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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.

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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.

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Decay on show in 'living' museum exhibit

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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£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.

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Warmer soil stores less carbon

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Exeter academics on list of top researchers

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Experts to discuss climate risk and adaptation

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Leprosy confirmed in wild chimpanzees

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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£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.

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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.

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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).

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Exeter 13th on global list of climate experts

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

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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.

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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.

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Artificial intelligence may be set to reveal climate change tipping points

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

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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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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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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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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Rethink 'cost-benefit analysis' to tackle climate crisis

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

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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.

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£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.

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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.

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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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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Unrealistic experiments mean true impact of nitrogen pollution on the environment is unknown, study warns

Unrealistic scientific experiments mean the true impact of nitrogen pollution on the environment remains poorly understood, a new study warns.

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University of Exeter Professor appointed to Scottish First Minister’s environmental council

Professor Ian Bateman has been named as part of Nicola Sturgeon’s new group to advise Scottish Government on environmental crises.

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Landmark CFC ban gave planet fighting chance against global warming, research shows

Without the global CFC ban we would already be facing the reality of a ‘scorched earth’, according to researchers measuring the impact of the Montreal Protocol.  

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Housebuilder funds climate study into future of home construction

Vistry Group, a top five national housebuilder, is funding research at the University of Exeter to explore the impact of climate change on homes and housebuilding in the future.

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Men, Conservative Party supporters and Brexit-backers more likely to support the use of nuclear weapons, study shows

Men, Conservative Party supporters and those who wanted Britain to leave the EU, are more likely to want to retain Britain's nuclear deterrent, a study shows.

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Scotland’s beaver population doubles in three years, survey finds

The number of beavers in Scotland has more than doubled in the last three years, according to a new population survey.

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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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Impact of citizen-led forensic efforts to find the “disappeared” in Latin America analysed as part of major new study

The impact of grassroots forensic practices led by families trying to find the “disappeared” in Latin America will be analysed as part of a major new study.

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Historical funding arrangements are the cause of significant inequities in special educational needs funding, study shows

Significant inequities in the budgets given to local areas to fund high special educational needs are largely the result of historical spending arrangements, research shows.

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Major new study will explore if a tree’s ‘memory’ can increase its resilience

Experts will explore whether trees can remember past stress conditions such as drought or disease and transfer these memories to their descendants as part of a major new study.

 

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Elite universities need to do much more work to simplify admissions and address major misperceptions among for applicants, new analysis concludes

Research highlights “huge complexity” in use of contextual admissions among Russell Group universities. Current university students meanwhile are likely to vastly over-estimate the proportion of student intakes who come from private schools.

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High BMI causes depression – and both physical and social factors play a role

A largescale new study provides further evidence that being overweight causes depression and lowers wellbeing and indicates both social and physical factors may play a role in the effect.

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Major Atlantic Ocean current system may be approaching critical threshold, research shows

A major current of the Atlantic Ocean – which acts like a global-scaled conveyor belt and includes the Gulf Stream - may have been losing stability over the last century, research has shown. 

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New drug molecules could prevent skin ageing caused by sun exposure

Two new molecules that generate minute amounts of the gas hydrogen sulfide have been found to prevent skin from ageing after being exposed to ultraviolet light found in sunlight.  

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Internationally-renowned Global Health expert joins Exeter

A Professor of Global Health who has a wide range of expertise in investigating health inequalities in disease risk and prevention in countries across the world has joined the University of Exeter.

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Research highlights “serious concerns” about strategy and conduct of Post Office lawyers during High Court case

Further investigations should take place to assess whether lawyers involved in a recent Post Office case in the High Court may have committed professional misconduct in their handling of that case, researchers have said.

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Trial tests new technique to manage mood swings within Bipolar Disorder

Researchers have conducted a new trial to identify how an existing psychological therapy can be adapted to help people cope with and manage frequent Bipolar mood swings.

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Crop farmers face new disease pressures as climate changes

Climate change will increase the burden of crop diseases in some parts of the world and reduce it in others, new research suggests.

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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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New research by The Prince’s Countryside Fund highlights the importance of auction marts for the social, health, and wellbeing of their visitors

A new report commissioned by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, and carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter, highlights how auction marts tackle social isolation and improve the health and wellbeing of their users.

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Olympic sports making slow progress on environmental sustainability, study finds

Most International Federations in this summer’s Olympics are taking minimal if any action at all on climate and the environment, a new study has found.

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First academic research paper co-published on Instagram shows legacy of one of Algeria’s most influential modern artists

The first research to be simultaneously co-published in an academic journal and on Instagram shows the lasting legacy of one of Algeria’s most influential modern artists.

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Past abrupt climate changes provide 'early warning signals' of cascading tipping points

Past tipping points triggered cascades of global climate, ecological and societal change, researchers say.

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Scientists reflect on diabetes research 100 years after discovery of insulin

Researchers at the University of Exeter teamed up with colleagues at the Indiana University School of Medicine to commemorate the centennial of the discovery of insulin and the critical moments that have led to today’s understanding and clinical approaches.

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Deforestation only ‘displaced’ under community monitoring schemes

Community-led monitoring of deforestation might not reduce forest use overall, but merely displace it to unmonitored areas, a new study finds.

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Thomas Cromwell’s Tudor London mansion revealed in unprecedented detail and first-ever artist’s impression

New insights come on anniversary of Cromwell’s death and ahead of the final part of the ‘Wolf Hall’ trilogy which hits West End later this year

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Earth’s vital signs worsen amid business-as-usual mindset on climate change

Twenty months after declaring a climate emergency and establishing a set of vital signs for the Earth, a coalition of researchers says “unrelenting business as usual” has led to alarming results.

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Exeter part of research to improve adolescent mental health with £5.3 million award

Evidence shows that people of lower socioeconomic status have a higher likelihood of developing and experiencing mental health problems. There is also evidence to suggest that young people who were struggling financially before the pandemic will be worse off, leading to more difficulties that will further impact on their mental health.

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Warning over start of commercial-scale deep-sea mining

Deep-sea mining in international waters could begin in two years – but researchers say this is unnecessary and could cause irreversible damage to marine ecosystems.

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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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Major research initiative to support marine economy deal with future shocks

A new research programme will investigate and strengthen the resilience, wellbeing and sustainability of UK coastal communities.

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Scientists identify five new plant species in Bolivia

Scientists have identified five new plant species in the Bolivian Andes.

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Multi-million project will shape the future of sustainable aviation

A ground-breaking new research project, designed to help develop the world’s first AI air traffic control system, has received a multi-million pound funding boost.

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New apprentices set to take to the promenade and bring back seaside entertainment this summer

New apprentices are training to take to the promenade as they get ready to resurrect traditional seaside entertainment in Britain this summer.

