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For more than a century, the University of Birmingham’s pioneering research has had a global impact that has made headlines around the world. From the invention of the key component of the microwave to the discovery of a new solar system and one of the world’s oldest Qur’an manuscripts, we combine original thinking with clear focus and rigour. Our world-leading experts are constantly in demand, helping to shape and contribute to debates that matter through high-profile media appearances and our own publications.
Posted 11 February 2016
For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.
Posted 10 February 2016
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have identified a handful of key elements that define 'smart cities'– cities like Singapore and Copenhagen, which are both at the top of their game in using technology to enable their citizens to enjoy a better quality of life, but in different ways.