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Are low carbon battery-powered trains the future?

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The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education's (BCRRE) Traction Systems Research Group has been investigating the potential for novel traction technologies for trains for some years. In 2009 the group completed a study for the Department for Transport in conjunction with TRL Ltd. to investigate the potential of a train powered entirely by batteries; the results of this work led the industry to begin to think more seriously about developing Independently Powered Electric Multiple Unit trains for the UK.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Changing Interactions: A perspective on the nature of our interaction with computers, and what this means for the future

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Professor Russell Beale delivered his inaugural lecture in November 2014. This profile celebrates his success in the field of Computer Science.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

UK's first independent research to monitor fracking as it happens

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The University of Birmingham will partner in a national environmental research programme carried out by a UK Consortium and led by the British Geological Survey (BGS). Dr Michael Rivett, Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences (Contaminant Hydrogeology) at the University of Birmingham is a member of the consortium research team, aiming to enhance the scientific understanding and knowledge of the effects of shale gas operations on the environment.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

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

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

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

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
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