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A thought for International Day of Happiness: how a square of chocolate really does make us smile!

A thought for International Day of Happiness: how a square of chocolate really does make us smile!
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International Day of Happiness is an apt time in the UK as we emerge from a wet and dreary winter. February saw Valentine's Day and World Chocolate Day, both reminding us of chocolate - the feel-good substance.
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20/03/2014

Big Bang Q&A and podcast with Professor Alberto Vecchio

Big Bang Q&A and podcast with Professor Alberto Vecchio
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Professor Alberto Vecchio, of the School of Physics and Astronomy, comments on what the discovery of hard evidence for gravitational waves could mean for the future of cosmology and particle physics.
Date:
17/03/2014

Decomposing a graph into Hamilton cycles

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College best publication award for 'Hamilton decompositions of regular expanders: a proof of Kelly's conjecture for large tournaments' (Advances in Mathemtics 237 (2013), 62-146)
Date:
14/03/2014

Robot Developments Big for Business

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Dr Nick Hawes will talk to the AI and Robotics Innovation forum today (Thursday 13 March) about the use of robotics and artificial intelligence in near-future commercial applications.
Date:
13/03/2014

£6000 Scholarships in Master of Research in Railway Systems Integration

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Scholarships in Master of Research in Railway Systems Integration: For the 2014/15 session up to 10 scholarships with a value of £6000 will be available, for students who wish to carry out research in railway applications.
Date:
12/03/2014

Work to start on £60 million advanced manufacturing research facility at Ansty Park

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The University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce celebrated their joint collaboration to establish a High Temperature Research Centre (HTRC) when the University's Vice-Chancellor Professor David Eastwood and Rolls-Royce Director of Research and Technology Ric Parker 'broke ground' at the Centre's new site at Ansty Park, near Coventry.
Date:
07/03/2014

EPS in the media - March 2014

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The sounds made by the Sun, how to protect yourself when GCHQ goes for your webcam and more...
Date:
04/03/2014

Civil Engineering newsletter 2014

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Read about the latest developments from around the School
Date:
04/03/2014

How to protect yourself when GCHQ goes for your webcam

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Dr Tom Chothia for the Conversation on news that government intelligence agency GCHQ has been intercepting and storing webcam images from 1.8 million users of Yahoo's chat service under the codename Optic Nerve
Date:
04/03/2014

EPS in the media - February 2014

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A virtual reality version of a sunken submarine, the future of intelligent robotics, rail infrastructure, nuclear fusion and more...
Date:
28/02/2014

Newton's constant of gravitation - a physical constant too difficult to measure?

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College Best Publication Award for 'Improved Determination of G Using Two Methods'. Professor Clive Speake and coauthors recently published results of a determination of the value of Newton's constant of gravitation, G (Physics Review Letters 111,101102, 2013).
Date:
27/02/2014

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 £2,700,000. From railways to functional materials and more...
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25/02/2014

Sounding the stars at Thinktank

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Members of the HiROS research group took part in the "Meet the Scientist" outreach event at the Birmingham Thinktank Museum. The group presented a variety of activities related to sound and resonance, results on "sounding stars" with asteroseismology, and a "create your own exoplanet lightcurve" activity, all of which proved popular with children and their parents.
Date:
24/02/2014

The Anatomy Of A Scientific Rumor

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The discovery of the Higgs boson was one of the landmark discoveries of 2012 and it will be remembered forever in the history of science. The news was shared around the World within minutes of the CERN announcement. Dr Mirco Musolesi's paper 'The Anatomy of Scientific Rumor' published in Nature Scientific Reports and awarded Best Paper October 2013, presents a study of the spread of communication on Twitter around the time of the announcement and explores the increasingly important role social media takes in the communication of science and in the scholarly debate.
Date:
24/02/2014

Explainer: Ketamine in the human world

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Ketamine has been in the news again; this time the reason is that the Government is being advised that it should be upgraded from its current status as a Class C drug (like Valium) to a Class B drug, like amphetamine or cannabis. Dr Simon Cotton explains...
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20/02/2014

What to expect from Dyson's new robotics lab

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Dr Nick Hawes comments on James Dyson's decision to fund a robotics laboratory.
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18/02/2014

For decades a distant dream, the countdown to nuclear fusion may have finally begun

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Dr Paul Norman writes for The Conversation.
Date:
18/02/2014

The future's rose-y for personalised Valentine's gifts

The future's rose-y for personalised Valentine's gifts
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As the price of flowers – especially red roses – rockets on this particular day, could scientists at the University of Birmingham hold the answer to wooing your loved one in the future without breaking the bank?
Date:
14/02/2014

US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, visits Birmingham

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The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences was honoured to welcome Matthew W. Barzun, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as Christine Prince, US Embassy Second Secretary, last week as part of a visit to the city of Birmingham.
Date:
12/02/2014

Gravitational waves and the unheard broadcast of the violent universe

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There are very few people ever to have been born who can expect to 'see' what happened a fraction of a second after the Big Bang – but Birmingham's Professor Alberto Vecchio is one of them. The Italian-born astrophysicist is part of a team of international experts on the brink of revolutionising our understanding of the universe – by tuning into its 'gravity channel'. This has been broadcasting since the dawn of time through the incredibly weak form of radiation known as gravitational waves, but until now no one has been able to hear it directly.
Date:
10/02/2014
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