2013 news announcements

CryoSat maps biggest ever flood beneath Antarctica

New observations from the European Space Agency's CryoSat satellite have identified a vast crater in Antarctica's icy surface.

2 Jul 2013


The quantum secret to alcohol reactions in space

Chemists have discovered that an 'impossible' reaction at cold temperatures actually occurs with vigour, which could change our understanding of how alcohols are formed and destroyed in space.

1 Jul 2013


RCUK welcomes announcement of government's investment plans for capital and infrastructure

Research Councils UK welcomes the further commitment that the government has given to science and research through the announcement of the government's capital and infrastructure investments from 2015.

28 Jun 2013


Flood Force film launched by Living With Environmental Change (LWEC)

A new film featuring NERC science has won the first ever LWEC short film competition.

28 Jun 2013


Shale gas resource figure released

NERC's British Geological Survey in association with Department of Energy & Climate Change has completed an estimate for the resource (gas-in-place) of shale gas in part of central Britain.

27 Jun 2013


NERC research centres among the world's top 100

NERC's British Antarctic Survey and National Oceanography Centre both feature among the world's top 100 Earth and environmental science institutions, according to a study by Nature Publishing Group.

20 Jun 2013


Older males make better fathers says new research on beetles

Mature males work harder and care less about female infidelity.

19 Jun 2013


Origins of 'The Hoff' crab revealed

The history of a new type of crab, nicknamed 'The Hoff' because of its hairy chest, which lives around hydrothermal vents deep beneath the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean, has been revealed for the first time.

19 Jun 2013


Treating infection may have sting in the tail, parasite study shows

Using drugs to treat an infection could allow other co-existing conditions to flourish, a study in wild animals has shown.

18 Jun 2013


Current affairs make life hard for stickleback dads

Male stickleback fish deserve extra praise this Father's Day, in light of findings by University of Leicester researchers.

14 Jun 2013