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Students at unique mathematics school achieve outstanding A-level results

Students at a unique South West sixth form for mathematicians have once again scored some of the best A-level results in the country.
A total of 13 per cent of students at the Exeter Mathematics School will attend Oxford or Cambridge universities to study for degrees in science, technology or mathematics subjects, including mathematics, artificial intelligence, physics, engineering and geophysics.
A total […]

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3,000 turn out for Science in the Square

More than 3,000 people joined scientists from the University of Exeter for a fun-filled day in Falmouth last week.
Experts shared their knowledge of a range of subjects – under the theme “Why on Earth?” – including why animals make friends, why some have weapons and why sea turtles cross oceans.
The event, called Science in the Square, is part of Falmouth […]

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Buildings to generate their own power with innovative glass blocks

Buildings could soon be able to convert the sun’s energy into electricity without the need for solar panels, thanks to innovative new technology.
Renewable Energy experts from the University of Exeter are developing a pioneering new technique that could accelerate the widespread introduction of net-zero energy buildings through the latest Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV).
These products, similar to the solar tile created […]

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Telling people not to ‘down’ drinks could make them drink more

Campaigns designed to stop young people “bolting” drinks can be ineffective and can even make them more likely to do it, new research suggests. 
Scientists from the University of Exeter and the University of Queensland examined reactions to a poster warning of the consequences of bolting (downing an alcoholic drink in one) and found it had no effect on people’s future […]

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Smart doll uses ‘espionage’ powers for education

A controversial “smart doll” has been reprogrammed to enlighten adults rather than potentially spying on children.
My Friend Cayla dolls made headlines earlier this year when a German watchdog classified them as “illegal espionage apparatus” and said parents should deactivate them.
But one of the dolls – renamed Mikayla – has been hacked by University of Exeter researchers and can now have […]

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Evolved masculine and feminine behaviour can be inherited from social environment – not just from genes

The different ways men and women behave, passed down from generation to generation, can be inherited from our social environment – not just from genes, experts have suggested.
Rather than the sexes acting differently because of genetic inheritance, the human environment and culture allow for the transfer of some gender-specific behaviour traits from generation to generation.
In an article in the journal […]

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‘Inefficient’ sailing fleet keeps oyster fishery alive

Oyster stocks in a Cornish fishery are sustained thanks to “inefficient” traditional fishing methods, new research suggests.
The Fal oyster fishery is home to the only sail-driven commercial fishing fleet in Europe, and the oysters are caught using hand-hauled dredges.
The “inherent inefficiency” of these methods is the “crucial feature” in preventing overfishing and ensuring the fishery’s long-term survival, according to scientists […]

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Commuters could help cut Exeter congestion

City commuters could play a pivotal role in helping curb traffic congestion in and around Exeter, thanks to a pioneering initiative.
Researchers from the University of Exeter are seeking volunteers to be the driving force behind the latest scheme to try and encourage people to leave their vehicles at home and use sustainable transport.
The research team, from the University’s Geography department, […]

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Students help to save lives through stem cell donations

Cornish students are hoping to save lives by donating their stem cells to strangers fighting cancer.
A campaign set up to help students at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus to “do good” has resulted in two people working with the charity Anthony Nolan to support treatment of ill people.
Hannah Smith, who graduated with a degree in Zoology last month, recently […]

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New children’s books mix storytelling and science

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)?
All these and more star in a new series of children’s books written by researchers at the University of Exeter, featuring a young scientist called Professor Penny, and her dog Wilson.
They are designed to entertain – […]

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Dedicated mathematicians honoured for work to calculate how to score goals and predict rainfall

Enthusiastic teenage mathematicians in the South West have used their talents to try to work out how to take the perfect free kick in football, predict rainfall or make Britain float.
Students at the Exeter Mathematics School have joined forces with academics from the University of Exeter to carry out work normally undertaken by undergraduate students. They also worked with organisations […]

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How to keep your brain sharp in older age

New research from the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) has revealed which mentally engaging activities best keep the brain sharp.
The research, involving Professor Linda Clare, of the University of Exeter, a member of the GCBH governing board, has concluded that doing puzzles and mind games isn’t the most effective way to keep our brains healthy as we get older. 
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Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere

