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.
People who have bipolar or cyclothymic disorder and live in Devon are being recruited for a scientific study.
Dominant male pheasants learn faster than their downtrodden rivals, 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.
Growing up in a large social group makes Australian magpies more intelligent, new research shows.
Exeter Geography teams up with British Red Cross to host a Mapathon at University of Exeter, helping to put vulnerable regions on the map.
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.
A scientist who used tea strainers for his research sparked a social media storm after posting a review on Amazon.
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.
Guidelines for teenagers should stress the importance of vigorous physical activity and fitness to cut the risk of heart disease, new research suggests.
Salmon from the chalk streams of southern England are genetically unique, researchers have discovered.
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.
People aged over 60 who suffer minor memory problems are needed for a new study at the University of Exeter.
Animals, including humans, can make surprisingly good decisions just based on the food in their stomach, new research suggests.
People with prosthetic arms or hands do not experience the “size-weight illusion” as strongly as other people, new research shows.
Mining on the ocean floor could do irreversible damage to deep-sea ecosystems, says a new study of seabed mining proposals around the world.
A series of free climate change courses run by the University of Exeter will begin next week.
Small no-fishing zones around colonies of African penguins can help this struggling species, new research shows.
Societies ranging from ancient Rome and the Inca empire to modern Britain and China have evolved along similar paths, a huge new study shows.
Some individual animals are prone to social isolation, new research suggests.
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?
Sustainable seafood and electric cars are among the eco-friendly industries that will be the focus of new research at the University of Exeter.
A tuna accidentally caught off Devon has been dissected by scientists at the University of Exeter.
A team of Exeter students are celebrating after winning gold at a prestigious worldwide synthetic biology competition.
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 top scientist is swapping labs for lobbies as he spends a week in Westminster.
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 University of Exeter department has won an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, recognising its commitment to advancing the careers of women in science.
A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year.
Carbon dioxide in remote parts of the world’s oceans will be measured by a new instrument being developed by scientists.
Researchers will engage new migrant populations and planners in Bangladesh’s second city to build human security into planning processes.
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.
Mongoose mothers boost their pups’ survival chances by evicting rival females from their social groups, new research shows.
Scientists have used satellite tracking and a crime-scene technique to discover an important feeding ground for green turtles in the Mediterranean.
A leading expert in evolutionary genomics will deliver a high-profile lecture at the prestigious Linnean Society of London on Thursday, November 2 2017.
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.
Male killer whales are more likely to die if they are not at the centre of their social group, new research suggests.
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.
Exeter scientists and alumni spearheaded the science behind Nike’s moonshot to achieve the first sub two-hour marathon, ‘Breaking 2.’
Chickens’ motives for crossing the road are often questioned – but pheasants should probably avoid it altogether, new research suggests.
Men who have suffered head injuries are being recruited for a new scientific study.
Researchers say conservation scientists could work with filmmakers to harness the “Hollywood effect”.
As many students used planes, trains and automobiles to return to university, one travelled hundreds of miles by pedal power.
Researchers are working to restore a Puerto Rican research station and its nearby community following damage caused by Hurricane Maria.
Melting ice is releasing frozen plastic into the Arctic Ocean, as plastic waste flows towards the Pole.
Tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies have individual “personalities”, new research shows.
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.
Exeter is one of 16 universities involved in a new PhD programme to tackle antimicrobial resistance.
Sea shanties and fishermen’s voices feature in a new art exhibit designed to give a voice to marginalised fishing communities.
A tree preserved in a New Zealand peat swamp for 30,000 years has revealed new information about the last ice age.
The decline of cold regions called periglacial zones is now inevitable due to climate change, researchers say.
Who cares about the Great Barrier Reef? Many people, according to a paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
A high-flying duck species reaches altitudes of up to 6,800 metres (22,000 feet) to cross the Himalayas, new research shows.
Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding how mitochondria – the “powerhouses” of human cells – are made.
Otters can learn how to solve puzzles by watching and copying each other, new research shows.
A virus which infects plankton can reprogramme cells and change the way they absorb nutrients, new research shows.
More than 3,000 people joined scientists from the University of Exeter for a fun-filled day in Falmouth last week.
Campaigns designed to stop young people “bolting” drinks can make them more likely to do it, new research suggests.
A controversial “smart doll” has been reprogrammed to enlighten adults rather than potentially spying on children.
Oyster stocks in a Cornish fishery are sustained thanks to “inefficient” traditional fishing methods, new research suggests.
City commuters could play a pivotal role in helping curb traffic congestion in and around Exeter, thanks to a pioneering initiative.
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)?
New research from the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) has revealed which mentally engaging activities best keep the brain sharp.
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.
Noise from motorboats changes the behaviour of cleaner fish and the species they help.
Animals that rely on camouflage can choose the best places to conceal themselves based on their individual appearance, new research shows.
A new study has shown that regularly walking a dog boosts levels of physical activity in older people, especially during the winter.
Like humans, some birds can spend years learning and exploring before developing more settled habits.
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.
Drinking alcohol improves memory for information learned before the drinking episode began, new 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.
Fluctuations in sea surface temperature are a factor in causing persistent droughts, research suggests.
A single minute of exercise each day is linked to better bone health in women, new research shows.
A report commissioned by EU food regulators wrongly linked a highly effective biopesticide with diarrhoea in humans, an expert says.
Squirrels can remember problem-solving techniques for long periods and can apply them to new situations, researchers have discovered.
Playing football can improve bone development in adolescent boys, new research shows.
Researchers will discuss how climate change could affect Exeter at an event on Thursday 13 July.
Sea-bass and sardines to replace cod because of climate change.
