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First evidence that marine top predators are exposed to microplastics via their prey

Microplastics can transfer up the food chain from fish to top predators, such as seals, reveals new research  by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), University of Exeter and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
Microplastics are a widespread pollutant of the marine environment that can be inadvertently consumed by zooplankton, fish and even larger filter-feeders, such as whales.
Now, for the first time, scientists have […]

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Lecturer from Camborne School of Mines secures prestigious award

Dr Hannah Hughes, a Lecturer in Exploration and Mining Geology, has been awarded the William Smith Fund for 2018 from the Geological Society of London.
Dr Hughes, from the Camborne School of Mines – based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus – received the prestigious award in recognition of her research excellence.
She will receive the prize, which includes a £500 […]

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Grey squirrels beat reds in ‘battle of wits’

Problem-solving powers may help to explain why grey squirrels have taken over from native red squirrels in the UK, new research says.
The study tested wild squirrels with an “easy” task (opening a transparent lid) and a “difficult” task (a more complex process of pushing and pulling levers) to get hazelnuts.
The two species were equally successful at the easy task, but a […]

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Conflict between males and females could replace evolution of new species

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, challenging long-held theories on the way natural selection drives the evolution of biodiversity.
According to Darwin’s theory of natural selection, first introduced in his book On the Origin of Species (1859), new environments such […]

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Research offers new insight into workings of building blocks of life

Pioneering new research could offer a fascinating new insight into how genomic information is read.
The human genome contains thousands of genes, but to get the information from a gene requires it to be copied.  This copying process – or transcription – involves a factory molecule called RNA polymerase that attaches to DNA at the beginning of a gene, copies the […]

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Innuendo and pointing suspicion in news coverage can fuel conspiracy theories, research shows

Innuendo and hinting at fake information in news coverage is enough to fuel belief in conspiracy theories, new research shows.
Implication alone can significantly increase belief in false facts, according to a new study.
Experts have said the results show news outlets should be quicker to correct inaccurate information published or broadcast, and be more cautious about who they invite to provide […]

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Biodiversity loss raises risk of ‘extinction cascades’

New research shows that the loss of biodiversity can increase the risk of “extinction cascades”, where an initial species loss leads to a domino effect of further extinctions. 
The researchers, from the University of Exeter, showed there is a higher risk of extinction cascades when other species are not present to fill the “gap” created by the loss of a species.
Even […]

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Exeter alumni pass 60,000-hour volunteering target

Former students have spent more than 60,000 hours volunteering at the University of Exeter – beating a target with two years to spare.
The Making the Exceptional Happen campaign started in 2012 and aimed to encourage 60,000 alumni volunteering hours by 2020.
Since the start of the campaign, alumni volunteers have given more than 700 careers talks (benefiting more than 21,000 students), […]

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Newspaper small ads used by Victorians for their equivalent of ‘texting’

150 years before the advent of ‘texting’, the small ads of the Evening Standard were used by Victorian lovers to send each other illicit messages, beg forgiveness and arrange trysts.
Hundreds of anonymised messages between lovers, adulterous and courting couples were posted in the paper, often with pseudonyms, such as ‘lovely dimples’ , ‘cad’, ‘lion’ and ‘kitten’.
The anonymous ads dating from […]

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BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind launches loneliness survey

A new survey about people’s experiences of loneliness launches today on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind, in collaboration with Wellcome Collection.
The Loneliness Experiment is an online survey which will explore the nation’s attitudes and personal experiences. 
It aims to find out the factors that contribute to loneliness, the role of relationships, connection and social media, and what has aided […]

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Sex tips for Victorians: Men with broad noses make passionate husbands

The Victorians may have a reputation for prudery, but new research shows that 19th Century manuals contained explicit sex and flirtation advice, including on how “prolong a honeymoon”, as well as tips on how to spot a suitable husband by the shape of his nose.
Dr Sarah Jones, a historian at the University of Exeter, has unearthed Victorian dating advice that […]

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Dominant male pheasants learn faster

Dominant male pheasants learn faster than their downtrodden rivals, new research shows.
A group of 18 male pheasants – vying for the attention of 16 females – were repeatedly placed in front of two tunnels, and had to remember which was clear and which was blocked.
The researchers, from the University of Exeter, found dominant males were better at remembering which tunnel […]

