase” in resources and teacher training, research shows.

Falls in care homes can be significantly reduced with intervention, says new study

The largest study of care homes in the UK has found that a co-ordinated approach to fall prevention in care homes is effective in significantly reducing the number of times residents fall.

Better understanding impact of shame on HIV patients can help improve healthcare, study argues

Ensuring healthcare workers better understand the psychological, social and physical impacts of shame on HIV patients will help improve their medical treatment, a study argues.

Decay on show in 'living' museum exhibit

A new exhibit in Copenhagen explores what happens when museum objects are allowed to change and decay.

Pioneering stem cell research could ease global sustainable food crisis

Scientists have made a pivotal breakthrough in the quest to ease the global sustainable food crisis through pioneering stem cell research.

High-profile event showcases pivotal role Environmental Intelligence plays on road to ‘net-zero’

The pivotal role that Environmental Intelligence will play in delivering the UK’s ‘net zero’ ambitions will be showcased in a high-profile special event, later this month.

Streetwise bees cut corners to find food

Bumblebees waste no time enjoying the beauty of flowers – instead learning the bare minimum about where to land and find food, new research shows.

Newly discovered fish songs demonstrate reef restoration success

Whoops, croaks, growls, raspberries and foghorns are among the sounds that demonstrate the success of a coral reef restoration project.

Collaborative research project receives funding to help improve remote care for an ageing population

Reseachers have been awarded £148,000 by the NIHR to develop remote assessments and care for older people living with frailty.

 

Act now to ensure animal welfare is at the heart of plans to introduce genome editing into farmed animal breeding, says independent ethics body

 The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, is calling on the Government to put animal welfare at the heart of plans to approve new breeding technologies in farming and food production, in a new report ‘Genome editing and farmed animal breeding: social and ethical issues, published today.

Rising research star secures prestigious IoP award

One of the University of Exeter’s rising research stars has received a prestigious award from the Institute of Physics. 

Exeter expert awarded prestigious Institute of Physics medal

Professor Frank Vollmer, from the University of Exeter, has been awarded the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Medal by the Institute of Physics.

Rainfall in the Arctic may soon be more common than snowfall

More rain than snow will fall in the Arctic – and this transition will occur decades earlier than previously predicted, a new study reports.

Big-city coastal whales consume millions of microplastics every day

Whales in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf consume about three million microplastics per day, a new study has found.

New resource launched to help people live as well as possible with dementia

The experience of thousands of people affected by dementia has fed into a new resource which aims to be a comprehensive guide to supporting people to live as well as possible with the condition.

Extent of migration of sooty terns presents conservation challenges

Sooty terns’ wide-ranging migration patterns present big challenges for conservationists working to understand and address a sharp population decline, according to scientists.

Digital volunteers set to make big impact for the University of Exeter thanks to National Lottery funding

The University of Exeter has been awarded £63,246 of National Lottery funding to launch a digital volunteering initiative and break down barriers to heritage. 

Social media firms can tackle wildlife trade

Wildlife trading on social media is a complex issue – but tech firms can take steps to tackle it, according to new research.

Exeter’s commitment to researcher career development recognised through prestigious award

The University of Exeter’s long-term commitment to nurturing and developing the career development of its researchers has been recognised through a prestigious international award.

Disney supports Exeter lobster conservation project

A programme to protect the Caribbean spiny lobster is being launched thanks to a $50,000 donation from the Disney Conservation Fund.

Exeter launches Green Futures Scholarships

Talented students from low-to-middle-income countries will study at the University of Exeter thanks to new Green Futures Scholarships.

“Powerful” arguments from University of Exeter experts influence Post Office scandal inquiry

“Powerful” arguments by University of Exeter experts have helped to ensure the Post Office Inquiry will consider the “human actions” which led to workers being falsely accused of theft, fraud and false accounting.

Poor sleep linked to feeling older and worse outlook on ageing, which can impact health

Poor sleep in the over 50s is linked to more negative perceptions of ageing, which in turn can impact physical, mental and cognitive health, new research has revealed.

Clearer and more accessible local information needed on how councils are addressing the climate emergency, research by University of Exeter students shows

Local authorities need to produce clearer and more accessible information on how they are addressing the climate emergency, research by University of Exeter students shows.

Exeter Data Science expert secures prestigious Downing Street Research Fellowship

A data science expert from the University of Exeter has secured a prestigious new Fellowship, designed to help shape Government policy. 

