500 million year-old fossils reveal answer to evolutionary riddle
An exceptionally well-preserved collection of fossils discovered in eastern Yunnan Province, China, has enabled scientists to solve a centuries-old riddle in the evolution of life on earth, revealing what the first animals to make skeletons looked like. The results have been published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Breakthrough in protecting bananas from Panama disease
Exeter scientists have provided hope in the fight to control Panama disease in bananas.
Bumblebees revisit favourite flowers as sun sets
As the sun sets, bumblebees revisit "profitable" flowers they encountered during the day, new research suggests.
A rapid switch in magmatic plumbing taps porphyry copper deposit-forming magmas
Scientists have made a fascinating new discovery about the formation of mineral deposits crucial to our transition to a ‘green economy’.
How fluctuating oxygen levels may have accelerated animal evolution
Oxygen levels in the Earth’s atmosphere are likely to have “fluctuated wildly” one billion years ago, creating conditions that could have accelerated the development of early animal life, according to new research.
“Plant blindness” is caused by urban life and could be cured through wild food foraging, study shows
“Plant blindness” is caused by a lack of exposure to nature and could be cured by close contact through activities such as wild food foraging, a study shows.
Sustainable fishing plan for Caribbean spiny lobsters
A new project will help to ensure sustainable fishing and aquaculture (fish farming) of Caribbean spiny lobsters.
'Forgotten' forests and savannas vital to people, biodiversity and climate
With massive international focus on rainforests, the vital importance of tropical dry forests and savannas is being overlooked, researchers say.
Major new study shows 'concerning' levels of physical and mental health problems among farmers and agricultural workers
A major new study shows “concerning” levels of physical and mental health problems among farmers and agricultural workers.
Parental age could be key factor in helping thoroughbred horses be first past the post
In a sport where the finest of margins can determine the winner, a new study has shown that parental age can be a determining factor in who comes out on top in horse races.
Centre for Water Systems secures funding boost for pivotal research and education projects
Two pivotal new projects, led by experts from the University of Exeter and designed to bolster research and education within the water sector, have secured a significant funding boost.
Key breakthrough links changes in length-of-day with climate prediction
Scientists have made a key breakthrough in the quest to accurately predict fluctuations in the rotation of the Earth and so the length of the day - potentially opening up new predictions for the effects of climate change.
Family ties give animals reasons to 'help or harm' as they age
The structure of family groups gives animals an incentive to help or harm their social group as they age, new research shows.
New bid to 'outflank' antimicrobial resistance
A major new project will investigate the defence mechanisms of bacterial cells, to help stop the spread of drug-resistant genes.
Fertilisers cause more than 2% of global emissions
Synthetic nitrogen fertilisers account for 2.1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, new research shows.
Lack of public appreciation contributes to loneliness in farming, study shows
A lack of public appreciation for farmers and understanding of the work they do and the pressures they’re under contributes to feelings of loneliness, according to a new study.
Lack of technical and financial support hinders efforts to implement global guidelines for antimicrobial resistance in Benin and Burkina Faso, study shows
Lack of technical and financial support hinders efforts to implement global guidelines for antimicrobial resistance in Benin and Burkina Faso, new research shows.
Quest to uncover intricacies of exoplanet atmospheres reaches important milestone
The quest to uncover intricacies of the atmospheres of faraway planets has reached an important milestone.
Major new tipping points initiative launched at conference
Efforts to activate "positive tipping points" to tackle the climate crisis have been boosted by a £1 million (US$1.15m) grant from the Bezos Earth Fund.
Little Ice Age study reveals North Atlantic reached a tipping point
Scientists have used centuries-old clam shells to see how the North Atlantic climate system reached a "tipping point" before the Little Ice Age.
Risk of passing multiple climate tipping points escalates above 1.5°C global warming
Multiple climate tipping points could be triggered if global temperature rises beyond 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, according to a major new analysis.
Penguin publishing deal helped Virginia Woolf’s work reach a mass market, study shows
Careful deals negotiated by Virginia Woolf’s husband with Penguin Books helped her work reach a mass market, a new study shows.
Norman dominance of Europe inspired first crusades in the Holy Land, new book shows
First European crusaders of Holy Land were inspired by fame and fortune awarded to Norman conquerors in Europe.
Bees use patterns – not just colours – to find flowers
Honeybees rely heavily on flower patterns when searching for food, new research shows.
'Disconnection' and 'significant policy churn' may impact the success of T Level vocational qualifications, study warns
Disconnection between further education lecturers and industry and significant policy churn may impact on the success of T Level qualifications, a new study warns.
'Radical decentralisation' needed in Iran to allow Kurdish communities to benefit from natural resources, study argues
A radical decentralisation of politics and decision-making in Iran is needed to allow Kurdish communities to benefit from natural resources, experts have argued.
Scientists study tourists to protect great apes
Researchers are protecting great apes from diseases by studying the behaviour and expectations of tourists who visit them.
Congo creates first Marine Protected Areas
The Republic of the Congo has created its first ever Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), supported by a research team including the University of Exeter and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
First exoplanet image from James Webb Space Telescope revealed
Astronomers from the University of Exeter have led the effort to capture the first-ever direct image of an exoplanet using the pioneering James Webb Space Telescope.
Crime-scene technique identifies asteroid sites
Analysing the charred remains of plants can confirm the locations of asteroid strikes in the distant past, new research shows.
Terrorism became more important issue for voters following Manchester bombing, study shows
Terrorism became a more important issue for voters during the 2017 General Election because of the Manchester bombing, a new study shows.
