News archive 2016
Biologists at the universities of Exeter and York have published new research which shows that an ancient symbiosis is founded entirely on exploitation, not mutual benefit.
A talk given by the University of Exeter’s Professor Michelle Ryan for the 2015 TEDxExeter talk series has been viewed nearly 70,000 times in the past six months, and tops a recent international compilation of TEDx talks on the way we work.
People have evolved to have subconscious urges to over-eat, and limited ability to avoid becoming obese, especially in winter, a University of Exeter study has found.
The University of Exeter and the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (Cefas) are leading on a £1.97M BBSRC-Newton Fund project.
A marine biologist from the University of Exeter has taken part in a David Attenborough series which is giving viewers unprecedented interactive access to the Great Barrier Reef via an innovative new website.
Female burying beetles are more attracted to small partners because they are less likely to get into fights, a study by researchers at the University of Exeter has found.
Research indicates most accurate picture yet of how the Amazon will respond to climate change.
Migrants’ thinking styles and social values rapidly shift over a single generation to become more similar to those of the wider society they have moved into, new research has indicated.
In January, the most depressing month of the year, researchers are urging people to take up free therapy courses in a bid to help them find a definitive answer to what works best in online treatment for depression.
If you are prone to the January blues after an over-indulgent festive season, you could help researchers at the University of Exeter discover whether healthy eating can ward off depression.
The ESI's drones-expert has been talking to MPs and Lords about the emergent technology's use in research.
The age-old adage that ‘practice makes perfect’ has been found to illustrate how the humble grey squirrel solves problems in the search for food.
People with early-stage dementia benefit when they are empowered to manage their own condition, a study led by researchers at the University of Exeter has found.
Mating with a large number of partners may not be as good an indicator of success as it appears, new research has shown.
New clinical imaging method may enable doctors to tackle one of the main killers of patients with weakened immune systems sooner and more effectively.
The harmful effects of climate change on wildlife habitats can been counteracted by localised land management, a new research paper has suggested.
A pioneering three-year project to learn some of the secrets of Scotland’s basking sharks by using satellite tag technology has shown an area off the west coast to be truly important for these giant fish.
A new crowd-funding initiative has been launched by a University of Exeter PhD researcher in a bid to secure backing to help expand their bird conservation research.
New research shows wild Aegean wall lizards found on Greek islands choose to sit on rocks that better match their individual colouring.
A leading behavioural ecologist from the University of Exeter has become the 1,000th researcher to receive a national fellowship for her pioneering research contributions in the field of social evolution and animal behaviour.
A ground-breaking study has confirmed the long held assumption that camouflage protects animals from the clutches of predators.
A University of Exeter psychologist has been given three prestigious prizes for his work to further understanding of how the human mind regulates behaviour.
Female mammals, including humans, may try to outcompete one another by producing bigger babies, ground-breaking research conducted by scientists at the University of Exeter has suggested.
Renewable, energy efficient and flexible electricity sources are being adopted by policy makers and investors across the globe and this is sign of optimism in the battle against climate change.
On Friday 15th January 2016 approximately 300 Sport and Health Science students attended a bespoke and unique Careers in Sport day in the Great Hall and Forum Street on the Streatham Campus at the University of Exeter.
Two commercially important fish species can rapidly recover from stress attributed to short-term exposure to man-made underwater noise pollution, new research has shown.
The spread of a disease that is decimating global bee populations is manmade, and driven by European honeybee populations, new research has concluded.
The rate that fish are captured by predators can double when boats are motoring nearby, according to pioneering work led by a University of Exeter marine biologist.
University of Exeter research into the impact of climate change will be featured at a prestigious science event in the USA, held this week.
Research could help scientists understand potential effects of melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.
Scientists studying whether species can adapt to climate change should not simply focus on how far they can move, says a conservation biologist at the University of Exeter.
The University of Exeter has received a slice of £23.2 million in Government funding for cutting-edge medical research to ensure academics can work with industry and that their research transforms medical care.
Researchers have identified a gene which can be used to predict how susceptible a young person is to the mind-altering effects of smoking cannabis.
A University of Exeter academic is the author of a new book that describes how animals and plants use ingenuity and cunning to exploit and mislead one another in order to survive and reproduce.
Exeter experts receive €700,000 grant to study the future security of water, food and energy provision
Researchers from the University of Exeter are leading a pioneering international research project to deliver new guidance for governments to safeguard long-term provision of crucial natural resources.
