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Study ties groundwater to human evolution

Study ties groundwater to human evolution
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A new study, led by Dr Mark Cuthbert of the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, shows that our ancient ancestors' ability to move around and find new sources of groundwater during extremely dry periods in Africa millions of years ago may have been key to their survival and the evolution of the human species.
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11/09/2014

Food for thought: scientists use social media to expose global eating habits

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People in the UK eat their main meal at dinner time, Brazilians eat theirs at lunchtime, and the population of the US tends to eat more throughout the day, according to research by computer scientists at the University of Birmingham in the first study of its kind into eating and drinking habits using social media data.
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09/09/2014

University opens its doors for rocket-fuelled Community Day!

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The University of Birmingham's Community Day returns this year with a scientific theme to celebrate the British Science Festival.
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02/09/2014

Drones are fun toys until you get hit in the face by one

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Professor Bob Stone writes for The Conversation:
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19/08/2014

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - August 2014

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From virtual reality systems in the gaming industry to drones and more...
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19/08/2014

'Mapping the Underworld' research informs new industry standard

'Mapping the Underworld' research informs new industry standard
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The vast network of utility services buried underground is fundamental to the way we live today, however around 4 million holes are dug into UK roads each year resulting in traffic disruption, high costs and wasted man hours. Not only this, inaccurate, incomplete and/or out-of-date information on the existence and location of utility assets poses problems for new construction or rehabilitation works and many projects don't go according to plan. Dr Nicole Metje, School of Civil Engineering, has spent nearly two years as the academic advisor for a dedicated committee working on the development of a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) project, which sought to address some of these challenges.
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19/08/2014

The virtual reality hype train is starting to make me queasy

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Professor Bob Stone writes for The Conversation:
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13/08/2014

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

Chemists at Birmingham celebrate £1 million award for new equipment

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Staff at the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham are celebrating the installation of new equipment today (21 July 2014) as a result of a £1 million award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's core capability grant, and match funding from the University in excess of £500,000.
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23/07/2014

Small nuclear reactors may be the key to a low-carbon future

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Take a hard look at the painful process of de-carbonising the UK's electricity supply, and it's clear that the options on the table are not great.
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17/07/2014
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