Faculty of Science News

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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Insects feel the heat: scientists reveal rise in temperature affects ability to reproduce

Insects feel the heat: scientists reveal rise in temperature affects ability to reproduce

Even a mild rise in temperature damages insect’s ability to reproduce Insect populations in high latitude countries are worst affected Identifying genes linked to increased and decreased reproduction may help understand how insects cope with climate change and controlling insect pests   With 2016 reportedly the warmest year on record, scientists have discovered insects are already feeling the effects of climate change, as a rise […]

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Sheffield-China joint degree programme receives Royal Society of Chemistry accreditation

Sheffield-China joint degree programme receives Royal Society of Chemistry accreditation

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has accredited a Chemistry degree offered jointly between Nanjing Tech University and the University of Sheffield. The four year BSc Chemistry degree offers Chinese students the opportunity to gain a degree by studying for three years in Nanjing, China, where more than a third of teaching is given by visiting University of Sheffield staff, followed by a final year […]

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Chinese honour for University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor

Chinese honour for University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor

Professor Sir Keith Burnett awarded Individual Performance Excellence award – national honour presented by the People’s Republic of China. Award recognises outstanding personal service to increasing the understanding of Chinese language, peoples and culture. Honour was presented by Vice-Premier Liu Yandong at 11th annual global conference of the Confucius Institute in Kunming in China. In an unusual recognition of his efforts to build closer educational […]

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Fundraising marathon in memory of colleagues

Fundraising marathon in memory of colleagues

The 24 Hour Inspire is returning for another marathon series of lectures in memory of two inspirational colleagues. Between 5pm and on Thursday 16 April and 5pm the following day, there will be non-stop talks from dozens of lecturers in the Hicks Building, helping to raise money for worthy causes. Talks will include ‘An insider’s guide to Wolf Hall’, ‘3,000 years of condoms’, ‘What bad novels can […]

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Professional staff take home trophies from awards ceremony

Staff from across the Faculty of Science were honoured at the Sheffield Professional Awards. At a ceremony in the Octagon Centre on Thursday (26 March) a total of 21 awards were given out across six categories. The Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory Team of Mel Stapleton, Anne Holland, Sarah Noble and Tom Hill won the One Team award, for a team who are exceptional in the way they […]

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