The University of Exeter will be better able to support business growth thanks to a new partnership with the UK Space Agency.
A University of Exeter student has won a top £1,000 research award for her pioneering work into plankton and plastic.
Work led by University of Exeter experts could help to protect thousands of people from an often fatal disease found in most tropical regions.
Plastic waste could find its way deep into the ocean through the faeces of plankton, new research from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory shows.
About a quarter of the carbon dioxide we release each year into the atmosphere ends up in the ocean, but how it happens is still not fully understood.
Intense levels of reproductive competition trigger violent evictions of male and female banded mongooses from their family groups, University of Exeter researchers have found.
People who perceive dementia symptoms as an illness feel more negative than those who see it as an inevitable part of getting older, a new study indicates.
Most aquatic species sense sound via particle motion, yet few studies on underwater acoustic ecology have included measurements of particle motion.
BBC presenter Dr Helen Czerski and Met Office Chief Scientist Professor Dame Julia Slingo will be among the world-leading climate change experts speaking at a family-friendly festival at the University of Exeter this weekend.
Beetles that demonstrate same-sex sexual behaviour may be asserting dominance over rival males without having to resort to fighting, a new study has shown.
A pioneering new strategic research centre, that will aid health professionals design exercise plans to improve the everyday lives of young people with cystic fibrosis, has been launched.
The way parasitoid wasps feed may be gruesome, but it is an extremely efficient way to exploit prey, University of Exeter research has found.
University of Exeter research which can help people living with early-stage dementia to manage their everyday lives and remain independent will be showcased by politicians at the House of Commons.
A new explanation for why female animals are usually less colourful and decorated than their male counterparts has been suggested by scientists from the University of Exeter – it could be to avoid sexual harassment.
The CLES One Step Beyond Mentoring Scheme for research and academic staff was launched on Thursday 10th March.
To avoid multiple climate tipping points, policy makers need to act now to stop global CO2 emissions by 2050.
The University of Exeter’s status as one of the best academic institutions in the world has been confirmed by new global subject rankings.
Making changes to the early lives of young pheasants can help prevent them dying needlessly, University of Exeter researchers have found.
Illuminating fishing nets is a cost-effective means of dramatically reducing the number of sea turtles getting caught and dying unnecessarily.
Thousands of loggerhead turtles are killed annually in areas of Syria, Libya and Egypt and Tunisia where they travel to find food.
Divers and experts are calling for more action to protect biodiversity-rich UK rocky reefs for the future.
University of Exeter postgraduate research student wins “I’m a scientist, Get me out of here” contest
A University of Exeter scientist has been voted by children as the winner of a challenging “X Factor” style event.
University of Exeter experts will work to improve the livelihoods of coastal communities and conserve marine life in Central Africa.
New research by University of Exeter academics shows that genetic diversity helps to reduce the spread of diseases by limiting parasite evolution.
Devon residents are being asked to record cuckoos seen or heard in the county as part of an ongoing conservation project.
Low concentrations of oxygen in water systems, hypoxia, results in dramatic changes in how toxic copper is to fish embryos, new research has shown.
Researchers at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus are involved in a pioneering project to safeguard Europe’s smallest swan.
There has been an increase in leaves on plants and trees on the Earth equivalent in area to two times the continental USA, a new study shows.
Commuters are set to become the driving force behind a new initiative designed to help reduce traffic congestion in and around Exeter.
The largest meta-analysis so far of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for recurrent depression has found that MBCT is an effective treatment option.
A neuropsychologist from the University of Exeter called for better treatment of young adults when giving evidence to an influential parliamentary inquiry yesterday.
Two talented researchers from the University of Exeter have each been awarded £100k to further their work.
New research on the association between psychological variables and pain intensity of delayed onset muscle soreness has won a prestigious national award.
A pioneering Bioscience spin-out company founded by experts from the University of Exeter has secured a major investment to help develop the business.
Exeter academics have created an app which could help aid humanitarian rescue work in disaster-struck regions by using geographic data to map landscapes.
Introducing a noise net around airfields that emits sound levels equivalent to those of a conversation in a busy restaurant could prevent collisions between birds and aircraft.
Researchers from the University of Exeter will appear on BBC Two’s flagship science strand Horizon this week.
A University of Exeter expert on marine pollution will be giving advice to a cross-party committee of MPs at the Palace of Westminster in London today (Monday).
