News archive 2018
New research has identified the factors that enable people with dementia and their carers to live as well as possible.
Ugly interior design, interplanetary “jetlag” and personality clashes are among the problems hampering humanity’s efforts to settle on Mars, experts say.
A Masters student and recipient of the first Fulbright scholarship for the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, is hoping her work on pollinator research in Cornwall will have a positive impact on conserving pollinators in the U.S. territory of Guam and the wider Mariana Islands in the western North Pacific Ocean.
Up to 93% of green turtle hatchlings could be female by 2100, as climate change causes “feminisation” of the species, new research suggests.
A “gold rush” of seabed mining could lead to unprecedented damage to fragile deep-sea ecosystems, researchers have warned.
Pioneering new research on major environmental issues, led by scientists from the University of Exeter, have received a major funding boost, it has been announced.
What will happen if humanity fails to limit global warming to 1.5°C?
Drones can be used to create low-cost and accurate 3D maps of coastal areas, new research shows.
Research conducted by Exeter experts has been recognised amongst the top 100 influential in 2018.
A new way to diagnose, treat and protect against stealth fungal infections that claim more than 1.5 million lives per year worldwide has been moved a step closer, according to research published in Nature Communications.
Rudolph the reindeer probably wasn’t bullied for his crimson snout – because he and his fellow reindeer can’t see red.
Very shy people are more likely to suffer “hangxiety” – anxiety during a hangover – than their extrovert friends, new research shows.
A team of researchers has won two prestigious awards for the impact of work highlighting the presence, and potential impacts, of microplastics in our oceans.
Climate change must no longer be viewed as a “tragedy of the commons”, researchers say.
Tests on more than 100 sea turtles – spanning three oceans and all seven species – have revealed microplastics in the guts of every single turtle.
Christmas dinner is an international evolutionary feast – with only the humble carrot native to British soil, a leading scientist says.
A University of Exeter researcher has won a photography prize from the British Ecological Society.
People seeking asylum will be helped to prepare for appeal hearings by a new video created by experts from the University of Exeter and Asylum Aid.
UK science will be launched into space to help tackle the effects of ageing, thanks to funding from the UK Space Agency.
Leading academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.
Two University of Exeter researchers have won prestigious awards for their work in mycology.
A pioneering new study has revealed the value of pollination services to courgette.
Genes that act late in life could explain why women have poorer health than men in older age, according to new research.
A popular game which demonstrates the impact of climate change in Antarctica now has an exciting new feature – explainer videos, narrated by the penguin characters from the game.
Frogs from groups exposed to a deadly virus are breeding at younger ages, new research suggests.
Exeter scientists are part of an international team helping to find new antibiotic drugs to treat killer infections.
Female vets still face discrimination, a new study has revealed.
3D gaming technology is being used by a team from the University of Exeter to take students and researchers on virtual field trips to the Arctic Circle.
Marine and citizen scientists take to the seas to help secure a future for Atlantic bluefin tuna in UK waters
Cefas and University of Exeter have launched a bluefin tuna tagging programme to try and find out more about the migration patterns of these enigmatic predators.
University of Exeter students have found a way to produce oxygen on Mars, earning a gold medal at a prestigious competition.
4,000 tons of microbeads no longer released into ocean after pioneering plastics research
Employers and employees must work together to tackle issues of confidence and motivation, as a new report from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reveals day-to-day experiences in the workplace are the biggest drivers for burnout and exit from the veterinary profession.
Most people living with dementia also have at least one other health condition, and health services need to adapt to optimise their health and quality of life, a new study concludes.
Theresa May was put on a “glass cliff” when she became UK prime minister after the Brexit vote, a leading researcher says.
Only one in 30 children does the recommended amount of daily physical activity, new research suggests.
Greater freedom of movement and investments in human rights and social opportunities can help protect humans from environmental threats like rising sea levels, new research says.
Up to 13% of US beekeepers are in danger of losing their colonies due to pesticides sprayed to contain the Zika virus, new research suggests.
Do animals – like humans – divide the world into things that move and things that don’t? Are they surprised if an apparently inanimate object jumps to life?
Countries around the world can retain distinct cultures despite migration, new research shows.
Pioneering research has given a fascinating fresh insight into how animal nervous systems evolved from simple structures to become the complex network transmitting signals between different parts of the body.
The public must play a key role in the ongoing “smart cities” revolution, researchers say.
Firefighters on one of the Galapagos Islands will wear UK fire brigade kit thanks to a surprising series of events sparked by a University of Exeter student.
An Exeter Student has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to further her research into the threats river dolphins face from fisheries and infrastructure in the Peruvian Amazon.
Electronic radio tags have been used for the first time on the UK mainland to help find a nest of invasive Asian hornets, which was then destroyed.
A positive sense of mental well-being is related to better brain health among older adults, according to a new report issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) and involving University of Exeter research.
MPs will consider a report by scientists on the services available to people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
Prestigious fellowships from The Alan Turing Institute will help nurture the next generation of data science research excellence at Exeter.
