Mars might be drier than previously thought
Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust move rather than liquid water, according to a new study.
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Illuminating the Universe
Durham University is one of the world’s leading centres for research into the origins and evolution of the Universe.
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Counting down to Lumiere 2017
The clock is ticking down to the UK’s biggest light festival which returns to Durham for the fifth time from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 November.
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Durham Law School tackles unacceptable working practices
According to the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO), only one quarter of workers worldwide has a stable employment relationship.
How telescope technology is helping treat heart disease
Research using space telescope technology that has ultimately led to better treatments for heart patients has won international recognition.
Reformation Rebels: The surprising histories of Benedictine monks in exile
Sixteenth and seventeenth century Benedictine monks refused abstinence, died in duels, went off to war and spread illegal Catholic doctrine, a new study has revealed.
Student invites Lumiere visitors to Know Thyself
A throbbing red heart that will illuminate one of Durham’s most famous landmarks has been inspired by the historical research of postgraduate student Finola Finn.
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Multi-million pound boost to help improve energy technology
A newly announced research centre will see Durham University join forces with two of North East England's other universities to help improve energy technology at an atomic level.
Starting school at a younger age could benefit children in South Africa
Children in South Africa could benefit from starting school a year earlier, according to new research by Durham University in the UK and the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Exploring why some primates have bigger brains
The accepted view of why some primates, including apes and humans, have evolved to have large brains is contested in new research from the Department of Anthropology. The study also questions whether brain size is a useful indicator of cognitive ability.
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New research shows underwater rivers are more powerful and long-lasting than first thought
A team of scientists, including experts from Durham University, has discovered that sediment avalanches occurring deep under the ocean are far more frequent and long-lasting than previously thought.
The team, led by Dr Matthieu Cartigny, Professor Peter Talling, Dan Parsons, and Mike Clare, and their respective groups at Durham University, the University of Hull and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), have been examining the first direct measurements of deep-water sediment avalanches, called turbidity currents.
Study lays groundwork for management of human-induced earthquakes
Earthquakes brought on by human activities, such as mining, building dams and fracking, are becoming more frequent and require evidence-based management, new research suggests.
Can a smartphone app for parents help toddlers’ development?
A new trial will find out if a smartphone app that sends activities and tips to parents can help improve toddlers’ language and communication skills.
The trial, which will be carried out by researchers in the School of Education at Durham University, will involve parents and guardians of 1,500 children.
Durham in World Top 30 for Arts and Humanities
Durham University has been recognised as a global leader in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.
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Motorised molecules drill into cancer cells
Motorised molecules driven by light have been used to drill holes in the membranes of individual cells, including cancerous ones. The technique shows promise for either bringing therapeutic agents into the cells or directly inducing the cells to die.
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Calling time on the kissing bugs
They are known as ‘kissing bugs’ and they spread a disease that rarely makes the headlines but infects up to seven million people worldwide.
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Women have to ‘prove they are sports fans’
Female sports fans struggle to be taken seriously and feel they are regarded as being less committed than male fans, according to research by Dr Stacey Pope, who answers some questions about her findings below.
Durham appoints new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global)
Durham University has appointed its first Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global) following a competitive recruitment process.
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Outstanding recognition for Durham University's scientists
Durham University’s outstanding achievements in science have been recognised with a series of awards.
From ashtrays full of cigarette butts to smoke-free environments
This week, it will be ten years since the smoking ban for enclosed workplaces in the UK came into force. Dr Andrew Russell from the Life of Breath research project takes a look at how things have changed.
Durham ranked in world’s top 100 universities
Durham University’s position among the world’s leading universities has been confirmed once more, with the publication of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2017.
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Post-election 2017 – Durham University expertise
A selection of Durham University experts who are available for comment to the media on a variety of post-election issues.
Geography professors honoured for outstanding achievements
Two of Durham University’s geographers have been honoured for their outstanding achievements by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).
Pioneering work in chemistry receives prestigious recognition
Professor Jas Pal Badyal FRS from Durham University has been named as the Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Prize winner for 2017 for his pioneering work on the functionalization of solid surfaces and deposition of nanocoatings.