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Pimavanserin: relief from psychosis in dementia, without devastating side-effects

A new kind of antipsychotic has been found to relieve terrifying and disturbing symptoms suffered by millions of people with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide.
New research led by the University of Exeter Medical School, and published today in Lancet Neurology found that pimavanserin significantly improves psychosis symptoms in people with the condition, without the devastating side-effects of currently-used antipsychotics. The research found […]

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Pretentious ‘executive’ job titles were a Victorian invention

Pompous job titles, such as hygiene technician (cleaner), media distribution officer (paper boy) and communications executives (call-centre workers) are not a 21st or even 20th century invention, a historian at the University of Exeter has found.
 Pretentious job descriptions date back to the 19th century, when an entire lexicon of outlandish titles was created to promote trades and inflate the importance of tradesmen.
Among the […]

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Hong Kong residents invited to study to maintain healthy brain

People in Hong Kong aged 50 and over are being invited to join a ground-breaking online study called PROTECT, to help learn how they can maintain a healthy brain in later life.
Scientists know that improving lifestyle factors from mid-life onwards can reduce people’s risk of dementia by a third – but as yet little is known about what combination of […]

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Artificially cooling planet “risky strategy”, new research shows

Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown.
Geoengineering – the intentional manipulation of the climate to counter the effect of global warming by injecting aerosols artificially into the atmosphere – has been mooted as a potential […]

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Climate change impacts already locked in – but the worst can still be avoided

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. 
Global temperatures have already risen by around 1°C, and a further 0.5°C warming is expected. The full impacts of current warming have not yet been seen, since ice sheets and oceans take many decades […]

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University of Exeter injects £1.1 billion into economy, generating 11,000 South West jobs

The University of Exeter injects more than £1.17bn into the economy and generates almost 11,000 jobs in the South West, a major new study has revealed.
An analysis of the economic impact of Exeter University found that in 2015-16 it injected £540 million (output) into the economy of the city of Exeter alone, helping to create more than 5,300 jobs in […]

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Asthma attacks reduced in tree-lined urban neighbourhoods

People living in polluted urban areas are far less likely to be admitted to hospital with asthma when there are lots of trees in their neighbourhood, a study by the University of Exeter’s medical school has found.
The study into the impact of urban greenery on asthma suggests that respiratory health can be improved by the expansion of tree cover in very […]

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University of Exeter researchers among world’s ‘most influential scientific minds’, says new ranking

Leading academics from the University of Exeter – including an authority on plastics pollution – are among the world’s most “influential scientific minds”, according to a new ranking.
Twelve Exeter scientists feature in an authoritative new list of the most highly cited researchers worldwide, produced by Clarivate Analytics.
The ranking looks at which research is cited by other academics in their published […]

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Companies should monitor egos of employees to prevent unethical behaviour

Monitoring the egos of employees could prevent bad behaviour because people who feel entitled are more likely to behave unethically at work, research suggests.
People who think they should receive special treatment, even if it is not deserved, are likely to break the rules because they are driven by self-interest and the need to look good in the eyes of others.
Experts […]

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“Outdated and incoherent” curriculum turning children off Religious Education

The “incoherent, confusing and outdated” Religious Education curriculum is leading children to reject the subject and needs radical reform if it is to stay relevant, experts have said.
A new report warns children in RE lessons are studying a jumble of unrelated topics and disconnected facts. This makes the subject confusing and stops children being able to fully understand what they […]

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O2 backs eco-friendly phone charging network

A trio of graduates have won backing from mobile phone giant O2 for their eco-friendly phone charging network.
Hugo Tilmouth, Hakeem Buge and Chris Aoun founded a company called Innovate Energy Solutions Ltd while studying for master’s degrees in Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of Exeter.
Their first project is ChargedUp, a network of vending machines where people can rent out […]

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Exeter secures significant rise in research funding

The University of Exeter has seen a sharp increase in the amount of research funding it receives from Research Councils UK (RCUK), continuing its upward trajectory over recent years.
Exeter received more than £33 million in research awards from the Research Councils in 2016-17, almost trebling the £12m in funding it received just two years ago, according to analysis published in […]

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The mysteries of the deep: behind the scenes of BBC Blue Planet II

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. 
Professor Steve Simpson, who appeared in the final episode of Blue Planet II and was a Series Scientific Adviser, revealed how the BBC film crew headed to the Seychelles to […]