Earthquakes and extreme rainfall lead to a significant increase in the rates of landslides in Nepal

Earthquakes and extreme rainfall can lead to a six-fold increase in the rates of rainfall-triggered landslides occurring during Nepal’s monsoon season, according to new research.

University of Exeter expert backs appeal to bring Thomas Hardy’s personal objects into the light

A University of Exeter expert is backing a Crowdfunder appeal to conserve and display a range of Thomas Hardy objects, many of which have never before been on public display.

£2 million US government funding may provide new treatment for rare genetic disease

£2 million from the US government will fund ground-breaking research to find new treatments for a rare childhood condition.

Warmer soil stores less carbon

Global warming will cause the world's soil to release carbon, new research shows.

Long working hours and lone-working key factors leading to loneliness in farming, study shows

Long hours, working alone and a feeling of being undervalued and disconnected from the wider public are among the key factors which cause loneliness within the farming community, a major new study shows.

MOU will assess NHS readiness to treat addiction with ketamine-assisted therapy

A newly-signed agreement between the University of Exeter, Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Awakn Life Sciences lays down the foundations for assessing NHS readiness for ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.

Physicists reveal non-reciprocal flow around the quantum world

Physicists from Exeter and Zaragoza have created a theory describing how non-reciprocity can be induced at the quantum level, paving the way for non-reciprocal transport in the next generation of nanotechnology

New study identifies thousands of novel brain-expressed gene isoforms

New research has shed light on the complexity of gene expression in the brain by characterizing the extent of isoform diversity in the cortex.

Exeter academics on list of top researchers

Twenty-two University of Exeter academics have been named on an annual list of highly cited researchers.

High-impact climate events: Better adaptation through earlier prediction

The prediction of high-impact climate phenomena can be substantially improved by a new mathematical approach that analyses the connectivity and patterns between geographical locations, scientists say in a new publication.

Hospitality workers speak of “moral burden” of their job on new podcast exploring struggles of pandemic working

Hospitality workers discuss the “moral burden” of their job during the pandemic on a new podcast which explores the struggles of those who worked in restaurants, pubs and fast food outlets during the health crisis.

Join interactive ramble across Exeter to explore the city’s fascinating literary history

People can join an interactive ramble across Exeter this weekend to explore the city’s fascinating literary history and connections.

Soldiers expressed their personality and emotions in bureaucratic battlefield World War One diaries, analysis shows

Soldiers were able to express their personality and emotions in bureaucratic World War One battlefield diaries, analysis shows.

Tech-based health and exercise programmes less beneficial for users with low socio-economic status, study shows

Technology-based health and exercise programmes and apps, designed to offer a convenient and accessible way to boost physical activity, are dramatically less beneficial for users with low socio-economic status, a study has shown.  

Climate change policy decision-making tool “highly commended” in COP26 Climate Challenge Cup

A simple tool to help organisations use the latest evidence to adapt to climate change in ways that benefit human health has been highly commended in the  international Climate Challenge Cup

Major new study to map South West’s food supply aims to improve opportunities for producers, processors and procurers

A major new project to map the South West’s food supply chains will identify opportunities to improve the system for people, place and planet.

Arm and shoulder disability and pain after breast cancer surgery reduced by exercise

Physiotherapy can reduce the debilitating arm and shoulder disability and pain that some women experience after breast cancer surgery, research shows.

COP26: Plastic pollution trackers released off Scotland

On the penultimate day of COP26, scientists have deployed plastic pollution tracking devices into the ocean around Scotland.

BBC propaganda broadcasts for Nazi Germany were designed to create outrage and revolutionary energy amongst women

The BBC broadcast propaganda, news and entertainment programmes into Nazi Germany designed to create fear and outrage and stir up revolutionary energy amongst women, a major new study shows.

Thousands of wounded World War One soldiers sent to see films as rehabilitation after returning from conflict, study shows

Cinemagoing was used as rehabilitation for thousands of soldiers returning from World War One, a new book shows.

Whole genome sequencing improves diagnosis of rare diseases and shortens diagnostic journeys for patients

A world-first scientific studyhas shown that whole genome sequencing (WGS) can uncover new diagnoses for people with rare diseases and benefit the NHS. 

Experts urge Post Office inquiry to examine 'human actions' which led to workers falsely accused of theft, fraud and false accounting

The inquiry into the Post Office scandal must examine the “human actions” which led to workers being falsely accused of theft, fraud and false accounting, experts have said.

