Black hole and gravity research honoured
Two astrophysicists have been honoured for research to further our understanding of black holes and the effects of gravity.
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Milky Way heading for catastrophic collision
The Milky Way is on a collision course with a neighbouring galaxy that could fling our Solar System into space.
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Big Bang fossil discovered
A relic cloud of gas, orphaned after the Big Bang, has been discovered in the distant Universe.
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Putting clean growth on the map
The Durham Energy Institute’s (DEI) work on geothermal energy has featured on an interactive map showcasing innovation across small businesses and organisations in the UK.
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How we are protecting our cultural heritage
From the Colosseum to the Dead Sea Scrolls, cultural heritage is a vital part of our identity but faces a number of threats including climate change, natural disasters, conflict and mass tourism.
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How surface science can solve big challenges
Did you know that more than a billion people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water? And that the majority of mobile phones carried by doctors and nurses in hospitals carry infections?
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Bioenergy crops could damage biodiversity
Increasing the use of bioenergy is seen as one of the most important ways in which countries could help to meet climate change targets. However, researchers are warning that this could be just as damaging for global biodiversity as climate change itself.
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Fracking causes earthquakes by design: can regulation keep up?
Miles Wilson, PhD Candidate, Gillian Foulger and Jon Gluyas (all Department of Earth Sciences) and Richard Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Internationalisation, Newcastle University explain that fracking is intended to bring about the very process which results in earthquakes.
One million international visitors attend Walking with the Buddha Exhibition
Over the summer a Durham University team co-curated an exhibition with the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum in Taiwan, which was visited by one million people, from 25 different countries.
Astronomers identify far flung galaxies
Astronomers have captured a spectacular image of a massive galaxy cluster embedded among nearly thousands of previously unseen galaxies scattered across space and time.
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Protecting against volcanic ash
A first of its kind study, led by Dr Claire Horwell of the Department of Earth Sciences and Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, has found that industry-certified particle masks are most effective at protecting people from volcanic ash, whilst commonly used surgical masks offer less protection.
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Earthquake research could improve seismic forecasts
The timing and size of three deadly earthquakes that struck Italy in 2016 may have been pre-determined, according to new research that could improve future earthquake forecasts.
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Physicists reveal oldest galaxies
Some of the faintest satellite galaxies orbiting our own Milky Way galaxy are amongst the very first that formed in our Universe, physicists have found.
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Are summer droughts and wildfires a sign of things to come?
Outstanding partnership helps reduce power outages
Power outages caused by trees falling on power lines are being reduced as a result of a research partnership involving a Durham University Research Fellow and an international company.
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European dogs wiped out ancient American breeds
The arrival of Europeans to the Americas, beginning in the 15th Century, all but wiped out the dogs that had lived alongside native people on the continent for thousands of years, according to new research published in Science.
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Archaeologists reveal castle’s medieval secrets
Medieval mysteries, hidden beneath the grounds of a 900-year-old British castle, have been uncovered during a major archaeological excavation.
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Cataclysmic collision shaped Uranus’ evolution
Uranus was hit by a massive object roughly twice the size of Earth that caused the planet to tilt and could explain its freezing temperatures, according to new research.
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Understanding Antarctic ice sheet changes
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet was able to re-grow after shrinking but the process is not fast enough to combat the impact of today’s climate change, according to research involving Durham University.
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Exhibition tells the story of 17th Century Scottish soldiers
The story of the Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers, whose remains were discovered in two mass burial sites in Durham City in 2013, is the subject of a major new exhibition at Durham University’s Palace Green Library.
Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers reburied in Durham
The remains of Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers, discovered during construction work at the University’s Palace Green Library in 2013, have been reburied in Durham City.
Could a Multiverse be hospitable to life?
A Multiverse – where our Universe is only one of many – might not be as inhospitable to life as previously thought, according to new research.
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Warning signs: how early humans first began to paint animals
Research into manufacture of life-saving drug wins industry-sponsored award
Durham University chemists have won a national award for research that could increase the availability of an effective treatment for a strain of meningitis in less developed countries.
Dark matter might not be interactive after all
Astronomers are back in the dark about what dark matter might be, after new observations showed the mysterious substance may not be interacting with forces other than gravity after all.
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Landslide modelling helps earthquake first responders
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Man-made earthquake risk reduced if fracking is 895m from faults
The risk of man-made earthquakes due to fracking is greatly reduced if high-pressure fluid injection used to crack underground rocks is 895m away from faults in the Earth’s crust, according to new research.
Neanderthals were artistic like modern humans, study suggests
Researchers have found the first major evidence that Neanderthals, rather than modern humans, created the world’s oldest known cave paintings – suggesting they may have had an artistic sense similar to our own.
UK fracking industry would need strict controls to minimise spill risk
Strict controls would be “a necessity” to minimise the risk of spills and leaks from any future UK shale gas industry, according to new research.
International medal for surface scientist
A chemist whose research is helping to harvest clean drinking water and has waterproofed millions of mobile phones has been awarded a major international honour.
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Formation of human tissue to improve drug testing and reduce animal research
Innovative three dimensional (3D) cell culture technology is giving scientists the ability to grow realistic human tissues for more effective drug testing while reducing the need for animal research.
New image brings people face to face with Seventeenth Century Scottish soldier
The face of one of the Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers who was imprisoned and died in Durham following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 has been revealed through a remarkable new digital reconstruction.
We could use old coal mines to decarbonise heat – here's how
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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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.
Why the US withdrawal from UNESCO is a step backwards for global cultural cooperation
Professor Robin Coningham, UNESCO Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, explains why this will result in few benefits.
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.
Durham scientists play key role as construction starts on world’s largest telescope
Construction work has begun on the world’s largest visible to infrared telescope – and Durham University is playing a key role.
Exploring geothermal energy potential
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Little Cub gives astronomers rare chance to see galaxy demise
A primitive galaxy that could provide clues about the early Universe has been spotted by astronomers as it begins to be consumed by a gigantic neighbouring galaxy.
Scottish soldiers commemorated in Durham
The seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers, who were imprisoned and died in Durham following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, were commemorated with a series of events in the City on Friday 12 May 2017.
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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.