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University experts and The Ellen MacArthur Foundation to work towards a circular economy

Experts at the University of Exeter are celebrating a new collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as they join its network as a Pioneer University.
The Foundation, which was established in 2010, with the aim of accelerating the transition to a circular economy, was founded by the record-breaking around the world yachtswoman, Ellen MacArthur. The charity has emerged as a global […]

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Dementia research at Exeter gets £190,000 boost

Kirby Laing has provided £90,000 of funding to support a three-year PhD post in the Complex Disease Epigenetics Group within the Medical School’s world-leading research team that investigates how the way genes are activated influences disease.
Previously, the team has been involved in identifying a number of regions of the genome that are altered in Alzheimer’s disease. Now, the PhD funding, […]

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Exeter and Tsinghua establish jointly-awarded Doctoral degree programme

The University of Exeter and Tsinghua University have launched a jointly-awarded PhD degree programme in climate and environmental sciences, it has been announced.
The doctoral programme will support six students to be co-supervised between Tsinghua’s Department of Earth System Science and two Colleges at Exeter that conduct research on earth systems and environmental sciences.
The jointly-awarded degree programme reinforces the substantial research […]

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More needs to be done to ensure 24 hour working is not the new norm

Employers should do more to ensure employees do not feel pressured into working outside of their contractual hours and offer more support regarding how they work flexibly, a new study in the International Journal of Management Reviews reports.
During the comprehensive evidence-based review, led by the University of Surrey in collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Exeter, researchers scrutinised […]

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Universities must work more flexibly for arts and humanities research to have greater value, report finds

A new report recommends that universities respect the expertise of partners in creative and cultural sectors, if they want collaborative arts and humanities research to have greater value.   
GW4 Bridging the Gap, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), was a year-long research project to explore collaborative research in the arts and humanities in South West England and […]

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New CO2 device for unmanned ocean vessels

Carbon dioxide in remote parts of the world’s oceans will be measured by a new instrument being developed by scientists.
The CaPASOS (Calibrated pC02 in Air and Surface Ocean Sensor), created by the University of Exeter and the National Oceanography Centre, will be carried on unmanned robotic boats to locations including the Southern Ocean.
Ship-borne sensors gather data in many parts of […]

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Exeter Clinical Trials Unit receives national registration

The future of high quality health research in Exeter and the South West has been boosted by announcement of the national registration of the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit.
Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) are specialist units that bring together the expertise needed to undertake a clinical trial, including trial managers, statisticians, information technology specialists, health economists, and clinicians. To be eligible to […]

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Lighting revolution may increase light pollution

A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year.
Between 2012 and 2016, the amount of the planet artificially lit at night grew by more than 2% per year, according to research by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience and the University of Exeter.
The benefits of switching to […]

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“Exceptional” University of Exeter trainee teachers significantly enhance education in the South West

“Exceptional” University of Exeter trainee teachers are helping to “significantly enhance” the quality of education in South West schools, inspectors have said.
Initial teacher education programmes at the University have been ranked as outstanding in every category by Ofsted, which has praised the contribution of Exeter’s trainees and newly qualified teachers teaching children in the region and nationally.
More than 300 schools […]

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Gender equality award for university department

A University of Exeter department has won an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, recognising its commitment to advancing the careers of women in science.
The Department of Biosciences, at the Streatham Campus in Exeter, won the recognition for addressing gender inequality, tackling unequal gender representation and improving career progression for female academics.
Biosciences is the first University of Exeter department to go for […]

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Forgotten crop pathogen may be about to return

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.
Work between groups has already started following the discovery of a single wheat plant infected with stem rust – the first confirmed case of the plant disease in the UK in over 60 […]

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University of Exeter appoints Director of Campus Infrastructure and Operational Support Services

The University of Exeter has appointed Craig Nowell as Director of Campus Infrastructure and Operational Support Services.  He will join the University in March 2018.
This is a new role for the University and comprises overall responsibility for Campus Services which includes the University’s Sport, Residential Services, Retail and Catering, Facilities Management and Event Exeter teams. Estate Services, which includes those […]

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Memory loss identified years before Alzheimer’s symptoms appear

