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500 million year-old fossils reveal answer to evolutionary riddle

An exceptionally well-preserved collection of fossils discovered in eastern Yunnan Province, China, has enabled scientists to solve a centuries-old riddle in the evolution of life on earth, revealing what the first animals to make skeletons looked like. The results have been published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Breakthrough in protecting bananas from Panama disease

Exeter scientists have provided hope in the fight to control Panama disease in bananas.

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Bumblebees revisit favourite flowers as sun sets

As the sun sets, bumblebees revisit "profitable" flowers they encountered during the day, new research suggests.

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A rapid switch in magmatic plumbing taps porphyry copper deposit-forming magmas

Scientists have made a fascinating new discovery about the formation of mineral deposits crucial to our transition to a ‘green economy’. 

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How fluctuating oxygen levels may have accelerated animal evolution

Oxygen levels in the Earth’s atmosphere are likely to have “fluctuated wildly” one billion years ago, creating conditions that could have accelerated the development of early animal life, according to new research.

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“Plant blindness” is caused by urban life and could be cured through wild food foraging, study shows

“Plant blindness” is caused by a lack of exposure to nature and could be cured by close contact through activities such as wild food foraging, a study shows.

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Sustainable fishing plan for Caribbean spiny lobsters

A new project will help to ensure sustainable fishing and aquaculture (fish farming) of Caribbean spiny lobsters.

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'Forgotten' forests and savannas vital to people, biodiversity and climate

With massive international focus on rainforests, the vital importance of tropical dry forests and savannas is being overlooked, researchers say.

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Major new study shows 'concerning' levels of physical and mental health problems among farmers and agricultural workers

A major new study shows “concerning” levels of physical and mental health problems among farmers and agricultural workers.

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Parental age could be key factor in helping thoroughbred horses be first past the post

In a sport where the finest of margins can determine the winner, a new study has shown that parental age can be a determining factor in who comes out on top in horse races.

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Centre for Water Systems secures funding boost for pivotal research and education projects

Two pivotal new projects, led by experts from the University of Exeter and designed to bolster research and education within the water sector, have secured a significant funding boost.

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Key breakthrough links changes in length-of-day with climate prediction

Scientists have made a key breakthrough in the quest to accurately predict fluctuations in the rotation of the Earth and so the length of the day - potentially opening up new predictions for the effects of climate change. 

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Family ties give animals reasons to 'help or harm' as they age

The structure of family groups gives animals an incentive to help or harm their social group as they age, new research shows.

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New bid to 'outflank' antimicrobial resistance

A major new project will investigate the defence mechanisms of bacterial cells, to help stop the spread of drug-resistant genes.

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Fertilisers cause more than 2% of global emissions

Synthetic nitrogen fertilisers account for 2.1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, new research shows.

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Lack of public appreciation contributes to loneliness in farming, study shows

A lack of public appreciation for farmers and understanding of the work they do and the pressures they’re under contributes to feelings of loneliness, according to a new study.

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Lack of technical and financial support hinders efforts to implement global guidelines for antimicrobial resistance in Benin and Burkina Faso, study shows

Lack of technical and financial support hinders efforts to implement global guidelines for antimicrobial resistance in Benin and Burkina Faso, new research shows.

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Quest to uncover intricacies of exoplanet atmospheres reaches important milestone

The quest to uncover intricacies of the atmospheres of faraway planets has reached an important milestone.

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Major new tipping points initiative launched at conference

Efforts to activate "positive tipping points" to tackle the climate crisis have been boosted by a £1 million (US$1.15m) grant from the Bezos Earth Fund.

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Little Ice Age study reveals North Atlantic reached a tipping point

Scientists have used centuries-old clam shells to see how the North Atlantic climate system reached a "tipping point" before the Little Ice Age.

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Risk of passing multiple climate tipping points escalates above 1.5°C global warming

Multiple climate tipping points could be triggered if global temperature rises beyond 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, according to a major new analysis.

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Penguin publishing deal helped Virginia Woolf’s work reach a mass market, study shows

Careful deals negotiated by Virginia Woolf’s husband with Penguin Books helped her work reach a mass market, a new study shows.

