Latest Aberystwyth University Stories

Robot Biologist Solves Complex Problem From Scratch
2011-10-15 04:04:33

First it was chess. Then it was Jeopardy. Now computers are at it again, but this time they are trying to automate the scientific process itself. An interdisciplinary team of scientists at Vanderbilt University, Cornell University and CFD Research Corporation, Inc., has taken a major step toward this goal by demonstrating that a computer can analyze raw experimental data from a biological system and derive the basic mathematical equations that describe the way the system operates....

Image 1 - AFTER - Next Giant Ice Island Poised To Break Free From Greenland
2011-09-02 07:53:08

  Researcher Alun Hubbard, of the Center for Glaciology at Aberystwyth University said he was rendered “speechless” when a glacier about twice the size of Manhattan he and his team have been tracking appeared close to breaking off, reports MSNBC. In 2009, scientists installed GPS masts on the Petermann Glacier to track its movement and in August of last year, the “calving” event of the glacier, where it separates itself from land, began following the tides...

2009-06-04 08:40:00

Although the great tit bird is loud enough to be heard in noisy, city areas, for their country relations they might as well be speaking Greek. Scientists at Aberystwyth University discovered that the male great tit warbled at a pitch high enough to be heard above the city's noise. However, the rural birds were perplexed by the city bird's singing while city birds "didn't understand the lower rural pitch." The male great tit chirps to guard his region and find a mate. Research student Emily...

2009-04-03 14:23:58

A robot scientist acting without human help has made its first real, albeit modest, discoveries, say researchers at the University of Cambridge. Named Adam, the robot is the creation of researchers at Cambridge and the United Kingdom's Aberystwyth University, New Scientist reported Friday. Without human assistance, Adam formulated and tested 20 hypotheses about gene coding for 13 enzymes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, also known as brewer's yeast, said Ross King, a biologist at Aberystwyth who...

2009-04-03 06:05:00

On Thursday, two teams of researcher announced that they have created machines capable of reasoning, creating theories, and discovering knowledge on their own.The announcement marks a major advancement for artificial intelligence.In the future, these robots could be used to design new medical treatments, or unravel complex biological systems.Ross King and colleagues at Aberystwyth University in Wales have created Adam, a robot capable of carrying out experiments on yeast metabolism, analyzing...

2008-08-19 18:00:37

By James McCarthy SCORES of academics from across Wales have found themselves targeted by students rating their teaching skills on a US-based website. Lecturers from universities in Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Newport, Swansea and Wrexhamare among those featured on the New York- registered Rate My Professors.com Staff are marked under criteria ranging from the severity of their marking standards, to helpfulness, and even how "hot" they are. Most statements are positive, but net users are...

2008-07-22 18:00:34

One of the world's leading centres for climate-change science will be created in Ceredigion, it was announced yesterday. Funding cuts put the former plant breeding station at Gogerddan, Aberystwyth, under threat of closure 18 months ago. Its future was secured with the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research's merger with Aberystwyth University this year, creating the Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (Ibers). Now the Welsh Assembly Government has...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.