Technology, law and creative experts join forces to share experience of regulating AI and deepfakes

Technology, legal and creative experts will join forces to discuss the opportunities and challenges of regulating AI and deepfakes.

Government action needed to ensure insurance against major hacking of driverless vehicles, experts warn

Government action is needed so driverless vehicles can be insured against malicious hacks which could have potentially catastrophic consequences, a study says.

Going to sleep at 10pm linked to lowered risk of heart disease

A new study has revealed the optimum time for going to sleep to avoid developing heart disease.

Transforming a run-down waterside park led to higher wellbeing in Plymouth community

Transforming a run-down waterside park in Plymouth into a high-quality open air theatre and play area has led to higher wellbeing and life satisfaction.

One billion face heat-stress risk from 2°C rise

The numbers of people in regions across the world affected by extreme heat stress – a potentially fatal combination of heat and humidity – could increase nearly 15-fold if the world’s temperature rise reaches 2°C.

Showcasing the faces behind antimicrobial resistance research

An exciting new 3D photography exhibition will showcase the research and people behind Exeter’s  antimicrobial resistance research. 

Tributes paid after death of creator of revolutionary Exeter hip, a global success story

Heartfelt tributes are being paid to a pioneering University of Exeter engineer who co-created an implant that has revolutionised hip replacements for millions.

Research reveals new clues for the shared origins of irritable bowel syndrome and mental health disorders

Research finds Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has revealed that IBS symptoms may be caused by the same biological processes as conditions such as anxiety. 

New recommendations for communicating climate change welcomed by IPCC senior figure

As the world keenly watches for progress at the UN climate conference, the foremost scientific authority on climate change has emphasised the critical importance of communicating science effectively.

Convex launches Seascape Survey Partnership with Blue Marine Foundation

Convex Group Limited (Convex) today announces a multi-million-dollar partnership with the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), a charity dedicated to restoring the ocean to health, and the University of Exeter and its foremost researchers, with the launch ofthe Convex Blue Carbon Seascape Survey. 

Experts to discuss climate risk and adaptation

Climate risks and adaptation will be discussed by a panel of experts at COP26 in Glasgow.

Lack of joined-up support from education and health is harming outcomes for young people with ADHD, a new paper warns

Lack of communication between child and adult clinicians and between clinicians and those in education can lead to educational underperformance and unmet health needs for young people with ADHD, a new paper warns.

Urgent need for EU and NATO to be better prepared for legal threats, new study shows

There is an urgent need for EU and NATO members to be better prepared against threats in the legal domain, a new study warns.

Governments need to address inevitable risks of losses and damages from climate change, says OECD

As governments face the challenge of delivering on their net-zero by 2050 commitments, a new OECD report says they must focus in parallel on reducing and managing the inevitable risk of further losses and damages from climate change.

Global carbon emissions rebound close to pre-Covid levels

Global carbon emissions in 2021 are set to rebound close to pre-Covid levels, according to the Global Carbon Project.

 

Remarkable artwork depicting famine in Britain and India will help people reflect on modern day food insecurity and climate crisis

Remarkable new artwork depicting famine in Britain and India will be on show for the first time to allow communities to reflect on today’s food and environmental crisis.

Tidal stream power can aid drive for net-zero and generate 11% of UK’s electricity demand, study shows

Tidal stream power has the potential to deliver 11% of the UK’s current annual electricity and play a significant role in the government’s drive for net-zero, according to new research.  

Green transition creates new risks and rewards

Different countries face different risks and opportunities as the world switches from fossil fuels to renewable energy, researchers say.

Cromwell struggled to control closure of the monasteries as his government lost its grip during dissolution, new book shows

Thomas Cromwell struggled to keep control of the closure of the monasteries and his government lost its grip during dissolution, a new book shows.

Visiting Lourdes results in a transcendent experience for two in five pilgrims, study finds

Two in five Pilgrims who visit Lourdes report having a transcendent experience, researchers have found.

Essay examines the history of petrochemicals and their impact on global geopolitics

All aspects of people’s lives are now bound to a “seemingly unlimited supply of cheap and readily disposable” petrochemicals, a new essay argues.

The mystery of horse domestication decoded at last - success of modern horses due to genetic changes which led to more docile behaviour and an improved back

Modern horses owe most of their success to genetic changes which led to more docile behaviour and an improved back, a new study shows.

