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REF university research tables steer UK funding

The 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework)  results been officially published today, being noteworthy for their influence on UK research investment. Specifically, the research was conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department…

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Stick insects model six-legged robotic behaviour

A robot that looks like a giant insect is taking its first steps, advancing cautiously on its crutch-like limbs. The six-legged bot, known as Hector, can move each of its legs independently, which allows it to tackle a wider range of surfaces than other similar-bodied robots that…

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Update: Skype demos real-time speech translation

In a link-up between schools in Tacoma Washington and Mexico City, Skype has demonstrated real-time speech translation between Spanish and English. “Skype Translator relies on machine learning, which means that the more the technology is used, the smarter it gets. We are starting with English and Spanish, and…

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Ink-jet prints paint on cars and architecture

Ink-jet printing is possible with standard industrial paints, according to UK-based design house TTP, which has tested its process with cellulose and two-part part polyurethane paints used on cars and aircraft. “This opens up many other possible applications including the use of thermoplastic fluoropolymer paints such as…

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Graphene and semiconductor research at new Manchester institute

The Sir Henry Royce Advanced Materials Institute, announced in the autumn statement and based at the University of Manchester, will include graphene and semiconductor research. The Royce Institute will have its research centre in a new building in Manchester, and be supported by satellites at the founding partners: the Universities…

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ESA orders space radio prototype from RFEL

Following a research contract, the European Space Agency is to buy a software-defined radio demonstrator RFEL, the Isle of Wight-based specialist in DSP algorithms running on FPGAs. “The research element of the project was a great success,” said RFEL CEO Alex Kuhrt, “so this second, follow-on, contract…

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Berkeley Lab claims record for laser-plasma accelerator

Researchers at the US Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have accelerated electrons to 4.25GeV over 90mm, claiming an energy gradient 1,000 times greater than traditional particle accelerators, and world record energy for laser-plasma accelerators. “This result requires exquisite control over the laser and the plasma. We’re forcing…

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Southampton, EU and Japan to build fast data networks

The University of Southampton is to join forces with the European Commission and the Japanese government to develop high-speed networks in densely populated areas. Researchers from the University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre are to share in around €1.5m of EU funding, under the Horizon 2020 programme, for the…

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