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EXPERT COMMENT: Coronavirus: an architect on how the pandemic could change our homes forever

EXPERT COMMENT: Coronavirus: an architect on how the pandemic could change our homes forever

Press releases   •   May 27, 2020 12:01 BST

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our homes have been serving as makeshift workplaces, schools and gyms. Dr Tara Hipwood, lecturer in architecture at Northumbria University, suggests that changes in commuting or work habits will prompt a fundamental shift in what people perceive as priority features in the home, with outdoor space and a home office high up the list.

North East universities team up to protect frontline NHS workers

North East universities team up to protect frontline NHS workers

Press releases   •   May 01, 2020 13:54 BST

Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland universities are working together to design and support production of vital protective equipment for the NHS.

£1.2 million awarded to improve our understanding of the Sun

£1.2 million awarded to improve our understanding of the Sun

Press releases   •   Apr 23, 2020 14:52 BST

Researchers from Northumbria University have been awarded £1.2m to help advance our understanding of the Sun and its impact on the planets within our solar system.

Fold to Glitter – researchers discover novel optical sensing technology

Press releases   •   Apr 15, 2020 13:44 BST

Scientists from Northumbria University have developed a new optical sensing technology which can light up areas of an object or material by creating microscopic wrinkles and folds within its surface.

New discovery: Evidence for a 90-million-year-old rainforest near the South Pole

New discovery: Evidence for a 90-million-year-old rainforest near the South Pole

Press releases   •   Apr 01, 2020 16:26 BST

Researchers have found unexpected fossil traces of a temperate rainforest near the South Pole 90 million years ago, suggesting the continent had an exceptionally warm climate in prehistoric times. Their findings are published today (1 April) as the lead story in the scientific journal Nature.

Northumbria University project selected for the Airbus GEDC Diversity Award

Northumbria University project selected for the Airbus GEDC Diversity Award

Press releases   •   Mar 16, 2020 15:17 GMT

​Northumbria University's NUSTEM project has been recognised for its innovative work in improving diversity in engineering education.

EXPERT COMMENT: Greater Manchester’s cycling plan is a radical, much-needed approach – now it needs funding

EXPERT COMMENT: Greater Manchester’s cycling plan is a radical, much-needed approach – now it needs funding

Press releases   •   Mar 03, 2020 16:09 GMT

Katja Leyendecker, ​PhD candidate in Architecture and Built Environment, discusses Greater Manchester's new walking and cycling plan.

Lesson in cyber security at teachers’ boot camp event

Lesson in cyber security at teachers’ boot camp event

Press releases   •   Feb 28, 2020 11:01 GMT

Northumbria University has teamed up with two leading cyber security organisations to run a boot camp training event for computer science teachers and academics.

Cyber Guardians to keep older people safe online

Cyber Guardians to keep older people safe online

Press releases   •   Feb 27, 2020 10:18 GMT

In an increasingly digital world, where everything from shopping to socialising is now carried out online, being able to access the internet confidently and safely is more important than ever.

Antarctic ice walls protect against rising sea levels

Antarctic ice walls protect against rising sea levels

Press releases   •   Feb 26, 2020 16:08 GMT

A vital role that floating Antarctic ice shelves play in preventing catastrophic sea level rises has been proven for the first time in a new study, published in the scientific journal Nature.

Climate change could shrink vital tropical rainfall belt

Climate change could shrink vital tropical rainfall belt

Press releases   •   Feb 17, 2020 15:21 GMT

A tropical rainfall belt providing critical summer rains to billions of people is at risk of shrinking due to future climate warming, according to new research.

Unlocking desalination with solar energy

Unlocking desalination with solar energy

Press releases   •   Feb 14, 2020 13:39 GMT

A mechanical engineer from Northumbria University has won a prestigious award after developing an innovative process to turn sea water into clean, safe drinking water, using solar energy.

Ethical hackers help boost businesses’ digital resilience

Ethical hackers help boost businesses’ digital resilience

Press releases   •   Feb 04, 2020 12:42 GMT

Computing students from Northumbria University will be testing just how well-prepared local businesses are for potential cyber-attacks by attempting to hack into their IT systems.

The Sun as we've never seen it before: clearest and most detailed images yet of the Sun revealed

The Sun as we've never seen it before: clearest and most detailed images yet of the Sun revealed

Press releases   •   Jan 30, 2020 09:00 GMT

The clearest and most detailed images of the Sun have been captured by the largest telescope in the world.

Molecule modification could improve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel

Molecule modification could improve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel

Press releases   •   Jan 28, 2020 14:15 GMT

The reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel could become safer and more efficient in future after Northumbria University researchers found a way to modify the structure of molecules to remove radioactive materials. The research is published in the influential Chemistry - A European Journal and is described by its editors as being of 'great significance'.

 Understanding the impact of new technologies and social media on perceptions of Europe abroad

Understanding the impact of new technologies and social media on perceptions of Europe abroad

Press releases   •   Jan 23, 2020 15:39 GMT

Social Computing experts from Northumbria University are part of a three-year EU-funded project which brings together an inter- and multidisciplinary consortium of 25 partners from twelve European and three non-European countries.

Sea-ice-free Arctic makes permafrost vulnerable to thawing

Sea-ice-free Arctic makes permafrost vulnerable to thawing

Press releases   •   Jan 09, 2020 13:03 GMT

New research published in Nature provides evidence from Siberian caves on the essential role that summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean plays in stabilising permafrost and its large store of carbon.

Building industry links through engineering partnership

Building industry links through engineering partnership

Press releases   •   Dec 03, 2019 10:35 GMT

Northumbria University has become an academic partner of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the UK’s leading civil engineering professional body.

First evidence that Antarctica's thinning ice shelves are causing more ice to move from the land into the sea

First evidence that Antarctica's thinning ice shelves are causing more ice to move from the land into the sea

Press releases   •   Dec 02, 2019 08:00 GMT

Researchers have produced the first physics-based quantifiable evidence that thinning ice shelves in Antarctica are causing more ice to flow from the land into the ocean. Their findings have been published in Geophysical Research Letters.

Secrets of Lucretia painting closer to being revealed

Secrets of Lucretia painting closer to being revealed

Press releases   •   Nov 26, 2019 09:58 GMT

The mystery of who painted a centuries-old artwork, and when, is closer to being revealed thanks to the work of art conservation and forensic science experts from Northumbria University, in Newcastle upon Tyne.