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College of Policing grant to build links between academics and the police

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A partnership involving the University of Birmingham has been awarded £50,000 by the College of Policing to forge links between academics and the police.
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07/02/2014

Louise Dixon: Prisons research featured in ESRC's Britain in 2014 magazine

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Research being undertaken by Dominique Moran and Marie Hutton at GEES, and Louise Dixon in Psychology, has been chosen to feature in the ESRC's flagship newsstand magazine Britain in 2014.
Date:
07/02/2014

Recent study challenges a major tenet of eukaryotic gene expression

Recent study challenges a major tenet of eukaryotic gene expression
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When eukaryotic cells produce new proteins, an elaborate and complex sequence of events is happening in the cell. The DNA, packaged into chromosomes, is partially unpacked, the genetic information stored in the DNA is transcribed to RNA, and finally the protein is synthesized by the ribosome according to the blueprint provided by the RNA. It has long been accepted among biologists that the processes of transcribing the DNA to RNA and the translation of RNA to the protein happen in two different places of the cell: the former in the nucleus, the latter – after RNA export – in the cytoplasm.
Date:
04/02/2014

Scientists reveal the pecking order of musicians playing in a group

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Does Charlie Watts lead the Rolling Stones from the drums? Did Jacqueline du Pré lead Daniel Barenboim from the cello? These questions may in the future have answers thanks to an intriguing model developed by a team of scientists from the Universities of Birmingham, Münster and London's Royal Academy of Music, in research published today (Wednesday 29th January 2014) in the Royal Society Journal Interface.
Date:
29/01/2014

Scientists reveal the pecking order of musicians playing in a group

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Does Charlie Watts lead the Rolling Stones from the drums? Did Jacqueline du Pré lead Daniel Barenboim from the cello? These questions may in the future have answers thanks to an intriguing model developed by a team of scientists from the Universities of Birmingham, Münster and London's Royal Academy of Music, in research published today (Wednesday 29th January 2014) in the Royal Society Journal Interface.
Date:
29/01/2014

Are you a stroke survivor having trouble completing everyday tasks? Participants needed for research project

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Researchers are looking for volunteers to take part in a study which aims to develop tools to help stroke survivors with everyday tasks.
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27/01/2014

Are you a stroke survivor having trouble completing everyday tasks? Participants needed for research project

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Researchers are looking for volunteers to take part in a study which aims to develop tools to help stroke survivors with everyday tasks.
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21/01/2014

Spiked drink theory sheds new light on Alexander the Great's death

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The mystery of the death of Alexander the Great, shrouded in intrigue, may have finally been solved, thanks to a team of academics, including a University of Birmingham toxicologist.
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20/01/2014

Charlotte Hartwright publishes Theory of Mind paper in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Charlotte Hartwright publishes Theory of Mind paper in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
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In a forthcoming paper, Dr Charlotte Hartwright, working with Professor Ian Apperly and Dr Peter Hansen, provides new understanding on the role of the rostral medial prefrontal cortex (rmPFC) in enabling us to represent the mind states of other social agents, termed having a 'Theory of Mind' (ToM).
Date:
17/01/2014

Partnership event for project exploring views of social care services amongst people with learning disabilities

Partnership event for project exploring views of social care services amongst people with learning disabilities
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A team of researchers from the School of Psychology have been working on a project funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research. The project has been exploring the views of social care services amongst people with learning disabilities from minority ethnic groups. On the 29th November, they held an event at the University which involved working with people with learning disabilities, and with direct care providers, to get feedback on the preliminary outcomes of the study.
Date:
17/01/2014

MRC/Arthritis Research UK Centre studentship

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Promotion of physical activity in middle aged and older adults with lower limb osteoarthritis
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17/01/2014

House of Lords Action on Rheumatoid Arthritis

House of Lords Action on Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Professor Karim Raza presents at a House of Lords summit on increasing public awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Date:
16/01/2014

Antibacterial Handwash: Useful, or a Potential Risk?

Antibacterial Handwash: Useful, or a Potential Risk?
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Dr Mark Webber provides expert opinion on BBC World News
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16/01/2014

New JACS paper on designed lanthanide coiled coils

New JACS paper on designed lanthanide coiled coils
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Scientists from the University of Birmingham led by Anna Peacock have just published a paper in JACS on the de novo design of coiled coils for imaging applications.
Date:
14/01/2014

Living time capsule shows the human mark on evolution

Living time capsule shows the human mark on evolution
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In a News York Times article entitled "A living time capsule shows the human mark on evolution", Dr Luisa Orsini of the School of Bisociences describes how the hatching of 700 year old eggs of the water flea Daphnia presents a biological archive enabling researchers to go back in time.
Date:
09/01/2014

The Conversation: How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs

The Conversation: How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs
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Richard Butler, Birmingham Fellow & Academic Keeper, Lapworth Museum of Geology, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs'. Dinosaurs are stereotypical symbols of failure, because, apart from birds, none of their lineage have survived. A massive meteorite strike caused their mass extinction about 65 million years ago. But this event negatively skews our perception of the dinosaur story. In fact, far from failures, dinosaurs were highly successful.
Date:
03/01/2014

Dawn of the dinosaurs: understanding the Triassic world

Dawn of the dinosaurs: understanding the Triassic world
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In 1853, the renowned sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins celebrated New Year's Eve in an utterly unique way: he held a lavish dinner party for twenty of the Victorian great and good inside a model of a dinosaur created for the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Date:
02/01/2014

Dawn of the dinosaurs: understanding the Triassic world

Dawn of the dinosaurs: understanding the Triassic world
Description
In 1853, the renowned sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins celebrated New Year's Eve in an utterly unique way: he held a lavish dinner party for twenty of the Victorian great and good inside a model of a dinosaur created for the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Date:
02/01/2014

Birmingham researchers look to give sports clubs a heads-up on concussion dangers

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A study looking into what happens to the brains of sportspeople in the aftermath of a concussion – and what could happen if they suffered a subsequent head injury - has been launched by researchers at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
19/12/2013

Joseph Galea launches game in Great Brain Experiment app

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The Great Brain Experiment is a unique scientific experiment being run by UCL which uses games on mobile applications (phones/tablets) to test 10,000s of participant's memory, impulsivity and attention. Dr Joseph Galea, in collaboration with Dr Sven Bestmann (UCL), has included a game on the new release called "How do I deal with pressure?". This game investigates how participants' motor performance is affected by reward and punishment.
Date:
19/12/2013
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