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New microwave circuits for communication and sensing systems

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College best publication: New types of very high performance filters based on novel materials such as superconductors or ferroelectric and/or new fabrication technologies such as micromachined circuits are transforming everyday lives from broadcast, television and mobile phone communications technology to internet infrastructure, weather prediction.
Date:
16/05/2014

Scientists redefine production of world's third hardest material

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Dr Isaac Chang from the School of Metallurgy and Materials was interviewed by The Manufacturer about his recent project, funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, to look at reducing the costs of producing boron carbide.
Date:
14/05/2014

Scientists take the grind out of producing one of the world's hardest materials known to mankind

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A cheaper and more efficient way of processing one of the hardest materials on the planet could lead to the production of lighter, stronger and more hard-wearing machinery.Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by the University's commercialisation arm, Alta Innovations, to commercialise the technology.
Date:
12/05/2014

Professor of Civil Engineering receives prestigious accolade from leading Middle East University

Professor of Civil Engineering receives prestigious accolade from leading Middle East University
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Professor Charalampos Baniotopoulos, Chair of Sustainable Energy Systems and Director of the Resilience Centre in the School of Civil Engineering was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), last month.
Date:
09/05/2014

University of Birmingham's 'top ten' celebrates global impact

University of Birmingham's 'top ten' celebrates global impact
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For more than 100 years, research at the University of Birmingham has had a major impact on the world, from pioneering transplant surgery, the use of microwaves and creating artificial Vitamin C. This world-changing research is now being celebrated with a new 'top ten' list of academic pioneers.
Date:
09/05/2014

EPS in the media - May 2014

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Higgs Boson, jelly fuel cells and black holes and more...
Date:
08/05/2014

Tactical manoeuvres: making votes count in elections

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Dr David Craven, Birmingham Fellow in the School of Mathematics, explores the potential outcomes and inherent problems of using tactical voting in this month's European elections to keep out UKIP.
Date:
08/05/2014

Industry-led campaign launched by the Chancellor to inspire more young people to study maths and physics

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At the launch of a new campaign to boost participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (the 'STEM' subjects) at school and beyond, the government today (7 May 2014) welcomed over 170 leading businesses and institutions offering over 2,000 jobs and apprenticeships.The campaign – called 'Your Life' – was launched by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP, and leading entrepreneurs and organisations, including the University of Birmingham.
Date:
07/05/2014

Developments in drug discovery and medicinal chemistry

Developments in drug discovery and medicinal chemistry
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An exciting development this year has been the launch of a new postgraduate taught Masters degree in Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry. This one-year programme includes multidisciplinary modules ranging from chemical synthesis and molecular modelling to pharmacokinetics, toxicology and drug delivery.
Date:
01/05/2014

Dr Simon Cotton receives British Empire Medal

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Dr Simon Cotton, an honorary senior lecturer in the School of Chemistry received the award of the British Empire Medal for his services to Chemistry and Education
Date:
01/05/2014

Powdered alcohol and space diapers have something in common

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Dr Simon Cotton, School of Chemistry, sheds light on recent headlines on powdered alcohol.
Date:
29/04/2014

A New Command Space Design Tool for the Royal Navy

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HIT Team researchers have developed a novel interactive command space planning tool using games-based simulation techniques, enabling future Royal Navy (RN) multi-role vessel designers to explore a variety of command space layout concepts prior to finalising a specific solution.
Date:
28/04/2014

In the driving seat of fundamental science

In the driving seat of fundamental science
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Interview with Professor John Bridgeman, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer
Date:
25/04/2014

Nanomaterials: no small matter

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Interview with Birmingham Fellow, Pola Goldberg Oppenheimer: Pola leads a research group focusing on Advanced Materials, Structures and Applications (AMSA) in the School of Chemical Engineering. This summer, she will address listeners at the 2014 Soapbox Science event at London's Southbank having been selected as a leading UK female scientist.
Date:
25/04/2014

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 £3.8 million. From future road travels to protein recovery and more...
Date:
11/04/2014

EPS in the media - April 2014

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Recovering platinum from road dust, nuclear waste, and chocolate being the secret to happiness.
Date:
08/04/2014

We...will...educate...you. University of Birmingham robot helps to launch British Science Festival

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The British Science Festival 2014, a flagship event being hosted by the University of Birmingham, launches in the city tomorrow (Tuesday) – with the help of a real-life TV star and a humanoid robot.
Date:
07/04/2014

Birmingham academic recognized as inspirational scientist and engineer

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Professor Richard Williams from the University of Birmingham has been recognised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as one of their inspirational scientists and engineers.
Date:
03/04/2014

Metamaterial - Rewriting the Rules for Optics

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It is the stuff of science-fiction movies, but the idea of an 'invisibility cloak' is not as fantastical as it sounds.
Date:
02/04/2014

Chancellor George Osborne announces 22 new Centres for Doctoral Training

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Postgraduate training in a wide range of engineering and scientific fields important to the UK's economy received a further boost today. Twenty two new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) were announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt. Hon George Osborne MP. The University of Birmingham will host one of these of new centres in the area of Formulation Engineering.
Date:
28/03/2014
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