Tool to guide local health policy amid climate change shortlisted for COP26 Climate Challenge Cup

A simple tool to help organisations use the latest evidence to adapt to climate change in ways that benefit human health has been shortlisted for the international Climate Challenge Cup.

Portrayals of same-sex couples in Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing on Ice as “bromances” is a missed opportunity to challenge assumptions, study argues

Same-sex dancing partnerships on reality TV shows have downplayed sexual and romantic intimacy on the dancefloor in favour of portrayals of “bromances”, a study argues.

Despite the farming community facing significant mental and physical health challenges, more than 50 per cent remain optimistic about the future of their farm businesses

RABI’s Big Farming Survey results have revealed that despite the farming community facing significant mental and physical health challenges, more than 50% remain optimistic about the future of their farm businesses. 

Report highlights opportunities to mitigate climate change to promote human health

A new report involving an Exeter expert shows how action to mitigate climate chance could promote human health.

Research on detecting cancer in primary care wins RCGP Research Paper of the Year award

University of Exeter have won the 2020 Research Paper of the Year for Clinical Research, awarded by the Royal College of General Practitioners, for their paper on detecting cancers in primary care.

University of Exeter signs agreement with city partners to drive economic and social change

The University of Exeter has signed a landmark Civic University Agreement with city partners – the first in the South-West – to improve opportunity, prosperity, wellbeing and the environment for local communities. 

DNA reveals how ice ages affected African rainforests

Tree DNA has revealed how African rainforests responded to past climate change including ice ages, new research shows.

Research brings scientists a step closer to harnessing viruses to fight antibiotic resistance

As antibiotics increasingly develop resistance, scientists have moved a step closer to harnessing viruses as an alternative form of therapy.

Leprosy confirmed in wild chimpanzees

Leprosy has been found in wild chimpanzees for the first time, a new study reveals.

Rewilding efforts in England are “domesticated” and of a smaller scale compared to efforts in other nations, study argues

A unique “domesticated” form of English rewilding is now emerging, which is distinct from activities in other parts of the world where there are lower levels of human intervention, a new study argues.

Climate denial and scientific discoveries 'emerged simultaneously'

Denial of climate science emerged simultaneously with key scientific discoveries about humanity's impact on our planet, according to a new book.

Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation partner with University of Exeter in £2.3 million programme to support environmental leadership in Africa

A six-year programme to research land management and ecosystem resilience in Africa was initiated in October 2021 thanks to philanthropic support from the Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation.

Devon's Climate Assembly shows the way to a net-zero future

The Devon Climate Assembly has developed and voted in support of a range of measures that if implemented would significantly cut carbon emissions across the county.

New book provides fresh insights on dramatic Star Wars battles

People can explore epic Star Wars battles in an innovative new way through an entertaining book which gives fresh insights on the famous films, animation, books, and comics

University of Exeter expert advises on Imperial War Museums’ ground-breaking new Second World War and Holocaust exhibition

A University of Exeter expert has helped to develop the Imperial War Museums’ ground-breaking new Second World War exhibition.

Crucial benefits of vital moorland restoration works revealed

The crucial benefits of vital moorland restoration works; enhancing carbon storage, improving water storage and providing good quality water, have been revealed through a pioneering collaborative research project. 

Climatic impacts of black carbon aerosols over South-East Atlantic underestimated, research shows

The full magnitude of the impact of smoke from seasonal fires in Central Africa is underestimated by some climate models over the South-East Atlantic, new research has shown.  

Report calls for urgent action to address alarming lack of diversity in climate change decision making less than a month before COP26 begins

A new report has revealed extremely low levels of ethnically diverse and equal gender representation in the debate around tackling climate change in Bristol.

Could outdoor experiences help people with schizophrenia or psychosis?

With World Mental Health Day on 10 October, researchers at University of Exeter are calling for participants to take part in two studies investigating whether outdoor experiences can help people with schizophrenia or psychosis.

Exeter-led team receives national funding to roll-out innovative rehab programme

Healthcare professionals will be trained to deliver an award-winning programme, led by the University of Exeter, which supports people with heart failure to undergo cardiac rehabilitation in their own homes, thanks to funding from NHS England.

Researchers unite with artist to shine a spotlight on UK’s unpaid carers

Large scale, hand-drawn animations of unpaid carers will be projected onto buildings in London and Exeter this month

University of Exeter expert elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Ruth Allen has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering - the highest honour available for a UK engineer, it has been announced. 

