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GM wheat plant field trial gets go-ahead

A bid to run field trails with GM wheat plants involving Essex has been approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Scientists at Essex, in collaboration with researchers at Rothamsted and Lancaster University have developed wheat plants that can carry out photosynthesis more efficiently - the process that enables plants to harvest energy from the sun and convert it to products for food and fuel.

Keeping up with your peers – and what happens when you don’t

If you think you are worse off than people similar to you then you are less likely to care or help others, whatever your social status, according to new research from Essex.

Published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal, the study is part of ongoing wider research by Professor Mitch Callan into ‘personal relative deprivation’ (PRD) - feelings of resentment and dissatisfaction associated with the belief that you are worse off than similar others - and the psychology of justice and deservedness.

Physical activity, even in small amounts, benefits both physical and psychological well-being

The largest smartphone-based study examining the relationship between physical activity and happiness has found that even minimal levels of activity can have a positive effect on happiness.

A new study by researchers from the University of Essex and the University of Cambridge, based on reports from more than 10,000 individuals, has found that physical activity, whether or not it is classified as exercise, can have a positive effect on emotional well-being.

Virtual reality - funded by Oculus Research

How far will VR technology have to develop in the future for people to really feel they are in a virtual world? That is the question psychologists at Essex are hoping to answer with a new research project funded by an Oculus Research grant.

Led by Dr Loes van Dam, from the Department of Psychology, the project will use a system where the player’s real hands will be used in the VR game. They will then determine what the acceptable level of mismatch is in how players move their actual hands and the movement of their avatar’s hand.

Coral in extreme environments could hold key to survival

A ten-year coral research programme involving Essex researchers in the Seychelles has revealed unexpected tolerance in corals growing in lagoons and mangroves to extreme events, such as 2016’s “Godzilla” El Niño.

The research reveals that corals in these environments, as found in the Seychelles, have adapted to naturally higher temperatures and more acidic conditions. They therefore are an ideal natural laboratory for studying future conditions under climate change, and the biological traits that install resilience to extreme events in corals.

Government's Growth Deal backs Innovation Centre at Knowledge Gateway

The Innovation Centre at the University of Essex’s Knowledge Gateway research and technology park is one of seven strategic projects in Essex to secure funding from the Government to drive growth and job creation in the region.

Big Bang fair inspires the workforce of the future

More than 800 budding scientists from across Essex took part in the Big Bang fair at the University's Colchester Campus.

The fair, organised in partnership with Engineering UK, showcased the exciting opportunities offered by science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects to Year 9 students from 23 schools in Essex.



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