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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
Thursday 14th May 2015

Ebola crisis: How a small backpack of equipment is helping combat the deadly virus

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The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 11,000 victims, with 26,500 reported cases. It is by far the largest and most lethal Ebola outbreak ever seen.
Date:
Thursday 14th May 2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Thursday 2nd April 2015

'Toilet-seat head' amphibian boosts catalogue of Triassic curiosities

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The Triassic, which lasted from 252 to 200 million years ago, is not a geological period that looms large in the public consciousness. It lacks the Hollywood glamour of the Jurassic, and sadly none of its cast is as iconic as stars of the Cretaceous such as Tyrannosaurus rex. Yet, among palaeontologists the Triassic is renowned, and with good reason.
Date:
Thursday 2nd April 2015
Categories:
International, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Thursday 19th March 2015

Sustainable, clean cold is the paradigm shift the changing world needs

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Cooling is a vital foundation of our modern society. Without it, the supply of food, medicine and data would simply break down. As air conditioning, it is also the key enabler for the new urban global hubs such as Dubai. And of course, cold is essential for many super-critical technologies, as well as freezing and powdering materials for recycling and easy disposal.
Date:
Thursday 19th March 2015
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
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