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Natural mineral could improve health of brownfield land

The quality of soil in our cities can impact on everything from human health to flood resilience and climate change. Dr Karen Johnson, of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham University, believes that urban soil should be a priority for government.

(21 Jul 2015) » More about natural mineral could improve health of brownfield land


Philosophy discussions for ten year olds can boost their reading and maths

Encouraging primary school pupils to have philosophical discussions can boost their maths and reading results, according to new research conducted by Durham University.

(10 Jul 2015) » More about philosophy discussions for ten year olds can boost their reading and maths


Deep space images shed light on dark matter

New images of deep space are helping to shed light on dark matter, the invisible material that accounts for more than 80 per cent of all the matter in the Universe.

(9 Jul 2015) » More about deep space images shed light on dark matter


Modern housing reduces malaria risk

Housing improvements could reduce malaria cases by half in some settings, according to research involving Durham University.

(9 Jun 2015) » More about modern housing reduces malaria risk


Durham University research partnership with world-leading company wins prestigious award

Durham University’s research and development strengths have been highlighted with a prestigious award celebrating partnerships with industry.

(12 May 2015) » More about Durham University research partnership with world-leading company wins prestigious award


Who is closer - your doctor or your pharmacist?

If you have easy access to good healthcare, your chances of being healthy are significantly increased. That’s not rocket science.

(7 May 2015) » More about who is closer - your doctor or your pharmacist?


£1.5m scholarship for postgraduate students

Durham University is offering £1.5m of scholarships for eligible postgraduate taught students in the academic year 2015/16.

(14 Apr 2015) » More about £1.5m scholarship for postgraduate students


Universe’s hidden supermassive black holes revealed

Astronomers have found evidence for a large population of hidden supermassive black holes in the Universe.

(6 Jul 2015) » More about Universe’s hidden supermassive black holes revealed


Decision to reject Lancashire fracking plan a sign of public uncertainty, expert says

The decision by Lancashire County Council not to allow test drilling for fracking indicates that there is public uncertainty about onshore exploration and especially shale gas, a Durham University expert says.

(29 Jun 2015) » More about Decision to reject Lancashire fracking plan a sign of public uncertainty, expert says


How reliable are our memories?

Our ability to remember forms the basis of who we are and is a psychological trick that fascinates cognitive scientists.  Dr Charles Fernyhough explains.


Banking reform should not rely on US model

As the government considers the structure of the banking system, Professor Ranald Michie argues that policymakers should have regard to UK banking history and not rely only on the American historical model.