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Thursday 30th July 2015

Ancient Qur'an just one of many 'hidden treasures' at the University of Birmingham

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Last week, the University of Birmingham announced that within its collections it holds one of the earliest Qur'anic manuscripts in existence. Radiocarbon analysis revealed that the document dates from within a few decades of the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad.
Date:
Thursday 30th July 2015
Categories:
Arts and Law, Research
Thursday 23rd July 2015

Keeping cool essential to future sustainable cities

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With populations rising, how do we plan, design and manage cities that can cope with increasing pressure on resources while meeting carbon and climate challenge needs? Will our investments in cities and infrastructure today be resilient, and how do we re-engineer cities to reduce the carbon footprint by 80 per cent while retaining societal wellbeing?
Date:
Thursday 23rd July 2015
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
Thursday 16th July 2015

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification

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Announcing the nuclear deal agreed this week between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so-called E3+3 (the EU3 of France, Germany and the United Kingdom plus the United States, Russia, and China), US President Barack Obama declared: 'This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification.'
Date:
Thursday 16th July 2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 11th June 2015

On the verge of a new dawn in physics and astronomy

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This year marks the hundredth anniversary of Einstein's theory of general relativity. With remarkable timing, the dedication ceremony of the Advanced LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) Project was held on 19 May.
Date:
Thursday 11th June 2015
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
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