Scientists have found the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on an enormous planet outside our solar system, with an atmosphere hot enough to boil iron.
An international team of researchers, led by the University of Exeter, made the new discovery by observing glowing water molecules in the atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-121b with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
In order to […]

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Riding the wave: pioneering research tames Nanoquakes

Researchers from the University of Exeter have pioneered a new technique to control high frequency sound waves, commonly found within everyday devices such as mobile phones.
The research team, led by Professor Geoff Nash from the University of Exeter, have created a new structure that can manipulate the extreme frequency sound waves – also known as surface acoustic waves or ‘nanoquakes’ […]

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University and leading British surf brand seek wetsuit recycler

A pioneering inventor is being sought to create recycled and recyclable wetsuits.
There are more than 500,000 surfers in the United Kingdom who, on average, will replace their wetsuits once every two years.
This produces more than 380 tonnes of non-biodegradable chemical-based waste every year – the equivalent of 30 double decker buses.
With this in mind, Finisterre and the University of Exeter’s […]

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Boat noise disrupts fish co-operation

Noise from motorboats changes the behaviour of cleaner fish and the species they help.
Cleaner fish are species which eat parasites from other fish – known as “clients” – in a relationship which benefits both.
Researchers from the UK, US and France tested the effects of boat noise on bluestreak cleaner wrasse – and found an impact on both cleaners and clients.
In […]

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Outstanding new teachers honoured for their inspirational work

Outstanding new teachers have been honoured for their work in the classroom as well as their academic work as part of an awards scheme in honour of one of the UK’s best educators.
The winners of this year’s Ted Wragg Awards for Outstanding Trainees have inspired enthusiasm for learning among children in South West schools.
The prizes are given each year to […]

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Children to explore natural world at Science in the Square

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.
Scientists from the University of Exeter will share their knowledge of the circumstances that determine whether animals are lovers or fighters, when they host the popular Science in the Square event on Friday, […]

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How camouflaged birds decide where to blend in

Animals that rely on camouflage can choose the best places to conceal themselves based on their individual appearance, new research shows.
The camouflage and concealment strategies of various animal species have been widely studied, but scientists from Exeter and Cambridge universities have discovered that individual wild birds adjust their choices of where to nest based on their specific patterns and colours.
The […]

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Grown-up gannets find favourite fishing grounds

Like humans, some birds can spend years learning and exploring before developing more settled habits. 
A study of northern gannets has shown adults return to the same patch of sea over and over again to find food.
But younger gannets search far and wide and tend not to return to the same places – even if they find good hunting grounds, University […]

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Two new appointments made to University Council

Two of the UK’s leading authorities in the health and aerospace sectors have been appointed as independent members of the University of Exeter’s governing body.
Clare Marx, past President of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Graham Cole, former Chair of AugustaWestland UK, have joined the University’s Council.
The Council, chaired by the Pro-Chancellor Sarah Turvill, consists largely of independent members drawn […]

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Moth larvae testing firm wins grant

A 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.
BioSystems Technologies Ltd, set up last year by two University of Exeter scientists, won the funding from government body Innovate UK.
The money will be used for a study into genetic tools to allow the […]

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From engineering to IT: 1,000 Exeter students become apprentices

University of Exeter apprentices have helped Exeter College celebrate sending its 1,000th apprentice to hundreds of employers around the city.
Exeter College’s Apprenticeship programme has won numerous awards for training and delivery, including recently being awarded TEF Gold for their University Level Teaching and Learning.
The College works with a network of over 850 employers across the South West, including the University […]

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Men were diagnosed as infertile in medieval times – and recipes drawn up to cure them, research shows

Men could be held responsible for the failure to produce children as far back as medieval times, a new study of medical and religious texts has shown.
The analysis of popular medical and religious books by the University of Exeter shows that from the 13th century, widely-circulated medical texts recognised the possibility of male infertility, including sterility and ‘unsuitable seed’.
A urine […]

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Exeter researcher wins prestigious diabetes research award

An Exeter researcher has just been awarded £362,337 from leading charity Diabetes UK to understand if certain genes can protect people from developing Type 2 diabetes.
Dr Hanieh Yaghootkar who works at the University of Exeter Medical School has been awarded Diabetes UK’s R D Lawrence Fellowship, set up in recognition of the life and work of the late Dr R D […]

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Dementia researchers raise thousands for Alzheimer’s Society in epic bike challenge

