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Scientists discover first ever semi-aquatic dinosaur

The fossils of the first ever semi-aquatic dinosaur have been discovered in Moroccan desert cliffs by a team of international scientists. The remains of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, a 15-metre long, seven-tonne predator, which is…

Intelligent Rita, the face of tomorrow’s healthcare provider

Meet Rita, she’ll be taking care of you

Senior health workers today met the newest member of tomorrow’s healthcare team – an intelligent computerised avatar designed to help take the strain of caring for Britain’s ageing population. University of Portsmouth specialists…

Fighting food fraud: Professor Lisa Jack

Food fraud: The crime in our shopping baskets

Fraud in the food sector doesn’t just risk public health, it denies consumers the quality of produce they’ve pay for and undermines the profits of food companies, according to fraud experts. Professor Lisa…

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Barefoot runners go faster

Barefoot runners use less oxygen and can reach higher speeds, a new study has found. A scientist from the University of Portsmouth found that barefoot runners use their bodies more economically when running…

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Scientists find evidence of great tsunami in Malta

Scientists at the University of Portsmouth have found geological evidence that historic tsunami waves have swept over Malta’s north east coasts up to 20 metres above sea level in some places. The Portsmouth…

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Chimpanzees lose out to humans due to unfair comparisons

Comparing chimpanzee and human development is like comparing a child brought up in a loving family to one brought up in a Romanian orphanage, says a researcher from the University of Portsmouth. Lead…

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Brits still think stiff upper lip is best

British people still rely on the old adage ‘keep calm and carry on’ when they are in stressful circumstances, a recent study has found, even though it is bad for them and others….

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A year of cosmic wonders

Some of the most breathtaking pictures of the cosmos ever captured taken by the world’s largest and most powerful telescope are being made public from today. The Dark Energy Survey – an international…

Old maps prove a rich source of information for geography students

Lecturer wins award for inspiring research

An inspired idea by a University of Portsmouth geographer has resulted in the University winning a top award for making knowledge more accessible. Professor Humphrey Southall set his first year geography students the…

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Laws against piracy seriously flawed

An international law used for 400 years to combat piracy on the high seas and, later, to convict Nazi and Japanese war criminals, is seriously flawed, according to new research. Dr Matt Garrod,…

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