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From Healthcare Technologies and Gravity Sensors to Critical Materials and Quantum Clocks, our research has a real impact on our lives. Find out more.
Engines of today are both powerful and efficient, but the engines of tomorrow need not only to be powerful and efficient but significantly greener.
The way we supply and use energy is simply not sustainable. Unless we harness new methods to satisfy our increasing reliance on power sources, the impact on the environment will escalate.
The discovery of the Higgs boson was one of the biggest discoveries in physics in half a century. Our pioneering research helped to track it down.
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- Some 30 years after they were first mooted, quantum computers remain largely theoretical. Yet few people doubt they will one day become a reality. When they do, they will bring many benefits – greater speed and efficiency, for example – but they also pose a potentially seismic security threat.
- Nuclear physicists at the University have painted the most precise picture yet of the somewhat perplexing 'Hoyle state', which affects the nucleosynthesis of carbon in stars and, of course, life itself. What is more, they have done so using a machine designed for industrial applications rather than research.
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- Feature article on the life and research of Professor Nick Green, Director of the High Temperature Research Centre and Professor of Manufacturing Technology at the University of Birmingham, who recently gave his Inaugural Lecture, entitled 'Casting: art to aerospace'.
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