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A new study co-authored by a Keele psychologist has suggested that Neanderthals did not hold burial rituals as previously thought.

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Keele's Dr Jacco Van Loon writes for The Conversation.

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Keele's Professor Clifford Stott writes for The Conversation.

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A Keele University lecturer campaigning for a new law governing pet thefts has presented his petition to a Parliamentary committee, which has now recommended that the law be changed.

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A new planet has been discovered orbiting a unique young star after more than a decade of searching, thanks to a global research team including a Keele astrophysicist.

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Professor Clifford Stott has played a key role in contributing scientific research for the newly formed ‘Coronavirus: The Science Explained’ website, launched by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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A new study led by Keele University has highlighted the crucial role that sea ice across the Southern Ocean played in controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during times of past climate change, and could provide a critical resource for developing future climate change models.

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Keele University is to host its first virtual open day of 2020 on Saturday 20 June, giving prospective students the opportunity to tour the University from the comfort of their own home.

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A new study has revealed the sophisticated systems children use to form their beliefs about what’s real or not real in their world, showing that “rituals” can have a reinforcing impact on their beliefs.

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Keele University psychologists have proven that using conventional swear words can increase your pain tolerance by 33% compared to using alternative language.

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Little is known about the ecological implications of high-magnitude, low frequency jökulhlaup events in proglacial systems. This study highlights how kettle lakes produced by jökulhlaups in proglacial areas create short-lived ecosystems. and increase biodiversity.

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A research team including Keele’s Professor Clifford Stott has successfully secured funding for two major research projects worth over £1.5 million from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to help societies better respond to mass emergencies including COVID-19.

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Keele University has been ranked No,1 in England to study Forensic Science for a consecutive year, in The Complete University Guide 2021.

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Keele University has launched a new Masters degree course in Smart Energy Management.

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New research by Keele University using focus groups has found that 10 years after the Smart Meter programme was rolled out, people’s awareness around strategies for improving our energy efficiency is still only limited

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New research by a Keele psychologist has found that the benefits of social contact for older people are even more profound than expected, providing a significant enhancement to their wellbeing and sense of community membership.

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A Keele Pro-Vice Chancellor has been appointed as a scientific advisor to the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

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New research by a Keele University chemist has highlighted a promising method of using methane for the manufacture of fuel and useful chemicals, which is more efficient than current practices.

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Two Keele schools have been successful in achieving the renewal of their institutional Bronze Athena SWAN award.

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A global team of astronomers including Keele University’s Dr Barry Smalley have detected a ‘heartbeat’ among distant young stars which will help scientists understand more about the Sun and the workings of stars.

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More than 10 years of data collected by Keele University experts will help forensic teams find missing people, solve cold cases, and prosecute murderers by optimising their investigation techniques.

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Deadly diseases like malaria could be combated by modifying the genetic makeup of mosquitoes to create all-male offspring, according to new research.

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A new publication by a Keele University computing expert could help scientists working to fight the coronavirus pandemic by helping to inform their research.

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A €4 million study led by Keele University to support emerging technology for combustion engines has made “significant progress".

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Research carried out by scientists at Keele University, the University of Manchester and University College Dublin has shed new light on how precious metals - over ten times rarer than gold - are concentrated in igneous rocks.

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A Keele psychologist has received international acclaim from a prestigious psychological society by scooping a coveted prize for innovative teaching.

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Music is something that people turn to for solace, comfort, and reminiscence in times of crisis, and remembering past memories can be a good way of helping to plan for, and think about, the future.

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A Keele scientist has received a £1.2million UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowship to develop a flagship program in carbohydrate chemical biology.

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New research led by Keele University will explore how lockdowns across the world due to the Covid-19 outbreak are impacting the lives of urban animals.

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A new European Space Agency (ESA) mission involving a Keele University astrophysicist has successfully observed its first exoplanets, and is ready to commence routine science operations after three months in orbit.

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Keele University to receive funding from the Office for Students (OfS) to launch a postgraduate conversion course specialising in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science.

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Dr Naomi Forrester-Soto writes for The Conversation UK.

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A synthetic lure developed by researchers at Keele University has offered hopes for controlling mosquito populations in a bid to manage malaria.

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Dr Chris Stiff writes for The Conversation UK.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Keele’s research and teaching laboratories has been made available to the frontline NHS workers who are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Professor Clare Holdsworth writes for The Conversation UK.

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New digital methods of curating our musical libraries have led to significant changes in modern listening habits and how we think about music, according to a global study including a Keele University psychologist.

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A new scientific review by Keele academics has highlighted some of the challenges posed by vertical farming - a novel approach to agriculture.