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Coastal Living benefits from Exeter University research highlighted in UK Chief Medical Officer's Report

Research on the health benefits of coastal living will be highlighted to Government after University of Exeter experts authored a chapter for the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report. The academics warn that these benefits must not be taken for granted in the face of mounting environmental and social pressures.

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£2.5 million for Exeter research to understand links between overlapping long-term conditions

The links between different long-term health conditions will be explored in new research funded with a £2.5million grant from the Medical Research Council.

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Evidence of sustained benefits of pimavanserin for dementia-related psychosis

Evidence of the sustained benefits of an investigational antipsychotic treatment for people with dementia-related psychosis has been published. 

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GP cancer expert bolsters Exeter’s research expertise

Am  internationally-recognised expert in cancer and primary care is joining the University of Exeter, where he will further strengthen a team that has helped improve cancer diagnosis in the UK.

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Is bacterial acidity a key to tackle antimicrobial resistance?

Decreasing bacterial acidity could help reduce antimicrobial resistance by eliminating bacteria that can survive being treated with antibiotics.  

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New clinical trial aims to improve diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of long COVID

Exeter is part of a consortium to reeive £6.8 million from NIHR to research long COVID

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Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to explore archives of key South West writers during Exeter visit

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be able to explore fascinating documents belonging to some of the South West’s most important writers during their visit to Exeter next week.

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New evidence of menopause in killer whales

Scientists have found new evidence of menopause in killer whales – raising fascinating questions about how and why it evolved.

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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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Conservation an ‘oversight’ in zoo research

Conservation is being neglected compared to other areas of research when investigating animal social networks in zoos, new research has shown.

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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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Populist anti-foreign aid rhetoric has an impact on the public – but only among fans of populist politicians, study shows

Populist anti-foreign aid rhetoric works – but only fans of populist politicians are convinced by hostile messages about charity abroad, a new study shows. Those who distrust populist politicians are significantly less susceptible to these messages.

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Ancient ostrich eggshell reveals new evidence of extreme climate change thousands of years ago

Evidence from an ancient eggshell has revealed important new information about the extreme climate change faced by human early ancestors.

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GW4 BioMed2 MRC Doctoral Training Partnership secures major boost

The Medical Research Council has awarded the GW4 BioMed2 MRC Doctoral Training Partnership funding for 64 studentships over the next three years across the GW4 Alliance of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter Universities. 

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Marine 'identity' could boost ocean protection

Many people are so attached to the ocean that it forms a key part of their identity, new research suggests.

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Professor Vesna Goldsworthy elected fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

Acclaimed novelist, memoirist, poet – and University of Exeter creative writing expert – Professor Vesna Goldsworthy has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Zoo amphibians were on display while humans were locked away

While the UK was in lockdown, certain species of captive amphibians became more visible, a new study suggests.

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Full lockdowns ‘may be unnecessary’ as study finds voluntary actions played vital role in cutting COVID deaths

Voluntary curbs on movement and travel before governments first imposed national lockdowns helped cut Covid death rates almost as effectively as the lockdown measures themselves, according to a new study.

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Greater investment and innovation in educating children about environmental issues needed to help future generations respond to the climate emergency, experts urge

Environmental education provision needs greater investment and innovation if future generations are to be able to respond fully to the climate emergency, experts have said.

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Oldest book of English literature in the world available to browse online for the first time

One of the oldest books of English literature in the world - created more than 1,000 years ago - is now available for anyone to browse online for the first time.

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Pupils lost a third of learning time during pandemic year - differences in learning loss between nations show effect of variation in lockdowns

Pupils across the UK have lost out on a third of their learning time since the pandemic started, even once learning at home is taken into account, new research finds.

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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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Plant-based proteins among food-production positive 'tipping points'

Triggering positive "tipping points" could transform the way we produce food and use the world's land, according to a new report.

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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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£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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Experts issue “urgent call” for new international forum to help people displaced within their own country

Experts have issued an “urgent call” for a new international forum to help people who are displaced within their own country.

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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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Major new research project aims to address social mobility issues blighting young lives in the South West

A major new research project will seek to highlight and address the social mobility issues blighting young lives in the South West.

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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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Meet Exeter’s bees, create GPS embroidery and explore the city’s maritime history at outdoor events

People can meet Exeter’s bees, create embroidery using GPS technology and explore the city’s maritime history at a series of innovative outdoor events this summer.

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COVID-19’s socio-economic fallout threatens global coffee industry

COVID-19’s socio-economic effects will likely cause another severe production crisis in the coffee industry, according to new research.

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Public opinion surveys on vaccine hesitancy can help predict where vaccine uptake is likely to be lower, study shows

Public opinion surveys could be used more widely to understand regional variation in vaccine hesitancy, experts have recommended.

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£3.7 million for Exeter to develop student wellbeing approach for higher education sector

New research by the University of Exeter and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will evaluate and establish the best model to support student wellbeing across the university sector.

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Teachers want to encourage children to take a public stand against climate change

More than half of teachers in England are in favour of teaching children to take direct action against climate change and participate in related civil disobedience, according to a new survey.

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Experts and filmmakers to discuss how historians can better inform period drama at virtual conference

Experts and filmmakers will discuss new directions in period drama, including how historical research can inform productions, at an event which will give unique glimpse into how stories from the past end up on screen.

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University spin-out reaches final of global competition

Neuronostics, an innovative spin-out company from the University of Exeter, is today (June 24th 2021) announced as one of four finalists for the Nature Spinoff Prize 2021.  

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Experts discover camp used by 10,000 Roman soldiers sent to conquer Northwest Iberia

Pioneering technology has helped experts find a lost camp built and used by thousands of Roman soldiers sent to conquer Northwest Iberia.

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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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Bird migration takes plants in wrong direction to cope with climate change

Migratory birds carry most seeds in the wrong direction to help plants cope with climate change, new research shows.

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New device refines scientists’ ability to sort and process human cells

An innovative new device which can examine and separate single cells on the basis of their response to stimuli could boost personalised medicine and advance our understanding of our own molecular mechanisms.

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Mongooses solve inequality problem

A fair society has evolved in banded mongooses because parents don’t know which pups are their own, new research shows.

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Childhood trauma can make people like morphine more

People who have experienced childhood trauma get a more pleasurable "high" from morphine, new research suggests.

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‘Algorithms 22% more accurate at predicting welfare dependency’

Artificial intelligence is a fifth more accurate at predicting whether individuals are likely to become long-term recipients of benefits.

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Major discoveries about rock art across the world showcased at research symposium

Experts will showcase incredible discoveries about rock art around the globe at a symposium this week.

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Imaging at the tip of a needle

Scientists have developed a new technique that could revolutionise medical imaging procedures using light.

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Religious participation makes both old and young more likely to trust their neighbours and donate to charity, study shows

“Boomers” and “millennials” who go to church are more likely to trust their neighbours and donate to charity, according to a new study.

