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Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - March 2015

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From 'doing cold smarter' to Mars One Mission...
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24/03/2015

Educating China's elderly to fight obesity in the young

Educating China's elderly to fight obesity in the young
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Academics from the University of Birmingham, UK are engaging with grandparents in China, to help tackle the increasing problem of obesity amongst Chinese children in a trailblazing public health programme.
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24/03/2015

The effects of punishment and reward on motor learning - paper published in Nature Neuroscience

The effects of punishment and reward on motor learning - paper published in Nature Neuroscience
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In a new study published by Nature Neuroscience, Birmingham Research Fellow Joseph Galea and colleagues, show that reward- and punishment-based feedback (winning money based on task success vs. losing money based on task failure) have both positive, but dissociable, effects on motor learning and memory; while punishment led to faster learning, reward caused greater memory retention.
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20/03/2015

He's back – but the power struggle around Vladimir Putin continues behind the scenes

He's back – but the power struggle around Vladimir Putin continues behind the scenes
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Written by Dr Adrian Campbell. The apparent disappearance of Russian president Vladimir Putin between March 5 and 16 provoked a festival of Kremlinological speculation on a scale not seen since the temporary ousting of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the abortive coup of 1991.
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19/03/2015

Team records audio diary during research trip

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During a recent research trip to Bangladesh, Greg Sambrook Smith kept an audio diary as he and his team explored the effects of river bank erosion on the local people living alongside the Brahmaputra River.
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17/03/2015

Research in 60 seconds: Professor David Hannah

Research in 60 seconds: Professor David Hannah
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Professor of Hydrology, David Hannah, describes his research into understanding events such as floods and droughts in their climatic context, in 60 seconds.
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17/03/2015

Water Sciences group members author two special issue papers

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Professor David Hannah and Grace Garner are authors on two papers in a special, open access issue of Progress in Physical Geography published this month.
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17/03/2015

Water Sciences member receives Editor's Choice accolade for joint paper on water scarcity and drought

Water Sciences member receives Editor's Choice accolade for joint paper on water scarcity and drought
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Anne Van Loon and Henny Van Lanen have received a prestigious Editor's Choice Award from international scientific journal Water Resources.
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17/03/2015

New images of the brain show the forgetful side effect of frequent recall

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A new study from the University of Birmingham and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences unit in Cambridge has shown how intentional recall is beyond a simple reawakening of a memory; and actually leads us to forget other competing experiences that interfere with retrieval. Quite simply, the very act of remembering may be one of the major reasons why we forget.
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16/03/2015

TEDx University of Birmingham - The Road Less Travelled

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TEDx University of Birmingham returns for the second year running to celebrate research successes and ideas worth spreading.
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16/03/2015
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