The study involved 21 people who carry the mutation for early onset Alzheimer’s disease who have not shown any symptoms based on standard cognitive tests, alongside 14 controls. On average the study participants were seven years away from predicted onset of symptomatic disease.
The participants underwent a memory test with 30-minute recall, and were then checked seven days later to see […]

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Exeter in world’s top 125 for Physical Sciences

The University of Exeter has been ranked in the top 125 in the world for Physical Sciences in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Subject Rankings 2017-18.
The annual rankings assess universities across a range of criteria including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The ranking, within the 101-125 category in the THE Physical Sciences list, builds on Exeter’s […]

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Type 1 diabetes as common in adults as children, but many adults are misdiagnosed

Type 1 diabetes is not predominantly a ‘disease of childhood’ as previously believed, but is similarly prevalent in adults, new research published in the Lancet Diabetes Endocrinology shows.
Research by the University of Exeter Medical School using UK Biobank found that adults are as likely to develop type 1 diabetes as children, with more than 40 per cent of type […]

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Stunning ocelot picture wins photography prize

A researcher overcame termites, mice, flash floods and camera malfunctions to win a nature photography award.
Christopher Beirne, of the University of Exeter and the Crees Foundation, set up a motion-activated camera to photograph a male ocelot walking a man-made trail in Peru.
The photograph has been chosen as the overall winner of the British Ecological Society’s annual photography competition, “Capturing Ecology”.
“This […]

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Doctors could improve health by being aware of their patients’ shame

Doctors could improve patient’s health if they were more aware of the serious impact shame has on the body, research suggests.
Studies have shown that people feeling shame avoid seeking medical treatment or telling doctors the truth about their symptoms. Chronic shame is also associated with weight gain, heart disease, hardening of the arteries and decreased immune function.
In a new study […]

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New tool allows farmers to compare their environmental impacts

Farmers can now compare their business’s impact on the environment using a new tool designed to help them operate in a more sustainable and productive way.
The free online software allows farmers to see how the way they use their land compares to similar farms.
By using the tool, farmers can identify areas of their business or practices where they can improve […]

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EUWRFC debuts in Women’s Rugby Autumn Internationals

Current University of Exeter students, EUWRFC and Bristol Ladies team mates Caity Mattinson and Lagi Tuima made their senior England debuts last week against Canada in the autumn internationals.
Caity and Lagi were named as two of the seven uncapped players in the squad which also boasted 18 players from the summer’s World Cup squad. Sports Scholar and MSc Sport and […]

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Exeter reports to UN on antibiotic resistance in environment

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest health challenges of modern times – and now two world-leading academics have reported to the United Nations on how the problem can be spread through our natural environment.
 
Dr Will Gaze and Professor Michael Depledge were lead authors on the report to the UN Environment Assembly, the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment.
 
Dr […]

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Large-group living boosts magpie intelligence

Growing up in a large social group makes Australian magpies more intelligent, new research shows.
Using four tasks to test intelligence, scientists from the University of Exeter and the University of Western Australia found wild Australian magpies from larger groups showed “elevated cognitive performance”.
The study also found more intelligent females produced more offspring.
The research suggests that the demands of living in […]

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Blood pressure declines 14 to 18 years before death

Blood pressure in the elderly gradually begins to decrease about 14 or so years before death, according to a new largescale study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.
Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School and UConn Health in the US looked at the electronic medical records of 46,634 British citizens who had died […]

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Scientist joins MP for week in Westminster

A top scientist is swapping labs for lobbies as he spends a week in Westminster.
Professor Craig Williams, from the University of Exeter, is shadowing Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw this week to learn about his work.
An expert in exercise management for young people with chronic diseases, Professor Williams will attend seminars and discussions to see how scientific evidence is used in […]

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Estonia awards medal to Exeter professor

A University of Exeter professor has received a medal from the President of Estonia for his work on cyber security.
Professor Michael Schmitt, of Exeter Law School, received the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana from President Kersti Kaljulaid on Thursday.
The award, which is given to foreigners who have made a significant contribution to the nation, recognises his work as […]

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Nerve cell findings may aid understanding of movement disorders

A pioneering study of the human nervous system could provide a breakthrough in our understanding of the causes of movement disorders, such as motor neurone disease.
The new study has investigated a type of cell connection that allows electrical and chemical messages to flow from nerve to muscle cells, enabling motion.
The results give a fresh insight into conditions where these connections […]

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