Compassionate communities key to preventing domestic abuse

New research by the Wales Violence Prevention Unit and the University of Exeter indicates people are more likely to take action against domestic abuse and its warning signs if they feel connected to their community.

Ancient Greek wisdom brought to COP26 to help improve climate change decision-making

Ancient Greek understanding of how people think will be available at the COP26 conference to help organisations make better decisions to tackle the global climate emergency.

Study shows emotional toll faced by police staff analysing child sex abuse images

Police staff who have to analyse and categorise images of child sexual abuse cope with the trauma associated with their work by developing informal ways to support each other, research shows.

University of Exeter puts climate emergency, healthcare and social justice at heart of new ten year strategy

The University of Exeter has today launched a new ten year strategy setting out how it will use the power of its education, research and partnerships to address the major challenges of our time – climate change, healthcare provision and social justice.

Budding space enthusiasts can become "Exoplanet Explorers" in new online game

Aspiring astronomers and budding young space enthusiasts are set to be given a unique opportunity to hunt for distant planets far outside our solar system, thanks to a cutting-edge, interactive new online game.

Almost one-in-three people globally will still be mainly using polluting cooking fuels in 2030, research shows

Almost one-in-three people around the world will still be mainly using polluting cooking fuels and technologies– a major source of disease and environmental destruction and devastation – in 2030, new research warned. 

Patients with “red flag” cancer symptoms not referred for urgent investigation in 6 out of ten cases

Six out of ten patients who show common “alarm” symptoms for cancer are not referred for urgent investigation, a largescale new study has revealed.

JCEEI to play integral role in pioneering resilient infrastructure partnership

Experts from the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence (JCEEI) will play an integral role in a pioneering new partnership, designed to boost the UK’s infrastructure resilience to extreme climate and weather events.

Exeter researcher secures prestigious national Fellowship to pioneer new generation of solar panels

A Renewable Energy Expert from the University of Exeter has received a prestigious national fellowship to pioneer new research to create ultra-compact and lightweight solar panel technology. 

Cats' whiskers reveal felines favour free lunch

Domestic cats that regularly catch wild animals still get most of their nutrition from food provided at home, new research shows.

Type 2 diabetes drug trial uses patient experience to find their best drug

An innovative trial which invited people to take three drugs in turn, then choose their preferred option, has generated insights into which type 2 diabetes drug is best to prescribe to individuals.

Hospitals in Cornwall committed to cutting plastic use – but ‘closing the loop’ essential, say researchers

Cornwall's hospitals are redoubling their efforts to use less single-use plastics despite the huge demand for PPE during the Covid-19 pandemic.

£2.5 million to improve treatment of delirium in hospitals

A new £2.5 million research programme led by the University of Exeter will find new ways to help people recover from delirium after hospital stays, which could stop dementia symptoms getting worse.

Cruise ships must be effectively regulated to minimise serious environment and health impact

The cruise ship industry should be subject to global monitoring and effective legislation because of its continuous increasing impact on both the environment and human health and wellbeing, according to new research.

Stark divides in parenting attitudes towards education revealed by new research

Middle class parents of school-age children are more likely than working class parents to ask teachers for information regarding their children’s education (61 per cent versus 46 per cent).

Exeter 13th on global list of climate experts

The University of Exeter is ranked 13th on a global list of experts in "climatic processes".

Exeter professor helps convince Treasury how best to value environment of tomorrow

A University of Exeter Business School academic has been instrumental in a government review into how we value the environment of tomorrow in evaluating investment decisions made today.

Number diagnosed with autism jumps 787 per cent in two decades, study shows

The number of people diagnosed with autism has jumped by 787 per cent in the past two decades, a new study shows, likely an effect of increasing recognition.

Artificial intelligence may be set to reveal climate change tipping points

Researchers are developing artificial intelligence that could assess climate change tipping points.

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.

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. 

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.

 

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. 

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.

Digital evidence at risk of being missed because of fragmented police training and coordination, study warns

There is a risk of crucial digital evidence being missed or misinterpreted because of a shortage of adequate skills and knowledge in police forces, a new study warns. 

New “SafePod” to help level up access to data for University of Exeter researchers

University of Exeter experts are now able to carry out more of their research on campus after new secure facilities were introduced to allow them to access confidential data in the city.

