News archive 2018
Small no-fishing zones around colonies of African penguins can help this struggling species, new research shows.
A series of free climate change courses run by the University of Exeter will begin next week.
Mining on the ocean floor could do irreversible damage to deep-sea ecosystems, says a new study of seabed mining proposals around the world.
People with prosthetic arms or hands do not experience the “size-weight illusion” as strongly as other people, new research shows.
Animals, including humans, can make surprisingly good decisions just based on the food in their stomach, new research suggests.
People aged over 60 who suffer minor memory problems are needed for a new study at the University of Exeter.
An international team of scientists has developed a strategy to boost people’s ability to adapt to climate change, revealed in a new study published in Nature Climate Change.
Salmon from the chalk streams of southern England are genetically unique, researchers have discovered.
Guidelines for teenagers should stress the importance of vigorous physical activity and fitness to cut the risk of heart disease, new research suggests.
Josh Llewellyn-Jones, who has cystic fibrosis and is determined to promote exercise to other people with the condition, will visit the University of Exeter on Tuesday 6 February.
A scientist who used tea strainers for his research sparked a social media storm after posting a review on Amazon.
The University of Exeter is inviting Armed Forces veterans who were deployed to a combat zone during their career to take part in a research study.
Exeter Geography teams up with British Red Cross to host a Mapathon at University of Exeter, helping to put vulnerable regions on the map.
Growing up in a large social group makes Australian magpies more intelligent, new research shows.
Scientists, breeders, farmers and conservation groups must continue to work in close collaboration to prepare for the potential re-emergence of a forgotten crop pathogen, a new study says.
One of the most startling sequences from Blue Planet II was the result of a ‘fisherman’s tale’, according to a scientific adviser to the series, speaking at the University of Exeter.
A team of students and staff from the University of Exeter are set to embark on a 12-day voyage to measure pollution in the Arctic.
Dominant male pheasants learn faster than their downtrodden rivals, new research shows.
People who have bipolar or cyclothymic disorder and live in Devon are being recruited for a scientific study.
Carbon emissions from the Brazilian Amazon are increasingly dominated by forest fires during extreme droughts rather than by emissions from fires directly associated with the deforestation process, according to a study in Nature Communications.
A new survey about people’s experiences of loneliness launches today on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind.
Pioneering new research could offer a fascinating new insight into how genomic information is read.
New research shows that males and females of the same species can evolve to be so different that they prevent other species from evolving or colonising habitats.
Problem-solving powers may help to explain why grey squirrels have taken over from native red squirrels in the UK, new research says.
Microplastics can transfer up the food chain from fish to top predators, such as seals, new research shows.
Offenders should be routinely checked for signs of past head injuries, researchers say.
Both science and humanities subjects at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best in the world, in the latest influential global league table.
Drones are changing the face of turtle research and conservation, a new study shows.
A University of Exeter researcher will receive an honorary doctorate from a leading Dutch university.
Efforts to protect tropical forests in Southeast Asia for the carbon they store may fail because protection payments are too low, according to new research.
A major study into an ancient climate change event that affected a significant percentage of Earth’s oceans has brought into sharp focus a lesser-known villain in global warming: oxygen depletion.
Animals living in volatile habitats can gain major evolutionary benefits by shielding their families from the changing environment, new research suggests.
Mongooses living in large groups develop “specialist” diets so they don’t have to fight over food, new research shows.
Tiny jumping fish can leap further as they get older, new research shows.
An all-female crew including sailors, scientists and film-makers will cross the north Pacific later this year to study plastic pollution.
Efforts to create pesticides that are not toxic to bees have been boosted by a scientific breakthrough.
Scientists have found a way to stop the spread of rice blast, a fungus that destroys up to 30% of the world’s rice crop each year.
Fishing nets suffer six times more damage when dolphins are around – and overfishing is forcing dolphins and fishermen ever closer together, new research shows.
Exeter experts are working on new treatments for Bipolar Disorders this World Bipolar Day (30 March).
Weather extremes caused by climate change could raise the risk of food shortages in many countries, new research suggests.
Mud provides precious habitats, a buffer against rising sea levels and a host of other benefits, according to two University of Exeter researchers.
Atlantic bluefin tuna are known for being amongst the biggest, fastest and most valuable fish in the sea.
New research shows that coral bleaching not only whitewashes corals, but can also reduce the variety of fish occupying these highly-valued ecosystems.
Artificially altering the climate system to limit global warming to 1.5C could increase the risks of wildfires in some areas, new research suggests.
An ‘acoustic fog’ from motorboat noise, underwater construction and other man-made marine sounds can threaten the survival of fish.
Bees could be at risk from climate change because more frequent droughts could cause plants to produce fewer flowers, new research shows.
Viruses are more likely to evolve in similar ways in related species – raising the risk that they will “jump” from one species to another, new research shows.
People in crowded urban areas – especially poor areas – see fewer songbirds such as tits and finches, and more potential “nuisance” birds, such as pigeons, magpies and gulls, new research shows.
A leading Exeter academic has been appointed as Honorary Professor at Tianjin University in China.
Warmer springs create a “mismatch” where hungry chicks hatch too late to feast on abundant caterpillars, new research shows.
Exposure to a toxin primarily found in sheep could be linked to the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) in humans, new research suggests.
Research that revealed the devastating impact that microplastic pollution could have on the health of humans and wildlife has won a Guardian University Award.
