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Innovation - 22.02.2019
Smartphone gambling encourages "fruitless" bets
"Ubiquitous" smartphone gambling and lack of regulation presents a potential danger to people with addiction problems. A study carried out at the University of Nottingham tracked participants playing a simulated mobile gambling app. Players were watched to see how long they persevered in the face of losses.

Innovation - Politics - 20.02.2019
Top Smart Cities are Global Cities
An unprecedented global study has analysed and ranked leading cities in the worldwide "smart city" phenomenon. Based on a comprehensive webometric study, in total 27 cities made it onto the list of the world's leading smart cities, led by London, Singapore and Barcelona. The group of 27 were whittled down from a full list of over 5550 worldwide cities with 100,000 inhabitants or more.

Health - Innovation - 14.02.2019
Novel software offers possible reduction in arrhythmic heart disease
Potentially lethal heart conditions may become easier to spot and may lead to improvements in prevention and treatment thanks to innovative new software that measures electrical activity in the organ. The heart's pumping ability is controlled by electrical activity that triggers the heart muscle cells to contract and relax.

Physics - Innovation - 06.02.2019
Quantum leap
Cambridge researchers are devising new methods to keep sensitive information out of the hands of hackers. They launched the UK's first 'unhackable' network - made safe by the "laws of physics" - in 2018. It's really important to get this right as it's our first chance to start doing very detailed studies and see how these systems really work in the field Ian White When buying an item online, we voluntarily hand over our credit card information.

Health - Innovation - 21.01.2019
Finds three major failings in some apps used for the diagnosis of skin cancer
In the scramble to bring successful apps for the diagnosis of skin cancer to market there is a concern that a lack of testing is risking public safety, according to research led by the University of Birmingham. The research, outlined at the British Association of Dermatologists' Annual Meeting in Edinburgh , reviewed the medical literature on skin cancer apps to explore the number of apps on the market, ascertain how accurate they are, and what the benefits and limitations of these technological solutions are.

Materials Science - Innovation - 17.01.2019
Smart fabrics made possible by new metal deposition technique
Researchers have devised a way to deposit metals onto fabrics and used it to insert sensors and batteries into these materials. A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Imperial College London led by Dr Firat Güder from the Department of Bioengineering have developed an innovative technique to print metals such as silver, gold and platinum onto natural fabrics.

Environment - Innovation - 17.01.2019
Deputy High Commissioner visits Birmingham research experts
University of Birmingham experts have worked with one of China's biggest railway rolling stock companies to develop the world's first shipping container using materials that store and release cold energy. Using phase change material (PCM), Birmingham scientists and their counterparts at CRRC Shijiazhuang have developed a 'refrigerated' truck-to-train container that is easier and more efficient to operate than conventional equipment.

Innovation - 15.01.2019
Technology use explains at most 0.4% of adolescent wellbeing
A study of 300,000 adolescents and parents in the UK and USA shows that only 0.4% of wellbeing in adolescents is associated with technology use. Comparatively, eating potatoes has nearly as negative effect and wearing glasses has a more negative effect on adolescent mental health then screen use.

Innovation - 09.01.2019
Batteries predicted to become the cheapest option for storing electricity
By 2050, batteries based on lithium-ion will be the cheapest way to store electricity, such as from solar or wind farms, according to a new study. The new research calculates the cost of storing energy with different technologies, including large-scale batteries and pumped-storage hydroelectricity, and predicts those costs into the future.

Health - Innovation - 18.12.2018
University of Birmingham leads discussions on boosting ’clean cold’ in India
The visual inspection of a suspicious skin lesion using the naked eye alone is not enough to ensure the accurate diagnosis of skin cancer, a group of experts have concluded following a largescale systematic review of research. Published today in The Cochrane Library, the Special Collection of Cochrane Systematic Reviews brings together a review of a large body of research on the accuracy of tests used to diagnose skin cancer.

Innovation - Transport - 04.12.2018
New passenger scanner uses space technology to speed up airport security
A super-sensitive passenger scanner that reveals hidden security threats is being trialled at Cardiff Airport in the UK. The walk-through scanner, which uses space technology to image human body heat, is the result of a collaboration between Sequestim Ltd. and Cardiff University scientists. Computer learning allows the scanner to distinguish between threats and non-threats but without the need for passengers to keep still or remove outer clothing.

Health - Innovation - 29.11.2018
New report calls for cultural shift in use of patient data by NHS and health technology companies
A radical culture change in the NHS and across the health data and medical technology community is needed to ensure the NHS can deliver the benefits of new health technologies, says a new report co-authored by a University of Oxford scientist. The report, published by the Academy of Medical Sciences , outlines principles that must be adopted by the NHS and medical industry so that digital information about patients can be used in smarter, more joined-up ways to revolutionise healthcare and support life-saving research.

Innovation - Computer Science - 28.11.2018
Evaluating the Use of Automated Facial Recognition Technology in Major Policing Operations
The project by the Universities' Police Science Institute evaluated South Wales Police's deployment of Automated Facial Recognition across several major sporting and entertainment events in Cardiff city over more than a year, including the UEFA Champion's League Final and the Autumn Rugby Internationals.

Innovation - 27.11.2018
Green and edible cling film and food packaging made from plants
University of Nottingham researchers have developed 100 percent biodegradable and edible food packaging made from plant carbohydrates and proteins to replace polluting plastic materials and improve storage, safety and shelf life. The Sino-UK project is led by Professor Saffa Riffat , from the Faculty of Engineering, whose research group is world-renown for innovations in sustainable materials, energy and building technologies.

Innovation - 22.11.2018
Research sheds light on Early Stuart England pamphleteering
Research undertaken at the University of Birmingham has found that young people are able to judge which health related apps are relevant to their age and bodies, are able to source appropriate digital content as well as dismiss app content that might be harmful to them.

Innovation - 13.11.2018
‘Ground-breaking’ great ape activity device revealed at Bristol Zoo Gardens
A team of scientists from the University of Bristol and Bristol Zoological Society have collaborated to develop a 'ground-breaking' new animal enrichment activity for the gorillas at Bristol Zoo Gardens. The project integrates hidden computer technology with cognitive animal enrichment for the first time, to measure how gorillas solve complicated problems.

Innovation - 05.11.2018
Screen-time does not disrupt children’s sleep
Screens are now a fixture of modern childhood. As young people spend an increasing amount of time on electronic devices, the effects of these digital activities has become a prevalent concern among parents, caregivers, and policy-makers. Research indicating that between 50% to 90% of school-age children might not be getting enough sleep has prompted calls that technology use may be to blame.

Health - Innovation - 23.10.2018
Brain training app helps reduce OCD symptoms
A 'brain training' app developed at the University of Cambridge could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) manage their symptoms, which may typically include excessive handwashing and contamination fears.

Health - Innovation - 17.10.2018
Eminent Indian figure delivers first high-profile talk at Birmingham
A new Institute where research will look into improving healing and make a difference to patients with debilitating conditions is opening today (10 October 2018) at the University of Birmingham. The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) will strive to advance new technologies and treatments that encourage better tissue healing, quicker detection of diseases, and better outcomes for patients.

Innovation - Physics - 12.10.2018
Graphene may exceed bandwidth demands of future telecommunications
Researchers from the Cambridge Graphene Centre, together with industrial and academic collaborators within the European Graphene Flagship project, showed that integrated graphene-based photonic devices offer a solution for the next generation of optical communications. The researchers have demonstrated how properties of graphene - a two-dimensional form of carbon - enable ultra-wide bandwidth communications and low power consumption to radically change the way data is transmitted across the optical communications systems.
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