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Norman dominance of Europe inspired first crusades in the Holy Land, new book shows

First European crusaders of Holy Land were inspired by fame and fortune awarded to Norman conquerors in Europe.

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Bees use patterns – not just colours – to find flowers

Honeybees rely heavily on flower patterns when searching for food, new research shows.

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'Disconnection' and 'significant policy churn' may impact the success of T Level vocational qualifications, study warns

Disconnection between further education lecturers and industry and significant policy churn may impact on the success of T Level qualifications, a new study warns.

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'Radical decentralisation' needed in Iran to allow Kurdish communities to benefit from natural resources, study argues

A radical decentralisation of politics and decision-making in Iran is needed to allow Kurdish communities to benefit from natural resources, experts have argued.

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Scientists study tourists to protect great apes

Researchers are protecting great apes from diseases by studying the behaviour and expectations of tourists who visit them.

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Congo creates first Marine Protected Areas

The Republic of the Congo has created its first ever Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), supported by a research team including the University of Exeter and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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First exoplanet image from James Webb Space Telescope revealed

Astronomers from the University of Exeter have led the effort to capture the first-ever direct image of an exoplanet using the pioneering James Webb Space Telescope.

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Crime-scene technique identifies asteroid sites

Analysing the charred remains of plants can confirm the locations of asteroid strikes in the distant past, new research shows.

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Terrorism became more important issue for voters following Manchester bombing, study shows

Terrorism became a more important issue for voters during the 2017 General Election because of the Manchester bombing, a new study shows.

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Half of pupils who get low grades in GCSEs already judged to be behind at age 5, study finds

Assessments of children as early as age 3 and 5 are powerful predictors of who will go on to fail to secure good GCSE results in English language and maths, a major study has revealed.

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Longer wait for some forms of cancer diagnosis for Black and Asian patients

Black and Asian patients are waiting up to a month longer than White patients for some forms of cancer diagnosis from the point at which they first seek medical help, new research has found.

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Majority of posts on extremist online forums made by “hyper” poster cliques, study shows

Most posts in extremist online forums are made by a clique of particularly committed members, a major new study shows.

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Stronger religious beliefs linked to higher levels of sexual satisfaction, study shows

Having stronger religious beliefs is linked to higher levels of sexual satisfaction, a new study shows.

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Beef farmers want to transition to net zero – but practical and financial barriers are standing in their way, report warns

Practical and financial barriers associated with reducing carbon footprints and capturing more carbon are standing in the way of beef farmers making the transition to net zero, a report warns.

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Struggling to choose between Liz or Rishi? New website will help you make your pick

Voters struggling to understand what the Tory leader contest means for them can get help from a new website.

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Scientists stunned by vast insect migration

Migratory insects cross at least 100km of open sea to reach Cyprus on the way to mainland Europe.

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Government should enlist expertise of the private sector to fight kleptocracy, experts urge

Experts have urged the Government to enlist the expertise of the private sector to fight kleptocracy.

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Songs, stories and food used to showcase impact of Penryn’s Loveland Community Field at unique event

Songs, stories and vegetables and grain grown in Penryn helped showcase Loveland Community Field.

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New study maps the influence of organised crime and the wealthy over Russian foreign policy

Russian foreign policy-making is often guided by elites, intermediaries, private companies, and organised crime groups rather than the national interest, a new study shows.

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Community growing schemes and mapping empty housing identified as key sustainability goals for Cornwall

Supporting community growing schemes and mapping unused properties to house local people have been identified as sustainability goals for the coming year by community leaders across Cornwall, according to a new report.

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Study achieves longest continuous tracking of migrating insects

Insects are the world’s smallest flying migrants, but they can maintain perfectly straight flight paths even in unfavorable wind conditions, according to a new study from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (MPI-AB) and the University of Konstanz in Germany, and the University of Exeter in the UK.

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Safeguarding Indigenous Peoples’ lands could save primates

Safeguarding Indigenous Peoples' lands offers the best chance of preventing the extinction of the world's primates, researchers say.

