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Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction

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For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

Gravitational waves observed from another cosmic collision of a pair of black holes

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The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration identify a further gravitational wave event in the data from the Advanced LIGO detectors

Asteroseismologists listen to the relics of the Milky Way: sounds from the oldest stars in our Galaxy

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Astrophysicists from the University of Birmingham have captured the sounds of some of the oldest stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, according to research published in the Royal Astronomical Society journal Monthly Notices.

Military needs a more realistic approach to virtual reality

Military needs a more realistic approach to virtual reality
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The worlds of warfare and virtual reality are an appealing combination. Millions of fans of Call of Duty would no doubt jump from their sofas at the chance to immerse themselves in a 3D version of the game, given the right kit. But the serious side of this combination is appealing too. Using virtual reality to train soldiers and other military personnel is a much safer (and cheaper) option for governments and their defence organisations. So what does the future hold for virtual reality technologies and their military applications?

Birmingham Engineers scoop prestigious Education award for the second year running

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The Department of Civil Engineering have been announced as the overall winners in the Education category at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) West Midlands Awards for a second year in a row.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - December 2015

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The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP launches the University of Birmingham's Cryogenic Energy Storage plant and more...

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - November 2015

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The 'spooky' effects of Quantum Mechanics, Doing Cold Smarter, Virtual Reality and more...

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - October 2015

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Virtual Reality environments, revolutionary burns dressings and more...
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