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A biological blueprint for tough colour.

The unique mechanical and optical properties found in the exoskeleton of a humble Asian beetle has the potential to offer a fascinating new insight into how to develop new, effective bio-inspired technologies. 

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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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Urgent need to reform image of farming to prevent “disastrous” labour shortages, report warns

There is an urgent need to change the image of farming in order to prevent “disastrous” agriculture labour shortages, a new report warns.

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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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Mystery behind the “Great Dimming” of the Betelgeuse star solved

The quest to discover what lay behind the “great dimming” of the aging star Betelgeuse, normally one of the brightest stars on the night sky, has taken a new, fascinating twist. 

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University of Exeter plays a leading role in latest UK Climate Change Risk Assessment

Action to improve the nation’s resilience is failing to keep pace with the impacts of a warming planet and increasing climate risks facing the UK.

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Turtle's tale reveals dual fishing threat

The story of a turtle caught twice in fishing nets reveals a dual threat facing many ocean animals.

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Drone footage reveals social secrets of killer whales

Killer whales have complex social structures including close "friendships", according to a new study that used drones to film the animals.

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Exeter in GW4's world-leading One Health approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance pandemic

The GW4 Alliance (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter universities) formally launch their new ‘One Health’ antimicrobial resistance research consortium today.

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Exeter doctor to launch diabetes education programme in Denmark

A diabetes expert at the University of Exeter has been awarded a fellowship at the Danish Diabetes Academy to develop an education programme to help people with Type 1 diabetes to exercise safely.

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Researchers want to hear from artists about their experiences – and the challenges – of organising outdoor performances

Artists are invited to share their innovations in outdoor performances as part of a major new research project.

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Impact of COVID-19 on weddings reinforces need for marriage law reforms, experts say

Coronavirus disruption to weddings has highlighted the complexity and antiquity of marriage law and reinforced the need for reform, a new study shows.

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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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Star’s death will play a mean pinball with rhythmic planets

Four planets locked in a perfect rhythm around a nearby star are destined to be pinballed around their solar system when their sun eventually dies, according to a new study that peers into its future. 

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New support for teachers to help pupils manage emotions and have their voices heard when parents separate

Experts have designed new lesson plans to help pupils manage the emotions they may feel when parents separate and ensure their voices are heard during this difficult time.

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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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Largescale brain epigenetics study provides new insights into dementia

The largest study of its kind has unveiled new insights into how genes are regulated in dementia, including discovering 84 new genes linked to the disease.

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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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Exeter scientists receive the Water-Oscar award

A pan-European research team has won a prestigious award at a recent ceremony, dubbed the ‘Oscars of the water industry’, for their project that developed new solutions to aid the recovery from pandemics such as COVID-19. 

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Culture shift needed to tackle climate crisis

Tackling the climate crisis will require embracing new ways of thinking and challenging dominant social and economic practices, a new book suggests.

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UK needs to go ‘full circle’ to reach Net Zero, says Dame Ellen MacArthur at circular economy programme launch

A fundamental shift in how we use resources is the future of business and crucial to reaching Net Zero by 2050, but will require collaboration on a vast scale, according to Dame Ellen MacArthur.

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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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Brain connections mean some people lack visual imagery

New research has revealed that people with the ability to visualise vividly have a stronger connection between their visual network and the regions of the brain linked to decision-making. The study also sheds light on memory and personality differences between those with strong visual imagery and those who cannot hold a picture in their mind’s eye.

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Research project receives €6M to boost greener consumer products in Europe using innovative biotechnology

A pioneering, pan-European research project, designed to boost greener industrial processes for more sustainable daily consumer products like cosmetics or foods, has been launched. 

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Tasks set in science lessons influence children’s writing development, study finds

Tasks set in science lessons are helping children to develop their mastery of grammar, research shows.

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Experiments show natural selection opposes sexual selection

Natural selection can reverse evolution that occurs through sexual selection and this can lead to better females, new research shows.

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Ancient chickens lived significantly longer than modern fowl because they were seen as sacred – not food – study shows

Ancient chickens lived significantly longer than their modern equivalents because they were seen as sacred – not food – archaeologists have found.

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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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Robots with T-ray technology to spot and remove cancer tumours in £8 million project

New technology that will marry probes that can detect cancer tumours through the skin with high-precision robotic surgery is to be developed for use in hospital settings for the first time. 

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Defying body clock linked to depression and lower wellbeing

People whose sleep pattern goes against their natural body clock are more likely to have depression and lower levels of wellbeing, according to a largescale new study.

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Substantial carbon dioxide emissions from northern peatlands drained for crop cultivation

A new study shows that substantial amounts of carbon dioxide were released during the last millennium because of crop cultivation on peatlands in the Northern Hemisphere. 

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Green Thinking podcasts bring new approach to climate questions

A new podcast series hosted by a University of Exeter academic explores issues linking climate challenge and society, in conversation with some of the UK’s leading researchers.

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Powerful political leaders gathered in the South West – a thousand years before the Cornish G7

The imminent G7 meeting in Cornwall is not the first time leaders have taken advantage of spectacular settings in the South West to boost their political fortunes.

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New findings show pigeons act selflessly when under threat

A new study of pigeons has revealed that they flock together in the presence of predators for the collective benefit, rather than for selfish interest. 

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Significant decline in the number of people receiving life-enhancing cardiac rehabilitation during the pandemic

The number of people engaging with life-enhancing cardiac rehabilitation clinics has declined during the pandemic, according to a BMJ clinical update which makes the case for more home-based and virtual alternatives.

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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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Worms blast off into space for muscle loss mission

Thousands of tiny worms will be launched into space today (3 June) to help scientists to understand more about muscle loss and how to prevent it.

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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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Junk food game helps people eat less and lose weight

Using a brain-training app helps people eat less junk food and lose weight, new research suggests.

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Study pinpoints key causes of ocean circulation change

Researchers have identified the key factors that influence a vital pattern of ocean currents.

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People who falsely believe they are able to identify false news are more likely to fall victim to it, study shows

People who falsely believe they are able to identify false news are more likely to fall victim to it, a new study shows.

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University of Exeter to play a key role in new £20 million industrial decarbonisation centre

Researchers from the University of Exeter are involved with two projects as part of the new £20 million Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC).

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Ethnic diversity in research identifies more genomic regions linked to diabetes-related traits

By including multi-ethnic participants, a largescale genetic study has identified more regions of the genome linked to type 2 diabetes-related traits than if the research had been conducted in Europeans alone.

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Play the Lameness Game to help reduce antibiotic use in sheep farming

A new citizen science study is trying to understand how easy it is to spot lameness in sheep by using a simulation game - in order to help reduce the use of antibiotics in sheep farming and fight the global problem of antimicrobial resistance. Click here to take part.