Half of pupils who get low grades in GCSEs already judged to be behind at age 5, study finds
Assessments of children as early as age 3 and 5 are powerful predictors of who will go on to fail to secure good GCSE results in English language and maths, a major study has revealed.
Longer wait for some forms of cancer diagnosis for Black and Asian patients
Black and Asian patients are waiting up to a month longer than White patients for some forms of cancer diagnosis from the point at which they first seek medical help, new research has found.
Majority of posts on extremist online forums made by “hyper” poster cliques, study shows
Most posts in extremist online forums are made by a clique of particularly committed members, a major new study shows.
Stronger religious beliefs linked to higher levels of sexual satisfaction, study shows
Having stronger religious beliefs is linked to higher levels of sexual satisfaction, a new study shows.
Beef farmers want to transition to net zero – but practical and financial barriers are standing in their way, report warns
Practical and financial barriers associated with reducing carbon footprints and capturing more carbon are standing in the way of beef farmers making the transition to net zero, a report warns.
Struggling to choose between Liz or Rishi? New website will help you make your pick
Voters struggling to understand what the Tory leader contest means for them can get help from a new website.
Scientists stunned by vast insect migration
Migratory insects cross at least 100km of open sea to reach Cyprus on the way to mainland Europe.
Government should enlist expertise of the private sector to fight kleptocracy, experts urge
Experts have urged the Government to enlist the expertise of the private sector to fight kleptocracy.
Songs, stories and food used to showcase impact of Penryn’s Loveland Community Field at unique event
Songs, stories and vegetables and grain grown in Penryn helped showcase Loveland Community Field.
New study maps the influence of organised crime and the wealthy over Russian foreign policy
Russian foreign policy-making is often guided by elites, intermediaries, private companies, and organised crime groups rather than the national interest, a new study shows.
Community growing schemes and mapping empty housing identified as key sustainability goals for Cornwall
Supporting community growing schemes and mapping unused properties to house local people have been identified as sustainability goals for the coming year by community leaders across Cornwall, according to a new report.
Study achieves longest continuous tracking of migrating insects
Insects are the world’s smallest flying migrants, but they can maintain perfectly straight flight paths even in unfavorable wind conditions, according to a new study from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (MPI-AB) and the University of Konstanz in Germany, and the University of Exeter in the UK.
Safeguarding Indigenous Peoples’ lands could save primates
Safeguarding Indigenous Peoples' lands offers the best chance of preventing the extinction of the world's primates, researchers say.
Amazon's growth limited by lack of phosphorus
Growth of the Amazon rainforest in our increasingly carbon-rich atmosphere could be limited by a lack of phosphorus in the soil, new research shows.
New book reveals the historical and political inspirations of Star Wars
Real-world historical events and political actors have played a pivotal role in shaping the Star Wars universe according to a ground-breaking new book published this week.
Education experts awarded prestigious National Teaching Fellowships
Two education experts renowned for their innovative approaches to teaching and learning and professional development have been recognised with a prestigious national fellowship.
Harmful antipsychotics prescribing jumped 50 per cent in dementia care homes during pandemic
Prescribing of potentially harmful antipsychotics to people with dementia has increased by more than 50 per cent on average in care homes during the pandemic, new research has found.
How measuring blood pressure in both arms can help reduce cardiovascular risk and hypertension
Blood pressure should be measured in both arms and the higher reading should be adopted to improve hypertension diagnosis and management, according to a new study.
Exeter’s environmental expertise makes Bristol Avon Catchment Market a world-first
Nature-based projects that help the environment will be incentivised through an innovative new online market.
Mindful employees find their jobs less boring and are less likely to quit
Employees who practise mindfulness are less bored at work and less likely to quit, according to a new study.
Experts to discuss 'tipping points' alliance
Experts will meet next month to discuss catastrophic climate "tipping points" – and the power of positive tipping points to avert the climate crisis.
Climate change: potential to end humanity ‘dangerously underexplored’
Global heating could become “catastrophic” for humanity if temperature rises are worse than many predict or cause cascades of events we have yet to consider, or indeed both. The world needs to start preparing for the possibility of a “climate endgame”.
Cloud study demystifies impact of aerosols
Aerosol particles in the atmosphere have a bigger impact on cloud cover than previously thought.
Fieldwork carried out over 20 years will show comprehensive history of modern Shiʿism’s foundational intellectual moment
Fieldwork over two decades will help experts produce the first comprehensive account of modern Shiʿism’s foundational intellectual moment.
Breakthrough in understanding why we struggle to recognise the faces of people from different racial backgrounds
Cognitive Psychologists at the University of Exeter believe they have discovered the answer to a 60-year-old question as to why people find it more difficult to recognise faces from visually distinct racial backgrounds than they do their own.
Exeter researchers pay tribute to James Lovelock
University of Exeter researchers have paid tribute to scientist James Lovelock, who has died aged 103.
Metaphor and images should be used alongside traditional medical scales for patients to describe pain, study says
Patients should be able to use images and metaphors alongside traditional medical scales to describe their pain to doctors, a new study says.
Famine and disease drove the evolution of lactose tolerance in Europe
Prehistoric people in Europe were consuming milk thousands of years before humans evolved the genetic trait allowing us to digest the milk sugar lactose as adults.
‘New customer behaviours’ are key to developing circular economy, report finds
Consumer behaviour needs to change fundamentally to ensure the successful transition to a circular economy, according to a new report.