Central Asia identified as a key region for human ancestors
The interior of Central Asia has been identified as a key route for some of the earliest hominin migrations across Asia in a new study published in PLOS ONE today (Friday 21 October).
Northumbria University contributes to sustainable development in Africa
Researchers at Northumbria University have been instrumental in the creation of a centre for innovation and entrepreneurship in a low-income area of Africa
Thousands of tonnes of air pollution could be reduced by changing the way we dry our laundry
Tumble drying a load of laundry releases almost the same amount of potentially harmful microfibres into the air as those released down the drain during machine washing of the same load, finds new research from Northumbria University and Procter & Gamble.
Outstanding service of Northumbria Professor recognised with international award
The European Council for Computing in Construction (EC3) has bestowed a prestigious honour on Northumbria University’s Professor Mohamad Kassem.
Blanket of rock debris offers glaciers more protection from climate change than previously known
A new study has revealed that the expanse of rock debris on glaciers, a factor that has been ignored in models of glacier melt and sea level rise, could be significant. The Northumbria University study is published in Nature Geoscience this week and is the first to manually verify the rock debris cover on every one of the Earth’s glaciers.
Thousands of tonnes of ocean pollution can be saved by changing washing habits
A new study has revealed that almost 13,000 tonnes of microfibres, equivalent to two rubbish trucks every day, are being released into European marine environments every year – but this could be reduced by as much as 30% if we made a small change to our laundry habits. The findings have been published by the scientific journal PLOS ONE for World Oceans Day on Monday 8 June.
First evidence that Antarctica's thinning ice shelves are causing more ice to move from the land into the sea
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.
Bigg Market past and future reflected in design project
Design students from Northumbria University have joined forces with Newcastle Business Improvement District company NE1 Ltd, to create a series of innovative concepts, all designed to attract new audiences to the city’s Bigg Market.
EXPERT COMMENT: How climate change caused the world’s first ever empire to collapse
Dr Vasile Ersek, a senior lecturer in Physical Geography, writes for The Conversation about the discovery of new evidence of a drought that finished off the Akkadian Empire 4,000 years ago.
Northumbria research unlocks secrets of the Sahara
A peat bog in Romania provides a new insight into our knowledge of when the Sahara began to transform from grassland into the desert we know today, and the impact this had on dust deposition within Eastern Europe.
Northumbria leading €4M research to engineer a brighter future
Researchers from Northumbria University are heading up a €4M (£3.3M) project to develop a revolutionary new heating and power system using solar energy.
EXPERT COMMENT: Groundhog Day: the truth about these furry forecasters
Mike Jeffries, Teaching Fellow in Ecology at Northumbria, writes about the truth behind Groundhog Day for The Conversation.