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Legislation should ensure Covid-19 health status certificates are only used during the pandemic, study argues

Lawmakers around the world should include “sunset clauses” in legislation to ensure Covid-19 health status certificates are only used during the pandemic, a new study says.

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Twitter experiment finds correcting misinformation makes problem worse

Correcting misinformation on Twitter may only make the problem worse, according to a new study.

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Exeter scientist appointed as NERC Constructing a Digital Environment Senior Expert

Prof Albert Chen at the Centre for Water Systems (CWS) has been appointed as a UK Senior Expert in the NERC Digital Environment Expert Network, as a part of NERC/UKRI Constructing a Digital Environment (CDE) Programme. 

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Plastic in Galapagos seawater, beaches and animals

Plastic pollution has been found in seawater, on beaches and inside marine animals at the Galapagos Islands. 

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Exeter pupils need encouragement more than catch-up sessions, survey suggests

Exeter pupils need encouragement, reassurance and mental health support, not a focus on “catching-up” or “lost learning”, a survey of children, parents and teachers in the city suggests.

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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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International experts provide roadmap to Net Zero ahead of G7 and COP26 summits

A major new report on climate change that draws on the expertise of a leading University of Exeter Business School academic aims to transform the pledges of countries to reach Net Zero into “concrete action plans”.

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Exeter researcher wins prestigious paediatric infectious diseases award

Professor Adilia Warris, co-director of The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology based at the University of Exeter, has received this year’s Bill Marshall Award for her pioneering paediatric infectious diseases research.

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Tackling attempts by kleptocrats to launder reputations must be a priority for universities, report warns

Universities must make tackling attempts by kleptocrats to use higher education to launder reputations a greater priority, a new report warns.

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Scent trails could boost elephant conservation

Travelling elephants pay close attention to scent trails of dung and urine left by other elephants, new research shows.

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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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Newly analysed letters show Vivien Leigh’s close relationship with fans

Newly analysed letters written by Vivien Leigh show her close bond with fans - and how the actress would share highly-personal details about her health and relationships with them.

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'Champagne' technology to capture carbon dioxide via the oceans

A new method of capturing carbon from seawater could help us tackle climate change.

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Rigour and detail key for climate transformation

Organisations must examine every detail of their environmental impact to tackle the climate emergency, a leading researcher says.

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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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Exeter’s NetZeroPlus project to form vital part of UK bid to remove greenhouse gases from atmosphere

A project to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere will be crucial to the UK’s bid to reach Net Zero by 2050 – and is set to spark the biggest change in land use since the Second World War.

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Exeter academics author WHO “call to action” on nature, biodiversity and health

The multitude of ways in which the natural environment and human health are inextricably linked have been outlined in a document designed to help individuals and organisations across the 53 member states of the WHO European Region make evidence-based decisions.

 

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Exeter Clinical Trials Unit: instrumental in important and wide-ranging COVID-19 research

Exeter Clinical Trials Unit: instrumental in important and wide-ranging COVID-19 research

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Landmark circular economy programme to start UK ‘resources revolution’

A ‘resources revolution’ for the UK will get underway next week with the launch of the UK’s largest circular economy research programme to date.

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New tools needed to prevent plant disease pandemics

Plant disease surveillance, improved detection systems and predictive modelling – integrated at the global scale – are necessary to mitigate future plant disease outbreaks and protect the global food supply, researchers say.

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Primary school children have long-term mental health benefit from counselling in school

Counselling sessions improve long term mental health in primary-school aged children, according to a new study. The research has implications for reversing declining mental health in young people in a COVID-19 era.

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Global leaders’ personalities influenced their response to the coronavirus pandemic, study shows

The different personalities of global leaders have influenced their reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, a new study shows.

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African rainforests still slowed climate change despite record heat and drought

Scientists studying the impact of record heat and drought on intact African tropical rainforests were surprised by how resilient they were to the extreme conditions during the last major El Niño event.

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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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Few realistic scenarios left to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Of the over 400 climate scenarios assessed in the 1.5°C report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), only about 50 scenarios avoid significantly overshooting 1.5°C.

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Antarctic ice sheet retreat could trigger chain reaction

The Antarctic ice sheet was even more unstable in the past than previously thought, and at times possibly came close to collapse, new research suggests.

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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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Save our oceans to protect our health – scientists call for global action plan

Scientists have proposed the first steps towards a united global plan to save our oceans, for the sake of human health.

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New partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Trust to help protect the natural world

A new, national partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Trust will see the two organisations join forces to help protect the natural world. 

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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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Extreme weather affecting UK agriculture – but adapting to changing climate a challenge for many farmers, study shows

Extreme weather is harming UK agriculture – but many farmers have not yet made adapting to the effects of the climate emergency a priority, a new study shows.

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Zoo YouTube videos prioritise entertainment over education

YouTube channels run by zoos focus on entertainment over education, according to a new study.

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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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Friendly pelicans breed better

Captive pelicans that are free to choose their own friendships are more likely to breed successfully on repeated occasions, new research suggests.

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New evidence of major impacts of climate change on coral reef growth

The window of opportunity to protect the structure of the world’s coral reefs is still open but time is running out, new research shows.

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Growth of satire during “age of politeness” saw worries ridicule could lead to abuse, research shows

The explosion of satire in the Georgian period saw philosophers worry mockery could lead to abuse, research shows.

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People in France, Germany, and Sweden split over the lifting of restrictions for vaccinated citizens, study shows

Coronavirus restrictions should be lifted for those vaccinated, 30 to 40 per cent of people in France, Germany and Sweden have said.

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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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Once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen the NHS and invest in UK health and care

Post-pandemic, there is a historic opportunity to strengthen the NHS and improve health and care for all, according to a new LSE-Lancet Commission on the future of the NHS, involving the University of Exeter.

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Children likely to be pleading guilty when innocent, study argues

Young people need additional support and protection in the criminal justice system because they are more susceptible to pleading guilty when innocent, a new study argues.  

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Exeter scientists awarded funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Three academics from the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute have received half a million pounds funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

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Warming of 3°C could cause major jump in Antarctic ice melt

Global warming of 3°C could lead to a major jump in melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, according to a new study.

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Large bumblebees start work earlier

Larger bumblebees are more likely to go out foraging in the low light of dawn, new research shows.

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Help fund lifesaving research programme for babies with diabetes

The University of Exeter’s world-leading diabetes research team has appealed for donations to continue a worldwide genetic testing programme which can dramatically improve lives for babies born with diabetes.

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Stem cells create early human embryo structure in major advance for fertility research

Exeter scientists have discovered a simple, efficient way to recreate the early structure of the human embryo from stem cells in the laboratory. The new approach unlocks new ways of studying human fertility and reproduction.