Experts from the University of Exeter and the Met Office will bring their research out of the laboratory and into city watering holes.
Badgers, dragonflies and robins are just a selection of the species that can be observed at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus for the annual BioBlitz day.
Researchers call for socio-economic influences to be factored into future protection policies
Scientists have discovered that a tiny, yet plentiful, ocean organism is playing an important role in the regulation of the Earth’s climate.
Scientists have probed the process that allows cells to swallow up particles, finding that some shapes are easier to swallow than others.
A citizen science website game akin to “big brother for crickets” allows participants to take part in important hands-on research using insects.
The University of Exeter has reinforced its position amongst the leading universities both nationally and internationally, according to the latest influential global rankings.
Mammals can protect their unborn young from harmful chemicals in their blood even at the expense of their own survival odds.
Sexual conflict between males and females can lead to changes in the shape of their genitals, according to research on burying beetles.
University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory have unveiled a state of the art facility for the study of environmental microbes.
A pioneering team of international researchers have devised a ‘manifesto for fire science’ to explore the pivotal relationship that exists between mankind and fire, on a global stage.
South West MEP Clare Moody has visited the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus to take advice from leading academics.
Female academics from the University of Exeter, the Met Office and beyond will tackle some of the world’s biggest questions in a fun and engaging way when Soapbox Science hits the streets of Exeter.
Urban birds are less afraid of litter than their country cousins according to a new study co-authored by a University of Exeter academic.
University of Exeter researchers have found novel insight into the ways cells organise themselves.
The same gene that enables tropical butterflies to mimic each other’s bright and colourful patterning also caused British moths to turn black.
Roads present a serious threat to bat populations, indicating that protection policies are failing.
MPs have expressed an overwhelming willingness to use a proposed new service to swiftly link them with academics in relevant areas
Cheap cameras on drones can be used to measure environmental change which affects billions of people around the world, new research from the University of Exeter shows.
A zoo biologist from the University of Exeter has won a prestigious gold award for his research into flamingo friendships.
Researchers at the University of Exeter who are working on an initiative to curb traffic congestion are issuing a final call for help from commuters.
Humans could become better at switching between tasks if they behaved more like pigeons.
Birds copy one another when trying new foods but will take more risks when doing so at different times of year.
Nesting birds time their escape from an approaching predator depending on how well camouflaged their eggs and their own bodies are.
Carbon dioxide emissions from dry and oxygen-rich environments are likely to play a much greater role in controlling future rates of climate change.
The rising concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide has passed a symbolic threshold early due to the fastest annual increase on record.
Millions of moths that destroy vegetable crops have been spotted in Cornwall by a University of Exeter expert.
Researchers at the University of Exeter are inviting groups of people from across Cornwall to take part in a fun experiment.
A University of Exeter geographer has been nominated for a prestigious national award that celebrates research that makes a difference to society.
A University of Exeter scientist has helped develop an innovative mathematical model for exploring why some individuals evolve to be genetically programmed to be nice, while others stay nasty.
Too many females in a wild pheasant harem harms the ability of the group to spot predators, experts from the University of Exeter have found.
A flock of cranes that ended up at the centre of a once-in-200-year flood has given researchers a rare insight into how wildlife copes with extreme weather.
Human use of artificial light is causing Spring to come at least a week early in the UK.
Victims need clearer information on what they can expect in the aftermath of major flooding from the government and other authorities, new University of Exeter research shows.
Rising sea-levels linked to global warming could pose a significant threat to the effectiveness of the world’s peatland areas as carbon sinks.
A consensus statement which includes a University of Exeter researcher says exercise boosts kids’ and young people’s brain power.
A marine pollution expert from the University of Exeter has given a high level presentation at the United Nations headquarters.
Gardeners turning to the internet for advice about Japanese knotweed are likely to find a wide range of potentially misleading advice.
A recent drought completely shut down the Amazon Basin’s carbon sink, a ground-breaking study has found.
A long-term plan for managing noise in shallow parts of the ocean such as Falmouth Bay is needed to protect the environment, scientists have said.
A study aiming to evaluate the use of the drug ketamine as a treatment for severe alcohol disorder is currently recruiting volunteers.
The independent Committee on Climate Change today concludes that the impacts of climate change are already being felt in the UK, and urgent action is required to address climate-related risks.
Crows are performing a useful function and keeping our environment free from rotting carcasses, research carried out at the University of Exeter in Cornwall has discovered.