A predatory fish species thought to have reached new oceans after being released from aquariums is the “perfect invader”, an expert has said.
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.
Anti-depressants flushed down the loo reduce natural shyness in fish.
Plants use hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to control how their cells react to varying levels of light, 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.
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 swarm of bees that turned up on a university campus has been allowed to stay.
A University of Exeter ecologist has won a prestigious prize for his outstanding achievements.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Britain’s population of hazel dormice has declined by more than 70%, new research shows.
Hiding your true self at work can damage your career and reduce your sense of belonging in the workplace, a new study suggests.
Alzheimer’s Society has announced today that it has committed almost £2million to the University of Exeter.
A project which helps protect bees has won the 2017 BBSRC Innovator of the Year award for Social Impact.
Animals living in areas where conditions are ideal for their species have less chance of evolving to cope with climate change, new research suggests.
Where does your cat go when it leaves the house? What does it eat?
Bird and bumblebee species that nest late in the year are suffering more from the destruction of habitats, new research suggests.
Natural Sciences students at the University of Exeter have presented a wide range of research at a special event.
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.
Some heritage sites cannot be preserved and should be allowed to decay, a new book argues.
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.
Experts, charities, the media and government confuse the public by speaking “different languages” on climate change.
Women are judged negatively if they choose to take maternity leave – and if they don’t – new research suggests.
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.
Growing plants to capture CO2 is not a viable way to curb climate change, a new study shows.
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.
Five ways people can act on dementia, backed by research
Plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly due to climate change, scientists have found.
A simple brain-training game could help children choose healthy snacks instead of chocolate and sweets, according to a new study.
A psychologist who specialises in topics including leadership and motivation has won an award from the British Psychological Society.
Large families and strong social ties help animals live longer, new research suggests.
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).
Peru's river dolphins will get new protection thanks to a plan developed with help from the University of Exeter.
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.
Dramatic drops in oceanic oxygen, which cause mass extinctions of sea life, come to a natural end – but it takes about a million years.
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.
A project which helps protect bees has been nominated for an innovation award.
Climate change could threaten reptiles by reducing the number of bacteria living in their guts, new research suggests.
The University of Exeter’s Geography department has earned an Athena SWAN silver award for gender equality.
Insecticide resistance sounds like a superpower for the average male fruit fly – but there’s a catch.
Which species would you save from extinction: Elephants or newts? Toads or tigers?
Young mongooses may conceal their identity – even from their own parents – to survive.
Scientists have recognised for some years that light pollution is a growing phenomenon that impacts on the behaviour and success of many animals.
A new population of an endangered and elusive cat species has been found in Borneo.
Banded mongooses target close female relatives when violently ejecting members from their social groups, University of Exeter scientists have found.
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.
Small groups of meerkats – like those often seen in zoos – are at greater risk of chronic stress.
Computer games have helped scientists understand animal camouflage and colour vision.
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.
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.
Prestigious Human Frontiers Science Programme grant awarded to international research team led by University of Exeter
Families can make art from litter found in the sea and on beaches as part of a free event at Falmouth Art Gallery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rehabilitation is as important for people with dementia as it is for people with physical disabilities, according to a leading dementia expert.
Important microscopic creatures which produce half of the oxygen in the atmosphere can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The remarkable story of Devon’s wild beavers goes on with the announcement that the Westcountry rodents have now won a top national award.
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 University of Exeter will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC) with a celebratory public event at the Streatham Campus.
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.
Drinking concentrated blueberry juice improves brain function in older people, according to research by the University of Exeter.
The Amazon rainforest was shaped by ancient people who lived there, new research reveals.
New virtual reality training could help prevent accidents in “safety-critical” industries like the NHS, aviation, the military and nuclear power.
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.
Public invited to take part in a national survey on whether beavers should be reintroduced permanently into Britain
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.
Robots made from recycled toys will be used to boost communication and teamwork among young people with autism and their families.
Gang warfare is not unique to humans – banded mongooses do it too.
A proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) off Scotland’s west coast would help basking sharks, researchers say.
People living in neighbourhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research.
A new plan to protect Myanmar’s diverse marine life has been announced.
People with cystic fibrosis could benefit from being prescribed personalised exercise plans by healthcare professionals, according to experts at the University of Exeter.
Warming seawaters threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species and the human communities that reefs support.
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.
The winter habits of Britain’s basking sharks have been revealed for the first time.
Gene editing techniques developed in the last five years could help in the battle against cancer and inherited diseases.
Experts are seeking volunteers to test a research-based app that aims to help users curb cravings for unhealthy foods and lose weight.
Growing up in tough conditions can make wild animals live longer, new research suggests.
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.
Penryn PhD students are celebrating after sweeping the board at a high-profile research competition.
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.
Increasing the water table could help to slow down global warming, boost crop yields and preserve peat soils, according to a new study.
LED street lighting can be tailored to reduce its impacts on the environment, according to new research by the University of Exeter.
Danger from predators causes animals to form stronger friendships, according to new research.
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.
Urgent need to check how males and females respond differently to ocean acidification.
The growth of bacteria can be stimulated by antibiotics, scientists at the University of Exeter have discovered.
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 number of mammals used in animal testing could be cut dramatically and replaced with moth larvae.
We all need contacts – how organelles hug in cells
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?
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.
Mass livestock production is driving molecular changes in diseases that could lead to human pandemics, according to an expert from the University of Exeter.
Psychologists devise brain-training game to help you lose weight.
A long-running research and conservation project is helping save an at-risk species of turtle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Thursday 23rd November, Sport and Health Science held a speed networking evening in X-Keys, St Luke’s.
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.