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Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 16.04
Robotics goes micro-scale
Press release issued: 16 April 2014 - The development of light-driven 'micro-robots' that can autonomously investigate and manipulate the nano-scale environment in a microscope comes a step closer, thanks to new research from the University of Bristol.

Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 14.04
New technique could transform low-energy light detection
Researchers have discovered a way to use standard semiconductors to detect light over a much broader range of wavelengths. The technology, developed by a team of scientists at Georgia State University and the University of Leeds, opens new possibilities in solar power generation and low-energy light detection.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Social Sciences - 8.04
Games linked to aggression if players can't master technology
Playing electronic games can make people feel aggressive, but new research finds that the reason has little to do with violent content. Researchers from the University of Oxford in the UK and the University of Rochester in the US carried out lab tests in which volunteers played both violent and non-violent games.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 21.03
Ten great discoveries: A Wi-Fi virus that spreads like a cold
For National Science and Engineering Week , we are celebrating 10 great scientific advances made at the University of Liverpool. Over the 10 days of the event, we will be highlighting a different advance each day to show what science can achieve.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mathematics - 3.03
Future of cyber security is in the mind
The research draws on psychological studies and uses mathematical models to improve how decisions are made when dealing with complex security IT problems - The University of Liverpool is developing a new tool that can protect organisations of all sizes from cyber threats.

Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 25.02
Wifi virus latest threat to future IT security
The researchers found the virus was able to avoid detection and identify the points at which WiFi access is least protected by encryption and passwords - Researchers at the University of Liverpool have shown for the first time that WiFi networks can be infected with a virus that can move through densely populated areas as efficiently as the common cold spreads between humans.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 24.02
Maths problem solved but it’s impossible to check
Dr Boris Konev and Dr Alexei Lisitsa are now running software in an attempt to find a result for discrepancy 3 - University of Liverpool academics made significant progress towards solving an 80 year old maths puzzle using a computer programme, but the resulting proof is so massive it's impossible for any human to check.

Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 3.02
Lifting the lid on silicon batteries
Resolving the mystery of what happens inside batteries when silicon comes into with lithium could accelerate the commercialisation of next-generation high capacity batteries, for use in mobile phones and other applications.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 20.01
Material like '3D graphene' promises new electronics
Material like '3D graphene' promises new electronics
The discovery of a material that has a similar electronic structure to graphene but can exist in three dimensions, instead of a flat sheet like graphene, could lead to faster transistors and more compact hard drives.

Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 15.01
Superconducting spintronics pave way for next-generation computing
A breakthrough for the field of Spintronics, a new type of technology which it is widely believed could be the basis of a future revolution in computing, has been announced by scientists in Cambridge. The results offer a glimpse into a future in which super-computing could be far more energy-efficient - Jason Robinson - The research, reported , provides the first evidence that superconductors could be used as an energy-efficient source for so-called "spin-based" devices, which are already starting to appear in microelectronic circuits.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Social Sciences - 19.12.2013
Older men most likely to link video games with aggression
Video and computer games have seen a huge rise in popularity worldwide. The fact that such games provide an immersive virtual experience has led to public concerns, often articulated in the media, about a possible link between gaming and real world aggression.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Chemistry - 13.12.2013
A new step towards graphene-based electronics
A new step towards graphene-based electronics
13 Dec 2013 - University of Manchester scientists have helped demonstrate that long, structurally well-defined ribbons of graphene can be made. Writing , researchers used different characterisation techniques, including Raman spectroscopy – led by Dr Cinzia Casiraghi and her group – to confirm that these ribbons, called GNRs, are structurally well-defined and have excellent charge-carrier mobility.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 4.12.2013
Diamond could hold more charge
For a copy of the paper, go to - Nano Electronic Diamond Devices and Systems group - Researchers at the University of Glasgow have found an improved method to introduce mobile electronic charge into synthetic diamond.

Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 20.11.2013
New modelling technique could bypass the need for engineering prototypes
A new modelling technique has been developed that could eliminate the need to build costly prototypes, which are used to test engineering structures such as aeroplanes. The study, by Dr Róbert Szalai at the University of Bristol, is published in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A . Most engineering structures, for example airplane landing gear, jet engines and gearboxes, involve friction and impact among their components.  Traditionally these harsh phenomena are difficult to design for and introduce a great deal of uncertainty in the final product.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 10.09.2013
New method to diagnosing anaemia using microwaves could lead to new blood tests
New method to diagnosing anaemia using microwaves could lead to new blood tests
A rapid way of diagnosing anaemia using microwave technology has been developed by scientists. There are different types of anaemia, which causes lethargy, jaundice, tiredness and shortness of breath.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 12.06.2013
Controlling magnetic clouds in graphene
Controlling magnetic clouds in graphene
12 Jun 2013 - Wonder material graphene can be made magnetic and its magnetism switched on and off at the press of a button, opening a new avenue towards electronics with very low energy consumption.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 7.06.2013
Plastic electronics made easy
Plastic electronics made easy
Scientists have discovered a way to better exploit a process that could revolutionise the way that electronic products are made. The scientists from Imperial College London say improving the industrial process, which is called crystallisation, could revolutionise the way we produce electronic products, leading to advances across a whole range of fields; including reducing the cost and improving the design of plastic solar cells (see pull-out box).

Life Sciences - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 17.05.2013
Electrical boost to mental arithmetic powers
A weak electrical signal can boost people's powers of mental arithmetic over a period of months, suggests a small scale study at the University of Oxford. The technique involves placing electrodes on the scalp of the head and applying random electrical noise to stimulate parts of the brain and encourage nerve cells to fire.

Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 13.05.2013
Graphene joins the race to redefine the ampere
A new joint innovation by the University of Cambridge and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute, could pave the way for redefining the ampere in terms of fundamental constants of physics.

Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 9.05.2013
Pear shaped atomic nuclei
Pear shaped atomic nuclei
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that some atomic nuclei can assume the shape of a pear which contributes to our understanding of nuclear structure and the underlying fundamental interactions.

Education/Continuing Education - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 11.04.2013
From cloud formation to liquid foundation: new soft matter model developed
From cloud formation to liquid foundation: new soft matter model developed
Imperial researchers develop model to more accurately describe the motion of soft matter particles. Chemical engineers and mathematicians from Imperial College London have put their heads together to create a new model that more accurately describes the motion of soft matter particles.

Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 2.04.2013
Sonic lasso catches cells
Sonic lasso catches cells
Academics have demonstrated for the first time that a "sonic lasso" can be used to grip microscopic objects, such as cells, and move them about. The research by academics at the University of Bristol's Department of Mechanical Engineering and the University of Dundee's Institute for Medical Science and Technology is published online in Applied Physics Letters . The researchers have shown experimentally how tiny particles, such as cells, or any small objects can be trapped by a spinning ultrasonic, or sonic, vortex.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - 27.03.2013
Research leads towards new standard tests for tennis courts
Tennis players can adapt their movement/playing style in response to subtle differences in court constructions, according to new research by engineers at the University of Sheffield. The findings - published online in the Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology - are the first steps towards setting international standards to characterise the interaction between shoes and surfaces.

Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 21.02.2013
Sniffing out the side effects of radiotherapy may soon be possible
Researchers at the University of Warwick and The Royal Marsden - NHS Foundation Trust have completed a study that may lead to clinicians being able to more accurately predict which patients will suffer from the side effects of radiotherapy.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Business/Economics - 11.02.2013
Study highlights link between poor welfare and meat quality
Study highlights link between poor welfare and meat quality
A recent scientific study has shown that pre-stun shocks in commercial broiler processing significantly affect carcase and meat quality as well as bird welfare.

Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 1.02.2013
Routes towards defect-free graphene
Routes towards defect-free graphene
A new way of growing graphene without the defects that weaken it and prevent electrons from flowing freely within it could open the way to large-scale manufacturing of graphene-based devices with applications in fields such as electronics, energy, and healthcare.

Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 31.01.2013
3D microchip created
3D microchip created
Each step on our spintronic staircase is only a few atoms high.

Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 8.01.2013
Researchers identify new target for common heart condition
Researchers identify new target for common heart condition
Researchers have found new evidence that metabolic stress can increase the onset of atrial arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation (AF), a common heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate.

Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 26.08.2012
New wave of technologies possible after ground-breaking analysis tool developed
A revolutionary tool created by scientists at the University of Sheffield has enabled researchers to analyse nanometer-sized devices without destroying them for the first time, opening the door to a new wave of technologies.

Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 13.06.2012
No evidence for "knots" in space
No evidence for
Theories of the primordial Universe predict the existence of knots in the fabric of space - known as cosmic textures - which could be identified by looking at light from the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the relic radiation left over from the Big Bang.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 18.05.2012
New silicon memory chip developed
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 30.03.2012
Honeycombs of magnets could lead to new type of computer processing
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 5.03.2012
Scientists revolutionise electron microscope
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 2.02.2012
Graphene electronics moves into a third dimension
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 19.12.2011
Landmark find has magnetic appeal
Life Sciences - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 19.09.2011
Scientists can now ’see’ how different parts of our brain communicate
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 5.09.2011
Research gives crystal clear temperature readings from toughest environments
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 31.08.2011
Scientists observe smallest atomic displacements ever
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 31.08.2011
Graphene’s shining light could lead to super-fast internet
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 12.08.2011
Bilayer graphene: another step towards graphene electronics
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 25.07.2011
A “quantum leap” can make graphene devices even faster
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Medicine/Pharmacology - 24.05.2011
Expert discovers simple method of dealing with harmful radioactive iodine
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 15.04.2011
New spin on graphene
Life Sciences - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 31.03.2011
Fruit fly antennae are tuned in
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 15.11.2010
‘Space-time cloak’ to conceal events revealed in new study
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 9.11.2010
Quantum computers a step closer to reality thanks to new finding
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom - 26.05.2010
New technology will make election voting more efficient
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 8.12.2009
Leading academic granted esteemed fellowship

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Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 17.02
Researchers build world’s most powerful terahertz laser chip
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 10.02
Dyson and Imperial to develop next generation robots at new centre
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Medicine/Pharmacology - 21.11.2013
Electronic prescribing in NHS hospitals patchy at best
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 5.11.2013
Anti-fraud lasers and inks for transparent electronics
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 24.10.2013
Dolphins inspire new radar system
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 24.10.2013
How the kettle got its whistle
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 8.10.2013
Scientists take a quieter step closer to first practical quantum computer
Life Sciences - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 16.09.2013
Professor Brian Cox explores why science gets a bad press in latest TV series
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 27.08.2013
Robots that learn from experience
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 20.08.2013
Spinning out the future of our electronic devices
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - 16.07.2013
Multi-million-pound boost for Oxford research in 'great technologies'
Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 20.06.2013
Researchers set to boldly go into new areas of medical sensing with multicorder
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - 7.06.2013
University scientists in the fast lane to an engineering future
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Business/Economics - 4.06.2013
University researchers help optimise Virgin Media’s new Super Hub
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 11.04.2013
Frog-like robot will help surgeons
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom - 28.03.2013
Swarming robots could be the servants of the future
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 1.03.2013
Photo competition set to showcase Science and Engineering research
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Life Sciences - 28.02.2013
Flying moths inspire robotics
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 12.02.2013
A taste of the graphene sandwich
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