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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….


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,…

Tragedy: Humans flock to use up natural resources under threat

Alarmists might be harming environment

Well-meaning lobbyists might be inadvertently causing more harm to the environment than good, according to new research. By making sometimes exaggerated claims about a natural resource – such as clean water or land…


Grant awarded to evaluate veteran support

The University of Portsmouth has been awarded a £130K grant to evaluate the impact of a support group for thousands of local veterans in the city. The research will assess the Veterans Outreach…

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Female scientists face blatant sexism

Women researchers in science and technology in UK universities face an entrenched bias when being hired or promoted, according to new research. A small-scale study has found clear evidence that some universities appear…


First results from biggest galaxy survey presented

The first results from one of the biggest galaxy surveys to date, which show galaxy structures in extraordinary detail, were presented today by a team of researchers from the University of Portsmouth. The…

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