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2013-01-14 02:25:54

AMSTERDAM, January 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ], a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, has signed an agreement with EPSRC to provide them with access to SciVal Spotlight, SciVal Strata, and Scopus. EPSRC will use these products and tools to support evaluation of the impact of UK research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC is one of the largest UK research councils and...

2012-11-13 13:44:48

The role that new low carbon technologies can play in helping the UK meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving towards a green economy have been highlighted today with the publication of three in-depth reports into core areas of innovation. These three new analyses, Technology Innovation Needs Assessments (TINAs), cover non-domestic buildings, industrial emissions efficiency, and domestic buildings and are part of a series that spans 11 low carbon technology areas....

2012-10-24 23:52:27

Red gold, green gold — a ground-breaking initiative has found a way of changing the color of the world´s most iconic precious metal. A University of Southampton team have discovered that by embossing tiny raised or indented patterns onto the metal´s surface they can change the way it absorbs and reflects light — ensuring our eyes don´t see it as ℠golden´ in color at all. The finding results from a major initiative funded by the Engineering and...

2012-06-28 20:33:03

Training sessions for Team GB's swimmers have been getting a helping hand from a new system incorporating cutting-edge movement tracking and sensor technologies. From starting dives to tumble turns the state-of-the-art coaching aid is the first of its kind to be able to track movement wirelessly through water. The system has been developed at Loughborough University's Sports Technology Institute in conjunction with British Swimming, with funding from the Engineering and Physical...

2012-03-29 22:02:06

A tiny prototype robot that functions like a living creature is being developed which one day could be safely used to pinpoint diseases within the human body. Called 'Cyberplasm', it will combine advanced microelectronics with latest research in biomimicry (technology inspired by nature). The aim is for Cyberplasm to have an electronic nervous system, 'eye' and 'nose' sensors derived from mammalian cells, as well as artificial muscles that use glucose as an energy source to propel it....

2012-01-25 13:03:26

Innovative sensors have been developed that will dramatically improve the ability to spot early warning signs of corrosion in concrete. More resilient and much longer lasting than traditional corrosion sensors they will make monitoring the safety of structures such as bridges and vital coastal defenses much more effective. The carbon steel bars used to reinforce submerged concrete in tidal zone areas are at particular risk of corrosion caused by wet conditions. The breakthrough has...

2012-01-02 18:55:00

John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), has received a Knighthood in Britain´s New Year Honours List, made public on 31 December. He is knighted for his services to engineering and construction. (PRWEB) January 02, 2012 John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), has received a Knighthood in Britain´s New Year Honours List, made public on 31 December. He is knighted for his services to engineering and construction. There are also honours...

2011-09-15 12:42:58

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have developed polymers that fluoresce in the presence of bacteria, paving the way for the rapid detection and assessment of wound infection using ultra-violet light. When contained in a gel and applied to a wound, the level of fluorescence detected will alert clinicians to the severity of infection. The polymers are irreversibly attached to fragments of antibiotics, which bind to either gram negative or gram positive bacteria — both of...

2011-06-13 14:50:43

New software 'hearing dummies' are part of cutting-edge research that promises to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of hearing impairments. The work could also be used in the long-term to develop a radical new type of hearing aid that can be customised using the hearing dummy to meet the different needs of individual patients. If the procedures gain clinical acceptance, a device could reach the market within 4 years. The research is being carried out by a team at the University of...

2011-06-02 16:20:24

Innovative UK technology is contributing to the development of a revolutionary digital stethoscope that could make it easier for GPs to spot the first signs of heart disease. With Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding, a Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) team has developed a computer-based technology that synchronises the various sounds collected by the new stethoscope and which make up a human heartbeat. The sounds can then be analysed by an existing...