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Negative experience with packaging can begin in the supermarket, according to new research.

Older consumers left ‘powerless’ by packaging

Packaging on supermarket goods can leave ‘older’ consumers feeling powerless and vulnerable, according to a new study. Research carried out at the University of Portsmouth found that issues such as difficulty reading labels…

Professor Steffen Lehmann has recorded a lecture for the United Nations.

Sustainable cities expert lectures for the UN

An expert on sustainable architecture from the University of Portsmouth is helping to shape the future of cities around the world as part of a United Nations initiative. Professor Steffen Lehmann, of the…


EPSRC seeks academics for Strategic Advisory Network

The EPSRC is seeking applications to join its Strategic Advisory Network.

A reconstruction of the Dracoraptor by artist Bob Nicholls.  Image Credit: National Museum of Wales

‘Dragon thief’ dinosaur named

The skeleton of the earliest Jurassic dinosaur ever found has been named Dracoraptor, meaning dragon thief, in a paper published today. The dinosaur has been described by University of Portsmouth palaeontologists Dr Dave…

Call for better education for girls: Professor Joanna Scurr

Breasts might be putting girls off sport

About half of all girls at UK secondary schools might be avoiding sport because of embarrassment or pain caused by their breasts, according to new research. The study also found that very few…

A new study has found that football referees don’t suffer as much criticism as they believe.

Pundits ‘not as critical as referees think’

Football referees aren’t criticised by sports commentators as much as they think they are, according to new research. A study carried out at the University of Portsmouth found that professional pundits don’t make…

This image shows SDSS observations of one of the galaxies used in this study. The region inside the hexagon shows the newly-derived map of interstellar gas from MaNGA. The presence of the gas throughout the galaxy eliminates the black hole explanation (top left) and favours the white dwarf explanation (bottom right). 

Image credit: 
Jennifer Johnson (The Ohio State University) and the SDSS Collaboration 
Black hole: NASA/Dana Berry/SkyWorks Animation 
White dwarf: NASA/JPL (Raghvendra Sahai)

Puzzling light from nearby galaxies explained

Astrophysicists from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), which has created the most detailed three-dimensional maps of the Universe ever made, have announced the results of a new study that reveals the true…


Wanted: Budding scientists to capture coast

People from Kent to Dorset with a passion for the UK’s coastline are being invited to help make history by being part of the largest coastal marine citizen science project ever undertaken. The…


Call for unorthodox economics to save rhino

Aggressive and unusual tactics and a regulated supply of horns are needed to help save rhinoceros threatened with extinction. Rhino horn can fetch more per kilogram than gold, cocaine or heroin, but according…

Team effort: Professor Bob Nichol

Substantial funding boost for cosmology

Astrophysicists and cosmologists at the University of Portsmouth are celebrating winning £2m funding to help support their research into supernovae, galaxies, dark matter and dark energy, gravity and the very early universe.

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