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Amazon's growth limited by lack of phosphorus

Growth of the Amazon rainforest in our increasingly carbon-rich atmosphere could be limited by a lack of phosphorus in the soil, new research shows.

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New book reveals the historical and political inspirations of Star Wars

Real-world historical events and political actors have played a pivotal role in shaping the Star Wars universe according to a ground-breaking new book published this week.

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Education experts awarded prestigious National Teaching Fellowships

Two education experts renowned for their innovative approaches to teaching and learning and professional development have been recognised with a prestigious national fellowship.

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Harmful antipsychotics prescribing jumped 50 per cent in dementia care homes during pandemic

Prescribing of potentially harmful antipsychotics to people with dementia has increased by more than 50 per cent on average in care homes during the pandemic, new research has found.

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How measuring blood pressure in both arms can help reduce cardiovascular risk and hypertension

Blood pressure should be measured in both arms and the higher reading should be adopted to improve hypertension diagnosis and management, according to a new study.

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Exeter’s environmental expertise makes Bristol Avon Catchment Market a world-first

Nature-based projects that help the environment will be incentivised through an innovative new online market.

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Mindful employees find their jobs less boring and are less likely to quit

Employees who practise mindfulness are less bored at work and less likely to quit, according to a new study.

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Experts to discuss 'tipping points' alliance

Experts will meet next month to discuss catastrophic climate "tipping points" – and the power of positive tipping points to avert the climate crisis.

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Climate change: potential to end humanity ‘dangerously underexplored’

Global heating could become “catastrophic” for humanity if temperature rises are worse than many predict or cause cascades of events we have yet to consider, or indeed both. The world needs to start preparing for the possibility of a “climate endgame”.

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Cloud study demystifies impact of aerosols

Aerosol particles in the atmosphere have a bigger impact on cloud cover than previously thought.

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Fieldwork carried out over 20 years will show comprehensive history of modern Shiʿism’s foundational intellectual moment

Fieldwork over two decades will help experts produce the first comprehensive account of modern Shiʿism’s foundational intellectual moment.

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Breakthrough in understanding why we struggle to recognise the faces of people from different racial backgrounds

Cognitive Psychologists at the University of Exeter believe they have discovered the answer to a 60-year-old question as to why people find it more difficult to recognise faces from visually distinct racial backgrounds than they do their own. 

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Exeter researchers pay tribute to James Lovelock

University of Exeter researchers have paid tribute to scientist James Lovelock, who has died aged 103.

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Metaphor and images should be used alongside traditional medical scales for patients to describe pain, study says

Patients should be able to use images and metaphors alongside traditional medical scales to describe their pain to doctors, a new study says.

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Famine and disease drove the evolution of lactose tolerance in Europe

Prehistoric people in Europe were consuming milk thousands of years before humans evolved the genetic trait allowing us to digest the milk sugar lactose as adults. 

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‘New customer behaviours’ are key to developing circular economy, report finds

Consumer behaviour needs to change fundamentally to ensure the successful transition to a circular economy, according to a new report.

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Scientists unravel mystery behind formation of first quasars in the early universe

The quest to unravel the mystery behind the formation of the first quasars in the early universe has taken a significant step forward.

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University of Exeter expert plays crucial role in new UK Critical Minerals Strategy

An expert from the University of Exeter has played an important role to secure the supply chain of critical minerals.

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Exeter experts elected to prestigious British Academy Fellowships

Three academics from the University of Exeter have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy.

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'Sensing system' spots struggling ecosystems

A new "resilience sensing system" can identify ecosystems that are in danger of collapse, research shows.

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University of Exeter hosts British Association for Applied Linguistics Vocabulary Special Interest Group Annual Conference 2022

The University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education hosted the British Association for Applied Linguistics Vocabulary Special Interest Group’s Annual Conference 2022.

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Philanthropic donation will help achieve a sustainable future for mining

Anglo American, one of the world’s leading mining companies, has made a transformational donation to support sustainable mining research and education at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter.

