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Chemistry - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 8.12
Chemists create ’artificial chemical evolution’ for the first time
Scientists have taken an important step towards the possibility of creating synthetic life with the development of a form of artificial evolution in a simple chemistry set without DNA. A team from the University of Glasgow's School of Chemistry report in a new paper today (Monday 8 December) on how they have managed to create an evolving chemical system for the first time.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - 1.12
New research could transform high speed optical networks
Press release issued: 1 December 2014 - There is an ever growing demand for high speed internet communication systems. New research has shown optical switching technology built on nanoantenna reflectarrays and tunable materials could transform high speed optical networks.

Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 15.09
Simulation method identifies materials for better batteries
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have devised a new simulation technique which reliably predicts the structure and behaviour of different materials, in order to accelerate the development of next-generation batteries for a wide range of applications.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 8.09
Layered graphene sandwich for next generation electronics
08 Sep 2014 - Sandwiching layers of graphene with white graphene could produce designer materials capable of creating high-frequency electronic devices, University of Manchester scientists have found.

Life Sciences - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 19.08
Secrets of how worms wriggle uncovered
An engineer at the University of Liverpool has found how worms move around, despite not having a brain to communicate with the body. Dr Paolo Paoletti , alongside his colleague at Harvard, Professor L Mahadevan, has developed a mathematical model for earthworms and insect larvae which challenges the traditional view of how these soft bodied animals get around.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 11.08
Pairing old technologies with new for next generation electronic devices
Pairing old technologies with new for next generation electronic devices
UCL scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons in semi-conducting materials, offering a radical way to develop a new generation of electronic devices.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 4.08
A little video game-playing linked with better-adjusted children
Shutterstock'src=H0zUTI9ClkDqiDqzwCtZYw-1-42 - A new study suggests video game-playing for less than an hour a day is linked with better-adjusted children and teenagers.

Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 15.07
Can video streaming over mobile broadband networks be improved?
Press release issued: 15 July 2014 - Due to the increase in smartphone video applications, mobile video traffic is rising significantly. New research has shown how videos can be better transmitted over wireless links such as Wi-Fi and 4G.

Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 8.07
'Nano-pixels' promise thin, flexible high-res displays
A new discovery will make it possible to create pixels just a few hundred nanometres across that could pave the way for extremely high-resolution and low-energy thin, flexible displays for applications such as 'smart' glasses, synthetic retinas, and foldable screens.

Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 15.06
Superconducting secrets solved after 30 years
A breakthrough has been made in identifying the origin of superconductivity in high-temperature superconductors, which has puzzled researchers for the past three decades.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 10.06
Innovative millimetre wave communications to be demonstrated at London exhibition
10 June 2014 - Wireless data connections that exploit millimetre wave radio spectrum (30GHz to 300GHz) are expected to be used in worldwide 5G networks from 2020. The University of Bristol's Communication Systems and Networks research group has partnered with Bristol start-up Blu Wireless Technology (BWT) to develop this technology and they will demonstrate their innovative work at the Small Cells World Summit in London this week [10-12 June].

Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 3.06
Spiders know the meaning of web music
Spider silk transmits vibrations across a wide range of frequencies so that, when plucked like a guitar string, its sound carries information about prey, mates, and even the structural integrity of a web.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 2.06
Graphene’s multi-coloured butterflies
Combining black and white graphene can change the electronic properties of the one-atom thick material, researchers have found. Writing , an international team including Lancaster University shows that the electronic properties of graphene change dramatically if graphene is placed on top of boron nitride, also known as ‘white graphite'.

Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 2.06
Graphene’s multi-coloured butterflies
02 Jun 2014 - Combining black and white graphene can change the electronic properties of the one-atom thick materials, University of Manchester researchers have found. Writing , a large international team led by Dr Artem Mishchenko and Sir Andre Geim from The University of Manchester shows that the electronic properties of graphene change dramatically if graphene is placed on top of boron nitride, also known as 'white graphite'.

Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 14.05
Researchers create ‘ultrasonic hands’ that can grip microparticles
Press release issued: 14 May 2014 - A team of researchers from the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Dundee has discovered for the first time that ultrasonic waves can be used to grab several microparticles at a time, effectively creating a pair of invisible 'ultrasonic hands' that can move tiny objects, such as cells, under a microscope.

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 - 14.04
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 - 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 - Physics/Materials Science - 12.06.2013
Controlling magnetic clouds in graphene
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science - 7.06.2013
Plastic electronics made easy
Life Sciences - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 17.05.2013
Electrical boost to mental arithmetic powers
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 13.05.2013
Graphene joins the race to redefine the ampere
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 9.05.2013
Pear shaped atomic nuclei
Education/Continuing Education - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 11.04.2013
From cloud formation to liquid foundation: new soft matter model developed
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 2.04.2013
Sonic lasso catches cells
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - 27.03.2013
Research leads towards new standard tests for tennis courts
Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 21.02.2013
Sniffing out the side effects of radiotherapy may soon be possible
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Business/Economics - 11.02.2013
Study highlights link between poor welfare and meat quality
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 1.02.2013
Routes towards defect-free graphene
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 31.01.2013
3D microchip created
Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 8.01.2013
Researchers identify new target for common heart condition
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 26.08.2012
New wave of technologies possible after ground-breaking analysis tool developed
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 13.06.2012
No evidence for "knots" in space
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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Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 18.12
REF Confirms Birmingham’s Position Amongst Top Research Universities
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 9.12
Mitsubishi machine donation marks start of new partnership withUniversity
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom - 8.12
New research will help robots know their limits
Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 14.11
Health device propels Imperial team to international success
Chemistry - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 5.11
Clearing a path for electrons in polymers: closing in on the speed limits
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 28.10
Heat can transmit data
Life Sciences - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 24.09
Delve into a world of discovery and extraordinary experiments
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 19.09
Quick-change materials break the silicon speed limit for computers
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 26.06
Clever copters developed at Sheffield can learn as they fly
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 19.06
The atomic building site
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 16.06
New research set to improve quality of life for denture patients
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - 30.05
Gravity-beating ultrasonic tweezers provide a sound route to bio-engineering
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Life Sciences - 13.05
The sonic screwdriver than can turn cells tartan
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering - 15.04
Simplicity is key to co-operative robots
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
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