New analysis carried out on skeletons discovered in a centuries-old mass grave in Durham, UK, has led experts to conclude they are the remains of Scottish soldiers taken prisoner after the 1650 Battle of Dunbar.
In April 2015 parts of Nepal were devastated by an intense earthquake and significant aftershocks. But the danger to human life and livelihoods doesn’t end when the ground stops shaking. Earthquake-triggered landslides present an immediate and long-term threat in mountain environments, compounding the difficulties for those affected.
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.