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Forgery of official documents by monks was rife across medieval Europe, new book shows

Forgery of official documents by monks was rife across medieval Europe because of social changes and the growing importance of the written word, a new book shows.

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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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Exeter research team help shape digitalisation of European water networks

Two of the University of Exeter’s foremost experts on hydroinformatics have played significant roles in pivotal new European policy documents, calling for the digitalisation of the water industry. 

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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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Exeter expert secures prestigious Amazon Research Award

A rising research star at the University of Exeter has received a prestigious international research award. 

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Brazilian Amazon released more carbon than it stored in 2010s

The Brazilian Amazon rainforest released more carbon than it stored over the last decade – with degradation a bigger cause than deforestation – according to new research.  

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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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Positive uptake of the Big Farming Survey will define future support

RABI extends its thanks to the farming sector as the largest ever research project into the health and wellbeing of farming people throughout England and Wales concludes its first stage.

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Global network brings together researchers to uncover laws of thermodynamics at the nanoscale

Theoretical Physicists at the University of Exeter initiated and have led a major scientific network, bringing together researchers in Europe and the world, to uncover the laws of thermodynamics at the nanoscale.

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Unreliable witness testimony biggest cause of miscarriages of justice over the past 50 years, study suggests

Unreliable witness testimony has been the biggest cause of miscarriages of justice over the past half century, a major new study suggests.

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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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Common inflammatory bowel disease treatment blunts COVID-19 vaccine response

People who take a commonly-prescribed drug for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) should not assume they are protected after a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, after a large-scale study found many had poor antibody responses.

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Majority of election officials concerned about low voter turnout, study shows

A majority of election administrators are concerned about low voter turnout, particularly in contests for Police and Crime Commissioners, a study shows.

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Have your say about lockdown learning in major new survey of Exeter families and teachers

Parents, children and teachers in Exeter are being asked to share their experiences of lockdown learning as part of a new survey.

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Major new study will investigate causes of global persistent inequality in female electoral representation

A major new study will shed new light on why there are fewer female than male politicians around the world, and if sexism, discrimination and violence are to blame.

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The science of spin - older stars rotate faster than expected

Stars spin faster than expected as they age, according to a new study - which uses asteroseismology to shed new light on this emerging theory

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Multi-million funding boost for research into the origin and evolution of vision

A Neuroscience expert from the University of Exeter has been awarded multi-million pound funding to investigate the origin and evolution of vision across the animal kingdom. 

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‘Ecosystem measure’ designed to address shortcomings of GDP approved by United Nations

A new way of measuring economic growth that reveals the enormous value of the natural world has been officially approved by the United Nations.

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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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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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Climate 'tipping points' need not be the end of the world

The disastrous consequences of climate "tipping points" could be averted if global warming was reversed quickly enough, new research suggests.

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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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Rock glaciers will slow Himalayan ice melt

Some Himalayan glaciers are more resilient to global warming than previously predicted, new research suggests.

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Religion played an important role in Britain voting to leave the EU in 2016, research shows

Faith played an “important and under-appreciated role” in the UK’s choice to leave Europe, with Anglicans more likely to back Brexit, a major new study shows.

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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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Exeter academics awarded grants for pioneering fungal research

Two scientists from the The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, based at the University of Exeter, have received prestigious Springboard Awards from The Academy of Medical Sciences for their research into a deadly fungal disease.

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Research breakthrough in understanding how neural systems process and store information

A team of scientists from the University of Exeter and the University of Auckland have made a breakthrough in the quest to better understand how neural systems are able to process and store information.  

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Exeter professor awarded Google scholarship for research into misinformation on social media

A research proposal from a University of Exeter Business School professor that aims to stem the tide of misinformation on social media has been awarded $60,000 by Google.

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Women 'risk' grey hair to feel authentic

Many women "risk" allowing natural grey hair to show in order to feel authentic, a new study shows.

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£1.75 million to improve cancer diagnosis in people with multiple health conditions

A major new grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will fund studies to help GPs diagnose cancer more swiftly in people who have other health conditions, so that more lives can be saved.

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Fostered flamingos just as friendly

Flamingo chicks raised by foster parents from another flamingo species develop normally, scientists say.

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Experts trace links between hare goddesses worshipped for thousands of years

Communities in Britain have worshipped different goddesses associated with hares for thousands of years, a study by a team of experts working to trace the mysterious origins of Easter traditions shows.

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Political beliefs shape whether we notice social inequality, study finds

Those on the left of the political spectrum in the UK and US are more likely to notice social inequality, but only when it affects typically disadvantaged groups.

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Monkeys made more friends after hurricane

Monkeys formed more friendships and became more tolerant of each other after their island was devastated by a hurricane, new research shows.

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Research gives new insight into formation of the human embryo

Pioneering research has provided new insight into formation of the human embryo. 

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Georgian children boycotted sugar to protest against slavery and support abolitionists, study shows

Children around the country gave up sweets and cakes hundreds of years ago as part of a sugar boycott to protest against slavery, a study shows.

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Five-year funding boost for fungal research centre

A leading fungal research centre has received a further five years' funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC).

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Mental health of police officers improved thanks to surfing programme’s ‘unique approach’

Surfing helps improve police officers’ wellbeing and mental health, according to research from the University of Exeter Business School.

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Research shows cytonemes distribute Wnt proteins in vertebrate tissue

Scientists have made a pivotal breakthrough in understanding the way in which cells communicate with each other. 

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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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Scientists discover unique Cornish 'falgae'

Red algae that grow in Cornwall's Fal Estuary are genetically unique, new research shows.

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Changes in mouth bacteria after drinking beetroot juice may promote healthy ageing

Drinking beetroot juice promotes a mix of mouth bacteria associated with healthier blood vessels and brain function, according to a new study of people aged 70-80.

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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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Food safety could be transformed by sharing commercially sensitive information in ‘data trust framework’

Tracing contaminated food, incorrect labelling and food fraud are among the problems that could be tackled by 'data trust framework' technology, according to a new report.

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Neuronostics close oversubscribed seed funding round

Neuronostics, an award-winning SME, has successfully secured £300K for the ongoing development of its revolutionary clinical decision support systems. 

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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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Natural Sciences students’ research published in prestigious journal

A collaborative research project by team of undergraduate students from the University of Exeter’s Natural Sciences department has been published in a prestigious academic journal. 

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Gray’s beaked whales 'resilient' to ecosystem changes

An elusive whale species in the Southern Ocean could be resilient to near-future ecosystem changes, according to a new study by the universities of Exeter and Copenhagen.

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European rules to protect consumers using digital services such as social media need “significant changes”, experts warn

European laws protecting consumers using digital services such as social media and search engines need “significant changes”, experts have warned.

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Take care when measuring biodiversity or risk ‘misguiding policy’, experts warn

Greater care needs to be taken when measuring the success of public spending on biodiversity to avoid ‘misguiding policy and spending’, leading researchers have warned.

