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EPS in the media - June 2014

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Robots, molecules have no morals and more
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10/06/2014

Molecules have no morals: ecstasy godfather Alexander Shulgin's legacy

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Dr Simon Cotton writes for The Conversation.
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10/06/2014

Privacy versus security – how to minimize the access to our personal data

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham announce that they have devised a method to make governments and other agencies more accountable for the data they collect from email communications, mobile phones and travel passes.
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09/06/2014

Global impact in Engineering and Physical Sciences: Leading the way in computer and electrical engineering

Global impact in Engineering and Physical Sciences: Leading the way in computer and electrical engineering
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Professor Xin Yao, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the joint USTC-Birmingham Research Institute, and Professor Ian McLoughlin Professor in Electronic Engineering and Information Science at USTC and Birmingham alumnus, discuss the significance of international collaboration in their fields.
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04/06/2014

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 900K. From novel implants to friction welding and more...
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30/05/2014

Randomness to the rescue: If in doubt, flip a coin

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Until recently, combinatorics – the study of finite or countable discrete structures – was only a relatively small area within mathematics. Over the last few years, it has grown rapidly and today it is a well-established and very active field. Professor Deryk Osthus discusses the world leading Birmingham combinatorics study.
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29/05/2014

Advanced materials research recognised by First Prize for Innovation for Product and Technology

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SAFRAN Prize: The University of Birmingham Advanced Materials and Processing laboratory led by Dr Moataz Attallah from the School of Metallurgy and Materials has received recognition for its contribution to the Use of Metal 3D Printing Technology (known as Selective Laser Melting Process) for Hot Section Parts of a Gas Turbine project in partnership with MicroTurbo and MONASH University.
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29/05/2014

Trouble in the cloud leaves businesses tied to their servers

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Cloud computing is being heralded as the next big thing. Shehnila Zardari explores for The Conversation
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20/05/2014

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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09/05/2014

EPS in the media - May 2014

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Higgs Boson, jelly fuel cells and black holes and more...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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28/04/2014
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