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Graduate wins dissertation prize for research on Islamic State propaganda

A University of Portsmouth MSc graduate has been awarded a dissertation prize for her analysis of Islamic State propaganda. Studying at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies under the supervision of Dr Lisa…

Portsmouth researchers help endurance swimmer to tackle the length of the English Channel

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth are helping Lewis Pugh in his attempt to swim the length of the English Channel to urge the government to better protect UK waters.

World’s largest historical gazetteer provides a unique portrait of Britain from 100 years ago

An online project – GB1900 – gives a uniquely detailed portrait of Britain from 100 years ago. GB1900, which was launched in September 2016, has created a complete list of two-and-a-half million place-names…

Lifejackets could save 180 or more lives a year

About 180 people died because they weren’t wearing a lifejacket in UK waters in the last decade, according to new research. A study investigating how many of the 1,000-plus deaths recorded in British…

Performance allows veterans to share their personal experiences with the civilian community

Veterans of the British Armed Forces will share personal stories of service and life after the military in an event hosted by the University of Portsmouth on Friday 6 July.

Off the scale: Can forensics save the world’s most-trafficked mammal?

A pioneering new project trials fingerprinting techniques to battle pangolin poaching. Forensic fingerprinting techniques will now be used in the battle against illegal wildlife trade as new methods of lifting fingermarks from trafficked…

Social media’s effect on young to be examined

How social media helps or harms children’s mental health is to be examined by leading experts in social geography and mental health from the Universities of Portsmouth and Sheffield. Professor Liz Twigg, in…

New ‘promiscuous’ enzyme helps turn plant waste into sustainable products

A new family of enzymes has been discovered which paves the way to convert plant waste into sustainable and high-value products such as nylon, plastics, chemicals, and fuels. The discovery was led by…

Improving life-saving blood delivery to disaster-hit areas

A Portsmouth researcher is developing a mathematical model aimed at speeding up the delivery of life-saving blood to victims of earthquakes and other disasters. Dr Xiang Song hopes her work will reduce blood…

How we proved Einstein right on galactic scales – and what it means for dark energy and dark matter

Gravity may be the weakest of the fundamental forces in nature, but it is ultimately what enabled life on Earth to evolve. Thanks to its weak attractiveness over long distances, mass in the…

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