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University of Exeter joins Europe’s largest astronomy network

The University of Exeter is joining Europe’s largest, ground-based astronomy collaborative network, it has been announced. 

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Lawyers used sheepskin as anti-fraud device for hundreds of years to stop fraudsters pulling the wool over people’s eyes, study shows

Medieval and early modern lawyers chose to write on sheepskin parchment because it helped prevent fraud, new analysis suggests.

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National Tutoring Programme will need to support ten times current numbers of pupils to reach all disadvantaged children, experts warn

The Government’s National Tutoring Programme to help children affected by pandemic school closures will need to reach at least ten times the current numbers of pupils being supported to help all disadvantaged young people, experts have warned.

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Exeter excellence in primary care research recognised through NIHR research school membership

Excellence in primary care research at the University of Exeter has been recognised, through membership of a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) collaboration designed to strengthen parts of the NHS.

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University of Exeter wins prestigious grant to showcase the contribution of arts and humanities research through the Covid-19 pandemic

The University of Exeter has been awarded £200,000* by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to take arts and humanities research beyond higher education to drive social change. 

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Breakthrough in developing new diagnostic procedure for pulmonary aspergillosis

Scientists have developed a pioneering new procedure that will help diagnose a potentially lethal fungal lung disease with greater speed and accuracy, and with less distress to the patient.

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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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New findings about immune system reaction to malaria and sickle cell disease

Scientists have discovered in more detail than ever before how the human body’s immune system reacts to malaria and sickle cell disease.

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Carbon uptake in regrowing Amazon forest threatened by climate and human disturbance

Large areas of forests regrowing in the Amazon to help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are being limited by climate and human activity.

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Infant mortality rate higher among pregnant women exposed to natural disasters

The babies of young mothers exposed to natural disasters in the womb are more likely to die or be smaller at birth, as researchers warn the climate crisis increases the likelihood of extreme weather events.

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Social media companies urged to tackle misinformation with accuracy prompts

Reminding social media users about accuracy could reduce the sharing of misinformation online, a new study finds.

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New research will show how history can inform future memorials to coronavirus victims

New research will show how public remembrance of traumatic events of the 20th century can help those planning memorials to the victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

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University of Exeter joins national cancer health data research hub

The University of Exeter has signed up as an associate partner to DATA-CAN: The Health Data Research Hub for Cancer.

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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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Centre-right MEPs less cohesive on votes about EU fundamental values during Fidesz era, study shows

Centre-right MEPs voted less cohesively on issues about EU fundamental values when Fidesz was a member of the EPP group, a new study shows.

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Major new study shows ancient international trading routes between Exeter and Europe

Cutting-edge scientific techniques used to study ancient artefacts found in Exeter have revealed more about the ancient international trading routes between the city and Europe.

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University of Exeter spin-out SENISCA secures £1.3M investment for pioneering anti-ageing technology

SENISCA, a University of Exeter biotech spin-out company has been successful in securing £1.3M for the development of its ground-breaking anti-ageing technology.

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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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Evolution of ocean 'twilight zone' creatures linked to global climate change

A team led by scientists from Cardiff University has, for the first time, been able to track the development of the largest and least understood habitat on Earth.

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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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Variant B.1.1.7 of COVID-19 associated with a significantly higher mortality rate, research shows

The highly infectious variant of COVID-19 discovered in Kent, which swept across the UK last year before spreading worldwide, is between 30 and 100 per cent more deadly than previous strains, new analysis has shown. 

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€4 million project uses cutting-edge technology to enhance the habitats of key fish species

A cross-Channel partnership will use innovative underwater acoustic tracking technology to identify the environmental conditions a range of important marine species need in order to thrive.

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University of Exeter expert advising on legal reforms to better protect people from abuse using intimate images

A University of Exeter expert is advising on legal reforms designed to better protect people from abuse using intimate images. 

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University of Exeter celebrates partnership with local college

The Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC), an internationally recognised paediatric research department at the University of Exeter, are celebrating seven years of collaboration with Exmouth Community College.

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New arts/science collaboration launched at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology

Fungi are unique. They are neither plants nor animals and are some of the world’s oldest living organisms. The various fungal species are diverse, with many unique properties: some innocuous, some useful, and some harmful. 

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Everyday sexism at petrol forecourt inspires new children’s book, published on International Women’s Day

A sexist encounter at a petrol station has inspired a new children’s book designed to encourage children to follow their dreams and challenge outdated gender expectations.

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Cognitive impairment research project to help improve lives by increasing contact with nature

New research project ENLIVEN will help older people living with cognitive impairment – including dementia – to be more active and independent and experience a better quality of life through increasing their contact with the natural environment.

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Being highly educated not a curb to bigger families for religious women, study suggests

The trend for highly-educated women to have fewer children isn’t seen among those who are religious, new analysis suggests.

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New research reveals story of Penguin’s work to bring Russian classics to English readers in the 20th century

New research reveals for the first time the personal efforts and innovations behind major efforts in the 20th century to publish classic Russian literature in accessible and affordable English translations.

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Couples who married in alternative wedding ceremonies needed to help with new research project

Couples who chose to marry in an alternative wedding ceremony can take part in a major new research project which will shed light on the demand for non-legal marriage services in England and Wales.

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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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First English translation of secret novel about hidden sexuality by one of Spain’s most-loved authors

A secret autobiographical novel by one of Spain’s most-loved authors inspired by her hidden sexuality has been translated into English for the first time.

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Tenfold increase in CO2 emissions cuts needed to stem climate emergency

New research shows 64 countries cut their fossil CO2 emissions during 2016-2019, but the rate of reduction needs to increase tenfold to meet the Paris Agreement aims to tackle climate change.

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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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Exeter Professor selected for EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Network

One of the University of Exeter’s foremost experts in using Mathematics in Biomedicine and Healthcare has been selected to join a prestigious national advisory group.

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Database of miscarriages of justice launched as part of new evidence-based justice initiative

A database showing miscarriages of justice that have occurred over the past 50 years has been launched as part of a new initiative aimed at using evidence from psychology and data science to improve the legal system.

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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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A. G. Leventis Foundation funds new Chair in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter

Classics teaching and research at the University of Exeter will benefit for years to come, thanks to additional support from the A. G. Leventis Foundation.

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Visiting water bodies worth £700bn to economies, study finds

Europeans spend more than £700 billion (€800bn) a year on recreational visits to water bodies – but perceived poor water quality costs almost £90 billion (€100bn) in lost visits, a new study has found

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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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A-maze-ing pheasants have two ways of navigating

Pheasants fall into two groups in terms of how they find their way around – and the different types prefer slightly different habitats, new research shows.

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Research shows how single celled algae rotate as they swim towards the light

Scientists have made a pivotal breakthrough in the quest to understand how single-cell green algae are able to keep track of the light as they swim.