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Migrant workers to collaborate with experts on new study to analyse impact of post-Brexit visas

Migrant care home and agricultural workers will co-create new research to analyse the impact of new visa rules introduced following Brexit.

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Pivotal report identifies vision for tackling engineering research challenges

A pivotal new report has delivered a long-term vision for how engineering research will help to tackle some of the world’s key challenges.

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Urgent need for the UK and its allies to clarify how they will respond militarily to imminent armed attacks, study says

There is an urgent need for the UK and allies to give clearer information about how they would respond in self-defence to ‘imminent’ armed attacks, a new study says.

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‘Democratic AI’ makes more favoured economic policy decisions

Artificial intelligence systems that are trained to align with human values could be used to develop more popular economic policies, a new study has found.

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£850,000 NIHR funding for new Exeter bipolar research

More than £850,000 from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) will fund University of Exeter research into treatment for people living with bipolar, aimed at developing new talking therapies.

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Stunning renovation of Teignmouth’s seaside heritage brings cinematic history alive

The stunning renovation of one of Teignmouth’s quirkiest seaside features will bring cinematic history alive for all ages.

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£3 million for new carbon capture project and pilot plant

A new carbon capture project could pave the way for large-scale removal of carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere using the ocean.

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Teachers and experts join forces for major new research network to support Deaf children’s achievement at school

Teachers, researchers and British Sign Language interpreters have joined forces for a major new research network which will seek to understand why Deaf pupils are more likely to underperform at school.

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Swans sacrifice rest to squabble

Swans give up resting time to fight over the best feeding spots, new research shows.

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Scientists discover key genes behind insect migrations

Scientists have identified more than 1,500 genetic differences between migratory and non-migratory hoverflies.

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False beliefs about prevalence of crime could influence jury decisions, new study shows

Some juror decisions are influenced by perceptions of the prevalence of crimes which can be incorrect or biased, a new study shows.

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Women-led businesses hit harder during height of COVID, study finds

Businesses led by women were hit harder by COVID-19 than those led by men, according to a new study.

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How wildflower seed can help business bloom

The vital role of wildflower seeds in pollinating our food, maintaining biodiversity and contributing to the economy will be highlighted on National Meadows Day (2 July) in two new reports published by the South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity Programme (SWEEP).

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Americans more likely than those in the UK to feel threatened by China’s development as a world power, survey shows

Americans were more likely than people living in the UK to feel threatened by China’s growth as a world power, a new survey shows.

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Coronavirus pandemic has led to more “microworking” – study shows

The coronavirus pandemic has led to more people choosing to become “microworkers”, a new study shows.

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Introducing the Real Living Wage to Penzance would improve the local economy, new research suggests

Giving Living Wage Town status to Penzance would help improve the local economy and the reputation of the area, new research shows.

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Experts developing wearable technology to support women to remain active as they age

New wearable technology will be developed as part of a project to help older women stay active and keep playing sport.

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New 3D model will help guide exploration for rare earth element deposits in alkaline igneous systems

Scientists from the University of Exeter and the British Geological Survey (BGS), alongside a team of institutions across Europe, have developed a new 3D geological model designed to guide exploration for rare earth elements (REE), which are critical for development of renewable energy and transport.

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Climate change will increase chances of wildfire globally – but humans can still help reduce the risk

New research highlights how the risk of wildfire is rising globally due to climate change – but also, how human actions and policies can play a critical role in regulating regional impacts.

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Ice Age wolf DNA reveals dogs trace ancestry to two separate wolf populations

An international group of geneticists and archaeologists have found that the ancestry of dogs can be traced to at least two populations of ancient wolves.

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Investing in nature is key to levelling up rural regions in the UK says new report

Investing in the environment and thinking more creatively about our reserves of “natural capital” should be at the heart of the government’s levelling up agenda, a new report suggests.

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University of Exeter to lead consortium for Dstl’s new Defence Data Research Centre

The University of Exeter (UoE) will lead the consortium on a new Defence Data Research Centre (DDRC), which will focus on improving the use of data for Artificial Intelligence applications.

