Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - June 2016

New findings from the LIGO-Virgo team, including researchers from the Gravitational Wave group at Birmingham, received attention from numerous media outlets including  The Guardian, The Independent, The Birmingham Mail, Express and Star, Daily Express and The Daily Mail among others.

Betty, an autonomous robot from the School of Computer Science, made headlines after she began work as a trainee office manager for a two month trial period at the Transport Systems Catapult. The story featured in The Telegraph, Mirror and The Daily Mail.

Asteroseismologists from the School of Physics and Astronomy reported the detection of resonant acoustic oscillations of stars in ‘M4’, one of the oldest known clusters of stars in the Galaxy, some 13 billion years old. The story recieved coverage from global media outlets including The Daily Mail, Mirror, Metro and  India Economic Times.

Professor Martin Freer (School of Physics and Astronomy) featured across multiple BBC channels, including the Today programme, Radio 5 Live and the World Service, on the cold energy challenge facing the world.

Professor John Bridgeman’s (Department of Civil Engineering) research into developing a device to quickly and simply check the safety of drinking water in developing countries has received extensive global coverage including the India Economic Times, Deccan Herald and Business Standard. The Xinhua news agency in China also covered the device’s use to improve wastewater treatment efficiency in Guangzhou.