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Podcast: Israel is the only state taking the drone threat seriously – Professor David Dunn

Podcast: Israel is the only state taking the drone threat seriously – Professor David Dunn
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Professor David Dunn talks to The Bureau of Invesigative Journalism on a recent podcast saying that the biggest threat of drone technology is its potential use by terrorists and other non-state actors with "malign intent".
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28/07/2014

Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows

Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows
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Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say.
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28/07/2014

The Conversation: Lack of trust and tit-for-tat escalation brings Ukraine to the brink of all-out war with Russia

The Conversation: Lack of trust and tit-for-tat escalation brings Ukraine to the brink of all-out war with Russia
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The renewed escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shows no sign of abating. Fighting in the east has continued both in and around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk and at the Russian-Ukrainian border where, according to reports, Russia has now started shelling Ukrainian military positions.
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28/07/2014

NHS Savile inquiry: evidence on fundraising

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John Mohan, TSRC Director, was one of a group of academics invited by History and Policy to present evidence to the Lampard Inquiry, overseeing the NHS's investigations into the activities of Jimmy Savile. John's evidence showed how and why charitable fundraising became of renewed significance to the NHS in the early 1980s, and according to the investigators it "provided invaluable insight into… the culture of the NHS" and the historical context to their inquiries.
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25/07/2014

Less than 1% of UK public research funding spent on antibiotic research in past 5 years

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Less than 1% of research funding awarded by public and charitable bodies to UK researchers in 2008–13 was awarded for research on antibiotics, according to new research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
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25/07/2014

A word in your ear, but make it snappy

A word in your ear, but make it snappy
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To most, crocodiles conjure images of sharp teeth, powerful jaws and ferocious, predatory displays – but they are certainly not famous for their hearing abilities. However, this could all change, as new research is shedding light on the reptiles' ears, showcasing their evolution from the reign of the dinosaurs to the era of Crocodile Dundee.
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25/07/2014

Superdiversity: Theory, method and practice in an era of change

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The Institute for Research into Superdiversity recently held the world's first international, interdisciplinary conference on superdiversity at the University of Birmingham Business School.
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24/07/2014

Professor Yvonne Elsworth featured on BBC Radio Four's 'In our time'

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How was the Sun formed, and what do we know about its structure and the processes going on inside our nearest star? Select 'The Sun 10 Jul' podcast from the linked page.
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24/07/2014

Physics at Birmingham research paper appears in prestigious journal.

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Professor Martin Freer's paper 'Carbon-12 Caught in a Triangle' featured in the high profile American Physics Society Journal.
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24/07/2014

Three Papers by Kate Ince

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Kate Ince has recently delivered three research papers at international conferences and symposia.
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24/07/2014

Cuba's Cinematic Élan Vital

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Professor Rob Stone and University of Cambridge doctoral student Dunja Fehimović recently published a co-written article on contemporary filmmaking in present-day Cuba in The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.
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24/07/2014

The Conversation: How harsher sanctions could help Putin turn Russia back into the Soviet Union

The Conversation: How harsher sanctions could help Putin turn Russia back into the Soviet Union
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Written by Dr Richard Connolly. The downing of flight MH17 has caused attention to shift once again to the prospect of even harsher penalties being imposed upon Russia by Western countries. Up to this point, sanctions have been limited to individuals within or close to Russia's ruling elite, as well as a few associated companies.
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24/07/2014

Journal of History and Cultures May Issue

Journal of History and Cultures May Issue
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Latest issue of the postgraduate run, peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to pioneering new research in history and cultures.
Date:
23/07/2014

IGS podcast: Ethics and the Holocaust

IGS podcast: Ethics and the Holocaust
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Speakers: Professor Marc Silberman, University of Wisconsin - Madison "The Ethics of Teaching Holocaust Violence". Justin Court, University of Wisconsin – Madison "The Ethics of Viewing Holocaust Violence".
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23/07/2014

IGS podcast: From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy

IGS podcast: From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy
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Speaker: Professor Jeffrey L. High (California State University Long Beach), "From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy"
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23/07/2014

Flight MH17 and Russia's 'little green men'

Flight MH17 and Russia's 'little green men'
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Written by Dr Kataryna Wolczuk. "The shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in Eastern Ukraine on 17 July has placed the conflict which has engulfed that part of Ukraine into an entirely new context. It has transformed the event from a localised, regional rebellion into a crisis that brings Russia's role into the open, writes Kataryna Wolczuk, of the Centre for Russian and European Studies."
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23/07/2014

The Conversation: As Russia votes with Security Council, could MH17 be providing a wake-up call?

The Conversation: As Russia votes with Security Council, could MH17 be providing a wake-up call?
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. The unanimous vote in the UN Security Council on the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over rebel-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine is a welcome step. The resolution, drafted by Australia which lost 37 people in the tragedy, condemns the downing of the aircraft and calls for all states to co-operate with the investigation and demands that armed groups allow open access to the crash site.
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23/07/2014

Chemists at Birmingham celebrate £1 million award for new equipment

Chemists at Birmingham celebrate £1 million award for new equipment
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Staff at the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham celebrated the installation of new equipment yesterday (21 July 2014) as a result of a £1 million award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's core capability grant, and match funding from the University in excess of £500,000.
Date:
23/07/2014

Chemists at Birmingham celebrate £1 million award for new equipment

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Staff at the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham are celebrating the installation of new equipment today (21 July 2014) as a result of a £1 million award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's core capability grant, and match funding from the University in excess of £500,000.
Date:
23/07/2014

What does the future hold for the NHS?

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The following articles in the recently published publication reflect the broad range of interests held by HSMC colleagues, but all consider the future challenges and opportunities for the NHS, and interpret leadership in a range of contexts.
Date:
21/07/2014
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