The “blue light” emitted by street lights including LEDs, and commercial outdoor lighting such as advertising, is linked to a significant increase in the risk of breast and prostate cancer, innovative new research has concluded.
Discovery of immune cells able to defend against mutating viruses could transform vaccine development
Scientists have found immune cells can fight different strains of the same virus – a discovery which could help transform vaccine development.
Degraded coral reefs are far quieter than five years ago, and no longer sound like a suitable habitat to young fish searching for a place to live and breed, according to research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.
Temperature fluctuations that are amplified by climate change will hit the world’s poorest countries hardest, new research suggests.
The pivotal role that parrotfish play in building and maintaining coral reef islands, unearthed by experts at the University of Exeter
A robust research analysis has identified what factors can be targeted to support people to live as well as possible with dementia.
Beavers could help clean up polluted rivers and stem the loss of valuable soils from farms, new research shows.
Jackdaws recognise each other’s voices and respond in greater numbers to warnings from familiar birds than strangers, new research shows.
The links between caffeine, physical activity and mood will be examined by a new University of Exeter study.
Many of the European mammals whose habitat is being destroyed by climate change are not able to find new places to live elsewhere.
Orangutans, already critically endangered due to habitat loss from logging and large-scale farming, may face another threat
A public exhibition will feature poems, cartoons and images created by well-known artists working with people with dementia.
Growing levels of resistance to antifungal treatments could lead to increased disease outbreaks and affect food security around the world.
Researchers are asking the public to help them create the first high-resolution photographic map of Earth at night.
Young mongooses learn lifelong habits from role models rather than inheriting them from genetic parents, new research shows.
The many threats facing bumblebees can be tested using a “virtual safe space” created by scientists at the University of Exeter.
Being torn about which personal goals to pursue is associated with symptoms of psychological distress, new research shows.
An invisible layer of biological compounds on the sea surface reduces the rate at which carbon dioxide gas moves between the atmosphere and the oceans, scientists have reported.
There is a growing movement in Galapagos to drastically reduce marine plastic pollution with the aim, one day, of having a plastic-free Galapagos Marine Reserve.
An educational psychologist has created stories to help children deal with issues such as anxiety and depression.
Prawns have personalities – and cautious crustaceans do better in the battle for food, new research shows.
Tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies turn their eyes black to warn other fish when they are feeling aggressive, new research shows.
Poisonous moths use bright red spots to warn predators to avoid them
Tens of thousands of sea turtles are caught each year by small-scale fishers off South America’s Pacific coast, new research shows.
Top scientists will answer your questions about sea turtles in a live online Q&A on Friday (June 8).
First of its kind Joint Centre in Hong Kong
Professor Richard Brazier has won the Pride of Devon Environment award for his work
Plants use many of the same methods as animals to camouflage themselves, a new study shows.
A turtle tagged by University of Exeter scientists in Brazil has swum thousands of miles.
People interested in cystic fibrosis and physical activity are invited to a free workshop at the University of Exeter.
Antarctica’s most remote and pristine habitats are contaminated with micro-plastic waste
Many coral reefs will be unable to keep growing fast enough to keep up with rising sea levels, new research suggests.
A new research project led by academics at Exeter, Stirling and Cardiff universities will shed light on how public responses to shale gas unfold over time at national, regional and local levels.
An all-female crew is set to embark on a mission across the Pacific to learn more about plastic pollution.
Managing woodlands to a greater extent could help stop the decline of Britain’s dormice, new research suggests.
The eyes of some marine-dwelling creatures have evolved to act like a “depth gauge”, allowing these creatures to swim in the open ocean at a certain depth .
Climate change predictions are not taking account of the full range of possible effects of rising carbon dioxide
Scientists may have solved a puzzle over why conditions on Earth have remained stable enough for life to evolve.
The evolution of Earth’s first animals more than 500 million years ago caused global warming, new research shows.
How can our planet and its people flourish as the human population reaches an estimated 9-11 billion?
Electronic radio tags could be used to track invasive Asian hornets and stop them colonising the UK
Treatments using antibiotics should stop as soon as possible to prevent microorganisms becoming resistant, new research shows.
Illuminating fishing nets with low-cost lights could reduce the terrible impact they have on seabirds and marine-dwellers by more than 85 per cent, new research has shown.
New research published in Experimental Physiology has indicated potential differences in heart health
The UK’s tallest bird – the common crane – is here to stay and the UK could have as many as 275 breeding pairs within 50 years, a new study says.
Virus particles that infect bacteria can work together to overcome antiviral defences, new research shows.
Sheltered pockets of cooler and more variable conditions in the British countryside may help native species
A wide range of subjects at the University of Exeter have been ranked amongst the world’s best, according to an influential international league table.
Fish are losing their sense of smell because of increasingly acidic oceans caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, new research shows.
A pair of Eurasian Beavers will return to the Forest of Dean today (24 July) for the first time for about 400 years.
Night-time lighting from streetlights and other sources has complex and unexpected effects on communities of plants and animals, new research shows.
Students rate teaching quality and learning experience at Exeter amongst the highest in the Russell Group universities, according to the latest results from the NSS 2018.
Pioneering new research into the way in which cells communicate with each other could hold the key
The skeleton of a huge seal that washed up on a Cornish beach will go on display at the University of Exeter on Friday.