Anglia Ruskin University

  • ​Although many smokers apparently don't realize it (or just don't care), cigarette butts are very much a form of litter – in fact, they're the world's most common type of litter. And they're not just an eyesore, as new research now indicates that they also dramatically reduce plant growth.
  • ​When women are experiencing primary dysmenorrhea (better known as period pain), usually the last thing that they feel like doing is getting up and exercising. According to a new first-of-its-kind study, however, doing so may be exactly what's needed to reduce the discomfort.
  • ​In recent years, we've seen a number of research groups develop waterproof adhesives inspired by the fibers that mussels use to cling to rocks. Unfortunately, though, the mussels themselves may be losing their grip on those rocks, due to marine microplastic pollution.
  • Voyager 1 has already racked up an impressive resume to which can be added songwriter. Using data from the unmanned spacecraft, Dr Domenico Vicinanza and Dr Genevieve Williams have created a musical composition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the pathfinding mission.
  • ​​Supreme fitness is a trait males of many species might like to show off when searching for a mate. The fiddler crab, new research shows, attracts females by waving a brightly colored claw and then drumming it on the ground, a behavior that also seems to indicate the size of its home. ​
  • New research demonstrates that it could be easy to trick the mind and trigger an out-of-body experience by getting a person to watch a video of themselves with their heartbeat projected on to it. The findings could lead to new treatments for people with perceptual disorders and also help dieters.