Research into equine vision leads to trial of new fence and hurdle design to further improve safety in jump racing
The colours deployed on hurdles and fences on British racecourses may be set to change following cutting-edge research led by the University of Exeter into the way that horses perceive colour.
Teenagers’ attachment to their smart phones is being harnessed to prevent anxiety and depression and improve wellbeing.
The EU funded Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network PerICo has announced the start of a new, four-year, research programme on Peroxisome Interactions and Communication.
Warmer springs are leading to substantially reduced plant productivity across the Northern hemisphere in the later months of the year, a new study has revealed.
“I suppose I’d say I was high-functioning but still a problem drinker. I drank in the evenings and although I wasn’t in trouble with the police, or going broke, or getting ill, if you drink at that level, it takes a toll.”
BBC Radio 4 has today announced the results of The Loneliness Experiment, a nationwide survey conducted by BBC Radio 4’s All In The Mind in collaboration with Wellcome Collection. It is the largest survey into the issue of loneliness to date.
People who think dogs are exceptionally intelligent are barking up the wrong tree, new research shows.
Exeter is the best university in the UK for sports science, according to two major league tables.
Microplastics have been found deep in the sand on beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs.
Children with a coordination disorder can improve skills like throwing and catching with new training videos developed by the University of Exeter.
Soapbox Science, an event that brings science to the public and showcases female scientists, returns to Exeter Saturday 29 September.
A time-honoured theory into why conditions on Earth have remained stable enough for life to evolve over billions of years has been given a new, innovative twist.
Pheasants that more strongly favoured one foot over the other die younger than those that don’t, new research suggests.
A University of Exeter academic will inform ecologists about the importance of ecological interactions to restoration in a webinar tomorrow.
Thousands of worms are being flown to the International Space Station later this year for scientists to understand more about spaceflight-induced muscle loss - the first UK experiment to take place on the International Space Station.
What do captive flamingos do at night, when their zoo or wildlife park is closed?
Global warming will cause peatlands to absorb more carbon – but the effect will weaken as warming increases, new research suggests.
A study of a songbird and a bacterium that infects it has revealed how species in conflict evolve in response to each other.
The pecking order of garden birds is determined by their size and weight, new research shows.
A student from the University of Exeter is studying some surprising behaviour in baboons at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park.
Two leading academics at the University of Exeter have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships - one of the most prestigious awards for higher education teaching.
The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere rises faster during drier years because struggling ecosystems absorb less carbon, new research shows.
The future of coral reefs was discussed at a workshop in Indonesia.
The physical abilities of male and female tennis stars decline at the same rate as they age, new research shows.
Dolphins learn tricks from each other in the wild, new research shows.
Scientists have discovered that beluga whales and narwhals go through the menopause.
New insights into the evolution and eventual disappearance of Portus Pisanus, the lost harbour of Pisa, have been revealed.
Why do forests emit the gases that give pine forests their distinctive smell? Scientists think they've found out.
Countries including China, Indonesia and Australia all face a “high threat” of invasion by the fall armyworm, new research shows.
Scientists have revisited – and confirmed – one of the most famous textbook examples of evolution in action.
Scientists seeking to discover whether Scotland’s seas are a mating ground for basking sharks have filmed new footage showing the sharks being sociable.
Plastic has been discovered in the stomach of a leatherback turtle found dead on a Cornish beach on Sunday.
A jellyfish that looks like a fried egg and a crab that can live on land for 40 years are among the subjects for this year’s Science in the Square.
Climate science is on the bill alongside acts like the Manic Street Preachers at this year's Beautiful Days festival.
Trying to tackle climate change by replacing forests with crops for bioenergy power stations could increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
A devastating crop pest called the fall armyworm – discovered this week in India – will continue to spread, a researcher says.
Potential changes in the frequency and intensity of storms off the coast of the UK and around the world could have a “catastrophic impact” on the livelihood of fishermen and sustainability of fishing industries, research led by the University of Exeter has shown.
The skeleton of a huge seal that washed up on a Cornish beach will go on display at the University of Exeter on Friday.
Pioneering new research into the way in which cells communicate with each other could hold the key
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.
Night-time lighting from streetlights and other sources has complex and unexpected effects on communities of plants and animals, 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.
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 wide range of subjects at the University of Exeter have been ranked amongst the world’s best, according to an influential international league table.
Sheltered pockets of cooler and more variable conditions in the British countryside may help native species
Virus particles that infect bacteria can work together to overcome antiviral defences, new research shows.
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.
New research published in Experimental Physiology has indicated potential differences in heart health
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.
Treatments using antibiotics should stop as soon as possible to prevent microorganisms becoming resistant, new research shows.
Electronic radio tags could be used to track invasive Asian hornets and stop them colonising the UK
How can our planet and its people flourish as the human population reaches an estimated 9-11 billion?
The evolution of Earth’s first animals more than 500 million years ago caused global warming, new research shows.
Scientists may have solved a puzzle over why conditions on Earth have remained stable enough for life to evolve.
Climate change predictions are not taking account of the full range of possible effects of rising carbon dioxide
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 .
