Latest University of Hertfordshire Stories

2009-01-23 14:22:16

A team of University of Hertfordshire philosophers lead by Professor Paul Coates and Dr Sam Coleman is conducting a three-year research project to explore conscious experiences that contemporary science still cannot explain. Funded with £380,000 ($494,000 USD) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and involving the collaboration of some of the world's leading philosophers and cognitive scientists, the project will attempt to answer the mystery of consciousness. Professor Coates...

2009-01-23 13:42:09

A philosopher at the University of Hertfordshire is leading a two-year project to investigate how people present themselves online, in virtual environments. Funded with over £165,000 ($215,000 USD) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this research, entitled "ËœThe Construction of Personal Identities Online', will explore how people reinvent themselves in virtual environments. "Personal identities online can be created and developed to enrich our experiences; expand,...

2009-01-20 15:35:57

A new piece of equipment worth £218,000 pounds ($303,000 USD), which has been installed at the University of Hertfordshire to train radiotherapy students to treat cancer patients, will be used to train this year's intake of students. The Virtual Environments for Radiotherapy Training (VERT), one of the most sophisticated radiotherapy training systems in the world, is being rolled out in universities across England - thanks to a £5 million  ($7 million USD) investment from the...

2009-01-20 15:31:56

A new report, co-authored by a University of Hertfordshire academic, which will be launched this Thursday (22 January), has revealed that girls are more likely to have new technologies at home than boys and it is mothers rather than fathers who assist them. The Learning in the Family report which looked at how families are involved in children's learning, was funded by Becta, commissioned by Intuitive Media Research Services and co-authored by Robert Hart of Intuitive Media and Professor...

2009-01-13 14:44:07

A team of University of Hertfordshire astronomers led by Dr David Pinfield of the Centre for Astrophysics Research is leading a major new European collaboration to search for and study planets around other stars (extra-solar planets). Funded with £2.75 million from the European Commission, this research and technology network will focus on the search for rocky planets around cool stars and the development of future space-based technology to study extra-solar planets. Cool stars are much...

2008-06-27 06:02:30

By Walmsley, Andrew Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire has spent eight years looking at what makes people lucky. We're not talking rabbits' feet and avoiding ladders here - he has devised four principles that determine a person's likelihood of success. Some of them are pretty obvious -'Maximise your chances of something good happening by creating, noticing and acting on opportunities,' he says. But at least we now know that we really do make our own luck, and nowhere is...

2005-11-09 13:31:21

ESO -- Observations with Kueyen, one of the 8.2m telescopes composing the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT), have led to the discovery of a short-lived massive star that is moving at a very high speed through the outer halo of the Milky Way galaxy and into intergalactic space. This finding could provide evidence for a previously unknown massive black hole in the heart of the Milky Way's closest neighbour, the Large Magellanic Cloud. The star, named HE 0437-5439, was discovered by the...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.