News archive 2017
A treatment billed as a potential breakthrough in the fight against disease, including cancer, could back-fire and make the disease fitter and more damaging, new research has found.
Just two months ago, Marcus was drinking up to seven bottles of wine a night and regularly blacking out, sometimes finding himself in police custody.
Climate change improves the breeding chances of migratory geese in the Arctic – but puts mother geese at more risk of death, according to a new study.
An international research team have found that mother-daughter conflict can explain why killer whales are one of only three known species of mammal, including humans, to go through the menopause.
A long-running research and conservation project is helping save an at-risk species of turtle.
Psychologists devise brain-training game to help you lose weight.
Mass livestock production is driving molecular changes in diseases that could lead to human pandemics, according to an expert from the University of Exeter.
Research has provided a fascinating insight in the quest to determine whether temperature or water availability is the most influential factor in determining the success of global, land-based carbon sinks.
With an alarming growth in antibiotic resistance and doctors increasingly having to resort to last-chance antibiotics to save patients, is there a better way for hospitals to manage antibiotic treatment regimens?
We all need contacts – how organelles hug in cells
The number of mammals used in animal testing could be cut dramatically and replaced with moth larvae.
Research suggests the capacity of the terrestrial biosphere to absorb carbon dioxide may have been underestimated in past calculations due to certain land-use changes not being fully taken into account.
The growth of bacteria can be stimulated by antibiotics, scientists at the University of Exeter have discovered.
Public invited to take part in a national survey on whether beavers should be reintroduced permanently into Britain
Urgent need to check how males and females respond differently to ocean acidification.
A low level of atmospheric oxygen in Earth’s middle ages held back evolution for two billion years, raising fresh questions about the origins of life on this planet.
Danger from predators causes animals to form stronger friendships, according to new research.
LED street lighting can be tailored to reduce its impacts on the environment, according to new research by the University of Exeter.
Increasing the water table could help to slow down global warming, boost crop yields and preserve peat soils, according to a new study.
The man in charge of the record-breaking British Paralympics team is one of a host of sports experts set to offer top tips to Exeter students.
Penryn PhD students are celebrating after sweeping the board at a high-profile research competition.
Endangered penguins are foraging for food in the wrong places due to fishing and climate change, research led by the University of Exeter and the University of Cape Town has revealed.
Growing up in tough conditions can make wild animals live longer, new research suggests.
Experts are seeking volunteers to test a research-based app that aims to help users curb cravings for unhealthy foods and lose weight.
Gene editing techniques developed in the last five years could help in the battle against cancer and inherited diseases.
The winter habits of Britain’s basking sharks have been revealed for the first time.
Rising temperatures could accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing the methane they release, new research shows.
Warming seawaters threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species and the human communities that reefs support.
People with cystic fibrosis could benefit from being prescribed personalised exercise plans by healthcare professionals, according to experts at the University of Exeter.
A new plan to protect Myanmar’s diverse marine life has been announced.
People living in neighbourhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research.
A proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) off Scotland’s west coast would help basking sharks, researchers say.
Gang warfare is not unique to humans – banded mongooses do it too.
Robots made from recycled toys will be used to boost communication and teamwork among young people with autism and their families.
An international team of researchers has identified a core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses and parasites.
Efforts to conserve the remaining fragments of the great Forest of Caledon in Scotland may be doomed to fail unless a new strategy is rapidly adopted, new research suggests.
New virtual reality training could help prevent accidents in “safety-critical” industries like the NHS, aviation, the military and nuclear power.
The Amazon rainforest was shaped by ancient people who lived there, new research reveals.
Drinking concentrated blueberry juice improves brain function in older people, according to research by the University of Exeter.
Both science and humanities subjects at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, according to an influential global league table.
The University of Exeter will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC) with a celebratory public event at the Streatham Campus.
Amounts and sugar content of nectar vary between commercial varieties of oilseed rape (OSR) produced with different breeding systems, when tested in the glasshouse.
The remarkable story of Devon’s wild beavers goes on with the announcement that the Westcountry rodents have now won a top national award.
The evolution of land animals has been shaped by barriers such as oceans and mountains which have divided them and sent them down different genetic paths.
