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Recent research grants in Engineering and Physical Sciences

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A selection of recent research awards in Engineering and Physical Sciences totalling in excess of 750,000. From quantum technologies to railways and more...
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01/08/2014

Hydrogen Locomotion

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Hydrogen, as an energy carrier, has received a great deal of attention because it can be produced from many different feedstocks, like electricity, and therefore can provide a clean source of power with minimal local emissions, especially if a fuel cell is used. Recently the Traction Systems Group has investigated the suitability of hydrogen to operate trains. The studies included the energy supply chain and the associated carbon emissions to allow a comparison the incumbent technologies in the railway market.
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31/07/2014

Students welcome first direct flight from China at Birmingham Airport

Students welcome first direct flight from China at Birmingham Airport
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Students from the University of Birmingham have welcomed the first direct flight from China into Birmingham Airport.
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30/07/2014

Triangulating Carbon-12

Triangulating Carbon-12
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Investigations performed by members of the nuclear physics group at the MC40 cyclotron in Birmingham have uncovered a resonance at high-energy, the properties of which suggest that the protons and neutrons are clustered into three alpha particles arranged at the vertices of an equilateral triangle. This is the first time such a symmetry has been observed in nuclei and also a significant step into finally revealing the long sought after structure of the Hoyle state – the nuclear gateway for the synthesis of all heavier elements in the stars.
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29/07/2014

Mumbai scholar named Student of the Year

Mumbai scholar named Student of the Year
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The University of Birmingham has named Pranay Shah as Indian Student of the Year. Pranay received this prestigious award shortly after graduating with a Masters in Biochemistry from the institution.
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29/07/2014

The Conversation: Lack of trust and tit-for-tat escalation brings Ukraine to the brink of all-out war with Russia

The Conversation: Lack of trust and tit-for-tat escalation brings Ukraine to the brink of all-out war with Russia
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The renewed escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shows no sign of abating. Fighting in the east has continued both in and around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk and at the Russian-Ukrainian border where, according to reports, Russia has now started shelling Ukrainian military positions.
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28/07/2014

A word in your ear, but make it snappy

A word in your ear, but make it snappy
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To most, crocodiles conjure images of sharp teeth, powerful jaws and ferocious, predatory displays – but they are certainly not famous for their hearing abilities. However, this could all change, as new research is shedding light on the reptiles' ears, showcasing their evolution from the reign of the dinosaurs to the era of Crocodile Dundee.
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25/07/2014

Professor Yvonne Elsworth featured on BBC Radio Four's 'In our time'

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How was the Sun formed, and what do we know about its structure and the processes going on inside our nearest star? Select 'The Sun 10 Jul' podcast from the linked page.
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24/07/2014

Physics at Birmingham research paper appears in prestigious journal.

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Professor Martin Freer's paper 'Carbon-12 Caught in a Triangle' featured in the high profile American Physics Society Journal.
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24/07/2014

New Staff in Physics & Astronomy, March - July 2014

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A round-up of new Physics and Astronomy staff members March - July 2014
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24/07/2014
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