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Unravelling the Sun’s knotty problem

Our mathematicians are helping to unravel the knotty problem of how solar energy is injected into the Sun’s atmosphere before being released into space.
Magnetic loops on the Sun

Gigantic helium balloon to launch space telescope

Our astronomers are part of an international team building a new kind of telescope.

Child protection pioneer appointed as professor

We’ve appointed a leading expert in the safeguarding of young people at risk of abuse as a professor in our Department of Sociology.
Professor Carlene Firmin, Department of Sociology

Record-breaking whale migration raises conservation questions

One of our professors has used genetics to identify the birthplace of a grey whale which was discovered nearly halfway round the world from its native habitat, a new record for the longest recorded distance for a marine mammal, fish or reptile.
Grey whale by NOAA and Dr. Steven Swartz

New £1.4m enterprise zone at NETPark opens

The zone will provide bespoke support to technology and science-focused small and medium enterprises.
Sophie Walton (Group Director of Academic Engagement at CPI), Jenny Taylor (Head of Economic Development at Durham University), Sarah Slaven (Managing Director at Business Durham)

Astronomers apply their skills to cancer research

You might not think that studying the universe could benefit research into serious illnesses like cancer, but Durham’s astronomers have joined forces with cancer researchers to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Astronomy cancer research homepage

Can the height of your house reduce malaria?

Whilst we think of the home as a sanctuary, in Africa, around 80% of malaria bites occur indoors at night. Preventing mosquitoes from getting indoors is a simple way of protecting people from this often lethal disease.
Malaria 21 May 2021

Mapping the universe in 3D

We’ve helped design and build a new telescope instrument that aims to create the most extensive 3D map of the universe ever attempted.
DESI

Developed in Durham: Gliff.ai

Developing world-class artificial intelligence for the medical, environmental and industrial sectors, Gliff.ai now employs 11 people after being launched as a spin-out from Durham University in 2018.
Image of two founders of GiffAI

Inspiring the next generation of space scientists

We’re inspiring the next generation of astronomers and cosmologists to aim for the stars! Our research and expertise shapes a number of outreach activities, delivered by our students and staff, to encourage young people to get involved in science.
Outreach activities at Durham

Furthering the exploration of space

Durham’s researchers are helping to build some of the world’s most powerful new telescopes to further our exploration of space. Our astronomers and cosmologists are also involved in major international projects that will hunt two of the universe’s most mysterious ingredients – dark matter and dark energy – and investigate how the universe formed.
A telescope

Supporting business through astronomy

Durham’s astronomers and cosmologists are increasingly sharing their knowledge and expertise to support business. From washing powder to x-ray machines, our experts are helping to improve products for customers and enhance research and development in industry.
Washing on a line