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Fruit flies

Electric fields signal ‘no flies zone’

31 July 2015

A new piece of research led by the University of Southampton has found that the behaviour of fruit flies, which are commonly used in laboratory experiments, is altered by electric fields.

Nurse performing observation

Study to investigate nurse staffing levels and safe care

29 July 2015

A University of Southampton study will investigate how the provision of nurses in hospitals affects the care and safety of patients.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research: Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme and working with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the universities of Portsmouth and York, the research will examine the relationship between nurse staffing levels, failure to observe patients’ vital signs and possible consequences – such as cardiac arrest calls, unanticipated admission to intensive care and death.

Southampton researchers help the UK rail industry cut costs and reduce delays

28 July 2015

Researchers from the University of Southampton have led a national project to help the UK rail industry reduce delays and achieve multi-million-pound savings.

New research on Agincourt naval fleet revealed at international conference

27 July 2015

Experts on the Battle of Agincourt gathering at the University of Southampton to mark its 600th anniversary will hear new evidence suggesting Henry V’s naval fleet, used to transport troops, was much smaller than previously thought.

Simple procedure using a nasal balloon can help treat hearing loss in children

27 July 2015

For children with a common middle-ear problem, a simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact of hearing loss and avoid unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Southampton.

Exercise mimic molecule may help treat diabetes and obesity

27 July 2015

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a molecule that acts as an exercise mimic, which could potentially help treat type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Southampton engineers test fly printed aircraft off Royal Navy ship

23 July 2015

A 3D printed aircraft has successfully launched off the front of a Royal Navy warship and landed safely on a Dorset beach.

Mangroves help protect against sea level rise

23 July 2015

Mangrove forests could play a crucial role in protecting coastal areas from sea level rise caused by climate change, according to new research involving the University of Southampton.

Dr Stuart Clarke

University of Southampton to map impact of infectious diseases against research spending

22 July 2015

Scientists at the University of Southampton are set to analyse research investments into infectious disease research, particularly pneumonia and maternal and neonatal infections, after receiving over £370,000 in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
By studying how research funding is allocated relative to the global burden of disease, and assessing the outputs and impact of research, the resulting data will be used to better inform future investment decisions.

Researchers aim to produce vaccine to save the Tasmanian devil

21 July 2015

New research, led by University of Southampton biological scientist Dr Hannah Siddle, is aiming to develop an effective vaccine against an infectious cancer that is eradicating the Tasmanian devil, the world’s largest remaining marsupial carnivore.

IYL 2015 Garden makes Light work of understanding science

20 July 2015

The University of Southampton has joined with Elks-Smith Landscape & Garden Design to create a spectacular ‘Garden of Light’ for the RHS Tatton Flower Show in Cheshire (22-26 July) in celebration of the United Nations International Year of Light.

Invasive Urchin

Marine travellers best able to adapt to warming waters

20 July 2015

Marine species that already roam far and wide throughout our oceans are extending their territories further and faster in response to climate change, according to new research involving the University of Southampton and an international team of biodiversity experts.

Graduation proposal

Student proposes marriage during graduation ceremony

17 July 2015

As a first for graduation ceremonies at the University of Southampton, a student has got down on one knee and made a proposal of marriage in front of hundreds of other graduands.

Scientists gather in Southampton to discuss how to grow missing organs and tissues

16 July 2015

Leading scientists from the UK and around the world will meet at the University of Southampton next week (20 and 21 July) to discuss new technologies to create new, living tissues in the lab and to help our bodies regenerate themselves.

Southampton professor calls for changes in the law for surveillance by UK intelligence agencies

15 July 2015

Professor Dame Wendy Hall from the University of Southampton has co-authored a significant new report, which calls for a fresh start in the law for surveillance practices in the UK.

Prof Rod Rhodes

Politics professor honoured with lifetime achievement award

15 July 2015

Professor of Government at the University of Southampton, Rod Rhodes, has been given the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). Professor Rhodes impressed the awards jury with his, “exceptional record in the many areas of the profession: from teaching and publishing, to advising and disseminating.”

Pneumonia investment doesn’t match mortality burden

15 July 2015

UK investment in pneumonia research is lacking when compared to spending on influenza and tuberculosis, according to a new study by the University of Southampton and University College London (UCL).

‘Inspiring Leader’ in cancer research recognised with national award

15 July 2015

Dr Edd James, Associate Professor in Cancer Immunology, has received a national award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of his outstanding work to raise awareness about research.

Out of this world: Southampton research into the health impacts of human spaceflight

15 July 2015

Pioneering research from the University of Southampton into the health impacts of spaceflight has been identified as a possible experiment to be conducted by British astronaut Tim Peake on his maiden voyage to the International Space Station (ISS) later this year.

Southampton experts add their voice to global climate change risk assessment

14 July 2015

Researchers from the University of Southampton have joined an international group of scientists, energy policy analysts, and experts in risk from finance and the military to release a new independent assessment of the risks of climate change, designed to support political leaders in their decisions on how much priority to give to the issue.

Graduation 2015 marks achievements of students and honorary graduates

13 July 2015

Around 5,000 students will attend Graduation at the University of Southampton this week, alongside seven leading figures from the fields of business, chemistry, engineering, Jewish history, maritime and poetry who will receive honorary degrees.

High-flying success: Global recognition for UAV research

9 July 2015

Autonomous systems are one of the Eight Great Technologies in which the UK is set to be a global leader. At Southampton, we have a global reputation for unmanned systems research and development, including fixed and rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); unmanned marine vehicles and disaster response.

Astronomers see black hole come to life

9 July 2015

42 million light years away, 20 million times the mass of the Sun, and coming back to life.

Engineering students win national unmanned aircraft competition

8 July 2015

Five final-year masters of engineering students have beaten 13 other university teams to be crowned overall winners of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenge.

Budget 2015: safe havens at risk as the welfare axe falls on most vulnerable

8 July 2015

Lecturer in Human Geography Dr Andrew Power writes for The Conversation on the impact of welfare spending cuts in the 2015 Budget.

‘Here Comes the Sun’: Does pop music have a ‘Rhythm Of The Rain?’

7 July 2015

Weather is frequently portrayed in popular music, with a new scientific study finding over 750 popular music songs referring to weather, the most common being sun and rain, and blizzards being the least common. The study also found many song writers were inspired by weather events.

Future continues to look bright for Southampton graduates

7 July 2015

Last year’s graduates from the University of Southampton have fared very well based on the latest graduate employment survey released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Universe’s hidden supermassive black holes revealed

7 July 2015

An international team of scientists, including University of Southampton Astronomer Dr Poshak Gandhi, have found evidence for a large population of hidden supermassive black holes in the Universe.

Dr Stuart Clarke

Newton Fund grant to aid Southampton researchers in understanding and reducing the impact of infectious disease in Malaysia

3 July 2015

A group of collaborators led by the University of Southampton have been awarded a British Council Newton Fund Institutional Links Grant to support ground-breaking research towards reducing the burden of infectious disease in Malaysia. The award of over £120,000 will help the researchers to examine more closely the role of weather and industrial pollution in the prevalence of disease-causing bacteria with a view to the introduction of appropriate vaccines and better antibiotic prescribing whilst building local capacity in public health.

Dalian graduation

University holds its first graduation ceremony in China

3 July 2015

University of Southampton students have become the first ever to graduate in China from programmes offered by the institution’s Winchester School of Art (WSA). 69 students celebrated their success at a graduation ceremony held at the campus of Dalian Polytechnic University (DPU).