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Food for thought: scientists use social media to expose global eating habits

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People in the UK eat their main meal at dinner time, Brazilians eat theirs at lunchtime, and the population of the US tends to eat more throughout the day, according to research by computer scientists at the University of Birmingham in the first study of its kind into eating and drinking habits using social media data.

Creative planning for 'self-made' UK cities of the future

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The University of Birmingham Policy Commission on Future Urban Living launches its report in the House of Lords on Monday 7 July. The report is the culmination of a year's evidence taken from a wide range of leading practitioners and thinkers on cities from the UK and elsewhere, drawing from it ideas to inform the way we live, work and play in the cities of the future.

Wirelessly Lockpicking a Smart Card Reader

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College best publication award: Dr Flavio Garcia, School of Computer Science, summarises a study of iClass, the widely used contactless smart card.

Natural medicine is great, but chemists can make it even better

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For years humans have searched for medicines in nature. While some seek "natural cures" in order to avoid chemicals, in truth everything is made up of chemistry. But as humans, we're very good at manipulating what we find in nature – either through intention or accident.

UK leads in cool technology – liquid air energy storage

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The world's first research centre for Cryogenic Energy Storage has been established at the University of Birmingham
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Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - September 2014

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From dishwasher loading robots to social media and apps data revealing global eating habits and more...

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - August 2014

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From virtual reality systems in the gaming industry to drones and more...

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - July 2014

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From small nuclear reactors to the science of the sun and more...
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