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Will sport help young offenders turn their lives around?

Young offenders locked in a secure unit are to be offered sports including orienteering and bushcraft as part of a research project to see if challenging, fun activity can help turn lives around….

Environment, more than evolution, might underlie human-ape differences in social cognition

Environment, more than evolution, might underlie human-ape differences in social cognition Apes’ abilities have been unfairly measured, throwing into doubt the assumed belief that human infants are superior to adult chimpanzees, according to…

£9m awarded to health research in the south

Health researchers, medics and patients across the region have been awarded £9m to help find solutions to common health problems. The University of Portsmouth is among the 15 institutions tasked by the National…

Holes in the Universe sharpen cosmic measurements

Regions of the Universe containing very few or no galaxies – known as voids – can help measure cosmic expansion with much greater precision than before, according to new research. The study looked…

Portsmouth to lead world’s first study of international netball umpires

The world’s first study of international netball umpires begins at the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019, taking place in Liverpool this month. Researchers at the University of Portsmouth are hoping that the study…

Engineering enzymes to turn plant waste into sustainable products

A new family of enzymes has been engineered to perform one of the most important steps in the conversion of plant waste into sustainable and high-value products such as nylon, plastics and chemicals….

Scientists to investigate the impact of drug addiction and pollution on behaviour in humans and wildlife

Scientists from the University of Portsmouth are helping to develop new technology that will aid our understanding of drug and alcohol addiction in humans and the impact of drug pollution on wildlife. Portsmouth…

Helping the body’s ability to grow bone

For the first time, scientists have been able to study how well synthetic bone grafts stand up to the rigors and ‘strains’ of life, and how quickly they help bone re-grow and repair….

Halal holidays: Islamic values play a significant role in the travel decisions of Muslim tourists

Islamic values are just as important as the destination, quality and value for money for Muslims when choosing a holiday destination, according to a new study by the University of Portsmouth. The research…

The lack of gender diversity in electronic dance music

Professor Samantha Warren from the University of Portsmouth has won a prestigious Leverhulme Research Fellowship to investigate the lack of gender diversity among electronic music producers. Professor Warren’s fellowship is entitled ‘In the…

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