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This is the first Dark Energy Survey map to trace the detailed distribution of dark matter across a large area of sky. The colour represents projected mass density. Yellow and red are regions with more dense matter. The dark matter maps conform to the current picture of mass distribution in the universe where large filaments of matter align with galaxies and clusters of galaxies. The clusters of galaxies are shown by the grey dots in the map — bigger dots represent larger clusters. This map covers three percent of the area of sky that DES will eventually document over its five-year mission. Image: Dark Energy Survey

Mapping dark side of cosmos

An international team of scientists, including from the UK’s University of Portsmouth, today released the first in a series of dark matter maps of the cosmos. The maps, created with one of the…

People might not be as interested in others as science previously thought

People not as fascinating as science thought

New research challenges the widespread belief among scientists that people are more interested in other people than they are in objects. Dr Beatriz López and colleagues in the University’s Department of Psychology, and…

Domino effect: If poorer countries are not helped back on their feet, their fall will cause richer countries to also fall

Helping the poor helps the rich

The key to wealthy European countries’ economic stability lies in them helping their poorer neighbours maintain economic and financial stability and prosperity, according to new research. At least some of the economic pain…

A woman from India’s untouchable class works as a street cleaner. In an area with many silversmiths, she screens the open sewers for silverdust

Rights and dignity under close examination

The rights and dignity of some of the world’s most marginalised people will be given the full attention of leading academic minds at the University of Portsmouth this week. The University is hosting…

Students need hands-on work experience in addition to formal learning to become agile

Agility works best for graduates

Researchers have devised a new model to help inspire and engage students, lecturers and businesses to work together and even help grow the economy.

Professor of Social Inclusion, Dan Finn

Thinking locally key to more jobs

Professor Finn’s report was released on 23 March by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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Professor’s contribution to Scottish geology recognised

A Portsmouth Professor has been awarded a medal for his significant contribution to knowledge of the geology of Scotland. Professor Rob Strachan, Head of the University of Portsmouth’s School of Earth and Environmental…

Professor Mike Winter welcomed to the University by Professor Pal Alhuwalia

Industrial expert appointed professor

Honorary chief scientist at TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, and expert in disasters, climate change and transport, Dr Mike Winter, has been appointed visiting industrial professor at the University of Portsmouth. Professor…

Excellence and innovation: Research at Portsmouth has impact in academia and adds value to society

Portsmouth’s research showcased

Research carried out at the University of Portsmouth has been showcased as part of a national report on research innovation and impact. The research excellence report, produced by University Alliance for the government,…


Body-Worn Video cameras reduce crime

Public order and assault crimes have gone down by nearly 20 per cent in a police area where all frontline officers wear Body-Worn Video (BWV) cameras, according to new research from the University…

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