A new study reveals the sub-antarctic island of South Georgia – famous for its wildlife – was covered by a massive ice cap during the last ice age.
Tropical rainstorms and a wobbly rope bridge in the cloudy treetops at the Eden Project’s new Weather Maker
Visitors to the Eden Project can now trek across an aerial rope bridge, shelter from tropical rain and travel through clouds thanks to the opening of a thrilling new rainforest walkway.
Award-winning conservation films will be shown at a new bicycle-powered cinema on a beach in Cornwall, thanks to two University of Exeter students.
Important microscopic creatures which produce half of the oxygen in the atmosphere can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests.
Rehabilitation is as important for people with dementia as it is for people with physical disabilities, according to a leading dementia expert.
A Biosciences expert from the University of Exeter is celebrating after being honoured as one of an exclusive group of leading entrepreneurs, at a special ceremony at the House of Commons.
Families can identify the fascinating creatures found on Cornwall’s shores with the help of a University of Exeter animal ecology expert as part of the Falmouth Spring Festival.
Met Office technology used to study climate change is being used by scientists to predict the sorting and location of proteins in cells of the human body.
Cabinet Minister David Lidington visited the University of Exeter today and met academics who have given evidence to Parliament and students studying politics and history.
Families can make art from litter found in the sea and on beaches as part of a free event at Falmouth Art Gallery.
Prestigious Human Frontiers Science Programme grant awarded to international research team led by University of Exeter
Debris from logging in tropical forests is threatening the survival of hatchling leatherback turtles and the success of mothers at one of the world’s most important nesting sites in Colombia.
A new paper sets out principles for responsibly testing innovative treatments for severe depression, based on treating more than 100 patients with approximately 1,000 infusions of ketamine over six years.
Computer games have helped scientists understand animal camouflage and colour vision.
Small groups of meerkats – like those often seen in zoos – are at greater risk of chronic stress.
Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life, according to new research.
Banded mongooses target close female relatives when violently ejecting members from their social groups, University of Exeter scientists have found.
A new population of an endangered and elusive cat species has been found in Borneo.
Scientists have recognised for some years that light pollution is a growing phenomenon that impacts on the behaviour and success of many animals.
Young mongooses may conceal their identity – even from their own parents – to survive.
Which species would you save from extinction: Elephants or newts? Toads or tigers?
Insecticide resistance sounds like a superpower for the average male fruit fly – but there’s a catch.
The University of Exeter’s Geography department has earned an Athena SWAN silver award for gender equality.
Climate change could threaten reptiles by reducing the number of bacteria living in their guts, new research suggests.
A project which helps protect bees has been nominated for an innovation award.
Energy policy offers the UK and EU an important opportunity to develop new models of partnership and common ground imperative to the UK’s future, according to a new Chatham House paper.
Dramatic drops in oceanic oxygen, which cause mass extinctions of sea life, come to a natural end – but it takes about a million years.
A group of geographers will walk along the route of proposed new electricity pylons to discover how local people are coming to terms with the impact of the construction on the landscape.
Peru's river dolphins will get new protection thanks to a plan developed with help from the University of Exeter.
Helping people recover from extreme stress or psychological trauma will be the focus of a public event at the University of Exeter on Saturday (20 May).
Large families and strong social ties help animals live longer, new research suggests.
A psychologist who specialises in topics including leadership and motivation has won an award from the British Psychological Society.
A simple brain-training game could help children choose healthy snacks instead of chocolate and sweets, according to a new study.
Plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly due to climate change, scientists have found.
Five ways people can act on dementia, backed by research
A web app created to share the stories from an online climate change course which attracted people from more than 160 countries has won an award.
Growing plants to capture CO2 is not a viable way to curb climate change, a new study shows.
Summer rainfall in one of the world’s most drought-prone regions can now be predicted months or years in advance, climate scientists at the Met Office and the University of Exeter say.
Women are judged negatively if they choose to take maternity leave – and if they don’t – new research suggests.
Experts, charities, the media and government confuse the public by speaking “different languages” on climate change.
Some of the world’s leading climate scientists are gathering in Exeter for a high-profile event to examine the impact, significance and implications of global warming, in relation to the Paris Agreement 2015.