Five dementia researchers at the University of Exeter have pedalled over an epic 350 miles from London to Paris, raising thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s Society in a gruelling four day challenge.
The team has raised more than £11,000 towards their £12,000 target to boost the Society’s ground-breaking dementia research, and they still hope to achieve their goal. To donate, visit […]

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New data experts graduate from the University of Exeter

The first of a new generation of social science students trained how to analyse vast amounts of data while completing degrees in politics or sociology have graduated from the University of Exeter.
The group is trained to apply numerical evidence and use statistical software in their social research and have worked with organisations such as Devon and Cornwall Police and polling […]

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Exeter graduates make elephant conservation film

Two University of Exeter graduates have visited Nigeria to make a film promoting conservation of elephants and their forest habitat.
Chris Guggiari-Peel and Jono Gilbert, who set up Farsight Conservation to raise awareness of conservation issues, produced the film for Paignton Zoo.
The film was created to encourage better conservation by educating people both in Nigeria and around the world.
Paignton Zoo is […]

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Alcohol boosts recall of earlier learning

Drinking alcohol improves memory for information learned before the drinking episode began, new research suggests.
In the University of Exeter study, 88 social drinkers were given a word-learning task. Participants were then split in two groups at random and told either to drink as much as they liked (the average was four units) or not to drink at all.
The next day, […]

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Supporting coastal communities in Southeast Asia

A group of UK researchers have been awarded funding from the Research Councils UK’s £225 million Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to help support coastal communities in East and South East (E/SE) Asia that depend on healthy and diverse marine ecosystems for food, livelihoods, their health and well-being.
The Blue Communities project, led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory in collaboration with the […]

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Mother and daughter graduate at the same time – and both plan to become teachers

A mother of five who studied for a degree as a mature student despite not attending secondary school has graduated at the same time as her daughter.
Martha Abley-Mallett, 42, and Israel Gayton, 21, both collected their degrees this week from the University of Exeter.
Mrs Abley-Mallet was home schooled as a child after the age of 11, but as her own […]

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Exclusion from school can trigger long-term psychiatric illness

Excluding children from school may lead to long- term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown.
Research by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Psychological Medicine this month, found that a new onset mental disorder may be a consequence of exclusion from school.
The study also found that – separately – poor mental health […]

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One in three cases of dementia could be prevented by targeting risk factors from childhood onwards

One in three cases of dementia could be potentially prevented if brain health is improved throughout life by targeting nine risk factors, including continuing education in early life, reducing hearing loss in mid-life, and reducing smoking in later life.
For the first time, the new report models the impact of risk factors at all stages of life, and quantifies the potential […]

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Ancient fish trap gives new clues about history of erosion on Britain’s coastline

An ancient Saxon fishing trap exposed for the first time in centuries thanks to radical environmental change has provided new clues about the history of coastal erosion in Britain.
The discovery of the fish weir reveals the advance and retreat of salt marshes over the centuries.
The weir, found by chance by experts surveying Southampton Waters, has allowed them to map alterations […]

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Sea temperature changes contributing to droughts

Fluctuations in sea surface temperature are a factor in causing persistent droughts in North America and around the Mediterranean, new research suggests. 
A team from the universities of Exeter, Montpellier and Wageningen analysed data from 1957–2002 and found sea surface temperatures in the North Pacific and North Atlantic became increasingly variable, and extremes lasted for longer.
Ocean temperatures are a major driver […]

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One minute of running per day associated with better bone health in women

A single minute of exercise each day is linked to better bone health in women, new research shows. 
Scientists from the University of Exeter and the University of Leicester found those who did “brief bursts” of high-intensity, weight-bearing activity equivalent to a medium-paced run for pre-menopausal women, or a slow jog for post-menopausal women, had better bone health.
Using data from UK […]

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‘No solid evidence’ for biopesticide-diarrhoea link

A report commissioned by EU food regulators wrongly linked a highly effective biopesticide with diarrhoea in humans, an expert says.
A review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found that Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) posed a health risk equivalent to a related bacterium which causes diarrhoea.
But Dr Ben Raymond, of the University of Exeter, said there was “no solid evidence” Bt […]

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Scientists shed new light on the complex and intricate processes that help the body combat stress

