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2010-02-23 14:36:02

Global chemical companies could release at least one billion Euro in cash flow if they increase their sustainability performance. The claim has been made following an international study which assessed the sustainability performance of nine global chemical companies in monetary terms. Entitled Sustainable Value Creation by Chemical Companies, it has been published by a leading European research team including academics from Queen's University Management School in Belfast. The study...

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2010-02-12 09:35:00

Researchers at Queen's University have helped produce a new archaeological tool which could answer key questions in human evolution. The new calibration curve, which extends back 50,000 years is a major landmark in radiocarbon dating-- the method used by archaeologists and geoscientists to establish the age of carbon-based materials. It could help research issues including the effect of climate change on human adaption and migrations. The project was led by Queen's University Belfast through...

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2009-12-01 12:45:00

New study identifies link between anticipated unhappiness in old age and young men's binge drinking Young men who believe that happiness declines with age are more likely to engage in risky health behaviors such as binge drinking. Their misguided negative view of the aging process may act as a disincentive to behave "Ëœsensibly' and encourage them to make the most of the present in anticipation of "Ëœmiserable' old age.  These findings´ by Dr. John...

2009-11-04 13:45:21

A team of researchers at Queen's University Belfast's Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) is working to develop futuristic communications systems that could help protect frontline troops. Building on work completed recently for the UK Ministry of Defence, the project is aimed at investigating the use of arrays of highly specialized antennas that could be worn by combat troops to provide covert short-range person-to-person battleground communications. The project could lead to...

2009-10-30 17:04:28

North American car manufacturers have come bottom of the league in the largest ever international study of the global automobile sector's sustainability performance The study, entitled Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing, looks at the sustainability performance of 17 leading car manufacturers worldwide between 1999 and 2007. It has been published by researchers from Queen's University Management School in Belfast, in partnership with researchers from the Euromed Management School...

2009-10-14 13:03:18

Rugby players worldwide could benefit from a new virtual reality training program created at Queen's University Belfast. Team members from Ulster Rugby have been working with researchers in the School of Psychology at Queen's on a range of virtual training scenarios that test expert players' perceptual skills. Lead researcher in the project is Dr Cathy Craig, a Senior Lecturer in Visual Perception who has previously collaborated with Adidas and top professional world class goal-keepers' to...

2009-10-05 09:35:52

EPSRC-funded research develops advanced sensors for detection of chemicals and illegal drugs Scientists at Queen's University Belfast are developing new sensors to detect chemical agents and illegal drugs which will help in the fight against the threat of terrorist attacks. The devices will use special gel pads to 'swipe' an individual or crime scene to gather a sample which is then analyzed by a scanning instrument that can detect the presence of chemicals within seconds. This will allow...

2009-08-03 15:43:09

A play in Belfast, Northern Ireland, can only be seen by five people at a time because it's performed by a pair of actors driving and riding in a Hackney cab. The play, Two Roads West by Laurence McKeown, takes audience members on a tour of two roads, Falls Road and Shankill Road, while protestant driver Bill, played by Vincent Higgins, and Catholic passenger Rosie, played by Carol Moore, play out a drama that underscores the history of the tensions between the Christian factions in Northern...

2009-07-29 11:55:00

A Queen's University Belfast academic is working on research that could help protect the lives of military based in Afghanistan.Professor Wei Sha from Queen's School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering has been testing how safe vehicles with titanium alloys are when attacked by bullets or explosions.Professor Sha's research examines the damage tolerance of the popular material titanium. It is the first research of its kind to reveal the reasons behind the deformation and damage of...

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2009-06-22 15:16:45

Dogs are now being trained in Britain to warn diabetic owners when their blood sugar levels take a dangerous plunge. Most people know that dogs are often used in searching for illegal drugs and explosives, and a few have heard that man's best friend has proven himself even capable of sniffing out certain cancer cells. But now, these amazing creatures are pioneering a new frontier in diabetes care after recent evidence indicated that a dog's hypersensitive nose can detect incredibly small...