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New research at Keele University has revealed the impact of climate on glacier erosion rates and the significant connections between climate change, glacier behaviour, and the formation of landscapes.

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Researchers have warned that increasing ocean temperatures could trigger a dramatic rise in sea levels, after uncovering evidence of a similar event more than 100,000 years ago.

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The warming climate is having a negative impact on tree reproduction by throwing their seed production systems out of synchronisation, according to a new study co-authored by a Keele researcher.

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Professor Chris Fogwill, Keele University; Professor Chris Turney, UNSW, and Zoë Thomas, UNSW write for The Conversation UK.

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A regional partnership led by Keele University has launched a new integrated community approach to mental health and wellbeing for students in further and higher education, in collaboration with Staffordshire University and other partners, as part of a £2.2 million project.

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A Keele professor has been working with a Staffordshire local authority to train councillors on the best ways to tackle climate change.

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A Keele professor was among a delegation of prominent academics who visited a Beijing university recently to forge new partnerships centred on smart energy and innovation.

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New research has revealed insights about an ancient collision between our galaxy and another billions of years ago through the forensic analysis of a single star.

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A social psychologist from Keele will investigate social and political tensions around a sacred river in South Asia as part of an international collaborative study.

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Heartfelt tributes have been paid to the founder and inaugural Director of Keele Observatory who has died following a short illness.

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A Keele researcher has been invited to a prestigious nationwide artificial intelligence showcase in London to demonstrate a unique new AI programme that he has helped to develop.

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Keele psychologists have partnered with a housing provider to improve local people’s lives through a new study.

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Olly Robertson writes for The Conversation UK.

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Professor Ken Rotenberg writes for The Conversation UK.

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A Keele University astrophysicist is joining colleagues from around the world to lend his expertise to a new mission run by the European Space Agency (ESA).

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Keele scientists are developing a new chemical probe to study the spread of cancer cells.

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Matthew Harris writes for The Conversation UK.

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A Keele psychology student has set up a campaign to help the homeless following a placement year with a local charity.

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Keele University's School of Psychology has climbed in the global rankings.

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Keele commemorates periodic table anniversary with illuminating display

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Matthew Radburn and Professor Clifford Stott write for The Conversation UK.

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Keele University is lighting up to mark the 150th anniversary of the periodic table, one of the most crucial aspects of modern science.

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A Keele professor has taken up a new post on an international steering committee designed to coordinate astrophysics research from universities around the world.

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A Keele chemist has been awarded a major grant to investigate soil monitoring techniques to help improve the rising problem of food security.

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Professor Peter Styles writes for The Conversation UK.

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The closest you’ve ever come to a vampire bat may be a Halloween decoration.

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A new policing project being coordinated by a Keele academic is set to help the way that football matches are policed and stewarded.

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The impact of glaciers on human culture, science and imagination has been chronicled in a new book by a Keele academic.

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Dr Deirdre McKay writes for The Conversation UK.

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A marine life study on the New Zealand sub-Antarctic islands will assess how climate change and overfishing threaten the Southern Ocean’s ecosystems.

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Dog theft has a devastating impact on people and families and is a known gateway to animal cruelty and extortion. Yet very few criminals get caught, let alone charged.

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Dr Islam Sobhy writes for The Conversation UK.

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Keele University is delighted to welcome Professor Dawn Scott to her new role as Head of the School of Life Sciences.

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Participants engaging in painful religious ritual had higher psychological wellbeing.

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A Keele astronomer has helped to capture a stunning new picture showcasing an enormous nebula where stars are born.

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Dr Sandra Woolley writes for The Conversation UK.

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Dr Allison Gardner, a lecturer in Keele’s School of Computing and Mathematics, was invited to the prestigious Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in July to discuss the role of women in driving the digital revolution.

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Dr Jacco van Loon writes for The Conversation UK.

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Dr Jacco van Loon writes for The Conversation UK.

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A Keele University alumnus returned to campus this week after nearly 50 years since graduating to receive an honorary degree for his entrepreneurial success in the gaming industry.

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A lecturer from Keele’s School of Computing and Mathematics was invited to the prestigious Royal Institution to share his expertise on the future of artificial intelligence (AI) recently.

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Students from Keele University’s School of Chemical and Physical Sciences recently visited the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Centre and Anthropological Research Facility, also known as a body farm, in Knoxville.

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Work being led by researchers at Harper Adams University and Keele University is helping to safeguard global food crops against devastation by pests.

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An elusive organic material has been detected in our region of space by a group of researchers, after first being discovered almost 100 years ago.

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Professor Toby Bruce writes for The Conversation UK.

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Some of Britain’s most ancient trees could be thousands of years younger than previously thought, according to new Keele research.

