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Wednesday 14th August 2013

Social media: why the case for teaching digital literacy is so compelling

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As a parent, I can only start to imagine the pain, grief and suffering of the family of Hannah Smith, who committed suicide recently after being bullied on the ask.fm website. Almost daily, fresh headlines emerge about social media sites like Twitter being used to issue threats of rape, violence and murder. My visceral, emotional, immediate reaction is much like everyone else: something must be done.
Date:
Wednesday 14th August 2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
Thursday 31st January 2013

The HS2 Rail Proposal: a difficult political decision

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Many years ago a British politician, on learning that he was about to be appointed Minister for Transport, exclaimed: 'Some enemy hath done this!' It is not hard to see why he might have said this. The transport portfolio is often brimming over with some extremely difficult issues; and the HS2 (High Speed Rail 2) proposal is certainly no exception.
Date:
Thursday 31st January 2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Social Sciences
Wednesday 24th October 2012

Energy Storage – The Vital Missing Link in UK Energy Policy

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The recently reported Coalition cabinet dialogues on future energy policy, ahead of the long awaited Energy bill due to be published in November, have highlighted the many choices that need to be made if the UK is to enjoy affordable and resilient energy systems.
Date:
Wednesday 24th October 2012
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Friday 18th March 2011

What future for the nuclear industry?

What future for the nuclear industry?
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The tragic events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant constitute the worst nuclear disaster in more than two decades. Whilst the human cost is of paramount importance and rightly dominates the headlines there will also be significant implications for the future of the world wide nuclear industry, which suffered a 20 year decline after the partial core meltdown at Three Mile Island and the disaster at Chernobyl. Both events reinforced the negative public perception toward nuclear power that had emerged over the course of the 1970s.
Date:
Friday 18th March 2011
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
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