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Football makes fans less happy

23 April 2018

Football causes fans more pain than pleasure, new University of Sussex research suggests.


‘Rip Van Winkle’ plants hide underground for up to 20 years

20 April 2018

Scores of plant species are capable of living dormant under the soil for up to 20 years, enabling them to survive through difficult times.


Physicists explore a safe alternative to x-ray security scanners

9 April 2018

Sussex researchers are at the forefront of harnessing the magical properties of terahertz radiation.


New study shows climate change is wreaking havoc on delicate relationship between orchids and bees

6 April 2018

The first definitive demonstration of climate change upsetting the vital interdependent relationships between species has been revealed.


Iodine fortification in early life could increase childhood IQ

26 March 2018

A study by University of Sussex researchers suggests that Universal Salt Iodisation increases childhood cognitive test scores.


EU likely to reject bespoke Canada trade deal for UK

26 March 2018

The European Union is likely to reject a significantly enhanced version of its Canada trade deal for the UK after Brexit, according to experts.


City food growers wanted for international research project

22 March 2018

Gardeners are being sought for a research project that will compare their growing methods with counterparts 5,000 miles away.


Closing the 69 million teacher gap needs to be top priority for world’s education leaders

19 March 2018

Addressing the global teacher gap of 69 million should be the number one priority for education policymakers the world over, a new study has warned.


‘You’re fired!’: Why we shouldn’t be surprised at the tumult at the heart of Trump’s ‘Apprentice’ presidency

19 March 2018

A series of high-profile White House sackings indicates Donald Trump is modelling his presidency on his successful turn in 'The Apprentice'.


Sussex research reveals brain mechanism involved in language learning

15 March 2018

Learning a new language may be more of a science than an art, a University of Sussex study finds.


Report calls on global apparel brands to fund compensation schemes for garment factory workers

14 March 2018

Five years after the Rana Plaza garment factory tragedy, clothes factory workers still do not have the right to compensation for death or injury.


Trauma and dementia patients given hope by ‘flashbulb memory’ breakthrough

9 March 2018

Scientists have made a breakthrough in detailing the formation of memories that help snails find to treats and war survivors to repeat their trauma.


Government urged to halt food-safety overhaul

9 March 2018

Leading food-safety experts have urged the UK Government to halt plans to outsource food safety inspections to private companies.


Private equity investors stick around longer in ‘risky’ economies

26 February 2018

Private equity investors stick around for longer in newly listed firms in emerging economies, shows new University of Sussex research.


Hope remains to save the world’s most trafficked animal as it enjoys the spotlight of a global day in its honour

17 February 2018

The University of Sussex is shining new light on the plight of pangolins in the hope of staving off the very real threat to their survival.


Reality check

14 February 2018

For the Brighton Science Festival this month, Dr David Schwartzman and Dr Keisuke Suzuki are showcasing their research on visual hallucinations.


From the farm to the hospital – how fungicide research could help curb a serious global health threat

7 February 2018

Novel compounds originally developed for use in farming could be key in the fight against a fungus considered a serious global health threat.


High-tech industries face biggest Brexit slowdown

6 February 2018

The UK’s high-tech and medium-high-tech industries are most at risk of a significant slowing of production after Brexit, trade experts warned today.


The Business of Women’s Words: Purpose and Profit in Feminist Publishing

5 February 2018

Sussex is leading a major new research project looking at the feminist publishing revolution of the 1970s/80s, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.


Chris Packham's Fingers in the Sparkle Jar voted UK's favourite nature book

1 February 2018

Chris Packham book voted Britain's favourite piece of nature writing as part of a project led by the Universities of Sussex, Leeds and St Andrews.


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