Managing woodlands to a greater extent could help stop the decline of Britain’s dormice, new research suggests.
An all-female crew is set to embark on a mission across the Pacific to learn more about plastic pollution.
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.
Many coral reefs will be unable to keep growing fast enough to keep up with rising sea levels, new research suggests.
Antarctica’s most remote and pristine habitats are contaminated with micro-plastic waste
People interested in cystic fibrosis and physical activity are invited to a free workshop at the University of Exeter.
A turtle tagged by University of Exeter scientists in Brazil has swum thousands of miles.
Plants use many of the same methods as animals to camouflage themselves, a new study shows.
Professor Richard Brazier has won the Pride of Devon Environment award for his work
First of its kind Joint Centre in Hong Kong
Top scientists will answer your questions about sea turtles in a live online Q&A on Friday (June 8).
Tens of thousands of sea turtles are caught each year by small-scale fishers off South America’s Pacific coast, new research shows.
Poisonous moths use bright red spots to warn predators to avoid them
Tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies turn their eyes black to warn other fish when they are feeling aggressive, new research shows.
Prawns have personalities – and cautious crustaceans do better in the battle for food, new research shows.
An educational psychologist has created stories to help children deal with issues such as anxiety and depression.
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 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.
Being torn about which personal goals to pursue is associated with symptoms of psychological distress, new research shows.
The many threats facing bumblebees can be tested using a “virtual safe space” created by scientists at the University of Exeter.
Young mongooses learn lifelong habits from role models rather than inheriting them from genetic parents, new research shows.
Researchers are asking the public to help them create the first high-resolution photographic map of Earth at night.
Growing levels of resistance to antifungal treatments could lead to increased disease outbreaks and affect food security around the world.
A public exhibition will feature poems, cartoons and images created by well-known artists working with people with dementia.
Orangutans, already critically endangered due to habitat loss from logging and large-scale farming, may face another threat
Many of the European mammals whose habitat is being destroyed by climate change are not able to find new places to live elsewhere.
The links between caffeine, physical activity and mood will be examined by a new University of Exeter study.
Jackdaws recognise each other’s voices and respond in greater numbers to warnings from familiar birds than strangers, new research shows.
Beavers could help clean up polluted rivers and stem the loss of valuable soils from farms, new research shows.
A robust research analysis has identified what factors can be targeted to support people to live as well as possible with dementia.
The pivotal role that parrotfish play in building and maintaining coral reef islands, unearthed by experts at the University of Exeter
Temperature fluctuations that are amplified by climate change will hit the world’s poorest countries hardest, new research suggests.
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.
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.
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.
Research that revealed the devastating impact that microplastic pollution could have on the health of humans and wildlife has won a Guardian University Award.
Exposure to a toxin primarily found in sheep could be linked to the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) in humans, new research suggests.
Warmer springs create a “mismatch” where hungry chicks hatch too late to feast on abundant caterpillars, new research shows.
A leading Exeter academic has been appointed as Honorary Professor at Tianjin University in China.
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.
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.
Bees could be at risk from climate change because more frequent droughts could cause plants to produce fewer flowers, new research shows.
An ‘acoustic fog’ from motorboat noise, underwater construction and other man-made marine sounds can threaten the survival of fish.
Artificially altering the climate system to limit global warming to 1.5C could increase the risks of wildfires in some areas, new research suggests.
New research shows that coral bleaching not only whitewashes corals, but can also reduce the variety of fish occupying these highly-valued ecosystems.
Atlantic bluefin tuna are known for being amongst the biggest, fastest and most valuable fish in the sea.
Mud provides precious habitats, a buffer against rising sea levels and a host of other benefits, according to two University of Exeter researchers.
Weather extremes caused by climate change could raise the risk of food shortages in many countries, new research suggests.
Exeter experts are working on new treatments for Bipolar Disorders this World Bipolar Day (30 March).
Fishing nets suffer six times more damage when dolphins are around – and overfishing is forcing dolphins and fishermen ever closer together, new research shows.
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.
Efforts to create pesticides that are not toxic to bees have been boosted by a scientific breakthrough.
An all-female crew including sailors, scientists and film-makers will cross the north Pacific later this year to study plastic pollution.
Tiny jumping fish can leap further as they get older, new research shows.
Mongooses living in large groups develop “specialist” diets so they don’t have to fight over food, new research shows.
Animals living in volatile habitats can gain major evolutionary benefits by shielding their families from the changing environment, new research suggests.
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.
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 University of Exeter researcher will receive an honorary doctorate from a leading Dutch university.
Drones are changing the face of turtle research and conservation, a new study shows.
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.
Offenders should be routinely checked for signs of past head injuries, researchers say.
Microplastics can transfer up the food chain from fish to top predators, such as seals, new research shows.
Problem-solving powers may help to explain why grey squirrels have taken over from native red squirrels in the UK, new research says.
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.
Pioneering new research could offer a fascinating new insight into how genomic information is read.
A new survey about people’s experiences of loneliness launches today on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.