A team of student researchers have plans to put the first life on Mars by 2018 - in the form of a humble lettuce.
The student project, called Lettuce on Mars, is looking to send a small greenhouse to Mars in which lettuce will be grown using the atmosphere and sunlight on Mars.
The researchers decided to plant lettuce, although it's not the most nutritiously rich plant, to study its growth on Mars.
It will open the doors for richer plants, such as tomatoes and strawberries, to be transported and cultivated on a foreign planet.
The experiences of a young soldier killed in the First World War underpins new work by the world-renowned composer and University of Southampton professor, Michael Finnissy.
Remembrance Day draws on the poetry and prose of Henry Lamont Simpson, who was an officer in the Lancashire Fusiliers, and was injured in Belgium in 1917.
He was brought back to Southampton and then treated at a military hospital in Hursley Park near Winchester. Returning to The Front in 1918, he was killed by a sniper while reconnoitring No Man’s Land. He was just 21 years old.
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Michael Finnissy’s piece receives its world premiere at the University’s concert venue Turner Sims on 16 November. Finnissy himself will play the solo piano part, and Henry Lamont Simpson’s great nephew will be in the audience as a special guest.
Southampton University has been awarded a £5.1m contract to share research findings with patients and managers in health and social care.
A new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Dissemination Centre will make it easier for people to get research they need in a helpful form.
The new centre will showcase the most important findings from the NIHR, which invests over £1bn in research that saves lives and improves care.
The £5.1m contract awarded by the NIHR will run for five years from the 1st April 2015.
The centre was one of three contracts awarded by the NIHR, which also saw Southampton have its contract renewed as one of nine Technology Assessment Review (TAR) teams.
One third of those affected by the condition ME - or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - have no access to specialist care. This worrying statistic has come to light through a new study by the University of Southampton.
Experts say the illness still isn't being taken seriously. A teenage boy from Alton in Hampshire says the lack of support makes living with ME even harder for him. Sally Simmonds reports.
Arts venues based at the University of Southampton have been awarded more than £3m over three years (2015-18) by Arts Council England, as part of its National Portfolio funding programme.
The University is proud to continue to host three Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations on its Highfield campus – John Hansard Gallery, Turner Sims, and Nuffield, providing a concentration of artistic and cultural activity at the University, which is unique in the UK.
It’s been announced that over three years the John Hansard Gallery will receive approximately £1.3m, the theatre company Nuffield £1.6m and the concert venue Turner Sims just over £129,000.
A new device that was partially created by researchers at Southampton University will help relieve pain for amputees.
The device is the first prosthetic liner with pressure sensors to ease pain for poorly fitting replacement limbs.
The device is thought to be available to NHS patients in as soon as three years.
The sensors for the device were developed by Dr Liudi Jinag and his team at the University of Southampton, where they measured the pressure and pulling forces that patients face on their prosthetic limbs.
There are 50,000 lower-limb amputees in the UK and many use artificial limbs that are attached to their limb through a socket.
This means no two stumps are the same shape and size and even an individual’s stump can change shape over the course of a single day.
University of Southampton research suggests that the end of Autumn is taking place later in the year and Spring is starting earlier. Researchers examined satellite imagery covering the northern hemisphere over a 25 year period (1982 - 2006).
They then looked for any seasonal changes in vegetation by making a measure of its ‘greenness’. They examined in detail, at daily intervals, the growth cycle of the vegetation – identifying physical changes such as leaf cover, colour and growth.
This delay in the signs of Autumn was generally more pronounced than any evidence for an earlier onset of Spring, although there is evidence across the groups that Spring is arriving slightly earlier.
Scientists at the University of Southampton have found that a simple blood test, which can read DNA, could be used to predict obesity levels in children.
Researchers used the test to assess the levels of epigenetic switches in the PGC1a gene – a gene that regulates fat storage in the body.
The Southampton team found that the test, when carried out on children at five years old, differentiates between children with a high body fat and those with a low body fat when they were older.
Results showed that a rise in DNA methylation levels of 10 per cent at five years was associated with up to 12 per cent more body fat at 14 years. Results were independent of the child’s gender, their amount of physical activity and their timing of puberty.
Patients suffering from an inherited form of blindness have, for the first time, had their vision dramatically improved by gene therapy.
The first six people given experimental injections at the Oxford Eye Hospital were able to see better.
Researchers at the city's university and also at Southampton University say trials have shown promising results for the treatment of Choroideremia.
The Phase I clinical trial is funded by the Health Innovation Challenge Fund, a partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health.
Researchers at the University of Southampton have discovered that more vitamin D during pregnancy gives children stronger muscles.
Low vitamin D status has been linked to reduced muscle strength in adults and children, but little is known about how variation in a mother’s status during pregnancy affects her child.
Vitamin D levels were measured in 678 mothers in the later stages of pregnancy. When the children were four years old, grip strength and muscle mass were measured. Results showed that the higher the levels of vitamin D in the mother, the higher the grip strength of the child.
Lead researcher Dr Nicholas Harvey, Senior Lecturer at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton said, “These associations between maternal vitamin D and offspring muscle strength may well have consequences for later health.
"Muscle strength peaks in young adulthood before declining in older age and low grip strength in adulthood has been associated with poor health outcomes including diabetes, falls and fractures."