The quality of soil in our cities can impact on everything from human health to flood resilience and climate change. Dr Karen Johnson, of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham University, believes that urban soil should be a priority for government.
Teaching children background knowledge about topics such as history, geography and science is generally considered a good idea. But a study by academics in the School of Education suggests this approach does not necessarily lead to children becoming better readers. Lead researcher, Dr Beng Huat See, explains more.
Super-thin nanocoatings that protect millions of mobile devices from water damage have been showcased to Parliament in London by their Durham University inventor, as part of a national campaign run by the Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Physics.
The decision by Lancashire County Council not to allow test drilling for fracking indicates that there is public uncertainty about onshore exploration and especially shale gas, a Durham University expert says.