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Thursday 11th November 2010

Development of analytical instruments to detect explosives

Development of analytical instruments to detect explosives
Description
The recent terror plot to transport printers containing the explosive pentaerythritol tetranitrate, or PETN, from Yemen to Chicago synagogues has once again focused attention on the need to detect explosives reliably and in real-time. PETN is the same explosive that the so-called 'shoe-bomber' tried to set off on an American Airlines jet to Miami in 2001.
Date:
Thursday 11th November 2010
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 28th October 2010

A new discovery in the fight against cholera

Description
Few can have been unaffected by the disturbing scenes following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January. More than one million displaced survivors are now housed in camps around the capital, Port-au-Prince, with squalid sanitation facilities and little access to clean drinking water. Poor sanitation is known to give rise to disease and so it is unsurprising that, at the time of writing, there are more than 2,600 known cases of cholera in Haiti, with more than 250 people having lost their lives.
Date:
Thursday 28th October 2010
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
Thursday 14th October 2010

What's the future for high speed rail?

Description
High speed train travel is already established in many mainland European countries and in some it has become the major transport mode for long distance internal journeys. In the UK there is only one stretch of high speed railway from St Pancras to the channel tunnel (known as High Speed 1 or HS1) and there does seem to be considerable backing for the development of a second high speed line north of London.
Date:
Thursday 14th October 2010
Categories:
Corporate Services, Research
Thursday 7th October 2010

'Enabling' – the future of local public services in the 'big society'?

Description
Suffolk County Council's recent decision to outsource almost all of its services to social enterprises or private companies has intensified the debate about the future of local public services.
Date:
Thursday 7th October 2010
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
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