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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.
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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

Daniela Kühn and Deryk Osthus: LMS Whitehead Prize and ICM invited lecture

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Professor Daniela Kühn and Professor Deryk Osthus have been invited to give a lecture at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul.
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15/09/2014

Proton radiotherapy: hype, fiction and a few facts

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Proton beam therapy (or our preferred title of proton radiotherapy), is a form of radiotherapy delivered with beams of high energy protons rather than the more usual beams of high energy x-rays (or less frequently beams of electrons). It is part of the general field of particle radiotherapy that includes use of particles that are heavier than protons. Beams of carbon ions are the main topic for clinical research around the world, although there is also interest in other particles such as helium ions.
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11/09/2014

Proton radiotherapy: hype, fiction and a few facts

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Proton beam therapy (or our preferred title of proton radiotherapy), is a form of radiotherapy delivered with beams of high energy protons rather than the more usual beams of high energy x-rays (or less frequently beams of electrons). It is part of the general field of particle radiotherapy that includes use of particles that are heavier than protons. Beams of carbon ions are the main topic for clinical research around the world, although there is also interest in other particles such as helium ions.
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11/09/2014

Food for thought: scientists use social media to expose global eating habits

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People in the UK eat their main meal at dinner time, Brazilians eat theirs at lunchtime, and the population of the US tends to eat more throughout the day, according to research by computer scientists at the University of Birmingham in the first study of its kind into eating and drinking habits using social media data.
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09/09/2014

Whizz, Bang, Roar - come and design a dinosaur!

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The University of Birmingham is counting down the days to the launch of the biggest celebration of science in the UK.
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02/09/2014

University opens its doors for rocket-fuelled Community Day!

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The University of Birmingham's Community Day returns this year with a scientific theme to celebrate the British Science Festival.
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02/09/2014

Pop in to our Pop-up Shop!

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The University of Birmingham will be encouraging people of all ages to think differently about research when they visit its first Pop-Up Shop in the heart of the city which opens Monday August 25.
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20/08/2014

Drones are fun toys until you get hit in the face by one

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Professor Bob Stone writes for The Conversation:
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19/08/2014

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - August 2014

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From virtual reality systems in the gaming industry to drones and more...
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19/08/2014

'Mapping the Underworld' research informs new industry standard

'Mapping the Underworld' research informs new industry standard
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The vast network of utility services buried underground is fundamental to the way we live today, however around 4 million holes are dug into UK roads each year resulting in traffic disruption, high costs and wasted man hours. Not only this, inaccurate, incomplete and/or out-of-date information on the existence and location of utility assets poses problems for new construction or rehabilitation works and many projects don't go according to plan. Dr Nicole Metje, School of Civil Engineering, has spent nearly two years as the academic advisor for a dedicated committee working on the development of a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) project, which sought to address some of these challenges.
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19/08/2014

The virtual reality hype train is starting to make me queasy

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Professor Bob Stone writes for The Conversation:
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13/08/2014

Recent research grants in Engineering and Physical Sciences

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A selection of recent research awards in Engineering and Physical Sciences totalling in excess of 750,000. From quantum technologies to railways and more...
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01/08/2014

Hydrogen Locomotion

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Hydrogen, as an energy carrier, has received a great deal of attention because it can be produced from many different feedstocks, like electricity, and therefore can provide a clean source of power with minimal local emissions, especially if a fuel cell is used. Recently the Traction Systems Group has investigated the suitability of hydrogen to operate trains. The studies included the energy supply chain and the associated carbon emissions to allow a comparison the incumbent technologies in the railway market.
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31/07/2014

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
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