The subtropical weather in Cornwall means new exotic crops such as quinoa and Japanese persimmon are now more likely to succeed, according to a new technique.
Traumatic brain injury costs a total of £15 billion nationally every year and puts young people at higher risk of poor mental health and offending.
A scientist from the University of Exeter has helped to identify a male-killing microbe in a tropical butterfly called the African Queen.
Getting regular exercise can lower the risk of cognitive decline and can even change our brain structure.
A simple and inexpensive therapy is equally as effective at treating depression as the “gold standard” of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
High chance that current atmospheric greenhouse concentrations commit to warmings greater than 1.5 °C
Current levels of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations warm air temperatures overland by over 1.5°C.
The University of Exeter will host global research leaders in the field of behavioural ecology on July 28 to August 3.
An expert on the psychology of political crisis is to receive this year’s Presidents’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge from the British Psychological Society.
Children will ponder global scientific questions alongside some of the best researchers in the country at a free, interactive event in Cornwall.
The social lives of crickets are similar generation to generation, even though the insects can’t learn directly from their mum and dad.
Drones will be used to discover more about the social lives of killer whales and help conserve these amazing mammals, which are at risk of extinction.
A University of Exeter marine biologist has won a prestigious award for his world-class work in the field of fish ecology.
The evolution of the first land plants including mosses may explain a long-standing mystery of how Earth’s atmosphere became enriched with oxygen.
Scientists have tracked the behaviour of seabirds migrating across the Atlantic to better understand how these animals use the marine environment.
The impact of climate change on global seawater conditions could change the rules of sperm competition for many important marine species.
Scientists develop interactive game demonstrating impact of climate change on the Antarctic Ice Sheet
Scientists and games developers have joined forces to help communicate the impact of climate change on the Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Invasions from alien species threaten the economies and livelihoods of residents of some of the world’s poorest nations.
A University of Exeter academic has welcomed calls from MPs for a ban on the use of microbeads in cosmetics because of the marine pollution they are causing.
Revellers at Green Man Festival explored the importance of water and land use management by using a range of games and information boards.
A gas that was formerly known for its noxious qualities could help people with diabetes recover from heart and blood vessel complications.
Fishers in Central Africa often cover hundreds of miles in very basic boats without engines searching for food to feed their families and make a living, a new study shows.
Honeybees are hardwired to efficiently search the landscape enabling them to continue working for the greater good of their hives even when they are sick, according to new research.
Climate change, urban expansion and agricultural intensification blamed for risk to some of Britain’s best loved species
University of Exeter sports coaches full of pride for silver medal winning alumni Paralympian Crystal Lane
Eight years ago Crystal Lane spent endless hours at the University of Exeter training to become one of the world’s best Paralympic cyclists.
Foraging seabirds use oceanic fronts as an efficient means to forage for food, according to an international study that could help safeguard the future of protected species.
New research finds that fish with consistent and predictable personalities are more successful in social groups and help to build tighter and more coordinated shoals.
Coastal dwelling marine wildlife, including crabs, lobsters and shellfish, which play a crucial role in the food chain, are more vulnerable to harmful plastic pollution than previously expected.
University of Exeter science and engineering students have been successful in an academic competition referred to as the “junior Nobel Prize”.
Three outstanding early-career scientists from the University of Exeter have been bestowed with prestigious fellowships from the Royal Society.
Some of the most iconic giants of the animal kingdom, such as the imperious African elephant and the majestic lion, are most vulnerable to the detrimental impact of human expansion.
Experts are hoping to stop the UK’s favourite fruit, the banana, from disappearing from our shops.
Fish may have regional accents and use slightly different “chatter” in different parts of the world.
A new analysis shows that social norms can cross tipping points faster if new behaviour is difficult for others to ignore.
The University of Exeter has more than doubled the amount of research funding it receives from Research Councils UK (RCUK), bucking the trend for falling government investment in research in the university sector.
A change in the patterns of tropical storms is threatening the future of the Mekong River delta in Vietnam, indicating a similar risk to other deltas around the world, new research shows.
Fish farms may hold key to studying the impact of rising CO2 on marine life, and if fish could adapt to climate change.
The public have been urged to help solve the mystery of why one of Britain’s best-loved animals, the hedgehog, is in decline.
Fears that climate change is promoting a fungal disease which can devastate coffee crops may be unfounded, research by the University of Exeter suggests.
