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Major new project to examine the politics of fracking in the UK

21 June 2018

Researchers aim to discover whether shale gas exploration is the route to a low carbon future or a costly detour for the energy industry.

NASA to test Sussex physicist’s atomic bubble trap theory in space

19 June 2018

Professor Barry Garraway's 18-year-old theory about cooled atoms will be put to the test on the International Space Station.

Brighton & Hove: where do they get their energy from?

15 June 2018

200 years after the city's first energy company was founded, an event will explore how future energy policy can benefit those in Brighton and beyond.

UK’s first clinic to prevent family transmission of anxiety launches in Sussex

15 June 2018

The UK’s first clinic to prevent family transmission of anxiety launches in Sussex today, Friday 15 June.

Large fenced reserves an effective way to bring wolves back to Scotland

13 June 2018

New research suggests a very large fenced reserve could be effectively used to reintroduce wolves in the Scottish Highlands.

British mammals’ fight for survival

13 June 2018

The first comprehensive review of British mammal populations for over 20 years has found almost one in five species are threatened with extinction.

When life gives you lemons, you take more risks

7 June 2018

Scientists at the Sussex Computer Human Interaction Lab have found for the first time evidence that sour tastes lead to more risk-taking behaviour.

New mums’ voices get lower after pregnancy, shows a University of Sussex study

30 May 2018

Voice drops after pregnancy by one piano note, and lasts for a year.

Car dealers are a major barrier to the spread of electric vehicles

21 May 2018

Car dealerships and sales personnel are a major obstacle to the switch to electric vehicles in the Nordic region and possibly beyond, says new study.

Analysing the 2011 riots: Why the emotional impact extended far beyond the affected communities

10 May 2018

New research investigating the emotional effects of the 2011 riots in England has found that black neighbourhoods were particularly severely impacted.

Enhance governance of trade policy to ensure ‘Green Brexit’, urge experts

2 May 2018

The UK should develop Sustainability Impact Assessments to minimise negative impacts of future trade agreements, say University of Sussex experts.

Hive fives all round: Researchers un-bee-lievably grateful after public support bags funding boost

30 April 2018

Researchers investigating how bees get a buzz out of Brighton’s balconies have thanked the public after shoppers’ votes bagged them a funding boost.

Horse lookin’ at you kid: study finds horses remember facial expressions of people they’ve seen before

26 April 2018

Horses can read and then remember people’s emotional expressions, shows a new study.

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.

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