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Exploring the role that homosexual behaviour may have played in evolution: Dr Diana Fleischman

Homosexuality may help us bond

Homosexual behaviour may have evolved to promote social bonding in humans, according to new research. The results of a preliminary study provide the first evidence that our need to bond with others increases…

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Fraud costs food sector £11bn a year

UK listed food and drinks companies could be losing more than £11.2bn a year to fraud and error, equivalent to more than 85 per cent of their total profits, according to a new…

This image of the NGC 1398 galaxy was taken with the Dark Energy Camera. This galaxy lives in the Fornax cluster, roughly 65 million light-years from Earth. It is 135,000 light-years in diameter, just slightly larger than our own Milky Way galaxy, and contains more than a billion stars. Credit: Dark Energy Survey.

Rosetta spacecraft mission explained

Wondering why everyone is excited about a comet landing? Dr Jen Gupta, outreach officer at University of Portsmouth Institute of Cosmology, explains the significance of today’s Rosetta mission. She says: “The European Space…

Hatch, the Mary Rose dog

Mary Rose dog was a he, not a she

A team of international scientists have discovered that the smallest member of the Mary Rose crew – the ship’s dog – was a he, and not a she as was previously believed. The…

Dr Alex Ford: Some crustaceans appear capable of locking down their male-ness when under attack by feminising pollutants

Male crustaceans win battle against being feminised

Male crustaceans can ‘lock down’ their maleness to avoid being completely feminised by seawater contaminated by feminising pollutants, according to scientists. New research by scientists at the University of Portsmouth has shown that…

Critical mass: Professor Geoff Pilkington and colleagues in the Brain Tumour Research lab at Portsmouth

Research partnership brings new hope for fight against brain cancer

A University of Portsmouth brain tumour expert has welcomed a new partnership which will bring new hope for 16,000 people diagnosed each year. Professor Geoff Pilkington, who directs the University of Portsmouth’s Brain…

Cosmologists use galaxies observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to study the nature of dark energy – CREDIT: Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Universe may face a darker future

New research offers a novel insight into the nature of dark matter and dark energy and what the future of our Universe might be. Researchers in Portsmouth and Rome have found hints that…

Businesses and customers share the  "warm glow" of doing good

Social responsibility improves everything

Business and consumers share the burden of companies becoming more socially responsible, and they also share the ‘warm glow’ of reward when it goes well, according to new research. Economists at the University…

Burgeoning democracy of funding: Each marker indicates a successful crowdfunded project

Crowdfunding motivation examined

Economists at the University of Portsmouth have taken a vital step towards understanding how crowdfunding is changing the UK and global financial landscape. Portsmouth Business School and leading crowdfunding platform the Crowdfunding Centre…

Research findings: Asking sportsmen and women to hide their feelings is exhausting and impacts on their performance

If you want to win, let it all out

Sportsmen and women who want to win need to let their feelings out, according to new research. In the first study to examine the effect in endurance sport of suppressing emotions, Dr Chris…

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