The University of Exeter’s new dedicated unit to facilitate and conduct clinical trials in health research will officially launch next month.
Scientists could harness the power of evolution to stop mosquitoes spreading malaria, according to new research by the University of Exeter and the University of California, Berkeley.
The ash dieback fungus could spread more quickly and affect more trees than previously expected, according to research at the University of Exeter.
Shedding a few pounds might be a good strategy in the human dating game, but for crickets the opposite is true.
A large-scale study of Caribbean coral has yielded discoveries on the pairing process between an endangered coral and the microscopic symbiotic algae they rely on for survival.
If people continue using and changing land over the next century in the same way they currently do, soils will have limited potential to counter the effect of climate change.
Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, has delivered the latest in the University of Exeter’s ‘Exeter Lecture’ series.
Bees use a variety of senses and memory of previous experiences when deciding where to forage for pollen, research by the University of Exeter suggests.
Hundreds of bat deaths at on-shore windfarms in the UK could be prevented by better risk assessments and simple changes to the operation of turbines.
The Vice Chancellor met with Professor Darren Croft and Dr Deborah Giles at the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Islands USA to talk about the work they have been doing.
The first assessment of underwater noise in the UK marine environment has been carried out by a research partnership including the University of Exeter.
The opportunity to produce bountiful levels of vital food crops such as apples, tomatoes and watermelons could be boosted by reducing a crop’s demand for pollinators, new research has shown.
Physicists avoid highly mathematical work despite being trained in advanced mathematics, new research suggests.
One of the world’s foremost marine pollution experts has welcomed today’s (Monday) announcement that there will be a Government review into the impact of microplastics on human health.
Enabling people with dementia to maintain control of the decisions surrounding their care is key to avoiding isolation, according to a new report by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
A world-leading social scientist from the University of Exeter has been appointed to an influential global research group, designed to pioneer new ways to tackle some of today’s greatest challenges.
The inventors of the term “glass cliff” – which appears on the shortlist for the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year 2016 – say it has found fame because it resonates for so many women.
The University of Exeter is part of a newly awarded £19 million doctorial training partnership programme with industry leaders.
An Exeter research facility which puts people at its heart has received nearly £6 million in funding over the next five years.
Runners who wear trainers with no cushioning and land on the ball of their foot rather than the heel put significantly less demand on their bodies, new research suggests.
Bird feeders visited more often in suburban gardens than terraced streets.
A ground-breaking technique which allows green spaces to be mapped in 3D from an aircraft could boost biodiversity, aid human wellbeing and even help protect rainforests.
Researchers from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory have studied the findings from beach litter surveys carried out over a ten year period.
Mothers who have repetitive and self-focused negative thoughts about their own problems can have poorer-quality relationships with their babies, new research from the University of Exeter shows.
Shops are bursting with toys, mince pies are on the menu and radios are blasting out Christmas tunes – so it’s time for another festive favourite: lying to children.
Repeated dieting may lead to weight gain because the brain interprets the diets as short famines and urges the person to store more fat for future shortages, new research suggests.
A study of the longest-living animal on Earth, the quahog clam, has demonstrated the vital role oceans play in the planet’s changing climate.
A team of students from the University of Exeter have reached the final knock-out round of an esteemed international competition, designed to help boost their career potential.
A University of Exeter academic has won a prestigious teaching award from the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
A University of Exeter research paper on using mobile phones to manage disease outbreaks has won a prestigious prize.
The first stage of a commuter-driven initiative designed to help reduce traffic congestion has revealed some fascinating results, organisers have said.
The mystery of how Father Christmas can deliver presents to 700 million children in one night, fit down the chimney and arrive without being seen or heard has been ‘solved’ by a physicist.
Businesses routinely use internet data to learn about customers and increase profits – and similar techniques could be used to boost conservation.
Male bumblebees leave home and fly away without looking back, making no effort to remember the location of the nest, researchers at the University of Exeter have found.
As Britain voted for Brexit amid furious debate over migration, trillions of migrants were coming and going, unseen by all but the sharpest eyes.
Ash trees which can resist the killer dieback fungus may be more vulnerable to attacks by insects, according to new research.
Family squabbles over Christmas? Re-playing arguments in detail may be the best way to cope with them
Re-playing an argument in your head and recalling what happened in detail can be therapeutic and prevent you getting quarrels out of proportion, or becoming depressed and anxious as a result.