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History - Aug 14
A team from our Archaeology Department have been helping to uncover the past of a rare Viking artefact. The origins of a corroded, damaged helmet, which was unearthed in Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, UK, has caused much debate for many years and Dr Chris Caple and his team were asked to carry out research to find out more about it.
Physics - Aug 14

In an era before the internet and smartphones the dropping of the atomic bombs and eventual surrender of Japan on VJ Day was reported in more traditional ways. Professor Tim Luckhurst, Principal of our South College, has explored how the popularity of newspapers helped spread these stories to huge audiences, offering images and commentary that radio, the only existing form of broadcast media, could not.

Materials Science - Aug 13

Have you ever spilled your coffee on your desk? You may then have observed one of the most puzzling phenomena of fluid mechanics - the coffee-ring effect. Coffee rings form because the liquid evaporates quicker at the edges, causing an accumulation of solid particles that results in the characteristic dark ring.

Life Sciences - Jul 29

Scientists find new way to kill tuberculosis Our scientists have found a new way to kill the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB). TB is the world's deadliest infectious disease and causes nearly 1.5 million deaths each year. Whilst most cases can be cured with proper treatment, the number of antibiotic-resistant infections are steadily increasing. An international team of researchers co-led by Durham scientists has discovered that a toxin produced by the germ itself can be used to poison it. The toxin blocks the use of important amino acids required by the bacteria to produce essential proteins they need to survive. New anti-TB drugs

Research Management - Jul 16
Research Management

A supercomputer simulation carried out in Durham that realistically calculates the formation of galaxies from the Big Bang to the present day is one of cosmology's most popular research papers of the past decade.

Administration - Jul 15

Since lockdown began in England, children have become increasing sedentary with one in fourteen children reported to be doing no daily exercise. Before lockdown, 47 percent of children were meeting the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines on being active for 60 minutes a day, but this has now dropped to 19 percent.

Religions - Aug 13

Two of our leading academics have been honoured in recognition of their outstanding contributions to subjects within humanities and social sciences. Professor Martin Clayton and Professor John Barclay have been made Fellows of the British Academy.

Health - Aug 6

Our researchers who are investigating whether specially trained dogs can sniff out Covid-19 in humans are asking people in the North West region of England for help with the trial. The trial will determine whether dogs could be used as a new rapid, non-invasive diagnostic tool for the virus.

Materials Science - Jul 20

Our engineers have been inspired by nature to create what they say is the first manufactured non-cuttable material. They got the idea for the new lightweight material from the tough cellular skin of the grapefruit and the fracture resistant shells of the abalone sea creature.

Sport - Jul 16

Study reveals long-term impact of rugby injuries Rugby players continue to suffer from their high ‘injury load' after retirement from the sport. This is according to the first independent study looking at the health of retired rugby players. The researchers, led by our sport and exercise scientists, are calling for governing bodies, to step up their efforts to prevent, in particular, recurrent injuries in rugby and ensure players are supported post-retirement. Post-retirement impact

Environment - Jul 15

Giant impacts have a wide range of consequences for young planets and their atmospheres, according to research led by our scientists. These huge collisions dominate the late stages of planet formation.

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