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2010-06-04 08:33:45

Natural and sexual selection in a wild insect population Tracing the success of individual wild insects in leaving descendants is now possible according to new research by University of Exeter biologists using a combination of digital video technology, tagging and DNA fingerprinting. Published on Friday 4 June, in Science, the study compares the behavior and ancestry of field crickets in their natural environment, allowing the researchers unprecedented insights into what insects actually get...

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2010-06-04 07:20:51

The incidence of fire in Amazonian forests with implications for REDD Fire occurrence rates in the Amazon have increased in 59% of areas with reduced deforestation and risks cancelling part of the carbon savings achieved by UN measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation. New research led by the University of Exeter, published on Friday 4 June, in Science, analyzed satellite deforestation and fire data from the Brazilian Amazon to understand the influence of...

2010-03-22 14:51:54

A small but intrepid team of Exeter staff and students have returned from a six-week archaeological research expedition to a remote region of rural Andhra Pradesh in India. The team, led by Dr Gill Juleff of the University of Exeter's Department of Archaeology, formed one half of a project to study the origins of high carbon steel-making in the southern Indian sub-continent. Funded by UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), the 'Pioneering Metallurgy' project is a joint venture...

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2010-02-25 13:48:42

Promiscuous females may be the key to a species' survival, according to new research by the Universities of Exeter and Liverpool. Published Feb. 25 in Current Biology, the study could solve the mystery of why females of most species have multiple mates, despite this being more risky for the individual. Known as 'polyandry' among scientists, the phenomenon of females having multiple mates is shared across most animal species, from insects to mammals. This study suggests that polyandry reduces...

2010-01-26 12:13:51

Researchers in the UK use images from earth and space to reveal peatland surface patterns. A team of UK scientists led by Dr. Karen Anderson (University of Exeter) has developed a new technique for monitoring the condition of peatlands. The team used a combination of images captured from Earth and space to measure spatial patterning in peatland surfaces as an indicator of their condition. This new method uses a novel coupled approach, using satellite images from space and airborne laser...

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2010-01-14 09:45:00

New findings confirm those of 2008 study Researchers from the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Exeter, UK, have found more evidence for a link between Bisphenol A exposure (BPA, a chemical commonly used in plastic food containers) and cardiovascular disease. The team analyzed new US population data and their results are published by the online journal, PLoS ONE. The new study uses data from NHANES 2006-2006 US population study. While the new study found that urinary BPA...

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2010-01-10 13:08:21

A study by the University of Exeter provides the first evidence that coral reefs can recover from the devastating effects of climate change. To be published Monday January 11 in the journal PLOS One, the research shows for the first time that coral reefs located in marine reserves can recover from the impacts of global warming. Scientists and environmentalists have warned that coral reefs may not be able to recover from the damage caused by climate change and that these unique environments...

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2009-12-23 09:35:00

Details of the lifestyle of mink, which escaped from fur farms and now live wild in the UK, have been revealed through analysis of their whiskers. Research led by the University of Exeter reveals more about the diet of this invasive species and provides a clue to its whereabouts. There are now plans to use the findings to eradicate it from environments where it can be devastating to native species. Published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, the study focused on American mink living in the...

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2009-12-23 09:25:00

The journeys of two marine turtles around the world's oceans will be available to view online this Christmas, thanks to a new research project launched by the University of Exeter. Noelle and Darwinia are two adult female leatherback turtles that nest in Gabon, Western Central Africa. The research team has fitted each turtle with a small satellite tracking device, which enables the scientists to monitor their precise movements and observe where and how deep they dive. The tracking began on 7...

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2009-12-11 14:45:00

A new study may explain why the England soccer team keeps losing in penalty shootouts "“ and could help the team address the problem in time for the World Cup 2010. Research by the University of Exeter shows for the first time the effect of anxiety on a footballer's eye movements while taking a penalty. The study shows that when penalty takers are anxious they are more likely to look at and focus on the centrally positioned goalkeeper. Due to the tight coordination between gaze control...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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