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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.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

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.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

A manufacturing renaissance

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As UK manufacturing experiences an upturn, Professor John R. Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Competitiveness at Birmingham Business School, explains this unexpected phenomenon.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Social Sciences

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.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Civil Engineering graduates recognised for excellence in geotechnical engineering

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Two graduates from the School of Civil Engineering recently received the high accolade of being shortlisted for the Ground Engineering's Young Geotechnical Engineer award 2014. Janvi Shah was announced as the winner and Chris Shaw was highly commended at a prestigious awards ceremony, which took place in May.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Advanced materials research recognised at international conference

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James MacDonald, PhD student in the Advanced Materials and Processing lab, School of Metallurgy and Materials has won the Best Poster Prize at the International Conference on Hot Isostatic Pressing Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, attended by over 170 guests from 21 countries.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Making Mini Big Bangs at the Large Hadron Collider

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Much has been made of the discovery of the Higgs boson – the elementary particle pivotal to the Standard Model of physics – and rightly so. Yet the so-called 'God particle', hypothesised for so long and finally confirmed in 2012, is responsible for only one per cent of the mass of the visible universe. The other 99 per cent is due to the Strong Force.Professor David Evans, School of Physics and Astronomy, talks about his work at the Large Hadron Collider.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Pepper the emotional robot may just make you angry

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Dr Nick Hawes writes for The Conversation.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Transformative new approach to glucose sensor devices

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The receptor contains a glucose selective chemosensor unit and a surface anchoring unit, which allows selective detection of glucose. This system has the unique capacity to label-free and allows detection of molecular interactions in real time with high sensitivity
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Funding boost for research into harmonic analysis

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Dr Maria Carmen Reguera, Birmingham Fellow in the School of Mathematics is among 13 top scientists to receive a funding boost for her research from the VINNOVA programme, Mobility for Growth.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
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