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Dr Janet Hoole writes for The Conversation UK.

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A global research group has developed a new approach to improve future predictions of climate in Antarctica and have warned that current projections may be questionable.

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The hotly-debated issue of how volcanoes contribute to atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels is a step closer to being understood thanks to a research team led by Keele scientists.

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Dr Janet Hoole writes for The Conversation UK.

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A unique exhibition by Keele University featuring artworks made of waste plastics will go on display at a historic South Cheshire church this month.

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New research led by Keele University into awareness about human papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of cervical cancer, has found that health care professionals across the UK are not as well informed as they should be.

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Jan Hoole writes for The Conversation UK.

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Keele University is one of the only UK partner institutions of a €31 million pan-European research infrastructure project - The European Plate Observing System (EPOS) - which facilitates integrated use of data, data products, and facilities from distributed research infrastructures for solid Earth science in Europe.

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Leanne Savigar writes for The Conversation UK.

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Research by Keele academics has been placed in the top 100 most read studies in a prestigious scientific journal.

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New state-of-the-art science facilities at Keele University have been officially opened by renowned broadcaster Sir David Attenborough today.

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A Keele academic is helping to shape Government policy around children’s mental wellbeing following a recent visit to Parliament.

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Members of a House of Lords committee have called for an urgent reform of forensic science in the UK following a report by Keele academics.

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Keele University has joined the Government and other institutions to become one of the first UK universities to declare a ‘climate emergency’, reaffirming its position and commitment to being a world-leader in sustainability.

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A Keele University lecturer has been helping Nantwich cut down on its plastic waste alongside a local action group.

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A study has examined a 2000-year history of greenhouse gases in the world’s atmosphere, providing key data for taking action to tackle climate change.

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Sharon George, Lecturer in Environmental Science, Keele University and Carolyn Roberts, Entrepreneur in Residence, Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership write for The Comversation UK.

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Jan Hoole writes for The Conversation UK.

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Sophia Daoudi, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Stirling and Jan Hoole, Lecturer in Biology, Keele University write for The Conversation UK.

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Professor Toby Bruce has secured a full Government inquiry into the role of science and technology in addressing challenges to food security and biodiversity, following his successful pitch to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in January.

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A new study, led by Keele University in collaboration with the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France, has uncovered the behaviour of a disease involving an abnormal protein that causes organ failure and neurodegenerative disorders.

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New research from Keele University has found that playing mid-week UEFA Europa League matches has no detrimental effect on domestic league results.

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Keele Observatory will be marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science by throwing open its doors to visitors to explore all things science on Monday 11 February.

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Keele University’s School of Computing and Mathematics recently opened a new state-of-the-art gaming station laboratory.

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Keele’s Professor Toby Bruce presented his research on food security, environment and crop protection to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee today.

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Chris Stiff writes for The Conversation UK.

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Sharon George and Deirdre McKay write for The Conversation UK.

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Jan Hoole writes for The Conversation UK.

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Clare Holdsworth, Professor of Social Geography, writes for The Conversation UK.

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Sharon George writes for The Conversation UK.

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New research into the benefits of swearing has found that making a taboo hand gesture whilst in pain can help you feel more positive.

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Jan Hoole writes for The Conversation UK.

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Geoscientists from Keele University have been working with the police to assist with the investigation of environmental crimes, such as illegal waste dumps.

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Sharon George, Keele University and Matt Edgeworth, University of Leicester write for The Conversation UK.

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Keele University geoscientists have helped police scientifically identify when a badger sett has been illegally filled in.

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Keele University’s School of Psychology has been ranked in the Top 200 in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University rankings.

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Keele is very pleased to announce that five Athena SWAN awards have been confirmed for its schools and research institutes.

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Keele University’s Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences welcomed Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury, to campus this week to present the first Grand Challenges lecture of 2018/19.

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Researchers from Keele University have worked with an international team of astronomers to find for the first time that a white dwarf and a brown dwarf collided in a ‘blaze of glory’ that was witnessed on Earth in 1670.

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Jan Hoole, Lecturer in Biology writes for The Conversation UK.

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Ken Rotenberg, Professor in Psychology writes for The Conversation UK.

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Peter Styles, Professor Emeritus in Geophysics and Jamie Pringle, Senior Lecturer in Engineering and Environmental Geosciences write for The Conversation UK.

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Rebecca Laycock Pedersen, Keele University and David P. M. Lam, Leuphana University write for The Conversation UK.

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Why do some people love roller coasters while others hate them?

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New research has found that changes in North Atlantic Ocean circulation at the end of the last ice age triggered a considerable increase in Greenland Ice Sheet melt.

