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Funding boost for next generation of synthetic biology research at Birmingham

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The University of Birmingham will form part of a consortium of universities investigating ways in which high-throughput DNA synthesis methodologies can be optimised, as part of a nationwide strategy to improve the capacity of DNA synthesis. The consortium will benefit from the award of a £2.2M grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), entitled 'Next Generation DNA Synthesis'.
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30/01/2015

University of Birmingham climbs five places in international outlook rankings

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The University of Birmingham has risen five points to be placed 81st among the top 100 international universities in the world 2015, as ranked by the Times Higher Education magazine.
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29/01/2015

2014 STEM Awards Construction category winner Daniel Butters explains why anyone interested in taking part should just give it a go

2014 STEM Awards Construction category winner Daniel Butters explains why anyone interested in taking part should just give it a go
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Physics student Daniel Butters took part in the 2014 Telegraph UK STEM Awards, and won in the Construction category. Here he explains why anyone interested in taking part should "just give it a go".
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29/01/2015

Appointment of RSSB Executive Director, Anson Jack to Director of the Birmingham International Railway Academy

Appointment of RSSB Executive Director, Anson Jack to Director of the Birmingham International Railway Academy
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The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) are pleased to announce the appointment of Anson Jack to Director of the Birmingham International Railway Academy (BIRA) and Professor of International Railway Benchmarking.
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28/01/2015

'Astro-archaeological' discovery of replica solar system with Earth-sized planets from the dawn of Time

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Scientists led by University of Birmingham asteroseismologists have discovered a solar system with 5 Earth-sized planets dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy.
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27/01/2015

The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks

The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks
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Changing climate conditions and increasing occurrences of wildfires may leave globally important carbon stocks defenceless, new research shows.A study led by the University of Birmingham (UK), shows vast carbon-rich layers of peat (dead plant debris) found across the world are under threat from a drop in general water table levels and warmer temperatures, as a result of climate change. With drier peatlands becoming more prevalent and wildfire activity on the increase, the peat's carbon content is at a higher risk of being released into our atmosphere.
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27/01/2015

Cutting funding for basic scientific research would be a big mistake

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For all the exciting stories and developments that basic science research produces, there is one question that the public never tires of asking: "What are the possible applications of that discovery?" or "What is the value of your research?"
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26/01/2015

Ukraine sliding towards all-out war despite mediation efforts

Ukraine sliding towards all-out war despite mediation efforts
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. Over the past few days, Ukraine has taken a significant turn for the worse. Fighting between rebels and government forces has intensified, the civilian death toll has increased, and the war of words between Ukraine and Russia has further escalated.
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26/01/2015

Why the fight against Islamic State is not the success we're told it is

Why the fight against Islamic State is not the success we're told it is
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Ministers from 21 countries gathered in London on January 22 to discuss the fight against Islamic State (IS). They had their photo opportunity and issued their statements. US secretary of state, John Kerry, told them that almost 6,000 jihadists had been killed, and almost 700 square kilometres of Iraqi territory retaken.
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26/01/2015

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - January 2015

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From loading dishwashers to the Large Hadron Collider and more...
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26/01/2015
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