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Gender differences in behaviours linked to faster cognitive decline revealed in research

Men who experience behaviour changes including apathy or having false beliefs and perceptions in later life are at risk of faster cognitive decline than women, according to new research.

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European network meets in Exeter to collaborate on arts and culture development

On 7-9 June, a network of European universities and city authorities came together in Exeter, to discuss how cities and universities can work together to support arts and culture in their local areas.

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Two Exeter diabetes researchers named "Rising Stars"

Two researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School have been recognised as rising stars in diabetes research.

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New resources designed to prevent cruel and inaccurate representation of self-harm in literature

Experts and campaigners working to prevent cruel and inaccurate representation of self-harm have created new resources to encourage better portrayal of those in mental distress.

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How the mystery of the missing oystercatcher tag was finally solved

Exeter researchers will soon be able to redeploy an electronic tag used to monitor migrating oystercatchers, which went missing on Orkney before mysteriously transmitting signals from a campsite, tourist attractions and a pizza restaurant.

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Early success of Exeter’s NIHR School for Primary Care Research celebrated at launch event

The early success of the University of Exeter’s membership of the national network of National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Schools for Primary Care Research has been celebrated at a launch event.

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Exeter researcher wins Lister Prize

A University of Exeter researcher has won the prestigious Lister Prize to support her research into fungal pathogens.

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Breakthrough in quest to control light to evolve next generation of quantum sensing and computing

Scientists have made a pivotal new breakthrough in the quest to control light to evolve the next generation of quantum sensing and computing.

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Gene discovery indicates motor neurone diseases caused by abnormal lipid processing in cells

A new genetic discovery adds weight to a theory that motor neurone degenerative diseases are caused by abnormal lipid (fat) processing pathways inside brain cells.

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Researchers develop the world's first ultra-fast photonic computing processor using polarisation

New research uses multiple polarisation channels to carry out parallel processing – enhancing computing density by several orders over conventional electronic chips.

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Who wants to be a billionaire? Most don’t – which is good news for the planet

A new study busts the long-held economic belief that humans are all motivated to want more and more, which could have important implications for sustainability policies.

 

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University of Exeter receives £1.8 million funding boost

The University of Exeter has been awarded more than £1.8 million to enable researchers to unlock the potential value of their work, and kickstart new ways in which to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time.

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Research reveals true extent of sea turtle conservation success

The true extent of how successful conservation efforts to protect sea turtle populations along the western coast of Central Africa have been revealed in a new study. 

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Numbers and experience count in mongoose warfare

Strength in numbers and experienced individuals are both vital in mongoose warfare, new research shows.

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Science Futures to make Glastonbury debut

Festivalgoers can learn about climate change, space travel, plant power and much more at Glastonbury's new Science Futures area.

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Exeter healthy ageing treatments company raises £2 million in latest seed funding round

A company borne out of University of Exeter research has raised more than £2 million from existing investors, to take its cell rejuvenation technology to aid healthy ageing to the next stage of development.

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New research gives insights into how organelles divide in cells

A pioneering study has shed new light on how subcellular organelles divide and multiply.

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Combined carbon and health taxes on food products could significantly contribute to net-zero targets and improve the quality of diets, study shows

Combined carbon and health taxes on food products could significantly contribute to net-zero targets, while improving the quality of diets, a major new study shows.

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Universities of Exeter and Queensland renew their commitment to working in partnership to find solutions to pressing global challenges

During a recent visit to the University of Exeter, Professor Deborah Terry AO, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland, and Professor Lisa Roberts, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter, signed an agreement renewing the Universities’ partnership through the QUEX Institute for a further five years, and discussed their shared vision for the future.

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Exeter researcher rediscovers unique story of an African prince in Exeter

The rediscovery of a unique visit by an African prince to Exeter has encouraged a researcher to find links between the city and the Eritrean Ethiopian region.

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United Kingdom’s redistributive health system faces major challenges

A new health system review for the United Kingdom (UK) reveals recent developments in financing, governance, organisation and delivery of health care in one of the world’s most comprehensive health systems.

