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Smelling the forest, not the trees: Why animals are better at sniffing out complex smells than individual compounds

10 December 2018

Animals are much better at smelling a complex “soup” of odorants rather than a single pure ingredient, a new study has revealed.

Spaces to be uncertain: New initiative calls for conformity to be challenged in the classroom

10 December 2018

A new campaign is urging teachers and pupils to be allowed to embrace uncertainty and explore new ways to engage with knowledge.

University of Sussex recognised in UK’s Best Breakthroughs list

6 December 2018

Sussex research into child mental health has been named as one of the UK’s 100 best breakthroughs for impact on people’s everyday lives.

Councils advised to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to prepare for Brexit

30 November 2018

Local authorities should set up “food resilience teams” to prepare for different Brexit scenarios, according to advice written by food policy experts.

Home grown produce in urban areas could improve food security, after promising results in Brighton study

29 November 2018

Home-growers could harvest an average of £550 worth of food each summer, according to researchers at the University of Sussex.

Snails become risk-takers when hungry

22 November 2018

Hunger increases risk-taking behaviour in snails, according to research from neuroscientists at the University of Sussex.

‘Rubber hand illusion’ offers clue to Tourette syndrome

13 November 2018

Scientists at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) have used an eerie illusion of having an extra hand to understand Tourette syndrome.

University of Sussex scientists opening up access to science through DIY equipment

8 November 2018

Scientists have developed a £25 piece of hardware to demonstrate how our brains function, which could aid educators around the world.

Lest we forget

7 November 2018

First World War centenary commemorations culminate on Remembrance Sunday, but for doctoral student Jenny Flood the reflections are far from over.

Not backing Britain: Brexit vote has reduced foreign direct investment to the UK by 19 per cent

1 November 2018

Overseas investment to the UK may be some 19 per cent lower because of the vote to leave the EU, new UKTPO research has revealed.

An end to arachnophobia ‘just a heartbeat away’

30 October 2018

Exposing people with phobias to their fear at the exact time of their heartbeat led to the phobia reducing in severity, BSMS research shows.

Scientists discover first high-temperature single-molecule magnet

19 October 2018

A team of scientists led by Professor Richard Layfield has published breakthrough research regarding single molecule magnets.

Rewilding may be a risk worth taking for landowners after Brexit, say Sussex experts

17 October 2018

Leaving the EU could make rewilding an attractive option for landowners across the UK, according to a team of experts led by the University of Sussex.

World Heritage sites under threat from climate change

16 October 2018

Mediterranean World Heritage sites such as Venice, Pisa and the Medieval City of Rhodes are under severe threat of coastal erosion and flooding,

Lift off for world-first ultrasound levitation that bends around barriers

15 October 2018

Researchers have become the first in the world to develop technology which can bend sound waves around an obstacle and levitate an object above it.

University of Sussex research featured heavily in major climate change report

12 October 2018

Research by the University of Sussex has played in key role in the creation of a hugely significant new report on climate change.

Your smart phone could soon be making your commute much less stressful

12 October 2018

Apps that can detect what mode of transport phone users are travelling on and automatically offer relevant advice are set to become a reality.

Happy foetuses, angry children

11 October 2018

Forgotten Surrealists Grace Pailthorpe and Reuben Mednikoff are back in the limelight, thanks to a new exhibition co-curated by Dr Hope Wolf.

Music education at significant risk of disappearing as a sustained curriculum offer no longer the norm in secondary

10 October 2018

New research shows an increasing number of schools have reduced or completely removed music in the curriculum for lower secondary school students.

Theatre and attitudes: Using performance to address social inequality

8 October 2018

Theatre is being used to provoke discussions on inequality and exclusion in a collaborative project.

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