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Health - Mathematics - 03.12.2012
5.2 million to improve understanding of ageing immune system
A team of researchers from the University of Warwick, working with the University of Manchester, have been awarded 5.2 million to investigate our immune response and how it is affected by ageing. The grant is part of BBSRC 's Strategic Longer and Larger Awards scheme, which give world-leading teams the time and resources to address areas of key strategic importance.

Health - Mathematics - 17.10.2012
Hospital mortality rates unreliable
A new study suggests that the system used by the Government to inform key decisions about the performance of NHS hospitals is inadequate. Research published online today in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety shows that Standardised Mortality Ratios (SMRs) are not a reliable indicator of the quality of hospital care and therefore should not be used to trigger inquiries such as the high-profile probe being conducted into the performance of Mid Staffordshire Hospital.

Mathematics - 05.10.2012
Maths sheds light on what a delay in getting pregnant means for a couple’s prospects of having a baby
A new mathematical method can help to predict a couple's chances of becoming pregnant, according to how long they have been trying. The model may also shed light on how long they should wait before seeking medical help. For example, the researchers have found that, if the woman is aged 35, after just six months of trying, her chance of getting pregnant in the next cycle is then less than 10 per cent.

Mathematics - Life Sciences - 25.06.2012
Scientists struggle with mathematical details
Scientists struggle with mathematical details
Many people remember struggling with maths at school, but few of us would expect that professional scientists suffer from a similar problem in their daily work. A new study by biologists at the University of Bristol shows that scientists tend to overlook their colleagues' research if it is packed full of mathematical equations.

Health - Mathematics - 07.05.2012
Improved treatment for head & neck cancers could soon be on its way, say researchers
Engineers and scientists at the University of Glasgow are developing a new method of treating head and neck cancers they believe will make therapy more targeted and effective. Cancer kills over 150,000 people in the UK every year and oral/head and neck cancer (HNC) is in the top ten worldwide, with major risk factors being tobacco and alcohol consumption.

Economics - Mathematics - 04.05.2012
Oxford's new datalab for financial research
Oxford's new datalab for financial research
Oxford researchers trying to improve the understanding of financial systems have new facilities to store and analyse huge volumes of financial data, which should speed up the research process. The Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance (OMI) has established a virtual 'data lab', which mirrors the systems that are being used by commercial financial institutions worldwide.

Mathematics - Linguistics / Literature - 23.04.2012
Online tool can detect patterns in US election news coverage
Online tool can detect patterns in US election news coverage
The US presidential election dominates the global media every four years, with news articles, which are carefully analysed by commentators and campaign strategists, playing a major role in shaping voter opinion. Academics at the University of Bristol's Intelligent Systems Laboratory have developed an online tool, Election Watch, which analyses the content of news about the US election by the international media.

Health - Mathematics - 17.04.2012
Using maths to feed the world
In the race to breed better crops to feed the increasing world population, scientists at The University of Nottingham are using maths to find out how a vital plant hormone affects growth. Gibberellin is a hormone which plays a key part in development throughout the plant, from the root to the flowers and leaves.

Physics - Mathematics - 13.02.2012
Rapunzel, Leonardo and the physics of the ponytail
New research provides the first mathematical understanding of the shape of a ponytail and could have implications for the textile industry, computer animation and personal care products. From Leonardo Da Vinci to the Brothers Grimm, the properties of hair have been of enduring interest in science and art.

Physics - Mathematics - 13.02.2012
Rapunzel, Leonardo and the physics of the ponytail
Rapunzel, Leonardo and the physics of the ponytail
New research provides the first mathematical understanding of the shape of a ponytail and could have implications for the textile industry, computer animation and personal care products. Our findings solve a problem that has puzzled scientists and artists ever since Leonardo da Vinci remarked on the fluid-like streamlines of hair in his notebooks 500 years ago." —Professor Ray Goldstein From Leonardo Da Vinci to the Brothers Grimm, the properties of hair have been of enduring interest in science and art.

Mathematics - 07.02.2012
Early warning signals for critical transitions
Early warning signals for critical transitions
The world can deliver sudden and nasty shocks. Economies can crash, fisheries can collapse, and climate can pass tipping points. Providing ample warning of such transitions presently requires the collection of enormous - and often prohibitive - amounts of data. A new method developed by Thilo Gross , Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematic's at the University of Bristol and Steven Lade from the Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Germany promises to change this.

Mathematics - Psychology - 18.01.2012
Poor self-image cannot explain maths gender gap
Poor self-image cannot explain maths gender gap
Studies showing that women's underachievement in maths is due to their own poor self-image are fundamentally flawed, according to psychologists Gijsbert Stoet, from the University of Leeds, and Professor David Geary from the University of Missouri. Their findings suggest that recent strategies aimed at improving girls' performance in maths - which are based on these studies - are misguided and unlikely to work.