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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?
Description
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
Thursday 11th November 2010

Development of analytical instruments to detect explosives

Development of analytical instruments to detect explosives
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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
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