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Civil Engineers defy the elements to protect crop trade and save Britain millions

Civil Engineers defy the elements to protect crop trade and save Britain millions
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Lodging, the term used to describe the flattening effect of high wind speeds and heavy rainfall on trees or crops, has a significant economic impact on the UK crop industry. Research in the School of Civil Engineering seeks to make recommendations for improvements in the agricultural industry to reduce the sometimes devastating effects. "A generalised model of crop lodging" was awarded College Best Publication Award.
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25/09/2014

College welcomes Distance Learning students

College welcomes Distance Learning students
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The College of Arts and Law welcomes its 2014 Distance Learning students as part of the University's welcome week.
Date:
25/09/2014

Blog: Devo max - what it is and why it won't happen

Blog: Devo max - what it is and why it won't happen
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Written by Chris Game. Devo Max – it sounds like a 99% efficient toilet cleaner, or a dodgy West Country car dealer, but either way I visualise its initials in upper case. And that's its problem. It's undoubtedly the 'must use' expression of the month. It's not complicated, like 'full fiscal autonomy' or the Barnett formula, so anyone feels able to drop it authoritatively into even casual conversation. And everyone has their own idea of what it is.
Date:
25/09/2014

Website launch

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the ESRC funded 'Summer After the Floods' website. The website, hosted by the University of Birmingham, will feature all of the latest news and outputs from the project, as well as background information on flood management and a forum for businesses, communities and managers to express their views on existing flood management, flood preparedness and resilience to future flooding.
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25/09/2014

Assembling Samira: Queering sexual humanitarianism through experimental film making

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All are welcome at this seminar on 'Assembling Samira: queering sexual humanitarianism through experimental filmmaking'.
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24/09/2014

The future of our crops is at risk in conflict zones, say Birmingham scientists

The future of our crops is at risk in conflict zones, say Birmingham scientists
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Wild species related to crops that are crucial as potential future food resources have been identified by School of Biosciences researchers – but a significant proportion are found in Middle East conflict zones, where their conservation is at risk.
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23/09/2014

More needed to protect our sportspeople from brain injury say Birmingham experts

More needed to protect our sportspeople from brain injury say Birmingham experts
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Dr Michael Grey from the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences has called for more research to be carried out into how the brains of sportspeople – including children – react when they receive a blow to the head.
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23/09/2014

Special Issue of Midland History on 'The Midlands and the Great War'

Special Issue of Midland History on 'The Midlands and the Great War'
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Midlands History Journal will be publishing a special commemorative First World War edition.
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23/09/2014

The numbers game: Making sure care for cancer survivors isn't a lottery

The numbers game: Making sure care for cancer survivors isn't a lottery
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The library at Park House is hosting a Macmillan Coffee morning this week, selling delicious allegedly home-baked cakes to raise money for the cancer charity - all are welcome.
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23/09/2014

Arming the Kurds builds on long history of proxy warfare in the Middle East

Arming the Kurds builds on long history of proxy warfare in the Middle East
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Dr Simon Jackson writes for The Conversation.
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22/09/2014

Dr Luke Kennard in 'Next Generation' of hotly-tipped poets

Dr Luke Kennard in 'Next Generation' of hotly-tipped poets
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The Poetry Book Society releases its once in a decade list.
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22/09/2014

The Bluebelle Study: Undressing wound infections

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Wound infections are a common complication of surgical procedures, and contribute major costs for the NHS as well as pain, discomfort and inconvenience for patients. A new study will examine whether a main trial comparing wound dressings with no dressings is possible and whether dressings are effective in reducing infection and helping surgical wounds to heal.
Date:
22/09/2014

The Hip Hop Fellow

The Hip Hop Fellow
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The UK premiere of a documentary film exploring the importance of Hip-hop in academia
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19/09/2014

The war on leukaemia: how the battle for cell production could be decisive

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A key step in understanding the nature of the fight for superiority between mutated genes and normal genes could lead to new therapies to combat leukaemia, say researchers from the University of Birmingham and Newcastle University.
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19/09/2014

Things will never be the same again: reflections on the Scottish referendum

Things will never be the same again: reflections on the Scottish referendum
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Written by Professor Colin Thain. Whatever the outcome of today's referendum of 3.5 million voters in Scotland, Friday 19 September 2014 will be an epoch-making day in the politics of these islands. For once, the hyperbole is justified.
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18/09/2014

The Conversation: Ban pre-election opinion polls at your peril

The Conversation: Ban pre-election opinion polls at your peril
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Written by Chris Game. I really thought we might make it. We'd got past the publication of YouGov's potentially constitution-changing poll showing a minuscule lead for the Yes campaign without anyone grabbing for an easy headline by calling for opinion polls to be banned in the run-up to elections and referendums.
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18/09/2014

Podcast: The Security Impact of Drone Warfare

Podcast: The Security Impact of Drone Warfare
Description
From counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan, to Amazon delivery services, the use (and ownership) of drone technology has major implications for domestic and international security. But what are the legal and ethical implications of this technology, and can drones ever be fully autonomous? Join leading experts for a topical and timely debate on the civilian and military use of drones.
Date:
18/09/2014

Connecting Africa: Transport Infrastructure

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Connecting Africa: Transport Infrastructure, 20 – 22 October 2014, Cape Town, South Africa
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16/09/2014

The Warship 'Anne' Returns to Her Final Resting Place

The Warship 'Anne' Returns to Her Final Resting Place
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In an attempt to bring the 17th century to the 21st century, and building on a quadcopter site survey conducted in March 2014, a small group of researchers from the University of Birmingham have developed a highly detailed Virtual Reality model of the warship 'Anne', in collaboration with the Shipwreck Museum in Hastings and using historical book references and paintings. The University's Human Interface Technologies Team specialises in advanced simulation technologies for defence, healthcare and heritage applications and their aim on this occasion has been to stage what is believed to be the world-first "resurrection" of an historic vessel using Augmented Reality techniques, viewed from an unmanned drone in flight.
Date:
16/09/2014

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - September 2014

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From dishwasher loading robots to social media and apps data revealing global eating habits and more...
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15/09/2014
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