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Scientists uncover a gene involved in sexual conflict in fruit flies

Scientists uncover a gene involved in sexual conflict in fruit flies
Description
Sexual conflict in fruit flies is governed by specifically wired neurons in the brain which have been pinpointed by scientists at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Date:
20/10/2021

New tool can identify harmful blue-green algae

New tool can identify harmful blue-green algae
Description
A new way to detect early signs of harmful blue-green algae has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham together with researchers at the Culture Collection of Algae & Protozoa.
Date:
20/10/2021

Older adults across the globe are more willing to help others, but mostly those in the same country

Older adults across the globe are more willing to help others, but mostly those in the same country
Description
Older adults around the world are more willing to donate to charity than younger people, but will prioritise charitable organisations operating within their own country, new research finds.
Date:
12/10/2021

Oldest theropod dinosaur in the UK discovered in southern Wales

Oldest theropod dinosaur in the UK discovered in southern Wales
Description
Scientists from the Natural History Museum and the University of Birmingham have described a new species of dinosaur from specimens found in a quarry in Pant-y-ffynnon in southern Wales.
Date:
06/10/2021

Increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere teaches old oaks new tricks

Increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere teaches old oaks new tricks
Description
Mature oak trees will increase their rate of photosynthesis by up to a third in response to the raised CO2 levels expected to be the world average by about 2050, new research shows.
Date:
04/10/2021

Bizarre armoured spikes belong to oldest ankylosaur ever discovered

Bizarre armoured spikes belong to oldest ankylosaur ever discovered
Description
An unusual fossil showing a series of spikes fused to a rib has been revealed to be the remains of the oldest ankylosaur ever found and the first from the African continent.
Date:
23/09/2021

New undergraduate programmes addressing major global challenges and their impact

New undergraduate programmes addressing major global challenges and their impact
Description
The University of Birmingham's College of Life and Environmental Sciences has introduced new undergraduate programmes in Human Sciences and Global Environmental Change & Sustainability.
Date:
22/09/2021

Our eyes and brain work together to create a 'pipeline' of meaning – new study

Our eyes and brain work together to create a 'pipeline' of meaning – new study
Description
Humans read by 'pre-processing' written words to create a pipeline of meaning, according to new research at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
21/09/2021

Young writers in Birmingham invited to write Water Stories

Young writers in Birmingham invited to write Water Stories
Description
This year's theme is 'Water Stories'. The competition, hosted by the National Literacy Trust and the University of Birmingham
Date:
16/09/2021

New guide aims to help young people discuss mental health with their GP

New guide aims to help young people discuss mental health with their GP
Description
A guide to help young people talk to their GP about self-harm and suicidal experiences has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham in partnership with a group of youth advisors.
Date:
10/09/2021
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