2013 news announcements
Two teams of entrepreneurial researchers triumphed in a business plan competition for hypothetical biotechnology and environmental start-up companies on Monday.
The winners of NERC's inaugural short article and photography competition were announced at an awards ceremony in central London this evening.
NERC is funding research, skills and technologies, aimed at helping the oil and gas sector put environmental science at the heart of responsible management of our planet.
NERC has this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global engineering and design company Arup in the first strategic partnership of its kind for the UK's largest funder of environmental science.
The Minister for Universities & Science David Willetts today announced £100 million of new NERC investment in fifteen Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), which specialise in training environmental science PhD students.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University are joining forces to create a new centre for Earth and marine science and technology.
A record of Neanderthal archaeology, thought to be long lost, has been re-discovered by NERC-funded scientists working in the Channel Island of Jersey.
NERC supported research reveals melting undersides of submerged ice shelves account for up to 90 per cent of ice loss in Antarctica.
NERC supported research shows some of Europe's hottest days are four times warmer than the global average change since 1950.
A new NERC supported research study has revealed that the cheetah matches and may even anticipate the escape tactics of different prey when hunting, rather than just relying on its speed and agility.
NERC embraces European bioinformatics as key to integrating biological data with environmental science
NERC has joined BBSRC and MRC to support an agreement that will maximise the impact of Europe's bioscience research data.
A NERC-funded researcher from the University of St Andrews, Dr Gavin Ballantyne, has won a prize in the British Ecological Society's annual photographic competition.
Physical dominance can give some wild animals the edge over their sexual rivals - but their weaker competitors have some breeding advantages too, a NERC supported study suggests.
NERC supported research at the University of Liverpool has shown that the flexible human foot has more in common with the feet of other great apes than previously thought.
It's not quite Supernanny's naughty step, but the animal kingdom has developed its own hard-line strategy for dealing with badly behaved offspring, research funded by NERC suggests.
NERC funded scientists reveal females select the 'right' sperm when faced with the risk of being fertilised by sperm from a different species.
Scientists, part-funded by NERC, are planting flower meadows in the city's parks, playing fields and schools in an attempt to improve the diversity and abundance of pollinating insects.
New study with NERC's delivery partner, SAMS finds the world's marine systems are reacting to climate change more strongly than previously thought.
Large parts of Europe and North America have experienced bigger swings in yearly temperatures in recent decades, according to a new study part-funded by NERC.
The drought caused by the blazing summer of 1976 caused permanent changes to British forests that are still evident today, researchers part-funded by NERC have discovered.
NERC and other research council investments in agri-science are showcased in a new timeline, published by RCUK to coincide with the government's agricultural technologies industrial strategy.
The supply of dissolved iron to oceans around continental shelves has been found to be more variable by region than previously believed - with implications for future climate prediction.
A 30 million year-old fossil has revealed how remoras - also called sharksuckers - evolved the sucker that enables them to stick to other fishes and 'hitch a ride'.
The values and factors that influence people's decisions about whether to accept or reject changes to the energy system are revealed in a report published today.
Tidal turbines stretched across Pentland Firth, which separates the Orkney Islands from mainland Scotland, could generate up to 1·9 gigawatts of power.
The contribution of the Greenland ice sheet to sea-level rise will continue to increase over the next 200 years, say researchers.
A new study, supported by funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, has shed light on the potential of birds to survive in the face of climate change.
To implement carbon capture and storage (CCS) successfully, each underground repository will need careful appraisal based on its unique history and setting, according to a new study co-authored by researchers from the University of Bristol.
A team of UK researchers believe earthworms could provide a window into past climates, allowing scientists to piece together the prevailing weather conditions thousands of years ago.
A study of a global warming event that happened 93 million years ago suggests that the Earth can recover from high carbon dioxide emissions faster than thought.
NERC-funded archaeological science PhD student, Julie Dunne of the University of Bristol, will today present 'Milking it' at London's Southbank as part of this year's Soapbox Science event.
The British landscape is not being used to its best advantage according to a new report from environmental economists from the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Professor Martin Siegert has been awarded the 2013 Muse Prize - the major international prize in Antarctic research - for his innovative research on Antarctic subglacial lakes and the reconstruction of Antarctic glacial history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Willetts, minister for universities & science, has announced three new appointments and the reappointment of two members to the Natural Environment Research Council.
A UK-Canadian team of scientists has discovered ancient pockets of water, which have been isolated deep underground for billions of years and contain abundant chemicals known to support life.
In the first scientific collaboration of its kind, NERC and NASA scientists are using a robotic aircraft to gather high altitude atmospheric data.