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Thursday 8th January 2015

Self-driving cars moving closer as part of latest safety revolution

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In 2013, more than four people died on the UK's roads every single day – a total of 1,713 fatalities. The official statistics for that year also showed that more than 20,000 people suffered serious injuries in road accidents. These grim facts are the biggest motivation for the ongoing development of intelligent systems to make cars safer. All major automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, in addition to Google, hi-tech firms and telecoms companies, are making strides towards the vision of autonomous – or self-driving – cars. Significant amounts of funding have been invested by national governments, the European Union and the defence sector in the past two decades, with no sign of their commitment waning.
Date:
Thursday 8th January 2015
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Thursday 18th December 2014

Chemistry makes Christmas magical!

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From the enticing aroma of the turkey in the oven to the 'whoosh' of the flames as the brandy-soaked pudding comes alight, Christmas is a wonderful time for the senses. But have you ever considered the science behind our best-loved festive traditions?
Date:
Thursday 18th December 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Thursday 27th November 2014

Government funding will allow quantum technology industry to flourish in UK

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Science Minister Greg Clark this week announced funding for four Quantum Technology Hubs within a £270 million UK quantum technology initiative. The successful hubs are led by the universities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York and cover the areas of quantum sensors, imaging, information and communication.
Date:
Thursday 27th November 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Thursday 9th October 2014

High-speed rail college a boost for the region – the hard work starts now

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Last week the government announced that the headquarters of the new National College for High Speed Rail will be located in Birmingham, with a satellite site in Doncaster. This is good news for the railway industry and good news for the two regions. It's also good news for the University of Birmingham, which will play a key role in the work of the college through its Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE).
Date:
Thursday 9th October 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Teaching
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