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Keele University scientists have discovered a road created by the Knights Templar after the recent heatwave exposed the long-hidden foundations.

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Sharon George, Keele University, writes for The Conversation UK.

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Keele University’s Professor Toby Bruce has been awarded a major grant of £1.1million from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to investigate solutions to the rising problem of the Fall Armyworm, in collaboration with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Kenya.

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Jan Hoole and Daniel Allen write for The Conversation UK.

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Chris Stiff, Lecturer in psychology writes for The Conversation UK.

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Tim Collins, Senior Lecturer in Electronic Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University; Ivan Miguel Pires, PhD Researcher, University of Beira Interior; Salome Oniani, PhD Researcher, Georgian Technical University, and Sandra Woolley, Senior Lecturer, Software and Systems Engineering Research, Keele University write for The Conversation UK.

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Yvonne Skipper, Lecturer in Psychology, writes for The Conversation UK.

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Distinguished Keele University alumni Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DL and Jack Bowman have been appointed to Keele’s College of Fellows.

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Adam Stanton, Lecturer in Evolutionary Robotics and Artificial Life, writes for The Conversation UK.

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Jan Hoole, Lecturer in Biology, writes for The Conversation UK.

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Research at Keele University has examined why members of the public make judgements as to whether violent attackers are viewed as either terrorists or mentally ill.

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Dr Naomi Forrester-Soto has joined Keele University’s School of Life Sciences as Reader in Vector Ecology.

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Ashley Murphy, PhD Researcher writes for The Conversation UK.

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Keele University awarded major grant by the ESRC to help shape police policy and practice

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Two entrepreneurial students from Keele University have won the ‘Design’ category at the UK STEM Awards.

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Academics at Keele University have worked with local education practitioners and parents to develop a video guide for parents about reading with their children.

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Scientists have detected an exoplanet atmosphere that is free of clouds, marking a pivotal breakthrough in the quest for greater understanding of the planets beyond our solar system.

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Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have detected helium in the atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-107b

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Keele University has successfully retained the HR Excellence in Research Award.

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Researchers from Keele University have discovered a planet that absorbs 99% of light, making it one of the darkest planets ever found.

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Jan Hoole, Lecturer in Biology writes for The Conversation UK.

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Professor Mike Watkinson has taken up his position as Keele’s new Head of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

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Coel Hellier, Professor of Astrophysics writes for The Conversation UK.

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Sue Sherman, Senior Lecturer in Psychology writes for The Conversation UK.

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Research conducted at Keele University has found that many parents of boys are unaware of the dangers of HPV - the Human Papillomavirus, and once made aware, want the vaccine for HPV to be offered to boys as well as girls.

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The Keele University Astrophysics Group has been awarded a £435,000 grant from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to explore the formation and fundamental properties of stars and (exo)planetary systems.

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Alexandre Nobajas, Lecturer in Human Geography and GIS writes for The Conversation UK.

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Sharon George, Lecturer in Environmental Science writes for The Conversation UK.

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Professor Clare Holdsworth has been awarded a £152,000 Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship to explore how people cope differently with being busy.

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Katie Wright-Bevans, Lecturer in Psychology writes for The Conversation UK.

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A group of outstanding researchers write for The Conversation UK.

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Jan Hoole, Lecturer in Biology, Keele University writes for The Conversation UK.

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Dr Masi Noor, a Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University, launched his new book Forgiveness is Really Strange in London today.

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Alexandre Nobajas, Lecturer in Human Geography and GIS writes for The Conversation UK.

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An international research team, including Professor Christopher Fogwill from Keele University, has pinpointed a new geological age, the Anthropocene.

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Daniel Allen, Animal Geographer, Keele University writes for The Conversation UK.

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New research offers an explanation for the discrepancy between the size and age of the Rosette Nebula’s central cavity and that of its central stars.

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Keele University’s Chancellor, Jonathon Porritt, CBE officially opened the School of Life Sciences’ £11 million building redevelopment and extension this week.

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Dr Deirdre McKay and Dr Eva Giraud wrote for The Conversation UK.

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Dr Sharon George and Dr Deirdre McKay write for The Conversation UK.

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Daniel Allen, Animal Geographer writes for The Conversation UK.

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An international team of astronomers has revealed an ‘astonishing’ overabundance of massive stars in a neighbouring galaxy.

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Ralf Gertisser, Senior Lecturer in Mineralogy and Petrology, Keele University; Katie Preece, Research Associate in Volcanology, University of Glasgow, and Sylvain Charbonnier, Assistant Professor in Volcanology, University of South Florida write for The Conversation UK.

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£15 million investment will create the first facility in Europe for at-scale living laboratory research, development and demonstration.

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Keele strikes Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework

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