Some heritage sites cannot be preserved and should be allowed to decay, a new book argues.
Noise from motorboats is making fish become bad parents, and reducing the chance of their young surviving, research led by marine experts at the University of Exeter has shown.
Natural Sciences students at the University of Exeter have presented a wide range of research at a special event.
Bird and bumblebee species that nest late in the year are suffering more from the destruction of habitats, new research suggests.
Where does your cat go when it leaves the house? What does it eat?
Animals living in areas where conditions are ideal for their species have less chance of evolving to cope with climate change, new research suggests.
A project which helps protect bees has won the 2017 BBSRC Innovator of the Year award for Social Impact.
Alzheimer’s Society has announced today that it has committed almost £2million to the University of Exeter.
Hiding your true self at work can damage your career and reduce your sense of belonging in the workplace, a new study suggests.
Britain’s population of hazel dormice has declined by more than 70%, new research shows.
Glastonbury festivalgoers can look forward to a heady mix of Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry – and a lesson on climate change from a top scientist.
The University of Exeter’s commitment to providing world-class teaching has been recognised with the award of a “Gold” rating in the first national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment.
Fashion Revolution, the global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry, is launching its first free online course next Monday, 26th June 2017.
Ever wondered what happens in your brain when you eat chocolate? Or whether Nemo’s dad should’ve been less worried about finding his son and more concerned about ocean acidification?
A University of Exeter ecologist has won a prestigious prize for his outstanding achievements.
A swarm of bees that turned up on a university campus has been allowed to stay.
Monitoring changes to the amount of wetlands in regions where permafrost is thawing should be at the forefront of efforts to predict future rates of climate change, new research shows.
A real-life primate expert joined stars of new film War for the Planet of the Apes for a Q&A with journalists.
Plants use hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to control how their cells react to varying levels of light, new research shows.
Anti-depressants flushed down the loo reduce natural shyness in fish.
Greenland sharks, the longest living vertebrate on earth, which are found off the coast of Britain, could hold the secret to long life, geneticists mapping their DNA have predicted.
A predatory fish species thought to have reached new oceans after being released from aquariums is the “perfect invader”, an expert has said.
Sea-bass and sardines to replace cod because of climate change.
Researchers will discuss how climate change could affect Exeter at an event on Thursday 13 July.
Playing football can improve bone development in adolescent boys, new research shows.
Squirrels can remember problem-solving techniques for long periods and can apply them to new situations, researchers have discovered.
A report commissioned by EU food regulators wrongly linked a highly effective biopesticide with diarrhoea in humans, an expert says.
A single minute of exercise each day is linked to better bone health in women, new research shows.
Fluctuations in sea surface temperature are a factor in causing persistent droughts, research suggests.
A group of UK researchers have been awarded funding to help support coastal communities in East and South East Asia that depend on healthy and diverse marine ecosystems.
Drinking alcohol improves memory for information learned before the drinking episode began, new research suggests.
A spinout company, which provides moth larvae for use in scientific testing – reducing the need for tests on mice and rats – has won a £100,000 grant.
A spinout company, which provides moth larvae for use in scientific testing – reducing the need for tests on mice and rats – has won a £100,000 grant.
Like humans, some birds can spend years learning and exploring before developing more settled habits.
A new study has shown that regularly walking a dog boosts levels of physical activity in older people, especially during the winter.
Animals that rely on camouflage can choose the best places to conceal themselves based on their individual appearance, new research shows.
Noise from motorboats changes the behaviour of cleaner fish and the species they help.
Budding nature-lovers will be taken on a voyage of discovery to find out how animals have evolved to deal with friends and foe, at a special interactive event.
New research from the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) has revealed which mentally engaging activities best keep the brain sharp.
Birds and turtles are common enough on the pages of children’s books – but what about bacteria or psyllids (otherwise known as jumping plant lice)?
City commuters could play a pivotal role in helping curb traffic congestion in and around Exeter, thanks to a pioneering initiative.
Oyster stocks in a Cornish fishery are sustained thanks to “inefficient” traditional fishing methods, new research suggests.
