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World’s smallest bears’ facial expressions throw doubt on human superiority

The world’s smallest bears can exactly mimic another bear’s facial expressions, casting doubt on humans and other primates’ supremacy at this subtle form of communication. It is the first time such exact facial…

Elite footballers leaner, taller, faster than decades ago

New research has found the body shape of footballers has changed with players getting taller, lighter and faster compared to players from the past five decades. Muscles and power – epitomised by the…

International grant to examine Bank of Japan’s monetary policy

Dr Alexis Stenfors, a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance, has received a Toshiba International Foundation Grant to examine the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy. The project ‘Unconventional Monetary Policy and Financial Stability:…

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Portsmouth academic named as Curator at the world’s most prestigious architecture exhibition

The Italian Government has appointed Dr Alessandro Melis as the Curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – in Venice in 2020. The Minister…

Faces of Tudor England revealed by scientists

Experts in ancient DNA at the University of Portsmouth have helped shed new light on the surprisingly diverse ethnic make-up of Britain hundreds of years ago. Dr Sam Robson and Dr Garry Scarlett…

Cosmologists join new survey to help understand the mysterious force known as ‘Dark Energy’

Cosmologists from the University of Portsmouth are playing a crucial role in a new survey that will try and understand the mysterious force known as ‘dark energy’, that is making the Universe expand…

Portsmouth researcher appointed as prestigious Digital Theatre Fellow

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and spatial computing pioneer Magic Leap – in partnership with i2media and University of Portsmouth – have given six individuals, including Laura Doye (known as Lou) from the…

Understanding the impact of air pollution on children’s lungs in Kenya

The University of Portsmouth is a partner in a new project that aims to further understand the impact of air pollution on children’s lungs in Kenya. Launched at the Kenya Medical Research Institute…

Dementia carers reassured they can – and should – call police

Only a small proportion of cases of a person with dementia going missing are reported to police, according to a new study. Most family carers – the wives, husbands and the children of…

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‘No tricks, just hard work’: Hero sportsman to talk in Portsmouth

No magic, no pills, just eye-wateringly hard work and a stubborn streak have helped elite athlete Josh Llewellyn-Jones defy doctors’ predictions he’d die before he was 30. The ultra-athlete, 31, was born with…

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