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Customers prefer robots to be human-like

New Business School research has found customers prefer robots to have human-like characteristics when dealing with them in customer service settings, e.g. in banking, hotel receptions and when providing information. Customers prefer robots to have a human voice, show emotions, and physical embody a human not a robot.

(20 Jan 2021) » More about Customers prefer robots to be human-like


Why some people report ‘hearing the dead’

Spiritualist mediums might be more prone to immersive mental activities and unusual auditory experiences early in life, our researchers have found.

(18 Jan 2021) » More about Why some people report ‘hearing the dead’


'Happy' and 'sad' music differs across cultures

Whether they make us feel happy or sad, songs inspire emotions in all of us. New research by our Music experts has shown that what you feel could depend on your cultural background.

(14 Jan 2021) » More about 'Happy' and 'sad' music differs across cultures


Bolder approach to Higher Education admissions needed

Universities should be bolder in how they use contextual data when making decisions about admitting prospective students, according to a new report by education experts at Durham.

(14 Jan 2021) » More about Bolder approach to Higher Education admissions needed


Ancient DNA reveals secrets of Game of Thrones wolves

For fans of the TV show Game of Thrones, dire wolves are often seen as mysterious iconic legends.

(13 Jan 2021) » More about Ancient DNA reveals secrets of Game of Thrones wolves


Galaxy mergers could limit star formation

Our astronomers have looked nine billion years into the past to find evidence that galaxy mergers in the early universe could shut down star formation and affect galaxy growth.

(11 Jan 2021) » More about Galaxy mergers could limit star formation


Durham honours inspirational physicist

We are saddened to hear of the death of Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale, one of the finest physicists of his generation and an inspirational teacher to generations of our students.

(4 Jan 2021) » More about Durham honours inspirational physicist


How our brains help us find misplaced objects

Have you ever wondered how we remember the last place we saw our car keys or other objects like mobile phones and glasses?

(21 Dec 2020) » More about How our brains help us find misplaced objects


12 Stories to Remember from 2020: part 1

It has been an extraordinary year. In the first in a two-part series, we recall the first six of 12 Stories to Remember from 2020, from how researchers adapted to the fight against Covid-19 to inspiring archaeological discoveries.

(18 Dec 2020) » More about 12 Stories to Remember from 2020: part 1


More than a million barriers on Europe’s rivers

Fresh water ecosystems can be adversely affected by barriers to the flow of water and a new study suggests that Europe’s river system is particularly badly affected.

(17 Dec 2020) » More about More than a million barriers on Europe’s rivers


A Taste of Christmas Past

Image of recreation of Medieval food

These days there is no escaping the fact that turkey is the centrepiece for many a Christmas meal. But, this wasn’t always the case.

(16 Dec 2020) » More about A Taste of Christmas Past


Celebrating our brilliant researchers

Our researchers are involved in some fascinating work that cuts across science, technology, history, and much more.

(16 Dec 2020) » More about Celebrating our brilliant researchers


Protecting people from hazards

Our researchers are helping people to prepare for disasters, protect future generations from pollution, and are working to make cross-border trading safer.

(14 Dec 2020) » More about Protecting people from hazards


Transforming our understanding of voice-hearing

Durham University researchers are changing the way people think about experiences of hearing voices.

(4 Dec 2020) » More about transforming our understanding of voice-hearing


Unlocking the mystery of the Moon’s formation

Supercomputer simulations could unlock mystery of Moon’s formation

We’re using supercomputer simulations to see how the Moon might have formed following a huge collision involving the early Earth 4.5 billion years ago.

(4 Dec 2020) » More about Unlocking the mystery of the Moon’s formation


Award for research that could revolutionise computing

Professor Charles Adams

As the world becomes ever more dependent on imaging, computers and communication, research by our physicists could help revolutionise how these technologies work.

(3 Dec 2020) » More about Award for research that could revolutionise computing


Heating our homes with hydrogen

Gas pipe

Our research is supporting a new project that could see hydrogen become the future heat source for homes and provide green energy to industry.

(2 Dec 2020) » More about Heating our homes with hydrogen


Beginning at Durham, changing the world

Durham researchers, students and alumni do outstanding things that change the world. Here’s a few highlights from just the past few months…

(30 Nov 2020) » More about Beginning at Durham, changing the world


Keeping sleeping babies safe

Is he a good sleeper? Does she sleep through the night yet? These are common questions new parents are asked about their babies.

(27 Nov 2020) » More about Keeping sleeping babies safe


Legal expert appointed to Parliamentary sexual misconduct panel

Professor Clare McGlynn

A Durham legal expert who shaped new laws on extreme pornography and upskirting has been appointed to a new panel of the UK Parliament.

(26 Nov 2020) » More about Legal expert appointed to Parliamentary sexual misconduct panel


Creating knowledge across disciplinary boundaries

From the study of silkworms to understanding gravity waves to designing human knee implants, collaborating across different disciplines in research is a common way of working for academics. At Durham, we pride ourselves on this kind of work.

(20 Nov 2020) » More about Creating knowledge across disciplinary boundaries


Durham researchers named among best in world

Four of our professors have been named among the world’s best for the quality and influence of their work, highlighting the global strength of Durham’s research.

(20 Nov 2020) » More about Durham researchers named among best in world


Bryson interviews graduate tipped for Sheriff

Dr Bill Bryson and Alderman Alison Gowman

Where can your Durham degree take you?

Ex-Chancellor Bill Bryson interviewed law grad Alison Gowman who is set to become a Sheriff of the City of London next year.

(12 Nov 2020) » More about Alderman Alison Gowman


Using big data to fight Covid-19

Graphic showing the Covid-19 virus

Our particle physics and cosmology research students are using their knowledge of maths and big data in the fight against Covid-19.

(9 Nov 2020) » More about Using big data to fight Covid-19


Easier way to create biodiesel developed

Our researchers have developed a new way to turn the rubbish we throw away into chemicals that can help make fuel, medicines, fertilisers and biodegradable packaging.

(4 Nov 2020) » More about Easier way to create biodiesel developed


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