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World needs broader appreciation of nature’s contributions to people

Plentiful food, clean water and healthy air are among the most valuable and visible benefits of nature to people. This has reinforced the widespread, and increasingly controversial, belief that nature is mainly a…

Portsmouth astronomer receives prestigious award

Professor Claudia Maraston has won the Eddington Medal for Astronomy from the Royal Astronomical Society for her work on the evolution of stars and galaxies.

Dark Energy Survey publicly releases first three years of data

Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey (DES), including astronomers from the University of Portsmouth, have today (10 January) released their first three years of data. This first major release of data from the…

Black hole research could aid understanding of how small galaxies evolve

Scientists have solved a cosmic mystery by finding evidence that supermassive black holes prevent stars forming in some smaller galaxies. These giant black holes are over a million times more massive than the…

Counter-intuitive temporal interference with thermal light experimentally demonstrated for the first time

For the first time, scientists have experimentally demonstrated how multiphoton interference with thermal light can be observed beyond the coherence time, paving the way to a possible new range of applications in high-precision sensing….

‘Cosmic lantern’ could help us further understand the fate of the Universe

New research has provided a deeper insight into emission line galaxies, used in several ongoing and upcoming surveys, to help us further understand the composition and fate of the Universe. The quest to…

Drivers avoid tough penalties by staying under threshold

When faced with a ‘stepped’ penalty system for speeding, drivers who go over the limit tend to stay just below the threshold at which the penalty rises, according to new research.

Diver held body and mind together during epic survival against odds

How a diver’s body, personality, equipment and knowledge helped him survive being lost at sea for the longest-ever recorded time is detailed in new research. Rob Hewitt was found after spending about 75…

Antioxidant supplements have little effect on muscle soreness

Taking antioxidant supplements to reduce muscles soreness after exercise could have almost no effect, according to new research. People engaging in intense exercise often take antioxidant supplements, such as vitamin C and/or E…

Winter months most likely to lead to tragedy for men who disappear on a night out

Men are more likely to go missing on a night out and be found dead in December than at any other time of the year, according to a sobering new report from the University of Portsmouth.

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