Three Exeter primary care research projects funded under NIHR research school

Three projects that aim to improve different aspects of primary care in the UK will be funded as part of the University of Exeter’s recent membership in a national research collaboration.

Help develop powerful new Exeter play about LGBTQIA+ loneliness at new community events

People are invited to help develop a powerful new play about the history of LGBTQIA+ exclusion due to be performed in Exeter.

Care for hip fractures in dementia explored at World Alzheimer’s Day event

A new approach to treating people with dementia who endure hip fractures will be laid out at a special symposium on World Alzheimer’s Day.

More effective partnerships between medics and dance professionals needed to discover the benefits of dance to health, report finds

More effective partnerships involving medical and care staff, alongside professionals from the dance sector, are needed for experts to better understand how dance can help promote good health, according to a new report.

Innocent children feeling pressure to admit guilt to avoid prosecution, report warns

Children who have not committed a crime are likely to be admitting guilt and accepting cautions just to avoid prosecution, a new report warns.

How climate change could impact algae in the global ocean

Global warming is likely to cause abrupt changes to important algal communities because of shifting biodiversity "break point" boundaries in the ocean, according to new research.

NIHR research school recognises Exeter’s excellence on public and environmental health

Excellence and innovation in public and environmental health research at the University of Exeter have been recognised through membership of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research.

Two shortlistings for national Nursing Times Awards

Two teams linked to the University of Exeter have been shortlisted for awards at the prestigious 2021 Nursing Times Awards.

Young people to join forces with science and drama experts to produce musical about climate emergency

Teenagers in Torbay will join forces with leading scientists and drama experts to produce a musical about the climate emergency ahead of the major COP26 summit.

Exeter research results in practical self-help guide for people with dementia

A free self-help guide is now available to support people diagnosed with dementia to achieve their goals to enjoy daily activities and independent living.

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.

University of Exeter supports launch of new NHS Ocean Project

A new project aiming to reduce healthcare’s impact on the oceans is being jointly launched by the University of Exeter and NHS Ocean.

Atmosphere and caring teachers at special schools more important to parents of children with SEN than educational standards, study shows

Parents are more influenced by the atmosphere and how caring staff are than academic educational standards or the curriculum when choosing a special educational needs school, a study shows.

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.

University of Exeter students help to show multilingual pupils the value of their language skills

University of Exeter students have worked with multilingual teenagers to help them see the value of their incredible language skills as part of a unique research project.

Rapid increase in global light pollution

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

Rethink 'cost-benefit analysis' to tackle climate crisis

Policymakers need better analysis tools to help them tackle the systemic climate crisis, experts say.

Exeter part of world’s first trial for new cancer test

The University of Exeter is part of a collaboration working with the NHS on the world’s largest trial of a revolutionary new blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear.

£1.5 million for Exeter to research the role of genes and specific cell-types in Alzheimer’s disease

Research that will for the first time examine changes in how genes function in specific brain cell-types to better understand the development of Alzheimer’s disease has received a £1.5 million grant from the Medical Research Council.

Exeter research underpins NHS bid to identify thousands of cases of rare diabetes

Exeter research is providing knowledge and testing to support an NHS bid to diagnose thousands of people who are unaware that they have a rare form of diabetes.

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.

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.

Major international study reports the impact of genetics on epigenetic factors

Understanding what causes epigenetic variation could be a step closer thanks to a new atlas of genetic effects on epigenetic factors.  

World-leading dementia expert bolsters Exeter’s research excellence

A world-leading expert in a wide range of dementia research is joining the University of Exeter, where he will further bolster an outstanding reputation for academic excellence on ageing.

Experts set to use history and comedy to empower LGBTQ+ young people to play a central role in climate activism

Experts will use history and comedy to empower LGBTQ+ young people to play a central role in climate activism as part of a major project held ahead of the COP26 conference.

Focus on coercive control and gendered approach must be at the heart of efforts to address domestic violence and abuse, study argues

Moving away from a gender-neutral approach and a greater focus on the impact of coercive control should be at the heart of attempts to address domestic violence and abuse, a study argues.

Giving performers copyright over their work could protect them from deepfake technology, study shows

Giving performers copyright over their work could protect them from being cloned by deepfake technology, a study says.

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. 

Lack of global standards for Covid-19 certificates 'barrier to their successful implementation', report warns

The lack of global standards for coronavirus certificates is a key barrier to their successful implementation around the world, a new report warns.