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Recycle anaesthetics to reduce carbon emission of healthcare, study concludes

New research has highlighted the value of recycling general anaesthetic used in routine operations

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Changes in writing style provide clues to group identity

Small changes to people's writing style can reveal which social group they "belong to" at a given moment, new research shows.

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Using human rights laws may be most effective way of harnessing international legislation to protect the Amazon, study shows

Using laws governing human rights may be the best way of harnessing international legislation and tribunals to protect the Amazon, a new study shows.

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Far-right political parties are ambivalent rather than sceptical about Europe, analysis shows

Far right political parties have acted in an ambivalent rather than overtly sceptical way towards Europe, analysis shows.

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New drug molecules hold promise for treating fatal child disease

Scientists have identified a way to “rescue” muscle cells that have genetically mutated, paving the way to a possible new treatment for rare childhood illness such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

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Experts offer roadmap for Biden administration to calculate social cost of carbon in new analysis

The Biden administration should reinstate the estimated economic cost of CO2 emitted to $50 a ton, a group of leading researchers has said.

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How rehabilitation could help people with COVID-19 recover – evidence reviewed

Progressive exercise and early mobilisation are among the elements of rehabilitation programmes that may improve recovery for people who are hospitalised with severe COVID-19

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Survey finds beavers establishing strong presence in City of Perth

Beavers in Scotland are establishing a strong presence in Perth, according to researchers conducting the most comprehensive ever survey of the animal in Scotland.    

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Helping people with Parkinson’s and freezing of gait take the first step: VSimulators technology supporting novel, low-cost community interventions

Research aiming to train people with Parkinson’s to shift their balance and overcome ‘freezing of gait’ (a feeling that one’s feet are stuck to the floor), has received funding from Parkinson’s UK.

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Major new history of the novel in French shows its impact from the medieval period to current day

A major new study shows the development and impact of the novel in French from the pre-history of the art form in the late medieval period to the present day.

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Leading experts in public health and social mobility made fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

Leading University of Exeter experts in public health and social mobility have been made fellows of the prestigious Academy of Social Sciences.

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Farmer mental health hit during Covid focus of new research

Farmers mental health and resilience and the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic will be the focus of a major new research project.

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Tropical paper wasps babysit for neighbours

Wasps provide crucial support to their extended families by babysitting at neighbouring nests, according to new research by a team of biologists from the universities of Bristol, Exeter and UCL published today [15 February] in Nature Ecology and Evolution.

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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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Beardless dandies of the 18th century actually had heavy stubble, study shows

The 18th century gentlemen may often be viewed as perfectly groomed and bewigged, but in reality he only shaved once or twice a week, and probably often had heavy stubble, new research shows.

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Large-scale study finds genetic testing technology falsely detects very rare variants

A technology that is widely used by commercial genetic testing companies is “extremely unreliable” in detecting very rare variants

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New research identifies biological causes of muscle weakness in later life

A new largescale genetic analysis has found biological mechanisms that contribute to making people more susceptible to muscle weakness in later life, finding that diseases such as osteoarthritis and diabetes may play a large role in susceptibility

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Tocilizumab reduces deaths in patients hospitalised with COVID-19

An anti-inflammatory treatment routinely used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis has been found to reduce death risk in hospitalised patients with COVID-19

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‘Thinking style’ dictates how we use social media and our engagement with fake news, study finds

Our thinking style can have a huge impact on the way we use social media, including on whether we engage with ‘fake news’, a new study has shown.

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Family ties explain mysterious social life of coral gobies

The strange social structure of tiny fish called emerald coral gobies may be explained by family loyalty, new research shows.

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Methods of recording, investigating and learning from deaths following use of force by the police across Europe can be critically lacking, new report warns

Methods of recording, investigating and learning from deaths following use of force by the police across Europe can be “lacking in critical respects”, a new report warns.

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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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Ground-breaking beaver project launched

The Dorset Wildlife Trust has released two beavers into an enclosed site in west Dorset. This landmark project is the first of its kind for the county and welcomes beavers back to Dorset for the first time in over 400 years.

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Ancient Amazonian farmers fortified valuable land they had spent years making fertile to protect it from conflict

Ancient Amazonian communities fortified valuable land they had spent years making fertile to protect it from conflict, excavations show.

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Study proves strong link between political bias and social tie formation on Twitter

Twitter users are three times more likely to follow back the accounts of strangers if they share the same political views, according to a new study that sheds light on the phenomenon of ‘echo chambers’ on social media.

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University of Exeter partnership develops novel algorithms with the power to transform the use of quantum computers

Dr Oleksandr Kyriienko, lead of the University of Exeter’s Quantum Dynamics, Optics, and Simulation group (QuDOS) is working in close partnership with Dutch start-up Qu & Co to develop quantum software with the potential to transform the way we use the huge power of quantum computers in industry.

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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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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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People would prefer to vote online than by post in UK 2021 elections during pandemic, research shows

More people would prefer to vote online than by post during the bumper set of covid-disrupted local, mayoral and national elections this year, research shows.

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Higher excess COVID-19 death risk in middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes raises vaccine prioritisation questions

A largescale analysis led by the University of Exeter has found a disproportionately higher COVID-19 death risk in middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes

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New research studies “domino effects” and synchrony in brain activity

Scientists have made a significant breakthrough in the quest to understand the intricate processes that occur in the brain during seizures that are the key symptom of epilepsy.

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Health and wellbeing benefits of walking on the South West Coast Path valued at over £75 million per year

Latest research has calculated health and wellbeing benefits of over £75 million for people walking Britain’s longest National Trail. 

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Birds living in natural habits can help inform captive care

Bird species that live in their natural habitats can help zoos learn how to manage those in captivity, according to a new review.

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Healthy oceans need healthy soundscapes

Oceans were once filled with the sounds of nature, but overfishing, climate change and human noise have fundamentally changed the natural underwater "soundtrack", researchers say.

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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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$1.2 million to find new treatment for rare cancer

A new grant of $1.2 million (£880,000) from The Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) is funding a collaboration involving the University of Exeter to find the cause of a rare form of cancer, and unlock new treatment pathways

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DIGIT Lab announced to help businesses close ‘digital transformation gap’

Large organisations will be helped to adapt to the digital transformation of society as part of a new research initiative, led by the University of Exeter Business School.

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Pioneering collaboration praised in prestigious national awards

The pioneering collaboration between the Centre for Future Clean Mobility (CFCM) at the University of Exeter and SC Innovation-Global has secured the runner-up spot in a prestigious national award.

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Dementia rates higher in men with common genetic disorder haemochromatosis

New research has found that men who have the Western world’s most common genetic disorder are more likely to develop dementia, compared to those without the faulty genes

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Social distancing over 50% more likely among highest earners, study finds

The highest earners in the US are much more likely to engage in social distancing, mask wearing, hand-washing and other protective measures against COVID-19, a new study has found.

