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Leeds, Sheffield join forces with UK Electronics Skills Foundation

The universities of Leeds and Sheffield have now joined forces with the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF), following 11 other universities such as Imperial College, Southampton and Surrey.

They are now part of part of a UKESF programme looking to address the declining number of UK students signing up for…

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ARCHER Cay XC30 petascale supercomputer upgrade is one step closer

The UK’s ARCHER Cay XC30 petascale supercomputer is one step closer to a big upgrade, says EPSRC, following a consultation exercise with users.

Situated at the University of Edinburgh’s Advanced Computing Facility at Easter Bush, it was officially “open for science” in March of this year, but is…

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Medical apps at a stretch for graphene infused rubber bands

Graphene research is not restricted to Manchester and Cambridge in the UK – researchers at the University of Surrey (and Trinity College Dublin) have been investigating its use for sensors.

It seems ordinary rubber bands can be turned into strain sensors by infusing them with graphene flakes. Bands around wrist, chest…

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Imperial breaks into Top Ten global university ranking

Caveat Emptor and all that, but here comes a world university ranking table…

We wrote about the 2013 compilation last year in August and the ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities) has now been released for 2014, by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


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Low Frequency Array radio telescope views “Whirlpool Galaxy”

A European team of astronomers, using a radio telescope, has obtained the most sensitive image of a galaxy below 1 GHz, claims the University of Southampton.

The university writes:
The team viewed the “Whirlpool Galaxy” Messier 51 (M51), about 30 million light years away, with the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR…

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Spotlight turns on Lux-Zeplin dark matter detector

Imperial College is taking part in Lux-Zeplin (LZ) dark matter detection experiment, which takes place down in a mine in deepest South Dakota.

The university is reporting that it brings together 120 scientists and engineers from around the world, with Imperial College London leading the UK collaboration.
Alongside two…

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EPSRC funds building energy consumption research

New research projects involved with energy consumption in non-domestic buildings have been launched by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (on behalf of the Research Councils UK Energy Programme).

Six UK universities are to share £4m of government money: Imperial College, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Southampton and Strathclyde…

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Using plant oils to generate power off-grid sites

A Newcastle University led consortium, writes Steve Bush, is using plant oils to generate power, heating and cooling for off-grid buildings – homes, farms and businesses.

He begins:
Combined heat and power units have been used by large businesses for many years, using internal combustion engines to provide electricity via…

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