Devon athlete Jo Pavey, who was made an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours, is to be given an honorary doctorate by Exeter University this morning.
The 41-year-old from West Hill, has competed in four Olympics, and last year won bronze at the Commonwealth Games and gold at the European Championships.
Racehorses are reaching faster and faster speeds, scientists have found, overturning research which suggested they had reached their galloping limit.
A team from the University of Exeter studied a total of 616,084 races run by more than 70,000 horses, with a broader focus on sprint races.
Previous research, which suggested speeds had reached a plateau, had largely concentrated on a small number of middle- to long-distance races.
It is not yet known whether the faster pace is down to breeding, better training, better jockeys, or a combination of these.
Researcher Dr Patrick Sharman said:
There has been a general consensus over the last 30 years that horse speeds appeared to be stagnating.
Our study shows that this is not the case and, by using a much larger dataset than previously analysed, we have revealed that horses have been getting faster. Interestingly, both the historical and current rate of improvement is greatest over sprint distances.
The challenge now is to find out whether this pattern of improvement has a genetic basis.
Scientists at the University of Exeter have won a grant of almost £150,000 pounds for research into epilepsy.
The money, from the charity Epilepsy Research UK, will fund a 36-month project investigating the diagnosis of the condition and personalised treatment programmes, that could mean people have fewer seizures.
Research at Exeter University has linked the evolution of fish to pollution from Cornwall's mining boom.
Scientists have found that pollution from historic mines in the South West has "severely affected" the genetic diversity of local populations of brown trout.
The report highlights the difference between so-called clean rivers like the Camel and the Fal, with more contaminated rivers such as the Hayle.
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With Valentine's Day approaching many may be anxious about the best way to tell their loved ones how they feel.
Exeter University has stepped in with an unusual masterclass which may help people out.
We sent our reporter along to learn the art of writing a good love letter. Click below to see how he got on.
Researchers at Exeter University are hoping to use algae to clean up water from a tin mine.
The project is taking place at Wheal Jane in Cornwall. Scientists hope the work will have extra benefits in that the algae will harvest precious metals at the same time.
More than 7,500 new students are converging on Exeter this week - including people from 138 nationalities.
As part of Freshers week, a contingent of students travelled to Heathrow to meet international students and bring them back to Exeter University.
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