Faculty of Science News

Get involved! Call to all own growers to measure their harvest.

Get involved! Call to all own growers to measure their harvest.

From window boxes and growbags to greenhouses and allotments, scientists in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences (APS) need your help to measure the amount of own-grown fruit and vegetables across the UK in the first national estimate of the 21st century. The MYHarvest survey, which will be the first since the famous Dig for Victory campaign during the Second World War, will assess […]

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Faculty researchers to be awarded Biochemical Society medals

Faculty researchers to be awarded Biochemical Society medals

Two photosynthesis researchers in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology will be awarded prestigious Biochemical Society medals as part of the organisation’s 2018 awards. Dr Matt Johnson will receive the Colworth Medal, which is given each year to an outstanding biochemist in the first ten years of their career, and Professor Neil Hunter FRS has been invited to give the Keilin Memorial Lecture. The Biochemical […]

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24 Hour Inspire

24 Hour Inspire

24 Hour Inspire is back and it’s here to raise a bunch of money for cancer charities in Sheffield.  30-31 March, 17:00-17:00, Lecture Theatre 1, Hicks Building, University of Sheffield. Tickets on the door, minimum donation £2 per lecture/£7 for the full programme.  This fun annual event brings together biomechanics with biblical literature, Brexit and brain science, and any number of other research topics from […]

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The Big Walk 2017

The Big Walk 2017

Text from email (2 March 2017) from Development, Alumni Relations & Events. We invite you to take part in The Big Walk 2017 to raise funds for the Sheffield Scanner, which will transform our understanding of serious conditions such as cancer, dementia, heart and lung diseases, MND, Parkinson’s and stroke and the way we treat them in the future. You may know that since 2014 hundreds […]

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University of Sheffield named among best places to work in UK for second year in a row

University of Sheffield named among best places to work in UK for second year in a row

The University of Sheffield has been named as one of the best places to work in the UK for a second year running by The Sunday Times. The institution has also been awarded a Best Companies two star accreditation status, which recognises outstanding levels of employee engagement at the institution. The accolades are part of The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies, an annual ranking and […]

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Increasing the water table in agricultural peatland could hold key to reducing UK’s greenhouse gas emissions

Increasing the water table in agricultural peatland could hold key to reducing UK’s greenhouse gas emissions

A third of greenhouse gases released by humans are caused by agriculture Increasing water table in peat soils by 20cm reduces CO2 emissions and helps improve crop yield UK’s peatlands are being lost at a rapid rate Increasing the water table could help to slow down global warming, boost crop yields, and preserve peat soils according to a new study. The research, led by scientists from […]

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The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) honours leading astronomers and geophysicists

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) honours leading astronomers and geophysicists

On the 14th September 2015, almost exactly 100 years after Einstein predicted their existence, gravitational waves were observed for the first time. Now, almost a year after the announcement of the discovery on 11th February 2016, The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team have been awarded the 2017 Group Achievement Award in astronomy from The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). The Royal Astronomical Society said: “The […]

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NHS-recommended mental health apps need proper evaluation, research shows

NHS-recommended mental health apps need proper evaluation, research shows

Study finds digital mental health provision landscape isn’t well defined across England The NHS could potentially be wasting money on e-therapies that haven’t been properly evaluated Mental health apps need to be based on established guidelines and evidence   The NHS could potentially be wasting money on e-therapies that have not been properly evaluated, says a new study by the University of Sheffield. The study, […]

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Bird lovers help scientists discover secrets of beak evolution

Bird lovers help scientists discover secrets of beak evolution

3D scans were logged online by members of the public across the world Data shows new information about the evolution of bird beaks Citizen scientists and bird lovers across the world have helped researchers to uncover new secrets about the evolution of birds’ beaks over time in a ground-breaking study. 3D scan of beak – click or tap to see larger version (13MB) Researchers at […]

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Whiskers help dormice navigate shrinking habitats, research shows

Whiskers help dormice navigate shrinking habitats, research shows

Footage reveals dormice use their hypersensitive whiskers to explore their tree canopy at night Dormice avoided crossing the space between habitats, leading to a change in their behaviour Hedgerows can help fill gaps in habitats to help the endangered species’ survival The existence of the UK’s endangered hazel dormouse is under threat as gaps in tree canopies are leaving the creatures unable to use their […]

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