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Impact of lead in children of Roman Empire

Researchers from our Department of Archaeology have found for the first time that widespread use of lead in Roman culture was one of the main contributing factors to childhood death and illness throughout the Roman Empire. 

(17 Jun 2021) » More about Impact of lead in children of Roman Empire


Introducing the handheld sensors that can ‘smell’ Covid-19

Research involving Durham has found that electronic sensors can detect the distinct odour of Covid-19 with almost 100 per cent accuracy.

(13 Jun 2021) » More about Introducing the handheld sensors that can ‘smell’ Covid-19


Durham Professors win prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry awards

Professor Jan Verlet and Professor Jonathan Steed from our Department of Chemistry have been named the winners of Royal Society of Chemistry’s highly-admired Corday-Morgan Prize and Tilden Prize, respectively. 

(10 Jun 2021) » More about Durham Professors win prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry awards


Private schools receive more investment per pupil

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A new report by Dr. Sol Gamsu analyses a sample of private schools in England and exposes inequalities in the schooling system.

(10 Jun 2021) » More about Private schools receive more investment per pupil


Does a mother’s stress and depression affect how her unborn baby moves?

New research from our Psychology and Mathematical Sciences departments found that stress and/or depression during pregnancy, affects how much unborn babies touch and engage in the womb.

(9 Jun 2021) » More about Does a mother’s stress and depression affect how her unborn baby moves?


Durham moves up in QS World University Rankings

Durham University has once again been named in the world’s top 100 universities. 

(8 Jun 2021) » More about Durham moves up in QS World University Rankings


New Podcast: 100 Moments That Rocked Computer Science

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Join leaders from the worlds of science and technology and experts from our Computer Science department for a new podcast series exploring ‘100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science’ - streaming now!

(8 Jun 2021) » More about Computer Science Podcast


Astronomers apply their skills to cancer research

You might not think that studying the universe could benefit research into serious illnesses like cancer, but Durham’s astronomers have joined forces with cancer researchers to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

(6 Jun 2021) » More about Astronomers apply their skills to cancer research


Developed in Durham: Magnitude Biosciences

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Magnitude Biosciences is a specialist Contract Research Organisation (CRO) founded in 2018 as a Durham university spin out by life sciences expert Dr David Weinkove and physicist Dr Christopher Saunter.

(4 Jun 2021) » More about Developed in Durham: Magnitude Biosciences


Can echolocation help people with vision loss?

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Known as nature’s own sonar system, echolocation occurs when an animal emits a sound that bounces off objects in the environment, returning echoes that provide information about the surrounding space.

(3 Jun 2021) » More about Can echolocation help people with vision loss?


Counting down to the COP26 climate change summit

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Welcome to the first in our monthly ‘Countdown to COP’ series, where we will be exploring climate change research, events and expertise across our University ahead of the next COP climate change summit in November.

(3 Jun 2021) » More about Counting down to the COP26 climate change summit


Developed in Durham: Sphera

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Founded in September 2019 by three PhD students, Sphera is Durham University’s first student spinout.

(28 May 2021) » More about Developed in Durham: Sphera


3D printing technology can ease hospital pressures

A study looking at the costs versus benefits of introducing 3D printing technology into hospitals has shown that such innovations can aid complicated surgeries, as well as be a key tool in easing both time and financial pressures.

(27 May 2021) » More about 3D printing technology can ease hospital pressures


Helping our region bounce back

With innovative schemes to support start-ups and small businesses and boost spin-out company creation, we’re ensuring our students and graduates are at the heart of our local economy bouncing back from the Covid-19 pandemic.

(27 May 2021) » More about Helping our region bounce back


Can the height of your house reduce malaria?

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Whilst we think of the home as a sanctuary, in Africa, around 80% of malaria bites occur indoors at night. Preventing mosquitoes from getting indoors is a simple way of protecting people from this often lethal disease.

(26 May 2021) » More about Can the height of your house reduce malaria?


Meet the dogs that can sniff out Covid-19

Asher may just look like a cute cuddly dog but he is much more than that.

He, along with some of his canine friends, have been trained to sniff out Covid-19 in people and the initial results show they can do it very reliably.

(24 May 2021) » More about Meet the dogs that can sniff out Covid-19


Developed in Durham: Applied Graphene Materials

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2020 was a year of transition, of changing mindsets and, most importantly, a year of evolution. 

Throughout this, our research continues to be translated into thriving spin-out businesses that will boost the North East economy for many years to come. 

(21 May 2021) » More about Developed in Durham: Applied Graphene Materials


Can women curate their social media feed to protect mental health?

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Hester Hockin-Boyers (PhD student in Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences & Department of Sociology), Dr. Stacey Pope (Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences) and Dr. Kimberly Jamie from our Department of Sociology discuss the impact of social media on women’s mental health.

(20 May 2021) » More about Can women curate their social media feed to protect mental health?


Creating a tranquil place for critically ill patients

We’re working with a local hospital to create an intensive care garden for critically ill patients and their relatives.

(20 May 2021) » More about Creating a tranquil place for critically ill patients


Mapping the universe in 3D

We’ve helped design and build a new telescope instrument that aims to create the most extensive 3D map of the universe ever attempted.

(17 May 2021) » More about Mapping the universe in 3D


Developed in Durham: Gliff.ai

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Developing world-class artificial intelligence for the medical, environmental and industrial sectors, Gliff.ai now employs 11 people after being launched as a spin-out from Durham University in 2018.

(14 May 2021) » More about Developed in Durham: Gliff.ai


Inspiring the next generation of space scientists

We’re inspiring the next generation of astronomers and cosmologists to aim for the stars!

(14 May 2021) » More about Inspiring the next generation of space scientists


Supporting business through astronomy

Durham’s astronomers and cosmologists are increasingly sharing their knowledge and expertise to support business.

(13 May 2021) » More about Supporting business through astronomy


Furthering the exploration of space

Durham’s researchers are helping to build some of the world’s most powerful new telescopes to further our exploration of space.

(12 May 2021) » More about Furthering the exploration of space


A bus journey to the stars!

Dr David Rosario is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in our Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, Department of Physics. An Indian national, born and brought up in Qatar, he lived and worked in the USA and Germany before joining Durham in 2015. Here he tells how a short bus journey began a long-lasting relationship with Durham University.

Astronomy and Cosmology at Durham – Dr David Rosario

(11 May 2021) » More about A bus journey to the stars!