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Public support for nuclear energy at an all-time high

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Professor Martin Freer comments on a new ComREs opinion poll that found that a majority of adults now support the use of nuclear power to provide energy in the UK.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences

Chemistry makes Christmas magical!

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From the enticing aroma of the turkey in the oven to the 'whoosh' of the flames as the brandy-soaked pudding comes alight, Christmas is a wonderful time for the senses. But have you ever considered the science behind our best-loved festive traditions?
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Teaching

Strong performance by College in recent national research assessment

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The University of Birmingham's College of Engineering and Physical Sciences has collectively achieved a very strong performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) - the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Professor Jim Al-Khalili delivers the first EPS Christmas Lecture

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On Wednesday 10 December Professor Jim Al-Khalili delivered the first EPS Christmas Lecture. In this lecture he selects some of his favourite scientific conundrums, from the Monty Hall problem to Olbers' paradox about why the sky gets dark at night and from Schrödinger's famous cat to those pesky demons of Maxwell and Laplace; prepared to be baffled.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Teaching

Parliamentary & Scientific Committee Appearance

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On Tuesday 18 November, Dr Jonathan Radcliffe, Senior Research Fellow and Toby Peters, Visiting Professor, Chair of Power and Cold Economy, at the University of Birmingham, presented to the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House at Westminster, to discuss the issues surrounding Energy Storage.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

High Speed Rail Conference Highlights

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the first Shinkansen high-speed line in Japan, over 250 academic and industry leaders attended the High Speed Rail conference, hosted at the University of Birmingham on Monday 8 - Wednesday 11 December.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Students, Teaching

Research at the University of Birmingham takes one step forward towards making fuel cells cheaper and more affordable

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Research carried out at the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Royal Military College, Canada, explores new and cheaper ways of increasing the carbon monoxide (CO) tolerance, which will play a significant role in improving the durability of fuel cells and making them more cost effective.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Cryogenic Energy Storage Expands On the World Stage

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Highview Power Storage, a UK based designer and developer of Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) systems and a major collaborator in the Birmingham Centre for Cryogenic Energy Storage (BCCES) has signed a licence agreement with Advanced Emissions Solutions of Denver, Colorado.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Alan Turing's legacy is even bigger than we realise

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Alan Turing is one of the world's best-known mathematicians, and probably the best known in the past century. This is partly for his work on cracking German codes in World War II, and partly for his arrest, conviction and punishment for homosexuality in the 1950s. The mathematics that made him famous, however, rarely gets mentioned.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
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