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2021 assessment changes mean teachers need “extensive support” to avoid unconscious bias, experts urge

The cancellation of 2021 exams mean teachers need “extensive guidance” on how to minimise the threat of unconscious bias while assessing pupils’ work, experts have said.

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Improved model estimates impact of ozone on soy crops

The impact of ozone on soybean production can be predicted more accurately thanks to improvements to a computer modelling system.

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New study investigates photonics for artificial intelligence and neuromorphic computing

Scientists have given a fascinating new insight into the next steps to develop fast, energy-efficient, future computing systems that use light instead of electrons to process and store information.

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LGBTQIA communities to help create new Exeter play showing history of loneliness and exclusion

A new play co-created by people living in the South West – due to be performed in Exeter – will show the long history of LGBTQIA loneliness and marginalisation.

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Dr Alex Corbett awarded Industry Fellowship

Dr Alex Corbett has received a Royal Society Short Industry Fellowship to work with M Squared Life Limited. 

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Pioneering research unravels hidden origins of Eastern Asia’s ‘land of milk and honey’

A study has revealed for the first time the ancient origins of one of the world’s most important ecosystems.

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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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Celebrities join Business School professor in virtual call to address Arctic change during ‘digital Davos’

Adventurer Bear Grylls, musician Billie Eilish and the actors Robert Downey Jr and Rainn Wilson will be among the famous faces demanding climate action at the Davos Agenda’s Environment Day, taking place tomorrow (27 January).

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ISIS and the Taliban use different strategies to appeal to women in English-language magazines, study shows

ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Taliban use their English-language magazines to encourage women to support jihad in different ways, according to new research.

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Preventing loneliness among children of depressed mothers may help prevent adolescent suicidality

Children of mothers experiencing depressive symptoms are more at risk, as adolescents, of experiencing suicidal thoughts and attempting suicide.

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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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New study will show how efforts to tackle coronavirus can inadvertently cause shame and stigma

Experts have begun a major new study to understand how public health efforts to tackle coronavirus can inadvertently cause shame and discrimination.

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The Glorious Revolution inspired birth of modern satire long before coffee shop culture, according to new research

The arrival of William of Orange in England helped to inspire the birth of modern satire – long before coffee shop culture made the cutting art form fashionable, a new study argues.

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“Attitude of gratitude” keeps older people in Japan feeling hopeful as they age, study shows

Older people in Japan have an “attitude of gratitude” which keeps them feeling hopeful despite the challenges of aging, a new study says.

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Pioneering new technique could revolutionise super-resolution imaging systems

Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that could revolutionise the accuracy, precision and clarity of super-resolution imaging systems.

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Covid lockdown loneliness linked to more depressive symptoms in older adults

Loneliness in adults aged 50 and over during the COVID-19 lockdown was linked to worsening depressive and other mental health symptoms, according to a large-scale online study.

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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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Study pinpoints difficulties and tensions in creating ‘thought leadership’

A new study examines the risks and tensions in producing ‘thought leadership’, a concept that sees individual gurus and organisations share their expertise to intrigue, challenge and push the boundaries of knowledge – and enhance their reputations.

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Breakthrough in understanding 'tummy bug' bacteria

Scientists have discovered how bacteria commonly responsible for seafood-related stomach upsets can go dormant and then "wake up".

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National circular economy hub to lead the way in UK bid to create a sustainable future

A new research hub led by the University of Exeter will spearhead national efforts to create a sustainable, circular economy where fewer resources are used and more waste materials reused – delivering huge benefits to the environment and UK economy.

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Motion sensitivity research could benefit people with inner ear condition

Research into motion sensitivity could lead to improved rehabilitation programmes and an improvement in building designs for people with a rare inner ear condition that affects their balance

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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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Guppies have varying levels of self-control

Just like humans trying to stick to New Year's resolutions, guppies have varying levels of self-control, a new study shows.

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Changing resilience of oceans to climate change

Oxygen levels in the ancient oceans were surprisingly resilient to climate change, new research suggests.

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Simple, cheap test can help save lives from colorectal cancer

New research has demonstrated that a simple, cheap test can help identify who is at risk of developing colorectal cancer, aiding early diagnosis and potentially saving lives

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COVID-19: Mortality risk increases by 20 per cent when ICUs are full

Patients admitted to very full hospitals have an increased chance of dying which is equivalent to being up to 11 years older

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Ancient DNA reveals secrets of Game of Thrones wolves

An extinct species of wolf made famous in the TV show Game of Thrones split off from others nearly six million years ago and are only a distant relative of today’s wolves, researchers have found.

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‘Fake News Law’ needed to protect the public against the spread of fake news, experts argue

There is an urgent need to regulate fake news, and even criminalising the deliberate creation and spread of false information should not be ruled out, legal experts have warned.

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Discovery of thousands of pieces of fabric gives historians a rare glimpse into fashions of the past

The discovery of thousands of pieces of 18th century fabric has given historians a rare glimpse into fashion hundreds of years ago. 

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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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Rotten Egg Gas Could Guard Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Typically characterised as poisonous, corrosive and smelling of rotten eggs, hydrogen sulfide’s reputation may soon get a facelift

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Take 15 minutes to complete the Big Farming Survey

RABI has launched the largest ever survey of farming people in England and Wales, with a target of achieving 26,000 responses. 

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BAME parliamentary candidates not picked to fight ‘winnable seats’ in areas with less tolerance towards diversity, study suggests

Political parties are increasingly likely to avoid selecting ethnic minority candidates for ‘winnable’ constituencies at General Elections in areas where there are less tolerant attitudes toward diversity, study suggests.

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BCG vaccine trial extends across Devon, in partnership with RD&E

A large global trial designed to test the theory that the widely used BCG vaccine might help protect against COVID-19 amongst healthcare staff and care home workers is expanding.

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Positive ‘tipping points’ offer hope for climate

Positive “tipping points” could spark cascading changes that accelerate action on climate change, experts say.

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Ongoing sudden stratospheric warming could increase risk of snow over coming weeks

A pioneering new study helps shed light on the chances of extreme cold, and potentially snow in the UK in the next fortnight.

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Poorer pupils most likely to be away from school at the end of 2020, researchers tracking coronavirus learning loss have found

Poorer pupils were most likely to be away from school at the end of 2020, experts analysing the learning loss caused by coronavirus have found.

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Speeding up machine learning by means of light

Scientists have developed a pioneering new approach that will rapidly speed up machine learning – using light.

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New research sheds light on early mechanisms driving diatom bloom formation

Scientists have discovered how diatoms (a globally important group of eukaryotic algae) sense the availability of phosphorus, a vital macronutrient that controls diatom growth and productivity in the oceans.

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