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Thursday 16th January 2014

The Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine: world class made in Birmingham

The Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine: world class made in Birmingham
Description
Remarkable progress in the treatment of human disease was made in the 20th century but much remains to be done. Many cancers are still incurable and new antibiotic resistant infectious diseases pose an increasing threat.
Date:
Thursday 16th January 2014
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
Thursday 9th January 2014

A British Manufacturing Renaissance? The Reshoring of British Manufacturing

A British Manufacturing Renaissance? The Reshoring of British Manufacturing
Description
Something strange or perhaps rather unexpected has occurred over the last few years; the media and politicians have been highlighting the strength of British manufacturing. Perhaps even stranger are the many accounts of high profile manufacturing firms that have returned production processes to the UK from low-cost production locations abroad.
Date:
Thursday 9th January 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 2nd January 2014

Dawn of the dinosaurs: understanding the Triassic world

Dawn of the dinosaurs: understanding the Triassic world
Description
In 1853, the renowned sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins celebrated New Year's Eve in an utterly unique way: he held a lavish dinner party for twenty of the Victorian great and good inside a model of a dinosaur created for the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Date:
Thursday 2nd January 2014
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Wednesday 18th December 2013

Are we still in the dark about artificial lighting?

Are we still in the dark about artificial lighting?
Description
Increasing light emissions from the planet's surface is one of the signatures of the twentieth and twenty first centuries as urban areas spread and densify. 99% of Europeans live under light polluted skies, and over half are unable to even see the Milky Way.
Date:
Wednesday 18th December 2013
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