Simulated galaxies provide fresh evidence of dark matter
Further evidence of the existence of dark matter – the mysterious substance that is believed to hold the Universe together – has been produced by Cosmologists at Durham University.
Should primary schools teach philosophy?
Schools are places where children can learn behaviour, skills and attitudes that have lifelong relevance, in addition to subjects on the formal curriculum. Dr Nadia Siddiqui from the School of Education has looked at the contribution philosophy discussions can make to children’s ‘soft’ skills.
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Major new Commission launched on creativity and education
Durham University and Arts Council England have announced The Durham Commission on Creativity and Education.
Launching in September 2017, the Commission will investigate what happens when children experience arts and culture, and how this helps them develop and thrive.
Improving maths knowledge in schools
Low attainment in maths is seen as one of the most serious problems in UK education. Dr Lee Copping from the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University tells us more about a project which will dig deeper into the causes.
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Policing domestic abuse
‘Out of court resolutions’, including apologies, are used in domestic abuse cases by all police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland despite official guidance advising against their use, according to new research.
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New framework to safeguard children
A new NSPCC national framework to help tackle the issue of harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people is proving beneficial to professionals working in safeguarding. The research of Professor Simon Hackett of Durham University’s School of Applied Social Sciences has strongly influenced the Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) framework of which he is first author.
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Durham part of new Barnardo’s centre of expertise
Durham University is a partner in a new £7.5m Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse launched by the UK Home Office and led by Barnardo’s.
Hearing voices and spirituality
Although voice-hearing is often associated with severe mental illness, it can be an important aspect of people’s religious or spiritual life.
This is an area explored in the world’s first major exhibition on hearing voices which enters its final month (February) at Durham University’s Palace Green Library.
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Bill Bryson: I thought Durham was perfect when I first saw it - I still think so now
Bill Bryson, the celebrated author and former Chancellor of Durham University, speaks about his enduring love affair with Durham, its Cathedral and its people.
Free science outreach programme
DURHAM University is inviting more schools and teachers in North East England to take advantage of its free science outreach programme.
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Urgent action needed to save primates from extinction
The majority of primate species worldwide are now threatened with extinction, according to an international group of primate conservation experts who are calling for urgent action to protect the world’s dwindling primate populations.
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Mysterious sea creature part of a new family
One branch on the tree of life is a bit more crowded today as a team of scientists have revealed what a bizarre group of cone-shaped sea creatures actually are, as reported in Nature.
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Durham University is key to bright future
Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, explores how the University is key to the economic success of County Durham and North East England.
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Helping busy head teachers
Two-thirds of head teachers in England now use the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, developed by Durham University and the Sutton Trust, to inform how best to spend their pupil premium funding, according to a recent survey.
(14 Dec 2016) » More about helping busy head teachers
Remains of 17th Century Scottish soldiers to be laid to rest in Durham
Following extensive consultation, Durham University has decided that the remains of the soldiers, discovered in a mass grave on the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be reburied in Durham City.
Fusion energy could be the future
Fusion energy offers the tantalising possibility of clean, sustainable and almost limitless energy. But can it be an economically viable option?
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Low cost ethical loans for postgraduate study
Durham University has launched an innovative postgraduate loan product to help to attract the most talented students to further study after they finish their undergraduate degree.
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Skeletons found in mass graves are 17th Century Scottish soldiers
New analysis carried out on skeletons discovered in a centuries-old mass grave in Durham, UK, has led experts to conclude they are the remains of Scottish soldiers taken prisoner after the 1650 Battle of Dunbar.
International focus on Magna Carta exhibition
Eight hundred years on from when it was first written, the enduring legacy of one of the world’s most important documents lives on.
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Is there life out there?
Humans have long wondered: “Are we alone in the Universe?”
After all, the Earth is just one planet in one galaxy among hundreds of billions that exist across the cosmos.
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Understanding landslide risk in post-earthquake Nepal
In April 2015 parts of Nepal were devastated by an intense earthquake and significant aftershocks. But the danger to human life and livelihoods doesn’t end when the ground stops shaking. Earthquake-triggered landslides present an immediate and long-term threat in mountain environments, compounding the difficulties for those affected.
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