A controversial “smart doll” has been reprogrammed to enlighten adults rather than potentially spying on children.
Campaigns designed to stop young people “bolting” drinks can make them more likely to do it, new research suggests.
More than 3,000 people joined scientists from the University of Exeter for a fun-filled day in Falmouth last week.
A virus which infects plankton can reprogramme cells and change the way they absorb nutrients, new research shows.
Otters can learn how to solve puzzles by watching and copying each other, new research shows.
Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding how mitochondria – the “powerhouses” of human cells – are made.
A high-flying duck species reaches altitudes of up to 6,800 metres (22,000 feet) to cross the Himalayas, new research shows.
Who cares about the Great Barrier Reef? Many people, according to a paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The decline of cold regions called periglacial zones is now inevitable due to climate change, researchers say.
A tree preserved in a New Zealand peat swamp for 30,000 years has revealed new information about the last ice age.
Sea shanties and fishermen’s voices feature in a new art exhibit designed to give a voice to marginalised fishing communities.
Exeter is one of 16 universities involved in a new PhD programme to tackle antimicrobial resistance.
The University of Exeter has teamed up with Exeter Chiefs rugby club to fund a PhD study into the injury risks facing young rugby players.
Mine waste water project seeks gold in International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM)
This November, a team of undergraduate students will travel to the USA in their campaign to take home a fourth gold medal in the iGEM competition.
Tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies have individual “personalities”, new research shows.
Melting ice is releasing frozen plastic into the Arctic Ocean, as plastic waste flows towards the Pole.
Researchers are working to restore a Puerto Rican research station and its nearby community following damage caused by Hurricane Maria.
As many students used planes, trains and automobiles to return to university, one travelled hundreds of miles by pedal power.
Researchers say conservation scientists could work with filmmakers to harness the “Hollywood effect”.
Men who have suffered head injuries are being recruited for a new scientific study.
Chickens’ motives for crossing the road are often questioned – but pheasants should probably avoid it altogether, new research suggests.
Exeter scientists and alumni spearheaded the science behind Nike’s moonshot to achieve the first sub two-hour marathon, ‘Breaking 2.’
Male killer whales are more likely to die if they are not at the centre of their social group, new research suggests.
People whose lives have been affected by dementia have worked with well-known professional artists to create insightful images and poems that capture some of their experiences, to form a new book.
A leading expert in evolutionary genomics will deliver a high-profile lecture at the prestigious Linnean Society of London on Thursday, November 2 2017.
Scientists have used satellite tracking and a crime-scene technique to discover an important feeding ground for green turtles in the Mediterranean.
Mongoose mothers boost their pups’ survival chances by evicting rival females from their social groups, new research shows.
Some impacts of global warming – such as sea level rise and coastal flooding – are already locked in and unavoidable, according to a major research project.
Researchers will engage new migrant populations and planners in Bangladesh’s second city to build human security into planning processes.
Carbon dioxide in remote parts of the world’s oceans will be measured by a new instrument being developed by scientists.
A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year.
A University of Exeter department has won an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, recognising its commitment to advancing the careers of women in science.
Students are calling on their peers and the wider public to protect the environment by cutting down on single-use plastics and other waste.
A top scientist is swapping labs for lobbies as he spends a week in Westminster.
Exeter and the East Devon new town of Cranbrook are among 12 areas selected to work on a ground-breaking new approach to tackle inactivity in communities, Sport England has announced.
A team of Exeter students are celebrating after winning gold at a prestigious worldwide synthetic biology competition.
A tuna accidentally caught off Devon has been dissected by scientists at the University of Exeter.
Sustainable seafood and electric cars are among the eco-friendly industries that will be the focus of new research at the University of Exeter.
When do children stop believing in Father Christmas? Did you feel distressed by the revelation that Santa isn’t real? Were you angry you were lied to, when you found out? Was Christmas different after that? Did the magic disappear?
Some individual animals are prone to social isolation, new research suggests.
Societies ranging from ancient Rome and the Inca empire to modern Britain and China have evolved along similar paths, a huge new study shows.
On Thursday 23rd November, Sport and Health Science held a speed networking evening in X-Keys, St Luke’s.