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Maggie Lieu makes Mars One shortlist

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From 202,586 hopefuls, to the 100 would-be astronauts. An astrophysics student studying for a PhD in The School of Physics and Astronomy at Birmingham was named on the shortlist of candidates selected to set up the first human colony on Mars.
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26/02/2015

Memorandum of Understanding signed with The National Physical Laboratory

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The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Birmingham that will see scientists from both institutes working collaboratively to develop new and exciting research capabilities. This builds on the active and established strong collaboration between both institutes within the Quantum Technology (QT) space.
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26/02/2015

New cutting-edge robotic techniques in development to assist nuclear waste clean-up

New cutting-edge robotic techniques in development to assist nuclear waste clean-up
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A collaborative EU Horizon 2020 project including the University of Birmingham, National Nuclear Laboratories (NNL) and French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) will commence in May 2015 to develop cutting edge new robotics techniques to assist the future clean-up of legacy nuclear waste.
Date:
24/02/2015

University of Birmingham students reach final of BP STEM competition

University of Birmingham students reach final of BP STEM competition
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A team from Birmingham University has reached the UK National Final of this year's BP Ultimate Field Trip global STEM competition – they are one of just four teams to make it through to this stage. With well over 100 teams entering across the country, this is a great achievement.
Date:
23/02/2015

Artificial proteins could bring the next biological revolution – starting with MRI

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Scientists and engineers have looked to nature for their inspiration for centuries. The field of biomimetics uses ideas from nature to solve complex human challenges. Synthetic biology, a more recent concept, focuses on the design of artificial devices or systems with biological or "bio-like" functions. This covers a wide range of applications – but perhaps the most fascinating biological "device" we could wish to emulate is the protein.
Date:
20/02/2015

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - February 2015

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From energy storage to the the next biological revolution...
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16/02/2015

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'.
Date:
30/01/2015

'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.
Date:
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?"
Date:
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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