Scientists have developed a pioneering new approach to reveal how the body releases hormones in order to combat stress.
A team of researchers has uncovered the regulatory processes which govern how glucocorticoids – steroid hormones with powerful anti-inflammatory effects – are released into the body.
Using predictions from a mathematical model, the team showed for the first time how individual regulatory processes […]

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People with dementia benefit from goal-oriented therapy

Personalised cognitive rehabilitation therapy can help people with early stage dementia significantly improve their ability to engage in important everyday activities and tasks.
A large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, presented at the international Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017 on Tuesday July 18, has found that cognitive rehabilitation leads to people seeing satisfying progress in areas that enable […]

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Green Flag Awards for University of Exeter campuses

The University of Exeter has won Green Flag Awards for its picturesque and eco-friendly campuses.
Judges renewed the Green Flag status of the St Luke’s Campus for 2017-18, saying it was “well managed and maintained” by “enthusiastic” staff.
The Streatham Campus also had its award renewed, though it is in a “mystery shop” year when an inspector visits unannounced, and no judges’ […]

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Daily crosswords linked to sharper brain in later life

The more regularly people report doing word puzzles such as crosswords, the better their brain function in later life, a large-scale and robust online trial has found.
Experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and Kings College London analysed data from more than 17,000 healthy people aged 50 and over, submitted in an online trial. In research presented at the […]

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One social hour a week in dementia care improves lives and saves money

Person-centred activities combined with just one hour a week of social interaction can improve quality of life and reduce agitation for people with dementia living in care homes, while saving money.
These are the findings from a large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, King’s College London and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. These results were presented today (July 16) […]

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Clownfish males become fierce females if their ‘wife’ is eaten

Male clownfish, immortalised in the film Finding Nemo, change sex completely if their female mate is eaten or dies, research by marine biologists shows.
Research presented at the University of Exeter shows that male clownfish – which are a distinctive orange colour with blue-white stripes bordered by black – become female to protect their anemone territory and their anemone fish group.
Female […]

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Squirrels have long memory for problem solving

Squirrels can remember problem-solving techniques for long periods and can apply them to new situations, researchers have discovered.
University of Exeter scientists found grey squirrels quickly remembered how to solve a problem they had not seen for almost two years.
The squirrels also quickly worked out how to use those skills in a redesigned version of the test.
“This might be why grey […]

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Exeter Chiefs Head Coach among this year’s honorary graduates from University of Exeter

Exeter Chiefs Head Coach Rob Baxter will be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Exeter after the rugby team’s stunning performance this season led them to become national champions.
Mr Baxter oversaw the Exeter Chiefs rise from the championship to winning the English premiership within less than a decade. He was an Exeter Chiefs player for 14 years.
He will […]

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Exeter shortlisted for Global Teaching Excellence Award

The University of Exeter is amongst a select group of institutions shortlisted for a major new global teaching award.
Exeter is one of 27 institutions worldwide in the running for the Global Teaching Excellence Award, run by the Higher Education Academy in partnership with Times Higher Education.
The award, which is being held for the first time this year, recognises universities with […]

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Exeter secures EPSRC grant to revolutionise wireless technologies

The University of Exeter has received a multi-million pound research grant to pioneer new techniques and materials to control and manipulate electromagnetic and acoustic energy, with the aim of revolutionising technologies such as wireless communication and asset tracking.
The University has received £2.4 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to lead the innovative new five-year project, in […]

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Football boosts bone development in boys

Playing football can improve bone development in adolescent boys, new research shows.
In a study comparing adolescent footballers to swimmers, cyclists and a control group of boys not involved in regular sport, scientists at the University of Exeter found football led to significantly better bones after one year of training.
Adolescence is the key period for bone development, and poor development at […]

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Experience sights of ancient Exeter using virtual reality

People can step back in time and experience what it would have been like to live among the crowded streets of Georgian Exeter thanks to virtual reality.
The city’s rich history – and the treasures at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum – are now part of the hugely popular and addictive Minecraft game.
Four maps of Exeter inspired by the RAMM’s collections […]

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Interactive family events to give public fascinating insight into space weather

People of all ages will be given a fascinating insight into the future of pioneering space weather research, during a special series of interactive events, later this month.
Some of the world’s leading experts in the burgeoning field of space weather will host a number of lively, fun, and interesting family and school events, hosted by the University of Exeter alongside […]

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