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Otters learn from each other – but solve some puzzles alone

Otters learn skills from each other – but they also solve some mysteries alone, new research shows.

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Free Soapbox Science talks in Exeter

Fish on painkillers, the power of tiny shrimps and late-night snacking by bumblebees are just some of the subjects on offer at this year's Soapbox Science in Exeter.

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Scientists show how fast-growing bacteria can resist antibiotics

Scientists have demonstrated how some fast-growing bacteria can resist treatment with antibiotics, according to a study published today in eLife.

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Major new international research reveals new evidence about when, where, and how chickens were domesticated

New research transforms our understanding of the circumstances and timing of the domestication of chickens.

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Experts celebrate shipshape partnership to reveal more about Cornwall’s maritime history

Experts from the University of Exeter and National Maritime Museum Cornwall are celebrating their continuing partnership. They are working together to spread the word about the region’s fascinating maritime history.

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Social mobility prospects bleak for Jubilee Generation

Social mobility prospects for the current generation of school-aged young people are bleak, warns a major new report published today to mark the 25th anniversary of the Sutton Trust.

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Exeter doctoral student wins prestigious medal for "extraordinary" research

A prestigious medal for the UK’s best PhD thesis in biology has been awarded to Dr Timothy Lamont, for his PhD work at the University of Exeter.

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Legislation focused on obscenity and indecency will not help to keep children safe online, expert warns

Laws that are premised on the traditional notions of obscenity and indecency will not help to keep children safe online, a leading expert has warned.

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Talking Deck to help people with life and health issues

A new "Talking Deck" will help shape conversations at an Exeter wellbeing hub.

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Stunning new exhibition connects computer art with the ancient tradition of glassmaking

A stunning new exhibition connecting paintings made by computers with the ancient tradition of glassmaking is part of major new research to document, exhibit and preserve digital art.

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No "echo chambers" in Reddit climate debate

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

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Influence of remarkable Hispanic women honoured though major historical project

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

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AI learns coral reef "song"

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

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British coral predicted to be resilient to climate change

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

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

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

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

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

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Drug resistance molecule can spread though bacterial 'communities'

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

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People must be 'heart' of climate action

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

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Pioneering study identifies global dynamics of Antibiotic Resistance

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

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

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

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

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

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'Democracy' governs mass jackdaw take-offs

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

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Children who play adventurously have better mental health, research finds

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

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'Traffic calming' boosts breeding on coral reefs

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

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Satellites and drones can help save pollinators

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

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

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

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

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

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Scallops swim into illuminated fishing pots

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

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Exeter signs MoU to boost collaboration on Spaceport Cornwall

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

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Deep ocean warming as climate changes

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

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Track which political parties represent your views with new online tool

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

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Pioneering research facility receives funding boost to achieve net zero

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

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Asking for ideas boosts collective action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Peru "pinger" trial deters dolphins but not whales

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

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

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

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Research ship delves into ocean history

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

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AI set to transform science and engineering in Canada

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

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Exeter researcher elected Fellow of Royal Society

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

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Research unlocks personalised care in type 2 diabetes

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

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

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

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

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

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Smartline shortlisted for the Housing Heroes Awards 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Resilience of ecosystems can be measured from space

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

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Loneliness leads to higher risk of future unemployment, study finds

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

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Origin of complex cells started without oxygen

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

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Lighting Up Artificial Neural Networks

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

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Cut emissions "starting now" – Global Carbon Project experts

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

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UK wildlife watchers welcome "ecological refugees"

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

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Scientists solve key exoplanet questions through Hubble observations

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

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Protected areas don’t always boost biodiversity

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

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

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

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

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

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Landmark new technology to improve efficiency of sewer system surveys

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

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

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

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

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

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Protected areas don’t always boost biodiversity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Children think farm animals deserve same treatment as pets

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

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Surfer science supports seawater study

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

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Selective breeding sustainably protects honey bees from Varroa mite

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

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Success for Exeter subjects in influential league rankings

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

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

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

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

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

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Exeter experts comment on IPCC report

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

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Major research effort to save future of European peatlands

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

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